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Hermetic Systems releases a program for secure end-to-end email encryption

Despite substantiated reports that at least one major US telephone service provider gave the National Security Agency full access to its customers’ phone calls, and shunted its customers’ internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, most Americans still transmit their email in plaintext, allowing it to be scanned by data-sniffers. (The NSA was ordered by a court to stop, but who knows if they complied?) This may be because most Americans don’t give much thought to the possibility that their email could be the subject of eavesdropping, or it could be because for some reason it doesn’t worry them, or it could be because encrypting email has in the past been a somewhat tricky practice to get right (so was deemed not worth the effort).

There are several reasons why email encryption can be difficult, or insecure: Some systems are quite secure but require an elaborate procedure before email can be sent to (and read by) another person. Messages scanned in transit can in the case of some systems reveal that encrypted information is present, thus alerting an eavesdropper to something to look for. Some systems encrypt a message only after it is uploaded to a server, with the message (in plaintext) being vulnerable to interception between the user’s PC and the server.

Hermetic Systems has release software for email encryption which involves none of these difficulties. But why would you want to use it? For correspondence with your family you probably don’t need to. But, for example, suppose you are collaborating with others in a project which requires an exchange of confidential information, which competitors might like to get their hands on. You might be wanting to transmit Excel files containing sensitive financial data, or images with blueprints for a new design.

The new software, entitled ‘Email Encryption End-to-End’, uses an encryption method in which the key used for encryption is the same as the key used for decryption, so your correspondent(s) must know the key you used to encrypt a message. This can be transmitted more-or-less securely, especially if you can meet your correspondent(s) in person. Assuming this can be accomplished, the actual sending and receiving of encrypted messages is quite simple. You run the program (on your PC), compose a message of up to 60 KB in size (or upload it to the program from a file) and specify an encryption key, then hit the ‘Encrypt’ button. This creates a ciphertext file (which you can name as anything you want), and to send it to a correspondent you simply attach it to an ordinary email message. The ciphertext can masquerade as an image file or as a file using some obscure file format, so there’s no indication that encryption is being used.

You correspondent receives the ordinary email, saves the attached (ciphertext) file, runs the software, tells it where to find the file, specifies the encryption (now decryption) key, and hits the ‘Decrypt’ button, whereupon the message appears.

Moreover, ‘Email Encryption End-to-End’ allows you to send, in addition to a text message, a file of any type and up to 1 MB in size. The text message and the file are then combined and encrypted together to produce the ciphertext file. This allows you to send an MS Word file, an Excel file, an image file, etc., in addition to the text message.

The program has an introductory price of US$29.75. A multi-user license is also available (at a discount) for up to 10 users. Such a license is useful for a group of colleagues working together on a single project. A multi-user license requires only a single email address, that of the purchaser of the license, and the email addresses of the purchaser’s email correspondent(s) are not needed.

A trial version can be freely downloaded from the user manual page athttp://www.hermetic.ch/eee/eee.htm. This is a 14-day trial with which only one key (‘abcd efgh ijkl mnop’) can be used for encryption, so it allows testing but (since the key is public knowledge) cannot be used for secure email encryption.

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ManagePLUS Gold™ lets QuickBooks Users Allocate Overhead Expense with Drag-and-Drop Ease…and Spreadsheet Accuracy

The new release of ManagePLUS Gold™ for QuickBooks, from Flagship Technologies, Inc. (www.goflagship.com) lets users allocate expense from cost- and support-center classes and accounts to profit center classes, using a visual drag-and-drop approach.

Many businesses and nonprofit organizations use the classes feature of QuickBooks to track revenue and expense for the departments or activities of the organization—its cost centers, support centers, and profit centers, such as Office and Administration, Packing & Shipping, or Manufacturing. They set up classes to represent these, and apply those classes when entering transactions to identify income and expense with specific departments or activities.

This is all part of a cost accounting technique known as activity-based costing (ABC), the goal of which is to determine whether each income-producing area of the business—each profit center—is profitable. To get this done, the “overhead” expense accumulated for the organization’s cost centers must be allocated among profit centers on some reasonable basis.

Using QuickBooks by itself, allocation is anything but simple. It requires making journal entries or using “zero-dollar checks”, and there’s no way to automate the calculations involved. In fact, most users export transaction totals from QuickBooks to a spreadsheet, do the allocation calculations there, then manually enter the results as journal entries in QuickBooks. The entire process is difficult and offers plenty of opportunities for making errors.

