30/05/2011

Google Adds Flight Schedules to Search Results

s what the new results offer: the number of flights leaving from a given airport, the departure times and duration, what days of the week they fly out, and the carrier.

Currently, Google appears to have restricted the routes to and from a given airport to just nonstop routes, so if you want to fly from San Francisco to Minneapolis and don't mind a layover to save you a few dollars (from Southwest, for example) the Google results won't immediately indicate the possibility.

Users won't be able to get pricing information until, presumably, the company begins integrating the flight information it included with the acquisition of ITA Software, which was approved last month.

Google announced plans toin July 2010. The purchase will help Google produce new flight search tools intended to simplify the process of searching for flights, comparing options, and buying tickets, the company said at the time. Currently, that function is served via Web sites like Kayak.com, which allows users to compare flight information and prices across various airlines.

"With the close of our ITA acquisition last month, we're eager to begin developing new flight search tools to make it easier for you to plan a trip," Peter Wedum, a software engineer for Google, wrote in a . "While this flight schedule feature does not currently use ITA's search technology, this is just a small step towards making richer travel information easier to find, and we hope to make finding flights online feel so easy, it'll feel like... well, a vacation!"

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Libcloud as a Top-Level Project

Vendor-neutral, Standard Client Library Interfaces with Leading Cloud Computing Providers Including Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus, IBM Cloud, and Rackspace Cloud

FOREST HILL, Md., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that Apache Libcloud has graduated from the Apache Incubator as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

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Apache Libcloud is an Open Source Python library that provides a vendor-neutral interface to cloud provider APIs. The current version of Apache Libcloud includes backend drivers for more than twenty leading providers including Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud, GoGrid and Linode. Graduation signifies that both the Apache Libcloud product and community have been well-governed under the Foundation's meritocratic, consensus-driven process and principles.

"Graduation is a terrific milestone for Libcloud and will help make it a top choice for anyone looking at cloud management solutions," said Anthony Elder, ASF Vice President and Libcloud Incubation mentor.

Diversification Without Vendor Lock-in

Libcloud was accepted to the Apache Incubator in November 2009 with a primary focus on cloud computing functionality, and since that time has developed a strong community and preliminary support for more cloud services such as cloud storage and load-balancers as a service. With one simple API, operations teams can write once and deploy anywhere, avoiding vendor lock-in.

Original Libcloud developer and Cloudkick co-founder/CEO Alex Polvi said, "I'm happy to see that Libcloud has grown into such a successful community-based Open Source project."

"Our goal going forward is to support all the major cloud services offered by different providers," explained Apache Libcloud Vice President Tomaz Muraus. "Developers love the existing Libcloud interface because it is clean and easy to use and we plan to bring this simplicity and ease of use to other services such as storage and load-balancers."

Apache Libcloud is used extensively in diverse production environments such as OOI Cyberinfrastructure, Cloudkick, GlobalRoute and ServerDensity.

"More than half our customers use multiple cloud vendors, since adding Libcloud compatibility we've been able to more effectively support their computing aims in the cloud through cross platform compatibility," said Robert Jenkins, CTO of CloudSigma, a European IaaS provider based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Availability and Oversight

All Apache products are released under the Apache Software License v2.0, and are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. Upon a Project's maturity to a TLP, a Project Management Committee (PMC) is formed to guide its day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Libcloud source code, documentation, and related resources are available at .

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 300 individual Members and 2,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, SpringSource, Talend, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit .

"Apache" and "Apache Libcloud" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCEApache Software Foundation

PennDOT to Offer Military License Plate Info at Harrisburg's Armed Forces Day Celebration

Plates Available by Service Affiliation, Military Campaigns and More

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennDOT will participate in the 10th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration on Harrisburg's City Island on May 21 by offering members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces information on how they can proudly display their service with military license plates.

"Every day, members of our armed forces are serving around the globe protecting our freedom," said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch, P.E. "PennDOT is proud to offer license plates honoring those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who have served in major conflicts, from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom."

Forms and information on how to obtain the plates will be available at the PennDOT information table inside the City Island Pavilion. Representatives will explain the application process and answer questions.

A complete listing of military license plates is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, , by selecting the "Military License Plates" link under the "Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center." The page provides images of each plate and links to the appropriate application form and respective fees.

A variety of license plates for active duty and reserve military personnel, and members of service-related organizations are also available through PennDOT's Specialty Plate Program. A listing of these license plates is at the link "Specialty Plate Program" near the top of the Military License Plates page.

Applications for these specialty license plates must be requested through the approved organization's local representative. Proof of eligibility is required.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at .

Media contact: Craig Yetter, 717-705-1092

SOURCEPennsylvania Department of Transportation