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Tech-Related Articles
(May 2002)

How Artificial Intelligence Decodes Customer Behavior (E-Commerce Times, May 31st)
High-tech data mining can give companies an increasingly accurate view of how particular segments of the customer base are reacting to a product or service.

House Office Buys Biometrics (FCW.com, May 31st)
The Office of Legislative Counsel for the House of Representatives is becoming the first on Capitol Hill to install biometric technology in order to protect confidential files and working documents by using iris scans to authenticate a person's identity.

Hey, Is Your PDA Talking To You? (M-Commerce Times, May 31st)
Technology that has helped the military in battles in Afghanistan could be quite useful for a number of consumer and enterprise applications, including travel, healthcare, safety, and any number of interactions involving participants speaking different languages.

FireWire Crosses PC Borders (internet.com, May 31st)
No longer will PC vendors be forced to identify the speedy plug-and-play standard as IEEE1394. The 1394 Trade Association this week made a deal to license the FireWire trademark, logo and brand identity from Apple Computer (who only recently acquired full control of the rights to the system and its marks).

Will Computers Read Your Mind? (ABC News, May 30th)
Advances in camera and software technologies coupled with some savvy AI could lead to computers developing the ability to judge human emotions in an attempt to gauge the user's intent.

Groups Seek Equal Internet Access (USA Today, May 30th)
The Bush administration is wrong to declare that the digital divide is narrowing and the White House should focus on expanding Internet access for the poor and less educated in their homes, consumer groups said Thursday.

Firms Attempt to Defragment Linux (internet.com, May 30th)
Four Linux distribution companies agree to create a unified Linux distribution geared toward business.

Carnivore Devours More Than It Lets On (internet.com, May 29th)
Internal FBI documents, obtained by a privacy watchdog group through the Freedom of Information Act, suggest that the bureau's e-mail surveillance system is not as selective about e-mails it keeps as the FBI has maintained.

Being Wired Helps You Connect (BBC News, May 29th)
People who spend time online are not sad, lonely individuals with no social life. Quite the opposite, argues Professor Keith Hampton, an expert in cyber-sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Manic Monday (CyberAtlas, May 29th)
More Internet users start their workweek by surfing, leaving their weekends unplugged, according to data from StatMarket and Nielsen//NetRatings. Both firms assert that workers use the web for greater periods of time, but that they remain outnumbered by home-users almost 2:1. Nevertheless, the workday traffic rush has pushed Mondays to record the greatest level of net activity during the average week.

You Want a Slurpee With That E-Purchase? (E-Commerce Guide, May 29th)
7-Eleven aims to make it easier for the more than 100 million people without credit cards to part with their money the modern way - e-commerce via in-store kiosks.

Households Tune in to Digital TV in Europe and the US (eMarketer, May 29th)
Strategy Analytics estimates the number of households in Europe with digital TV in 2002 will be 33 million. eMarketer believes the number of households with DTV in the US will hit 40.4 million this year.

Researchers Achieve Production Grid Breakthrough (GridComputingPlanet, May 29th)
Physics researchers have carried out the first production-quality simulated data generation on a data Grid, comprising sites at Caltech, Fermilab, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

People Shouting SOS for SMS with Money in Hand (M-Commerce Times, May 29th)
Poll of global mobile community demonstrates consumer desire for more text messaging services -- and the willingness to pay for them.

Younger Generation Embraces Third Generation Technology (eMarketer, May 28th)
TNS determined that the under 25 age group in the US (45%), Western Europe (37%) and Eastern Europe (30%) displayed the highest level of interest in 3G applications, but what will these findings mean for actual 3G units shipped in 2002 and years to come?

Ultra Wideband Multimedia is in the House! (allNetDevices, May 24th)
Wireless multimedia system prototype based on UWB screams its way through concrete and steel to deliver DVD-quality video.

FCC Mulls More License-Free Spectrum (internet.com, May 24th)
To license or not to license, that is the question. Freeing up spectrum in the upper millimeter-wave spectrum for commercial use would open the door to multi-gigabit-per-second wireless broadband Internet speeds.