ManagePLUS Gold overcomes all of these problems. With a couple mouse clicks, it retrieves transactions from QuickBooks and totals the amounts available for allocation from each class to other classes. Users then build allocation formulas visually by dragging a class onto the other classes to which it will be allocated. (The allocation formulas can be re-used in subsequent accounting periods, so the job is even faster and easier the next time.)

Because accuracy is just as important as ease of use, ManagePLUS Gold supports allocation based on “management quantities” the user has associated with individual classes, as well as on a percentage basis. Management quantities can be any physical or dollar amount related to the activity–things like labor hours, tons/gallons/bushels produced, miles driven, dollars of direct expense, etc. The result is spreadsheet-like allocation capability but without building spreadsheet formulas, exporting accounting data, or making journal entries.

Once allocations have been built, with a couple more mouse clicks the user can prepare a profit and loss report for any class, showing direct revenue and expense as well as the amounts that have been allocated to it.

But that’s not all. The new version 3.1 of ManagePLUS Gold adds the ability to send allocation transactions to QuickBooks, with a single click of the mouse. So now users can choose whether to get class profitability reports in ManagePLUS Gold or in QuickBooks, and have the option of doing anything with the allocation journal entries that they can do with other QuickBooks transactions—create customized reports, export them, include them in backups, etc.

Allocation capabilities are the “tip of the iceberg” with respect to ManagePLUS Gold’s features. Here’s a few of the other things it does:

    – Lets users associate “extra” data with accounts and classes, and manages that data separately for each accounting period.

    – Uses the “extra” data to automatically add management information and per-unit statistics to reports—things like average cost per unit of sales or per unit of production for each class.

    – Provides advanced quantity handling and storage in QuickBooks transactions by supporting entry of two quantities per transaction, such as the weight and count of items bought or sold.

    – Provides specialized reporting capabilities for the two-quantities feature, including automatic statistics like weight per each, count per weight, cost per weight (pound/ton/etc.), and cost per each.

    – Supports advanced, automatic unit of measure labeling on reports.

ManagePLUS Gold sells for $149 per single-user license and is compatible with Microsoft Windows versions of the Pro, Premier, and Enterprise editions of QuickBooks, 2004 and later, including U.S., UK, and Canadian releases. A 30-day free trial is available to download from the product’s Web page: http://www.goflagshipcom/products/mphome.htm.

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A New App for Blackberry Makes Holding on to Your Blackberry Worthwhile

Bluefree Messenger a new app for Blackberry phones launched this week with some very impressive features than may make Blackberry users want to hold on to their phones.

Bluefree Messenger is a new free Instant Messenger application that uses Bluetooth along with your 3G data package to help find new business contacts in several languages such as French, English, Greek, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, German and Italian with more languages being added each week.

After downloading from the company website using the short web address www.bfm.im the install took a short while as the application is two megabytes in size which got me thinking, This must be something interesting or something heavy and boring.

The application starts with a language selection and then a simple name, email and password input, nothing strange here. After login I was greeted with a short page of text advising me on the next steps to setting up my application. Was given a‘Bluefree ID’ that needed to be copied into the Bluetooth device name description this is the name (that you see if you have ever done a Bluetooth scan) a button to help me copy the ID was placed at the bottom of the home screen.

After I pasted the ‘Bluefree ID’ and returned back it to the application the message had disappeared the application has detected that I had changes the Bluetooth name on my phone which I thought was very cleaver and it got me more interested.

I clicked the menu key and found lots of options and pages to go through, Setting up my Business Card Profile, Setting up my Personal profile, Options and much more. With all these data entry fields like Facebook ID, Linkedin ID, BBM Pin, Email address, Phone numbers and many more I really liked the idea that I can share everything from one place to all my contacts.

Bluefree Messenger turned very quickly it Got Exciting! as I did not have anyone else around me the ‘Bluetooth Scan’ did not find any new contacts, desperate to add a contact I sent a BBM to my friends and asked them to setup Bluefree so we can give it a try, soon enough people had Bluefree Messenger installed and they had there‘Bluefree IDs’ at the ready, adding a contact using the ‘Bluefree ID’ was easy just two clicks direct under the ‘Contacts’ menu.

Two of my friends where near each other they where able to add each other by one of them doing a ‘Bluetooth Scan’ and finding the other persons business card and then viewing and sending an invitation, They said it was “Effortless”.

Chatting was easy as you expect from any chat app but Bluefree Messenger has some nice features that I liked such as the @READ times showing me when my message was read similar to the Apple Iphone ios5 imessage. And the Smilies are very cool, the best I have seen on any messenger application.

