Led by the kick-butt motto “Excel without the hell”, the company Jedox has announced “the industry's first free ODBO [OLE DB for OLAP] driver” as a part of its open-source OLAP product, Palo. Jedox states that the new ODBO connectivity allows users to carry out advanced OLAP-based Pivot table queries in Excel without the need for expensive licenses for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. Although Pivot tables in Excel are read-only, Palo users have the option to write back values from Excel directly to Palo's OLAP cubes. The company calls “Excel plus Palo” a solution with all the advantages of a centralized BI solution without the cost and time.
In the pursuit of bringing us closer together comes the new Zero9 Chat Engine, a product that enables mobile VAS and telco providers to run image- and video-rich chat/dating services via the Web, WAP and SMS. Users can stay in touch with friends via their Web browsers, browsing a WAP site or texting with their cell phones. The engine's core is Zero9's Matching Algorithm, which proposes the ideal and best-matched friends. A back-office suite controls elements, such as CRM, a matching tuner and advanced reporting. The engine is based on the LAMP platform and the Zend framework.
The latest offering from Corsair is its Extreme Series X32, X64 and X128 high-performance solid-state drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB densities, respectively. The firm says that the drives offer the highest performance currently available on the market, with read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. Each drive in the Extreme Series utilizes the Indilinx Barefoot controller, Samsung MLC NAND Flash memory and 64MB of onboard cache. Intended uses are as primary drives in desktop and notebooks systems, as well as RAID 0 configurations in high-performance desktops for enthusiasts who want extreme performance.
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