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Tech-Related Articles
(April 2002)



Beware! Your PC Could Be Bugged (internet.com, April 30th)
Don't think that viruses, worms and trojan horses are the only nasty parasites around. There is a new nuisance causing havok on computers of the unwary, and it is called spyware.

Smart Clothing Gets Musical (ElectricNews.net, April 29th)
German company Infineon has outlined plans for new high-tech textiles and demonstrated a washable 'music jacket' prototype that lets the wearer play MP3 files. This announcement comes just days after wearable technology leader Xybernaut was granted seven patents covering various aspects of portable computing. Further infotrmation concerning these patents may be found at Internet.com.

HP's Nanotech Investment Aims to Break Moore's Law (Nanotech Planet, April 29th)
Aside from its precipitous merger with Compaq, computer maker Hewlett-Packard is betting its future in no small part on molecular electronics. HP has embarked on a 10-year plan to make the use of molecular memory and logic chips one of the standards by which computing, and HP, move beyond the limits imposed by Moore's Law.

M-Commerce Phone Home (M-Commerce Times, April 29th)
Your trusty cordless home phone may be transforming itself before your very eyes into yet another tool in the coming m-commerce revolution. The lines are blurring between cell phones and cordless phones.

Product Review: ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500 (HardwareCentral, April 29th)
ATI Technologies combines its fastest Radeon 8500 core, 128MB of DDR memory, and super-cool viewing complete with remote control, a TiVo-style digital VCR, and see-through CNN. Call it "play per view."

Nanocrystals Technology Shines New Light on Optics (australia.internet.com, April 29th)
By confining a single atom inside a nanocrystal, researcher Ramesh Bhargava has devised a material with potential uses ranging from clear-glass sunglasses to bio-sensors to optical computing and just about anything optical in between.

On the Road to a Wireless Tour Guide (ABC News, April 26th)
Wearable computers hold much promise for countless industries and applications for augmenting reality and/or serving as immediate information sources and computation devices. In this article, TechTV examines one of the more light-hearted potential uses of such systems. That being, as virtual tour guides that lead users through sites of interest, while providing location-dependent information along the way.

The Benefits of Broadband: Entertainment (eMarketer, April 25th)
Jupiter Media Metrix says games and music will comprise over one-half of paid content revenues by 2006. eMarketer's Macklin notes that as broadband takes off, console gaming and video-on-demand will both be industries worth watching.

Web Surfers Snub Pricier Broadband Access (USA Today, April 25th)
Broadband growth continues to slow as customers balk at higher prices and companies scale back promotions.

Where's Jini? (EarthWeb, April 25th)
Three years ago, Sun's co-founder Bill Joy touted the Jini technology as the sure path to ubiquitous computing. What happened to it?

Internet Users in Europe (eMarketer, April 24th)
Nevin Cohen estimates that Europe's internet user growth rate through 2004 will double the US rate. Find out what countries are leading the charge and who's falling behind.

Journey to the Internet's Unknown Regions (NewsFactor, April 24th)
The average web surfer cannot uncover information on the deep web because of the ways in which most search engines get their listings.

Grid Computing May Transform Life Sciences Research (Grid Computing PlanetFactor, April 24th)
Grid computing is a source of enormous untapped power that could revolutionize life sciences research, according to speakers at a Web conference hosted by United Devices.

The Vast Universe of Tiny Technology (NewsFactor, April 23rd)
Microelectrical-mechanical systems (MEMS), micro-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and nanotechnology all are big terms for extremely small technologies. But these miniature wonders are becoming commonplace in manufacturing, biotech, computing and other industries.

Sun Adds Wireless to Java Smart Cards (internet.com, April 23rd)
Sun Microsystems Tuesday unveiled an update to its Java Card technology for smart cards that it claims increases support for connecting the cards to wireless devices.