Digital Copyright Bill May Dumb Down the PC (EE Times, May 24th)
Intel Corp. says PCs could be turned into "dumb terminals" if a bill on digital copyright now before the U.S. Congress is passed.

Microsoft Releases 'Friendly' XP Patch (internet.com, May 24th)
In the first changes called for under its proposed anti-trust settlement, the new service pack will give users and computer manufacturers choice beyond what Redmond provides. To see just what this update has in store for XP users, check out this CNET review.

Demystifying 10 Common Misconceptions About VoiceXML (VoiceXMLPlanet, May 24th)
Before you take the plunge into VoiceXML, or even if you have already done so, read on to learn how you can avoid the 10 most common pitfalls of VoiceXML implementations.

HP, MIT Tackle Wireless Woes (internet.com, May 23rd)
Under a new research pact, the Palo Alto computing giant and Cambridge, Mass. school seek new solutions to performance and reliability problems plaguing networks and devices.

Graduation Day for Linux (LinuxPlanet, May 23rd)
As attention has become more and more focused on finding alternatives to Microsoft in business, government, and education venues all over the world, Linux and its rapidly improving desktop applications are being eyed as top candidates to replace Windows.

Will Americans Go for mLife? (Salon.com, May 22nd)
AT&T is pushing Japanese-style wireless services in the U.S. But until cellphones are as fun to use in New York as they are in Tokyo, a jaded market is likely to keep yawning.

Partnerships Hope Nanomaterials the Secret to Smaller, Stronger Displays (Nanotech Planet, May 22nd)
With the Society for Information Display Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition taking place in Boston this week, the use of nanomaterials in liquid crystal displays has been a hot topic.

Handheld Delivers the 411 on DNA (internet.com, May 21st)
Combining developments in nanotechnology with old-school magnets and wire coils, a new device dubbed 'Hermes' promises to provide point-of-care analysis of purified DNA in a manner far quicker and less labor intensive than what was previously the case.

French researchers Take Step Towards Quantum Computing (SmallTimes, May 21st)
In what may be reflected upon as a breakthrough achievement in decades to come, researchers at CEA - one of the biggest French state-funded research labs - has created a first-of-its-kind electronic component that could lead to a quantum processor. The component consists of a circuit made from an aluminium loop that forms on 'qubit' or quantum bit - a unit that may form the basis of future quantum processors.

Porsche Racing Team Utilizes Wearable Computers (internet.com, May 21st)
The Alex Job Racing team is using Xybernaut Corp.'s Mobile Assistant V wearable computers for computing and communications for the Porsche team competing in the 2002 American Le Mans Series in an effort to present drivers with rich data in as efficient a manner as possible.

The Web as a Way of Life (CyberAtlas, May 21st)
Many Americans that experienced significant life changing events or decisions in the past two years turned to the 'Net for research, information and alternative courses of action.

It's Computing Jim, But Not as We Know It (australia.internet.com, May 21st)
This article gives a solid (albeit hype-rich) introduction to the emerging opportunities presented by nano-tech and quantum computing comcepts.

AT&T Wireless Offers Volume Texting (internet.com, May 21st)
Companies in the US can now send large numbers of SMS text messages to employees or even customers - as long as both they and the recipients are buyers of AT&T Wireless services.

IBM Details Possible Silicon Successor (internet.com, May 20th)
IBM Researchers say they have passed another milestone regarding research into carbon-based transistors that could pave the way for their replacement of silicon transistors in computers.

Are Smart Cards Vulnerable to Smart Attacks? (M-Commerce Times, May 20th)
The confidential personal health and financial info soon be stored on smart cards in current and future mobile devices may not be so smartly protected after all. Find out what researchers have learned.

Will IBM's Cell Chip Knock Intel Off its Throne? (NewsFactor, May 20th)
Although it is somewhat shrouded in mystery and its capabilities still leave analysts guessing, IBM's Cell - an embedded technology that the company calls a "supercomputer on a chip" - could represent the future of consumer electronics devices.

