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IBM applies predictive analysis to IT operations

Turning its considerable expertise in analytics to the study of IT operations, IBM has assembled a software package to help system administrators better pinpoint potential problems and performance issues, using many of IBM's tools for business intelligence, machine learning and data mining.

Open-source software projects need to improve vulnerability-handling practices, researchers say

Security firm Rapid7 recently found and reported vulnerabilities in seven popular open-source software applications that together have been downloaded millions of times.

EasyRes review: Resolution switcher's animated previews set it apart

EasyRes is a nifty menu-bar utility for switching screen resolutions. Unlike other similar utilities, EasyRes shows you how a resolution change will affect your screen...before you actually make the change.

Application-layer DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated

Attackers are using real browsers on infected computers to attack Web applications and bypass DDoS protection.

Puppet users to get visual cues for troubleshooting systems

Puppet has added some visual pizzazz to its namesake open source IT automation software, providing a graphic event inspector for administrators to see at a glance where trouble spots in their systems reside.

AMD, Nvidia ramp up Linux driver support after Valve's SteamOS announcement

The Linux-based SteamOS isn't even available yet but it's already making waves.

Windows Phone's 'Cortana' will challenge Siri and Google Now for smart assistant supremacy

In its quest to build a better smart assistant, Microsoft has allegedly enlisted the help of the most fantastic digital assistant ever imagined.

Dryft tackles tablet typing by miming physical keyboards

Swype revolutionized the keyboard experience on Android phones, and now its creator is hoping lightning will strike twice with his new Dryft virtual tablet keyboard

on techhive.com

VMware releases Fusion 6 to support OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1

VMware has released the latest version of Fusion, its app for running Windows and other OSes on your Mac. Its chief focus: support the latest versions of OS X and Windows

on macworld.com

Amazon Web Services improves GovCloud management

GovCloud is an isolated section of Amazon’s hosted environment designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers to move sensitive workloads into the cloud.

Chromebook

Chromebooks get “immersive mode” and smarter launcher

The new Chrome OS cuts through a lot of the clutter.

Nuance Wintermere

How Nuance is building a digital persona that loves you

A man falls in love with his digital assistant. It's not just the premise of a new movie. It's a business objective of Nuance Communications.

Novell serves up business printing for BYOD era

Seeking a foothold in more enterprises running Microsoft software, Novell introduces an application to streamline the process of connecting employees to workspace printers, even if they are using non-Microsoft computers and mobile devices, such as iPhones.

Puppet acquires DevOps startup Cloudsmith

Open-source IT automation software vendor Puppet Labs has acquired Cloudsmith, which provides tools and services that can help administrators and developers more easily use the Puppet software.

Microsoft: Here's why businesses will want Windows 8.1

Security, manageability, flexibility: Microsoft executives outlined several undisclosed features of Windows 8.1 at its TechEd conference on Monday.