Chip Developers Thirsty for Microsoft's Corona (internet.com, April 23rd)
Microsoft Corp. tacked two more companies to its list graphics chip makers when it inked agreements with ATI Technologies Inc. and NVIDIA Corp. Tuesday. The firms agreed to support the Redmond, Wash. software firm's new DirectX technologies, which make high-resolution video playback possible using the new Windows Media technology, code-named 'Corona.'

The E-Business Ecosystem is Here (E-Commerce Guide, April 23rd)
As corporations extend their e-business strategies across the Web linking with customers, suppliers and partners, the result is a truly interdependent and interconnected environment.

NEC Captures Supercomputing Crown (The Register, April 22nd)
A Japanese supercomputer, based on technology from NEC, has taken the title of the world's fastest system. Capable of processing at a rate in excess of 35 teraflops (that's 35 trillion floating-point operations/second), the 5104 processor system - dubbed the Earth Simulator - is used to calculate climate patterns.

PC Users Don't Like to Leave Home Without It (internet.com, April 22nd)
A fascinating study into the usage patterns and behaviours of laptop owners has revealed that many feel a strong connection towards the portable units.

Glimpses of a Shared Web (ASP News, April 22nd)
Implementing technologies such as grid computing, web services and P2P, McAfee and Google are moving the dream of a shared, global, real-time web closer to reality.

Wireless Anywhere - Even Miles from an Access Point? (80211Planet, April 22nd)
Will multimode technology render access points obsolete and allow 80211 users to access a network from anywhere? That's the vision pushed by VoiceStream, which last month announced its intention to merge 80211 and 2.5G technologies into a single product offering.

Geographics: China Pulls Ahead of Japan (CyberAtlas, April 22nd)
China is in a distant second place to the U.S. in at-home Internet population but leading the race in the Asia Pacific region.

DSL in Latin America and the World (eMarketer, April 19th)
Point Topic estimates that there are roughly 18.8 million digital subscriber line (DSL) subscribers worldwide - 407,200 of which are in Latin America.

iWireless World: A Mixed Outlook (internet.com, April 19th)
The general sentiment at iWireless World this week is that the wireless industry in the U.S., specifically the rollout of 3G mobile technology, is still uncertain.

Berners-Lee: Prepare for Next-Gen Web Now (internet.com, April 19th)
The Web's evolution depends on companies and organizations embracing universal and open standards, inventor Tim Berners-Lee told attendees at this week's Center for eBusiness@MIT conference. He cautioned against the corporitization of the space and the patenting of standards, before once more espousing his inspirational vision for the coming Semantic Web.

Building Blocks to the Next PC? (ABC News, April 19th)
First, there were desktop computers. Then came portable laptop computers and, more recently, handhelds. But a new developing class of computers promises to eclipse as well as encompass all of those previous iterations of the humble PC by becoming modular.

The Benefits of Broadband (eMarketer, April 18th)
More companies and schools are going the distance when it comes to education. eMarketer's Ben Macklin discusses how broadband is making it happen.

Survey: Web Cuts into TV Use by Mothers (internet.com, April 18th)
Jupiter and NPD Group report that Internet usage impacts the TV viewing habits of women with children - a finding that represents both a major shift in media consumption and an opportunity for household product marketers to reach women online during their peak usage hours.

ZettaCore's Goal: Memory Powered by Molecules (Nanotech Planet, April 18th)
By making today's computer memory chips obsolete, molecular memory is considered by many to be the key enabling technology for the next generation of high-powered, portable information devices. Such devices will make the ubiquitous access to information and entertainment as easy as using an ATM card is today.

Bluetooth Gets Microsoft Thumbs-Up (internet.com, April 18th)
Microsoft boss Bill Gates on Thurday announced his company would back the Bluetooth technology with the release of desktop peripherals using the much-hyped wireless networking standard.

Microsoft Pictures the Future (BBC News, April 18th)
Microsoft is working on ways to make digital images as easy to change and improve as text. The tools can automatically trace outlines, seamlessly cover marks or blemishes, and fill in backgrounds when pieces of an image are removed; and in doing so shares much in common with Adobe's new Photoshop healing and liquify tools.

