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CryptoMetrics, Lifetouch team up

Tuckahoe-based CryptoMetrics, which provides biometric solutions to government, aviation security, law enforcement, military, homeland security and commercial markets, said Lifetouch Inc. licensed its VisPro-ware software to streamline photo production.

CryptoMetrics VisPro-ware lets the user create applications designed to acquire, enhance and subsequently use facial images and/or facial biometric samples. VisPro-ware offers transformation and quality enhancement features for automatically realizing the highest quality facial images and/or facial biometric samples.

Xandros debuts Intel, AMD support

New York-based Xandros, a provider of Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, said the Xandros Server now supports high-performance computing utilizing 64-bit processors from Intel and AMD.

Support for Intel EM64T and AMD64 processors will be provided to Xandros customers at no additional charge. The Xandros 64-bit server provides businesses with extensive room for growth by supporting powerful database systems and the option of more simultaneous users on each server, the company said.

SmartShopper launches shopping tool

New York-based SmartShopper launched a comparison shopping tool that scours both retail and travel Web sites.

SmartShopper is a free desktop program that delivers a list of deals from merchants in the browser sidebar. When users actively shop for a specific product or travel itinerary, SmartShopper identifies what they are looking for and appears in a separate browser pane with other matching offers.

SmartShopper searches more than 13,000 sites and allows for direct price and product comparisons. Users looking to buy products or make travel arrangements can access the best available deal from thousands of vendors automatically delivered to them.

Protocall signs with McAfee

Commack-based Protocall Technologies announced a licensing agreement with McAfee, Inc., a security technology company, to include McAfee software titles on Protocall’s virtual inventory system for the retail marketplace beginning in the second quarter of 2006.

Protocall’s virtual inventory system enables store retailers and online etailers, along with content owners, to increase product availability at the point of sale while reducing their dependence on physical inventories.

IT worker confidence dwindles

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers edged down 1.1 points to 108.8 in May. A significant decrease in the number of workers who believed their finances were improving contributed to the decline in IT worker confidence. However, that was offset by an increase in the number of workers satisfied with their jobs. Despite the decline, the latest reading is considerably higher than last May, when it registered 93.2.

The composite index also fell 5.4 points to 102.3. The work force was less satisfied with their finances in May, as the percent rating their situation as excellent or good fell from 45 percent in April to 43 percent. There was also a three-point decrease to 40 percent in the number of workers who indicated their personal finances were improving, taking this to the lowest level since November 2005.

Hot Banana teams with PRWeb

New York-based Hot Banana Software, a provider of Web content management and active marketing solutions, and PRWeb, a press release distribution platform, announced a partnership that allows users of Hot Banana’s Active Marketing suite to distribute press releases to multiple online news, syndication and newswire services via a technology integration with PRWeb.

The service allows Hot Banana users to maximize their online press release distribution through PRWeb’s online distribution network.

By using PRWeb for press release distribution the press release gets syndicated to thousands of media Web sites. These media Web sites are indexed daily by the search engines and when they find a press release, they link back to the corporate Web site, this in turn provides more relevancy to the Web site, again improving search engine rankings.

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