Technology news in brief

Short takes on the week's news

Sharp multifunction printer range extended

Sharp has extended its MX range of digital, colour multifunctional printers. The MX-3501N and the MX-4501N provide an integrated 80Gbyte hard disc and network authentication which allows ID, password and e-mail address to be authenticated prior to access. Both models will be available from the end of this month.

Symmetrix gets new software configurations

EMC has added new software configurations to its Symmetrix DMX-3 storage system to simplify information lifecycle management. The products include EMC IP storage software, designed to process large files over IP networks, Centera which provides a unified view of all files and file systems, and Rainfinity Global File Virtualisation, a network attached storage management tool.

Lawson updating Merchandising suite

Lawson Software is working with a consortium of grocery retailers to develop its next-generation Merchandising software suite. Lawson is updating the Category Review, Distribution, Retail Channel Order Management, Costs and Deals, Replenishment, Business Organiser and Reference Maintainer applications.

Caretta Software ships GUI Design Studio

Caretta Software has begun shipping GUI Design Studio 2.0, which aims to speed up the development of user interfaces by allowing software designers, analysts, usability specialists and developers to rapidly create user interface mock-ups and application prototypes without writing any code. A free 30-day trial of GUI Design Studio is available from Caretta's website.

Novell offers free support with SuSE Linux

Users of Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server will get free support and training bundled with the software. The deal is aimed at SMEs and includes 24x7 support and online assistance.

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