Ballmer Sees XML Revolution (FCW.com, April 17th)
First there was the personal computer, then a graphical user interface, then the Internet. Now the fourth computer revolution is at hand XML at least according to Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. It's also the technology central to Microsoft's future being that it's at the core of .NET, so Mr Ballmer clearly has a vested interest in making such statements. Still, there's much truth in his assessment, and the fact that XML allows a range of different computer systems to communicate with one another, and holds the ability to repurpose content for delivery on multiple platforms instantly, the markup language is going to drive networked computing in the early 21st century.

Microsoft Mobilizes .NET (internet.com, April 17th)
Microsoft announced today that it will bring the power of .NET to handheld devices with the beta release of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. The .NET Compact Framework, which enables XML Web services on mobile devices, is the company's next step in providing a rich computing environment to any device.

Two-Thirds Hit the Net (CyberAtlas, April 17th)
Americans are becoming connected to the Internet again after a stagnant period, according to the latest data from Harris Interactive that puts Internet usage at 66 percent among adults. This figure, based on a Harris Poll telephone survey of 2,038 adults in February and March of 2002, represents an increase of 10 million from November 2001 (127 million to 137 million). The study also found that the online population now closely resembles the overall population, albeit trending slightly to the wealthier and better educated sectors. The racial mix of online populations within the US also corresponds almost exactly with the breakdown of such groups offline. For more on that part of the study, see this eMarketer report.

Java and .NET Battle for the Web's Future (NewsFactor, April 15th)
The network platform war continues to rage between Sun and Microsoft as the latter beefs up the rollout of their all-encompassing .NET strategy and the former continues both its legal action against Microsoft and several initiatives aimed at wooing the enterprise crowd to the J2EE development environment. Some of the goals sought by both players are outlined in this IDG article.

Flash Going Mobile (eWeek, April 15th)
Macromedia Inc. is getting serious about mobility and is forming a business unit that will focus on putting the company's Flash technology in wireless devices.

Intel to Pay Intergraph $300 Million to Settle Patent Fight (EE Times, April 15th)
Intergraph Corp. and Intel Corp. today announced they have agreed to bury the legal hatchet in their dispute over microprocessor patents. Under the settlement, Intel will pay Intergraph $300 million. Intergraph will transfer ownership of patents not covered by a new cross-licensing agreement in the settlement.

European Parliament Says No to Website Blocking (IDG, April 12th)
The European Parliament has voted against blocking access to Web sites as a way of regulating content on the Internet, instead pushing self-regulation and filter and rating systems.

Chipmakers Chase 'System-on-a-chip' (ZDNet, April 12th)
Motorola, Philips and STMicroelectronics announced plans Friday to collaborate on manufacturing technologies that ultimately could produce new kinds of chips for consumer electronics that serve multiple functions efficiently.

The Benefits of Broadband: Telecommuting (eMarketer, April 11th)
Increased broadband adoption is making it easier for employees to telecommute. Ben Macklin takes a look at the benefits, forecasts and the markets that will be affected.

Mac Web Browsers Draw Battle Lines (NewsFactor, April 11th)
The browser wars of the mid-1990s may seem like a distant memory. However, on the Apple Macintosh platform, a handful of competitors are battling to claim Mac OS X's fertile user base.

Web Services Gets Security Blanket (internet.com, April 11th)
A joint effort between IBM, Microsoft and VeriSign results in a security standard for the fledgling Web services industry.

Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass the Human Variety? (InfoWorld.com, April 11th)
This year's CTO Forum held in San Francisco saw a reflective gathering of developers and other tech professionals. Amongst issues up for panel discussion was the progression of artificial intelligence. This incuded an identification of those industries that stand to benefit the most from the technology in the near future, as well as moral, ethical and philosophical discussion concerning the technology.

