The Weekly Record: ‘World Cup’ champion crowned and Infor announces partner network

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

FIFA Interactive World Cup Champion Francisco CruzHP launch new TouchPad, virus scam bad people strike again, and more in our barely plausibly titled round-up of technology news.

HP has announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in Germany, France and UK & Ireland starting from the first week of July.  HP TouchPad will be available direct from HP, selected retailers, and commercial resellers with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage for €479  and €579 respectively. “What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS,“ said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS.”

IT security and data protection firm Sophos is warning Windows users about the latest fake anti-virus attack, which tricks users into installing malicious software by posing as a Microsoft security update. Affected users will see an almost exact replica of the real Microsoft Update page - the only difference being that the bogus page appears while surfing with Firefox, whereas the genuine Microsoft Update site requires Internet Explorer. Sophos has found that fake anti-virus attacks have become more sophisticated and professional in their appearance, convincing more innocent computer users into making bad decisions. The firm said the use of high quality graphics and professional interfaces means that there is a risk that more users are likely to fall for the scams. The use of the Microsoft Update disguise takes advantage of the monthly ‘Patch Tuesday’ security updates that Microsoft regularly issues, and that users are encouraged to install to defend their computers.

Business software firm Infor has announced the Infor Partner Network, a global network of people, systems and services designed to deliver the highest quality support for channel partners. Infor partners will benefit from the program’s commission rates, new performance bonuses, a comprehensive training and certification program, and a market development funding program geared towards helping partners invest back into their businesses. Infor’s Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels, Jeff Abbott, has set a goal to double Infor’s channel revenue over the next three years and the IPN is a key enabler of that aggressive growth. “The Infor Partner Network takes our commitment to partners to the next level by providing the training, resources, support, and financial investment to help our current and prospective partners rapidly build profitable and sustainable businesses,” said Abbott.

And finally…Portugal may have suffered an early exit at the 2010 FIFA World Cup last year but they are home to a champion of their own in the beautiful game. Francisco Cruz restored pride to the Iberian nation with victory at EA’s FIFA Interactive World Cup 2011. The 16 year old came out on top in a field of 24 finalists, overcoming Colombia’s Javier Munoz in the tournament final at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles.

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