British American Tobacco adopts HRM Connect to manage pay reviews -- and more news briefs

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

HRM Connect oversees BAT's pay reviews

British American Tobacco has adopted software to manage its annual pay review processes, replacing an Excel spreadsheet. The company will use the web application HRM Connect to manage pay review information for more than 1,500 employees.

Fujitsu mainframe gets 40% performance boost

Fujitsu Siemens Computers will launch a new mainframe at next month's CeBIT IT trade show in Hanover, Germany, promising a 40% performance boost. The SX150 business mainframe server is based on Sun's Sparc64 V processor and supports different operating systems and applications running in parallel, under BS2000/OSD and Solaris operating systems.

Developers to receive Longhorn test version

Microsoft is to release a test version of Longhorn this April, ahead of the formal launch of the next major version of its Windows operating system in mid-2006. Developers at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference on 25-27 April in Seattle will receive the software.

Tarantella offers Global Desktop for free

Tarantella has announced free single-user licences for its Linux-based Secure Global Desktop Enterprise Edition 4, which gives users secure access to enterprise applications over the internet. The licence has no expiry date and can be downloaded from

Intel offers security for mobile applications

Intel has developed the Intel Wireless Trusted Platform architecture, designed to provide an extensible security framework for mobile applications. Intel said the framework would help support platform trust operations, security protocols, access control mechanisms and protection of private data.

European Parliament abandons patent law

The European Parliament has voted to abandon the EU's proposed IT patenting legislation. The EP will be able to request that the legislative process starts again. Critics say the legislation would allow for widespread patenting of software and business processes, as in the US, where software companies spend millions defending or attacking intellectual property holdings.

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