Countdown on Mozilla Nears Zero (ZDNet, April 11th)
Mozilla, the long-awaited open-source version of the Netscape browser, is to release its first beta-test version aimed at a broad audience in the next few days. In doing so, the group hopes to reignite the browser wars and claim back some of Microsoft's market share. A CNET review of one pre-release version of Mozilla 1.0 may be found here. Also boosting the probability of another escalation of the browser showdown with the Redmond giant was this week's announcement that AOL-owned Compuserve has switched from IE to Netscape Navigator in the latest distribution of its ISP software. That story may be found on ZDNet.

Kids Say the Net is the Darndest Thing (eMarketer, April 10th)
A Knowledge Networks/Statistical Research survey finds that if children could only have one medium, the net is the first choice overall. Boys and girls have very different media preferences, though.

Using the Net to Catch Junk Mail (BBC News, April 10th)
Two innovative US software developers are priming a peer-to-peer system that they claim will have the ability to detect spam mail, and spread the word to other network nodes quickly, without interfering with legitimate email messages.

Obeying the Law (RedHerring, April 10th)
In 1965, Gordon Moore made the brave prediction that the number of transistors on a chip would double every 18 months, and he arguably could not have been more right, with chip makers setting the matching of Moore's Law as their development goals year after year. Many tech analysts and chip makers, however, are doubting that this trend can continue beyond 2005 using present methods or deritives thereof, and are thus exploring vastly new technologies in an effort to maintain speed and efficiency improvements into the future.

NeoMagic Delivers MPEG-4 Over 2G (internet.com, April 10th)
While the rest of the telecom industry are busy prepping for the launch of 2.5 and 3G phone services, NeoMagic Corporation is using the current 2G standards to offer streaming MPEG-4 video and audio. The company said only slight changes in its chip architecture was needed to allow for the streaming of over wire line and cellular connections with bandwidth ranging from 9.6K to 56K bits per second.

Future Computers Beat the Clock (NewsFactor, April 10th)
Clocks have come to impose limitations on the performance of increasingly complex computer systems. The electrical pulses travel at the speed of light but still are not fast enough to keep accurate time as they traverse the tens of millions of transistors now found on a single chip. The solution may lie in what developers are calling 'self-timed' or 'asynchronous' systems that do not rely on traditional internal timing mechanisms to coordinate their operation.

Programmable Chips (MSNBC, April 10th)
Chips that change function on the fly will mean more versatile handhelds.

Solving the World's Problems, One PC At A Time (Grid Computing Planet, April 9th)
Grid computing, the Internet and the ubiquitous PC have come together in scores of volunteer distributed computing projects designed to solve some of mankind's most perplexing mysteries.

The Light Brigade (RedHerring, April 9th)
A secretive Silicon Valley startup has achieved a startling breakthrough: a chip that controls the flow of light. Could this be the dawn of the next Intel?

'Crappy' WAP Bridging Gap (Wired News, April 8th)
Since its high-profile debut, the wireless operating/web browsing platform known as WAP was shunned by users and developers alike - and for good reason. The second incarnation of the format, WAP 2.0, may however prove to silence critics through its effective incorporation of cutting-edge markup languages such as XHTML with greater functionality and fewer lofty expectations.

Growing Demand for Video-On-Demand (eMarketer, April 8th)
Strategy Analytics estimates that 7.6 million US households will have VOD by the end of 2002, generating $287 million in revenue.

Street Talk: Ethernet Is the People's Choice (RedHerring, April 8th)
No matter what the network, ethernet offers superior speed to the alternatives, says RedHerring contributor Steven Milunovich.

iTV Firms Look to XML for Production Standards (internet.com, April 8th)
In an attempt to increase the amount of iTV programming in the U.S. and unify the fragmented iTV middleware market, a group of Interactive TV content and technology providers Monday unveiled a draft XML-based standard intended to allow producers and studios to write interactive content once and distribute it to all major set-top box and PC platforms.

