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Snapbridge updates Xstudio

San Diego-based Snapbridge Software announced Snapbridge XStudio 2.5, which it says is the first true drag-and-drop development environment for building information processing solutions based on eXtensible Markup Language (XML) technologies. The new and improved development tool allows drag and drop development to choreograph the integration and publication of data and content with no coding or data schema required. XStudio 2.5 can be downloaded at Snapbridge’s Web site: www.snapbridge.com/downloads.

Evolution Robotics releases ERSP 3.0

Pasadena-based Evolution Robotics, a maker of robotics products, announced the availability of ERSP 3.0 and the ERSP Scorpion robot, a development platform for creating robotic products from the ground up or adding robotic functionality to existing products. The complete SDK includes critical infrastructure, core capabilities such as advanced navigation and vision technology, development tools, documentation, sample code, and API documentation, allowing companies to create powerful autonomous applications quickly and easily. Enhancements to ERSP 3.0 include navigation enabling robots and other devices to be fully autonomous, move safely in their environment with knowledge of their location, recover from being picked up and moved, build maps, plan paths to reach specific destinations, and locate and dock into charging stations.

Milken: state’s tech lead threatened

Investments in a state’s science and technology assets are crucial in determining a region’s future economic success, according to a recent report by the Milken Institute, a Los Angeles think tank. But California’s budget problems and its slipping education systems could endanger the state’s rank as a magnet for high tech companies, the report says. According to the report, the top 10 states best positioned to succeed in the technology-led information age are: Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey, Minnesota, Utah, Connecticut. In this year’s index, the top 10 remain the same as they were in the institute’s first study in 2002, except that California has moved up to second and Colorado dropped to third, and Minnesota (eighth) and Connecticut (10th) changed places this year. The Milken report takes note of California’s “exceptional technology-fueled economic growth” in the second half of the 1990s, and the subsequent recession gripping Silicon Valley which has seen the loss of nearly 20 percent of its employment base.

Gateway moving to Orange County

Poway-based computer maker Gateway Inc. is moving its headquarters to an undetermined location in Orange County. The company told its 6,600 employees that a site near the Irvine Spectrum Center is one of the top choices for its new headquarters. The company hopes to complete its move by July.

Unisyn releases AutoMate 5

Los Angeles-based Unisyn Software released AutoMate 5. The application uses visual tasks, which users string together on their computer screens via a drag-and-drop interface. With more than 10,000 users worldwide, AutoMate is the most widely used product in its class, Unisyn said. Winner of industry awards from InformationWeek, PC Computing and Ziff-Davis, AutoMate includes more than 100 visual actions supporting native HTTP, text-to-speech, POP3 email, keystroke simulation, application runs, and SQL database connectivity.

Fourth World notes 10th anniversary

Los Angeles-based Fourth World announced a 44-day promotion to introduce new products, services, and a special promotional price on its flagship product, WebMerge. WebMerge is a product for generating static Web pages from nearly any database or spreadsheet content. Using template pages made with any HTML editor, WebMerge provides more than a dozen tags for inserting content and navigating between pages. The product can upload pages to any Web server, and has options to support fully automated workflows. Normally priced at $99, WebMerge is available for $85 until mid-May.

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