After we finished chatting, I explored the Options menu, I was amazed at the number of options and details that I could change like my LED light colour and how by Bluetooth should collect business cards. I even change the language to see how it looks. And one very important feature that’s missing from other messenger application the ‘Logout’ button finally I have an Instant messenger that I can logout off and log back in when I need to,

Returning back to the home screen I had some ‘Latest Updates’ similar to BBM and I could also view my contact Business card or Personal profile. It also has ‘Broadcast Message’ and ‘Chat History’ features I found when I press the menu key on a select contact.

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Hovitaga Announces Its Report Generator To Accelerate SAP® Reporting And Cut IT Costs

Hovitaga offers a software add-on for SAP® systems that effectively reduces IT costs of SAP® customers. The product boosts developer productivity by automatizing repetitive tasks that otherwise would take much more time. Standard SAP® reports can be generated with a few clicks, without writing a single line of code.

“This solution gratifies real developer needs” said Ferenc Éles, SAP® developer and consultant working at Dunaferr, a major SAP® customer in Hungary. “The quality of this product is as high as the quality of standard SAP® tools” he continued after a free trial of the software.

Business decision makers often want to see ad-hoc reports on their business data. Mostly these requirements are fulfilled by the IT department by creating new reports. This takes hours or days, depending on complexity. Hovitaga Report Generator can reduce this to minutes, by generating the whole report source code based on an SQL query. Several hundred lines of program code can be generated, that otherwise the developers would have to manually program. The report is part of the standard SAP software development life-cycle, is fully compliant with the SAP developer guidelines and can be easily enhanced.

For more information, white papers and videos visit www.hovitaga.com. A free version can be downloaded at http://hovitaga.com/hovitaga_try.html

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QArea Group have attended DrupalCon London Conference 2011

QArea Group keeps on improving the knowledge and experience in different areas of software development.

High experienced Drupal developers from QArea Group have attended DrupalCon London Conference 22-26 August 2011.

DrupalCon is an international event which chuck together the people who develop, use, design and support the Drupal platform. DrupalCon London 2011 outlines content from the brightest minds and the most influential people within Drupal community and out of it, moreover countless opportunities for code sprints, networking and more.

The schedule of the DrupalCon London Team comprised of 60 sessions that were balanced across 5 tracks: Environment Set-up, Code & Coders, Site Building, Business and Best Practices, Ecosystem and UX & Theming.

The QArea developers also attended great pre-conference training courses and workshops which took place on 22 august 2011.

The keynotes of the DrupalCon London included the following topics:

  • Advanced Configuration with Page Manager, Views, Flag and Rules
  • Drupal Powered E-commerce
  • Making the Switch to Drupal: The Developer’s View
  • Building Modules for Drupal 7
  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Drupal
  • Aegir Hosting System: Deep Dive
  • Drupal Performance and Scalability
  • jQuery for Drupal
  • Open Space on Drupal Education

DrupalCon gave QArea developers an opportunity to engage in interactive discussions and collaborate and know best practices from the leading Drupal experts.

QArea Group provides PHP web development: Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, PHP-Nuke, Jquery, Dojo, Sproutcore, Front End development (JS), Prototype, ExtJS, Typo3, Qooxdoo, osCommerce.

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The Multilingual Manga Platform Application “JapanManga” Now Providing Works in Japanese, English, and Chinese

On August 22, 2011, JapanManga Inc., a student-operated startup company that has won numerous business contests in Japan, formally released the iPhone application “JapanManga”, which provides translated doujinshi and manga to users as e-books.

JapanManga users are able to switch between multiple languages while reading works provided through the application, which will satisfy both the recent need of foreigners wishing to read manga in Japanese and the need of Japanese wishing for an aid in learning foreign languages.

JapanManga is now distributing 15 mangas, and plans to expand the number to 100 works by the end of 2011. JapanManga also plans to distribute works in Korean, French, and other languages.

About the iPhone version of JapanManga
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id418856445

Main Features
(1) Multilingual Manga Viewer
In addition to the basic functions on e-books of zooming and page-turning with horizontal flicks, users of JapanManga can switch languages by flicking vertically or by pressing the Language button. The application allows users to switch between Japanese, English, and Chinese while reading mangas, and is a potential aid in learning foreign languages.

(2) Shares the culture of Japanese manga with the world
The app distributes manga, a part of Japanese culture, out to the world through the iTunes Store. By translating them into other languages, the application will enable not only Japanese readers but also English-speaking readers, Chinese-speaking readers, and readers in other parts of the world to fully enjoy Japanese manga.

(3)Platform for Doujinshi and Manga
JapanManga distributes works submitted from doujinshi writers after translating and converting them into an e-book format. The group will always be open to writers willing to submit their works, pro and amateur alike.