Rumblings in the World of Wireless Data (eMarketer, May 20th)
Wireless firms are rolling out a handful of voice-data mobile devices, and consumer interest is expected to ramp up soon. Analyst Steve Butler points out what companies are leading the charge.

Big Boosts in Broadband (CyberAtlas, May 20th)
From large cities to small businesses, high-speed connections are increasing in popularity Stateside, according to the latest figures out of Nielsen//NetRatings.

Credit-Card Payments via SMS Now Possible (InstantMessagingPlanet, May 17th)
A new patent-pending technology from Briza Technologies will enable wireless operators to provide credit-card transactions via short-messaging services (SMS) - without any upgrades to their infrastructures.

IBM Flexes Big Blue Muscles at Nanotech (Nanotech Planet, May 17th)
IBM's size, resources and long history of cutting edge research allows the company to take a more holistic approach to its nanotech initiatives, and to take full advantage of advances occurring in areas and companies outside the electronics industry.

Giant Steps for a Software Upstart (BusinessWeek Online, May 16th)
This BusinessWeek feature charts the rising tide of open source development, and the opportunities it may provide - while also taking a realistic devil's advocate stance in suggesting that the price of competitive open source won't remain free forever.

A Bad, Sad Hollywood Ending? (BusinessWeek Online, May 16th)
Open-source software could find itself locked out of a whole industry if the entertainment giants get their way on copyright protection.

Metadata - Digital Television's Killer Application? (australia.internet.com, May 15th)
Could internet-style technologies and systems of data identification bring added depth and application to the emerging interactive TV industry?

Sprint to the Next Generation (Wired News, May 15th)
US markets have been forced to withstand delay after delay concerning the public rollout of 3G mobile phone services, and this has many consumers growing ambivalent about the technology. Still, Sprint is endeavouring to once again ramp up the hype surrounding the third-generation system and promises to unveil subscription services some time this summer.

Breakin' the Law: Without Nano, Moore Is No More, Experts Say (Small Times, May 15th)
Though some ambitious engineers would challenge this notion, most accept that Moore's Law cannot continue forever using similar technologies and production processes that chip manufacturers have employed for the past several decades. Devising nanocomputers, though, could potentially blow Moore's law out of the water by creating ultra-complex and ultra-compact computing systems.

Web Use Surges as College, Search Engine Traffic Rises (internet.com, May 15th)
Despite a drop in time spent online by most Web users, marketers could benefit from increases in university and search-related traffic, according to comScore Networks and Jupiter Media Metrix.

iTV: The Reality & Opportunity (eMarketer, May 15th)
The reality: by New Year's 2003, iTV will be more prevalent in the US than broadband. The opportunity: advertisers, retailers and application providers are ready to seize the day. eMarketer's Ben Macklin gives a snapshot of both angles.

Worldwide Wireless Internet Market (eMarketer, May 15th)
Pioneer Consulting estimates that global revenues from mobile and wireless internet service provision will grow from $1 billion in 2002 to $18.4 billion by 2008.

Service Appliances as Disruptive Technology? (CrossNodes, May 15th)
Will network appliances unhorse the traditional sysadmin? In more and more organizations, single-purpose boxes are making inroads thanks to simplicity and low cost.

Security Sieves: Misused Technology Leaving Networks Vulnerable (Earthweb, May 15th)
Despite the big money IT executives are spending to protect their companies from security breaches, industry analysts and security consultants say most are misusing the technology they already have installed.

Tracking Consumers' Knowledge of Telematics (eMarketer, May 14th)
Jupiter reports that 45% of US consumers are interested in navigational telematic services and 44% would like emergency services. According to Dove Consulting, 46.2% of people in North America have heard of telematic services, but are not familiar with them.

Report: A Wave of Nano Products Is Coming (Nanotech Planet, May 14th)
A survey of nanotechnology scientists and business people finds that the R&D projects now under way are about to bear fruit.