Will Wi-Fi Overwhelm Satellite Radio? (CNET News.com, April 8th)
Relative calm in a usage sense has thus far seen no interference between the bandwidth allocations afforded to Wi-Fi and satellite radio players, but many in the industry are now questioning how long this can last once spectrum is eaten up by heavy adoption. Satellite radio advocates feel that Wi-Fi use could interfere with its own employment of radio waves, leading to snarled signals.

IPod: Music to Hacker's Ears (Wired News, April 8th)
Mac hackers have embraced the IPod personal music device with open arms - creating tweaks that can turn the popular unit into a PDA, remote control, Windows-based device or news delivery pager.

IBM Wants You to Talk to Your Devices (internet.com, April 5th)
Voice recognition technology is no longer science fiction. It's been a reality for decades, though it remains immature. Now voice technologies, spurred by standards like VoiceXML, are increasingly finding their way into the market with applications in telephony, PDAs and automobiles.

Panel: US iTV, One Day at a Time (eMarketer, April 5th)
eMarketer editor David Berkowitz hosts a forum with pros from the Association for Interactive Marketing, Agency.com, Virtual Media Partners and internetnews.com to tackle interactive television issues ranging from privacy to t-commerce. Find out where there's a consensus and what stirs debate.

Stop the IPv4 World, I Wanna Get Off (ISP Planet, April 5th)
The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 on a global scale is a colossal chore. The task is so extensive, that several major ISP vendors have asked everyone to hold their horses, at least until a smooth trail can be blazed.

The Benefits of Broadband: The Costs (eMarketer, April 4th)
In Part One of a series of articles on the potential economic benefits of broadband, eMarketer's Ben Macklin delves deep into the cost-benefit analysis that governments the world over are conducting.

Apple Snaps Up FireWire Provider (internet.com, April 4th)
Illustrating its continued faith in the FireWire standard and its part in the company's Digital Hub strategy, Apple Computer Inc. Thursday moved to acquire FireWire technology provider Zayante Inc.

Investors Don't 'Get' iTV (internet.com, April 3rd)
When doubts regarding Gemstar-TV's accounting practices were raised this week, the stock's value plummeted, but many have seen the announcement as little more than a trigger - or the proverbial straw that broke the iTV camel's back. The promise of interactive television has yet to be lauded by consumers in test markets to any great degree, and this has caused the investing public to remain jittery about the technology's true growth potential. Others, however, have suggested that this once-bitten mindset doesn't accurately reflect the potential in this case. For more on investors' decision to sue Gemstar over its accounting discrepancies, see this internet.com article.

OASIS Sets Sights on XML for DRM (internet.com, April 2nd)
OASIS tabs a pack of high-tech firms to help hash out a standard mixing XML with digital rights management (DRM) to better tag and protect intellectual property online.

IBM Buys Biometric Laptop Security (NewsFactor, April 1st)
Florida-based semiconductor play AuthenTech announced Monday that it has integrated its fingerprint security technology into the latest IBM laptops, with the goal of eliminating the need for users to remember several disparate passwords.

Whatever Happened to Carnivore? (NewsFactor, April 1st)
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) general counsel David Sobel has claimed that EPIC and other organizations are keeping pressure on the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI to disclose exactly what law enforcement officials are doing with Carnivore - the controversial tool they developed and admitted to have set into operation in scanning internet-based communications of varying guises.

Europeans Tuning in to Digital TV (eMarketer, April 1st)
Let the DTV craze begin -- Jupiter MMXI predicts the number of households in Europe with digital TV will rise from 32.2 million in 2002 to 86 million by 2006.

Stealth P2P Network Hides Inside Kazaa (CNET News.com, April 1st)
A Californian marketing company has quietly attached its software to millions of downloads of the popular Kazaa file-trading program and disconcertingly plans to remotely "turn on" people's PCs, welding them into a new network of its own. For some clue as to how Brilliant Digital intends to use this network, see this australia.internet.com article. Further commentary concerning the development may be found at ZDNet. Information concerning an alternative product developed to alleviate the spyware concern may be found in this Wired News article.


 
 
 

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