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Neoware works with school district

King of Prussia-based Neoware Systems, a maker of software and thin-client appliances, said the Dufferin-Peel (Ontario) Catholic District School Board, which serves 88,000 students and 134 schools, has standardized on Neoware thin-client appliances as part of the server-based computing infrastructure in their secondary schools.

Verticalnet buys Tigris

Malvern-based Verticalnet Inc. acquired New York-based consulting firm Tigris Corp. for about $9.2 million in cash and stock. Tigris specialized in helping companies analyze their spending and make better purchasing decisions. Verticalnet expects the acquisition will enable it to more than double its revenue to about $21 million to $24 million this year. Verticalnet also said it expects the transaction to add immediately to its cash flow from operations. The acquisition boosts Verticalnet’s staff size to about 120 people. Verticalnet named Brent Habig, the founder and chief executive officer of Tigris, its executive vice president of sales and consulting.

K.soft updates CDStartDummy!

Philadelphia-based K.soft announces the release of version 1.6 of CDStartDummy!, a utility to easily create auto-playable CD-ROMs for Windows. CDStartDummy! creates CD presentations that appear automatically when the disc gets inserted into a computer’s CD-ROM drive. CDStartDummy! allows users to use any type of file to autoplay on your CD including Web pages, movies, and more. Users can also add a splash screen graphic, music, icons, and other effects. CDStartDummy! comes packaged with a built-in viewer so if users choose to use a Web page or movie as a CD interface, an outside viewer or Web browser is not required. This allows users to fully customize the exact look of the CD interface down to the icon in the title bar. Registered users of CDStartDummy! may freely distribute their auto-playable CD and receive upgrades to the latest version at no charge by visiting the company’s Web site to download and install the new version.

Air Products to get connected

AT&T Corp. won a three-year, $3 million contract to provide Wayne-based Air Products and Chemicals Inc. with the ability to connect its employees in the United States, Asia Pacific and Europe to its corporate wide-area network. AT&T already provided Air Products with an extensive portfolio of voice and data services.

Mindbridge product lauded by LinuxWorld

Sys-Con Media, an i-technology magazine publisher, announced today the winners of its annual LinuxWorld Magazine ( Readers’ Choice Awards and Philadelphia-based Mindbridge’s IntraSmart Intranet software was recognized as the Best Linux Groupware. The Readers’ Choice Awards program recognizes excellence in the solutions provided by the top Linux vendors in the market.

Main station gets wireless Net

Amtrak is making wireless Internet service (Wi-Fi) available to travelers at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Amtrak says more than a million people pass through the six stations each week. Travelers with a WiFi-enabled laptop computer or personal digital assistant, or PDA, will be able access the system. AT&T Wireless customers will be able to use the system free of charge, while non-AT&T Wireless customers will have to pay a $9.99 fee for 24-hours of use from a single location. Amtrak said the system will be installed by early summer, and AT&T will be responsible for the design, installation, management, operation and maintenance of the system.

SunGard Data names segment leader

SunGard Data Systems Inc. named Michael K. Muratore to head its Investment Support Systems segment. Muratore is an executive vice president who has been with SunGard since 1984. He has headed the Wayne, Pa.-based company’s Availability Services and Other Businesses segment since 1998. SunGard also announced that another executive vice president, David E. Robinson, has retired. Robinson headed the buy-side division of SunGard’s Investment Support Systems segment. He spent 34 years with SunGard and one of the four companies that were combined to form it in a leveraged buyout in 1983.

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