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Austin-based InternetPerils Inc., a provider of automated products for Internet Business Risk Management, released PerilSnap, a tool for users to examine the Internet near their IP address for anomalies, nonredundant paths, and other potential risks to their network’s performance.

With the product, Internet users, whether from the home office or enterprise, can now easily review a snapshot of the Internet that directly impacts the quality of their network’s IP performance. PerilSnap visualizations represent nodes in the nearby Internet neighborhood: client computers, servers, and routers. PerilSnap’s color-coding also show the relative health and performance of the user’s nearby network by illustrating speeds of connections between devices including the latencies, packet loss, and non-responding nodes along the network.

Gaming to generate $60 billion by 2011

According to a report by BCC Research, the value of worldwide shipments of the electronic gaming industry has reached nearly $36.5 billion in 2006. Shipments are projected to grow in value at a 10.5 percent average annual growth rate to reach almost $60 billion by 2011.

Games and software control the largest share of the total gaming market. Worth more than $20.7 billion in 2006, this industry will grow sharply to $33.6 billion in 2011. Gaming products command the second largest share of the market, worth $13.9 billion in 2006, growing to $22.1 billion 2011. Equipment and services, although the most specialized sector of the industry, will be the fastest growing sector of the market, reaching almost $2 billion by the end of 2006. It will reach $4.3 billion in 2011.

QuickArrow sponsors PSVillage

Austin-based QuickArrow, a provider of on-demand professional services automation (PSA) solutions for billable services organizations, announced its sponsorship of PSVillage, an international community of professional services practitioners. As a sponsor, QuickArrow will share its insights and support industry events and programs, Webinars and white papers.

Launched in 2004, PSVillage has grown from a small, industry discussion forum into a vital resource for industry-specific white papers, job boards, Webinars, moderated discussions and networking events. Membership is comprised of senior IT professional services/consulting services management with a breadth of functional, technical, strategic, and managerial experience working for software startups, as well as industry leaders including Accenture, Deloitte, Oracle, IBM/PWC and others.

Giganews site offered in multiple languages

Austin-based Usenet service provider Giganews, Inc. announced the availability of its Web site in multiple languages. Giganews now offers its Web site in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and English.

Giganews is the world’s largest tier 1 Newsgroup Service Provider (NSP) offering service to more than 10 million broadband subscribers in 180 countries.

IT workers generally happy with salaries

Compared to the general work force, IT workers are more satisfied with their compensation. In fact, nearly four out of five (78 percent) of them are very or somewhat satisfied with their cash and benefits, compared to 72 percent of all workers.

The findings come from Hudson’s Transforming Pay Plans: 2006 Compensation and Benefits Report, which surveyed 10,000 workers across all sectors, examining employee attitudes about traditional and non-traditional pay and benefit programs.

IT professionals also anticipate making more money in 2006 than in 2005–57 percent indicate they will earn more. Only 41 percent of overall workforce believes that to be the case.

Topaz releases video capturing software

Plano-based Topaz Labs LLC, which specializes in video enhancement, released a new release of its video frame capturing and enhancing software, Topaz Moment V3.0.

Topaz Moment employs super-resolution that creates a higher resolution image from multiple video frames; advanced noise reduction that suppresses frame noise with little loss of details; edge enhancement that sharpens the picture without increased noise or overshooting; and optical flow motion compensated de-interlacing to handle interlaced video sources.

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