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Oracle hooks up a wireless workforce

Oracle's E-Business Suite will be accessible via wireless application protocol (WAP)-enabled mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) by the end of the year. The company is integrating connected wireless functionality into all aspects of its human resource and financial applications, including benefits, payroll, recruitment, receivables, time and expense reporting, and training applications. Oracle says by creating "true Internet-enabled" wireless applications, the complexity and maintenance normally associated with running wireless applications will be reduced. Directory, messaging and time management applications from the software suite will be the first applications to be released with wireless functionality.

Palm, Motorola to develop smart phones

Palm and Motorola will jointly develop a smart phone based on Palm's operating system and Motorola's wireless technology. The first phone, a tri-band Global System for Mobile Communications wireless smart phone, is expected to roll out in early 2002, the companies said in a statement. Palm and Motorola plan to develop the mobile phones with larger colour screens than standard mobile phones and to include Palm's Web-clipping technology, address book and calendar features. The deal is part of an agreement from last December under which Motorola took a minority equity stake in Palm, the companies said. Motorola will offer primary support for the device, including initial customer calls and warranty, while Palm will support software and operating system support.

Red Hat Linux 7 shipped

Red Hat shipped Red Hat Linux 7 last week with many new features, including a subscription-based updating service. Linux 7 includes a new installation program for experienced or novice installers that disables some difficult-to-configure security features. The company has added Secure Sockets Layer and Secure Remote Shell support for added security of transactions and remote support. Linux 7 also includes a new compiler, VPN software for joining Linux routers and for remote dial-up capability, strengthened C++ support, better three-dimensional graphics support, Universal Serial Bus and symmetrical multiprocessing support for up to four processors. Linux 7 ships with Version 2.2 of the Linux kernel; users that purchase Red Hat Network will be automatically updated with the new 2.4 kernel when it is available. Red Hat standard edition for developers is $US30; the Deluxe workstation edition is $US80; the Professional edition is $USS150. The product is available now.

MS seeks plenty of time in appeal

Microsoft has asked a US federal court to give it plenty of time and room to write so it can outline in detail its appeal of a lower court's decision to split the high-tech giant into two companies. Microsoft filed the appeal schedule request with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia a week after the US Supreme Court decided that it would not hear the antitrust case and would rather have it go through the traditional appeals channel. In filing, Microsoft said that it wants to heavily expound on the errors it saw in its case before Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

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