Sale price: Free of charge
The development and distribution of applications for iPad and Android are also being planned in the future. JapanManga aims to provide a Japan-born service that can be used throughout the world, with the help of the recent “Cool Japan” craze.

Graphics for Use by the Press & Media
Please feel free to download and use the screenshots of this app provided on the following page.
http://jpmanga.jp/press/en.html

About JapanManga Inc.
JapanManga Inc. is managed by three manga-loving university students with the help of translators, web designers, and doujinshi writers. The company aims to introduce and transmit Japanese culture to the world. The group was incorporated on August 2, 2011.

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IcyBlaze Introduced The New Documents Management System On Mac/iPhone

Blaze releases its latest iDocument 1.5 and iDocument iPhone with the powerful sync function between the Mac and iPhone/iPod touch in this Christmas.

And in the iPhone end, you’ll be able to easily edit quick notes or take a snapshot of a document or bills and then sync them back to iDocument’s library in Mac. It’s exactly the same operational workflow, link both apps, and press sync to sync documents.

The sync speed in the system is much quicker than an ordinary html upload or downloads process for most of the applications in the market. Generally speak.

By use the iDocument management system, you’ll be able to easily take the documents from your home Mac to your work Mac; you’ll be able to view the important documents on the go; you can easily scan your bills and invoices into your Mac, and you’ll have unlimited access to your cloud space to retrieve the documents into your iPhone or Mac.

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OpenCRM UK – Hosted Alternative for Salesforce.com, ACT!, Sage CRM, GoldMine

CRM Software crafters Software Add-ons based in rural North Yorkshire, UK, are delighted with the response to their recession busting marketing campaign for OpenCRM.

The company’s strong mission statement, ‘to bring corporate software technology within the reach of small to medium businesses’ seems to be the key to their success.

Marketing manager Helen Burton revealed ‘we knew we had a strong message, offering license free software, but our campaign has had the phones ringing off the hook!’.

Consumer expectation is driving the mid market business need to get online , OpenCRM’s free license solutions needed to be internet based with portal capability so customers can place and track orders, see cases and issues, download documents & information – Anytime, Anywhere access is a major boost for the previously disconnected workforce.

John Mabley of ITS describes his software as the glue between the systems – ‘I employ home teleworkers and need them to be connected to the office – OpenCRM integrated my telephony system, website and SageLine 50 accounts so that I can get a complete picture of my business day-to-day no matter where I am’.

Managing Director Graham Anderson speaking for the company said ‘all businesses whether corporate or mid market have similar core business processes, Sales & Marketing – Sales Order Processing – Invoicing – Document & Project Management,’ he added that ‘too many software implementations fail because too much money goes into the purchase and licensing of software, by supplying license free on demand software we remove this cost and our clients can put their investment where it should be: requirement analysis ; staff training; and systems integration’.

OpenCRM’s advice, based on years’ of experience, is very clear: Choose a technically sound solution with an open structure (non proprietary database & interface) that will scale and integrate; encourage user uptake – keep IT simple, go for evolution rather than revolution, invest in your people and spend on training; Get rid of as much of the IT headache as you can by having your software systems hosted, managed, updated, secured and backed-up by the professionals.

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Tray Selector Is A Print Control Software That Lets You Switch Paper Trays So You Can Use Headed Paper For The First Sheet And Plain Paper For The Remainder Of The Document

By hugely simplifying the process of printer tray selection, Tray Selector helps you save on paper and other printer-related consumables. No more wasted paper if you set up your printer wrongly or forget to switch trays at the right time. No more wasted ink, either: with this clever little printer tray selection utility you can print even the most complicated of documents perfectly first time round.

And, most importantly: no more wasted time. What was once a time-consuming, boring and laborious task that would eat up precious minutes of your day becomes a simple one-click trick that you don’t have to think about once it’s been set up.

Printer Tray Selection Features Tray Selector boasts a number of printer tray selection features designed to make your life easier when it comes to printing professional-quality documents from multiple printer trays. With this powerful print setup utility you can:

• Create up to six different printing profiles to maximise flexibility and productivity.
• Easily print mail merge documents using different printer trays for different pages of each document.
• Use duplex as well as single-sided printers.
• Print envelopes along with regular documents.

Tray Selector is compatible with every version of Microsoft from 98 onwards, is easy to install and set up and comes with a free 30-day trial, so you can see for yourself what a useful and effective piece of print management software it really is before you purchase.

So to improve your productivity, save money and resources on complicated print jobs and give added functionality to your printer, download and try Tray Selector to see for yourself how much more smoothly your printer jobs run. Once you’ve tried this sophisticated printer tray selection tool, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!

Tray Selector is a plug-in shareware utility for Microsoft Word which lets you print a single document from multiple paper trays. Simple to download, install, and set up, Tray Selector comes with a free 30-day trial, so you can try before you buy.

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VHS To DVD Deluxe™ 4.0 Is A Hardware And Software Solution Which Supports Converting HDTV Quality Video Formats To DVD And Blu-Ray DVD

Honestech, Inc., a leading developer and marketer of digital video and Internet Protocol (IP) software technology for multimedia content has released VHS to DVD Deluxe™ 4.0 a hardware and software solution which supports converting HDTV quality video formats including: HDV, VHS, C-VHS, Beta and other video and audio formats to DVD and Blu-ray DVD.

VHS to DVD Deluxe 4.0 includes VIDBOX™ hardware, a USB cable and software to convert analog video to digital, or reformat digital video, for recording on DVDs. PC users can either use the VID-BOX interface or connect their digital video cameras and players to their PC to store the video. VHS to DVD Deluxe 4.0 software formats the video for DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players and recording devices.

Priced at $79.99 with availability in first quarter of 2009, VHS to DVD 4.0 is perfect for both novices and professionals, offers tools to edit and produce quality video files easily and to save and keep priceless home videos in sharp and crystal-clear DVD/CD quality. Using the Easy Wizard Mode, anyone can transfer HDV, VHS, Beta, or other videotapes to DVD with just a few clicks, using step-by-step pictorial instructions that guide the user through the process. This is one of the first software solutions to support Blu-ray Authoring and burning on Blu-ray Discs, which is ideal for burning and playing high-definition video that requires greater data storage space. Advanced scene editing tools allow users to record movies, delete commercials or unwanted scenes, and easily add special effects, titles and chapter points.

Retail versions of Honest Technology’s products are available at leading retailers including; Fry’s Electronics, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Target, Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon.com, and multimedia retailers QVC and the Shopping Channel Canada, and are available from the company’s web site at www.Honestech.com.

About Honestech, Inc.
Honest Technology Inc. is a premier supplier of digital video and audio communication and entertainment solutions. Founded in 1998, as a pioneer of real-time MPEG encoding/decoding software technologies, the company’s vision is to bring high-quality digital video and audio into users’ daily lives by transforming the way video and audio are captured, delivered and experienced.

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SpamAid 4.0 – a Microsoft Outlook add-on that keeps your Inbox clean of unsolicited emails

SoftLogica announces SpamAid 4.0, a new version of its Microsoft Outlook add-on designed to keep your Inbox clean of unsolicited emails.

The program is based on Bayesian filtering technology. It automatically learns using your personal correspondence to increase the filtration accuracy. Quarantined e-mails are stored in a separate ‘Spam’ folder. Users can manage their friends and enemies lists or build their own filters. The program has an option to test outgoing mail for potential risk of being filtered as spam. Recognition of newsgroup messages using Safe Recipients list and automatic inclusion of outgoing mail recipients into Friends List are available. SpamAid is provided with POP3, IMAP, HTTP and MS Exchange support.

What’s new in version 4.0:

– Ability to automatically delete undoubted Spam. If you face a very high spam load, you may lose a lot of time browsing the content of your ‘Spam’ folder to check for good messages filtered by mistake, because no spam filter is perfect. However, considerable amount of messages can be recognized as spam with 100% accuracy. Now you can configure 5 rules for SpamAid to delete such messages immediately while putting all other suspicious messages to the ‘Spam’ folder for further possible review.

– Potentialities of wildcards for phrase filtering. You can use wildcards when specifying the spam/non-spam recognition keywords to deal with phrase variations.

– Outlook 2003 style interface. With this new interface style the product will fit perfectly to the modern versions of Microsoft Outlook.

Pricing and Availability:

SpamAid is designed for Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP/2003 and priced at $29 USD per license. Volume discounts are available. Free technical support is provided by e-mail and by phone.

The 30-day trial version with full set of features: http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid.exe Program Interface Screenshot: http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid.gif Interface Screenshot, Jewel Case and Company Logo images in printable quality (TIFF, CMYK, 300 dpi): http://www.spamaid.com/spamaid-artwork.zip (1.64 Mb).

IT reviewers are encouraged to use this press release and any other related materials. We will be pleased to grant you a free license key. If you do not consider electronically distributed software, please e-mail us with the details of your postal address and we will send you a retail package. CD editors are authorized to include the 30-day trial version of SpamAid in their CD-ROMs.

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