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LucidWorks preps Solr stack as Splunk killer

LucidWorks combines the LogStash log engine with the highly scalable Lucene search engine

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Novell goes large for ZENworks update

ZENWorks 11 Support Pack Three comes with improved scalability and additional auditing capabilities

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HP expands OneView into VMware environs

HP's server management software can now work with VMware vCenter workloads

Mavericks Dictation vs. Dragon Dictate: How good is OS X's built-in tool?

OS X Mavericks boasts a much improved built-in dictation tool. But how improved is it, really? David Sparks pits it against the established Mac transcription champ, Dragon Dictate.

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FCC app lets consumers check how mobile broadband providers stack up

The mobile app will help users measure the broadband speed they get, providing aggregate data to FCC.

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Flame graph shows computer system performance in a new light

A visualization technique called a flame graph can be effective for charting how system resources such as CPUs and memory are used.

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.

Hands on with Microsoft Remote Desktop for mobile

Microsoft has come out with its own remote desktop client for Android and iOS devices, but our initial go-round with the software suggests that you might want to consider easier options first.

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.

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Google buys Flutter, a gesture recognition startup

Flutter makes a desktop app for controlling various programs through hand motions.

Another borked Microsoft update tells Office Starter Edition users to buy the suite

Microsoft yesterday acknowledged yet another problem with its Sept. 10 updates, confirming that one of those fixes broke Office 2010 Starter Edition by changing the file associations of already-created documents.

Intel's developing perceptual computing chips to help PCs hear, see, and feel

The head of Intel's perceptual computing group says that functions like speech, gestures, and recognition will take advantage of Intel's existing microprocessors, but require dedicated chips as well.

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File hosting service Rapidshare must scan for copyright infringing files, German federal court rules

Online file locker services that, like Rapidshare, have a business model that provides an incentive to share copyright protected materials must monitor incoming links to discover infringing files, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled.