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New Products

James Gray

Issue #269, September 2016

Ascensio System SIA's ONLYOFFICE

Ascensio System SIA boasts that its ONLYOFFICE office and productivity suite combines the best from the MS Office and Google Docs worlds. ONLYOFFICE is a free and open-source solution and is distributed under the AGPL v.3 license. Ascensio says that its solution trumps Google Docs' collaborative capabilities, allowing users to choose how to co-edit documents—for example, “Fast” (like in Google Docs) or “Strict” (when the changes appear after saving). ONLYOFFICE also out-features MS Office Online, asserts Ascensio, allowing its users to work with auto-shapes, -formulas and -charts online. Regarding file formats, Ascensio claims better support for MS Office formats than any other open-source office suite, and it is fully compatible with OpenDocument formats as well. The recently updated ONLYOFFICE 8.9 features the updated collaboration system called Community Server, which includes mail and calendar integration and mail autoreply. Meanwhile, the updated document editors, aka the Document Server, now offer fast real-time co-editing, commenting and integrated chat, reviewing and tracking changes, and version history.


CodeLathe FileCloud Google Chrome Extension

Nearly everyone in today's enterprises is connected throughout the day to a web browser, of which anywhere from 44–71% are Google Chrome. Seeking to make this vast number of users' work more productive is developer CodeLathe, whose new “amazingly easy-to-use” FileCloud extension for Google Chrome enables users to save documents, images and screen captures directly from Chrome to CodeLathe's FileCloud private cloud file-sharing solution. When using the FileCloud for Chrome extension, FileCloud users now can save and share information easily while working within Chrome by selecting content, opening the right-click context menu in Chrome and then selecting the “Save to FileCloud” option. The FileCloud Chrome extension is particularly useful for teams who work closely together in areas like product and market research, web design and others. FileCloud client apps are available for common desktop and mobile platforms including Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone 8 and now Chrome.


Naztech's Roadstar 5 Car Charger

The “5” in Naztech's new Roadstar 5 Car Charger refers to the abundant five ports offered by the device, intended to end in-vehicle debates on who gets to charge their device next. Naztech says that its new charger delivers superior charging power and speed while protecting tablet and smartphone batteries and motherboards. The Roadstar 5 features a compact design with five illuminated USB ports integrated on two units. The main unit that plugs in to the vehicle's electrical outlet offers two ports with the remaining three found on an extendible hub. Connected by a six-foot cable, the hub clips onto the backseat or center console, allowing users to access devices conveniently from anywhere in the car while charging. The Roadstar 5 integrates Naztech's IntelliQ Technology that enables smart communication between the charger and the attached devices, resulting in the optimal and safest delivery of power and current level, as well as short-circuit and overcharge protection.


Synopsys' Coverity

The new version 8.5 of Synopsys' Coverity extends the security umbrella of the static analysis tool to mitigate a wider range of security vulnerabilities. Coverity, a core component of Synopsys' Software Integrity Platform, is an automated software testing tool that analyzes source code to detect critical security vulnerabilities and defects early in the software development lifecycle. Coverity 8.5 adds static analysis capabilities for Ruby and node.js web applications, as well as Android mobile applications. In addition, version 8.5 expands security analysis to address a wider range of security vulnerabilities and adds complete support for MISRA C 2012 coding guidelines used in medical device, automotive and other safety-critical industries. This version of Coverity is ISO 26262-certified, demonstrating Synopsys' efforts to address vehicle security and safety in the midst of emerging industry trends, such as connected cars and autonomous driving. To support its growing customer base and expand its software integrity business in the Asia Pacific region, Synopsys now offers a localized version of Coverity 8.5 in simplified Chinese, including a localized user interface, reporting, IDE plugins and documentation.


Nativ Disc

Although most music lovers stream or download music today, the stubborn pre-millennials among us have legacy CD collections at home. This demographic is the perfect target group for Nativ Disc, a bit-perfect CD Ripper that allows users to import up to 12,000 CDs—in lossless FLAC, uncompressed WAV or lossy MP3 format—into their Nativ Vita high-resolution music player. Nativ Disc and Nativ Vita are produced by Nativ, a self-described “nimble and innovative tech startup” that designs audiophile-level components with the latest and greatest in technology by leveraging the power of the crowd through an open platform. To make Nativ Disc the best it can be, Nativ partnered with music-database specialist Gracenote to deliver a more immersive experience and help users re-discover music like never before.


Epiq Solutions' Sidekiq M.2

Following on its resounding success with its Sidekiq MiniPCIe card, wireless communications systems specialist Epiq Solutions recently added the Sidekiq M.2 state-of-the-art, small form-factor, software-defined radio (SDR) card. Epiq Solutions explains that the Sidekiq product line provides a breakthrough small form-factor SDR transceiver solution ready for integration into systems that support either MiniPCIe or now the M.2 card form factors. Compared to the Sidekiq MiniPCIe card, this next-generation product provides benefits such as a 20% size reduction, double the data throughput with its Gen2 PCIe interface, full 2x2 MIMO RF interface and increased FPGA resources with a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA. Other features of the Sidekiq M.2 card include RF tuning range of 70MHz to 6GHz, up to 50MHz RF bandwidth per channel, flexible RF front end supporting two operating modes, 2.1 W typical power consumption and PDK including software API and FPGA source code.


Senet IoT Foundry

Startup companies and even large enterprises may not be able to harness the full range of skills required to deliver vertically complete IoT solutions to their customers. To assist these companies in getting to market and solving their customers' problems, Senet introduces Senet IoT Foundry, a suite of development services—training, development tools, a network sandbox and technical consulting services—that help IoT solution developers create and launch LoRa-compliant IoT products and applications. Senet calls itself the first and only North American provider of public, LoRa-based, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, putting it in a strong position to support companies in their commercialization of LoRa-based LPWAN products and solutions. Senet is a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance and was the first in North America to gain FCC certification on LoRa-based sensors and gateways. As a result, the company claims to possess a treasure chest of high-level designs, best practices and development tools that can benefit other ecosystem partners. Users of Senet IoT Foundry services can opt to follow the Foundry's four-step development program, or pick and choose the services they need most.


Steven Ovadia's Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches (Manning Publications Co.)

Yes, Steven Ovadia's new book for Linux “noobs” is titled Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches, but readers may need two-hour lunches and weekends to attain the ambitious goal implied in the title. No matter though, because this “study while dining” series of books from Manning Publications offers a fine approach to learning the essentials of our beloved OS, from installation to networking, installing software and securing a system. Readers just curious about Linux or needing to get up and running for their jobs will appreciate how this book concentrates on need-to-know tasks. By digesting targeted, easy-to-follow, compact lessons, readers learn how to use the command line, customize a desktop, print, choose the right application for their needs and more. Readers who make it to the end of the book are treated to topics like filesystems, GitLab and using Linux professionally—for example, certifications. Although new Linux users may be overwhelmed at first, Ovadia's book illustrates how learning Linux doesn't have to be hard, and the payoff is great.


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