Are You Talking to Your Fridge? (ZDNet Australia, May 14th)
By November, you'll be able to do more than just raid your refrigerator - you'll talk to it and remote control it by hooking it up to the Net with a range of other home i-appliances.

Study: Growing Number Watch TV While Surfing Web (internet.com, May 14th)
Media buying becomes more difficult, but cross-channel campaigns appear more crucial, based on research from Knowledge Networks/SRI that found net users are increasingly likely to be surfing the web while simultaneously watching TV than was the case 12 months ago.

New Computer Graphics Create Extreme Reality (NewsFactor, May 14th)
Superman may not be the only person with x-ray vision for long. Researchers at Columbia University are working to create "augmented reality" systems that allow construction workers and others to effectively see through walls and navigate through otherwise inaccessible areas.

Email Still the Killer App For Internet Users (AtNewYork, May 13th)
Sending and receiving e-mail was the dominant online activity in 12 countries over the past six months, said the Nielsen//NetRatings First Quarter 2002 Global Internet Trends report. The report also found that at least 75 percent of households with Internet access participated in email.

Are Youth Discarding Media For Communications? (australia.internet.com, May 13th)
Several online attempts to tap into the youth market have suffered an unceremonious death. Is the litany of failures a result of poor understanding about how youth consume media?

A Sight for Blind PCs (ABC News, May 10th)
Computers certainly have gotten smarter, thanks to more powerful microprocessors and clever software. But soon, PCs and other electronic devices may get a form of ESP enhanced sight perception.

Use the Blog, Luke (Salon.com, May 10th)
The collective future of blogs lies not in dethroning the New York Times -- but in becoming a force that can make sense of the Web's infinity of links.

Small Biz Loves DSL but U.S. Lags Behind (CyberAtlas, May 10th)
Despite increasing reliance on the broadband connectivity, the U.S. fell from 5th to 10th in rankings of per-capita global DSL subscriptions. Uptake of the technology Stateside does continue at a reasonable pace, though, with Internet.com reporting 12% growth through Q1 2002.

Tough Computer Crime Bill Clears Hurdle (EarthWeb, May 10th)
A bill designed to stiffen the penalties for computer crime could help law enforcement crack down on industrial espionage and computer sabotage, according to industry watchers.

VeriSign, AOL Teaming on Encrypted IM (internet.com, May 9th)
The leader in public instant messaging joins with the security firm to offer encoded IM. But is the new product a strong offering for enterprises?

Desktops Go Wireless (NewsFactor, May 9th)
Ask anyone who has ever used a wireless mouse or keyboard if they would ever go back, and the answer is likely no. But analysts say that even with such desktop-clearing wireless technologies as Bluetooth and infrared becoming available, the demand is not great enough, nor is the price low enough, to cut the desktop cords just yet.

Grid to Revolutionize Video Gaming Industry? (internet.com, May 9th)
IBM and Butterfly.net are aiming to launch the second generation of online interactive games through the use of grid computing. For more on this, see this WashingtonPost story detailing the potential of millions of players to interact within a single environment simultaneously. Now that's VR!

South Korea: A Case Study (eMarketer, May 9th)
South Korean internet users may resemble tomorrow's US and UK internet users. eMarketer's Ben Macklin examines the internet usage patterns in South Korea, the world's leading broadband country, and analyzes some of the differences between the US and the UK.

Is Wi-Fi Heading Down the Wrong Track? (80211Planet, May 9th)
In March, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell told an audience at the annual PC Forum that 802.11 is heading for a "meltdown" as the number of unlicensed devices skyrocket. The head of a group advising the government on managing the radio spectrum predicts a "train wreck" between licensed and unlicensed devices.

3D Web Browing - Right Now (NewsFactor, May 8th)
Some say that that trying to add a dimension to data that is essentially two-dimensional, and that is better represented to humans in two dimensions, is a hopeless process. But that hasn't stopped the startups from trying their darndest to see the web in 3D.

ANI Hoping Nanotubes Leave the Display Market Flat (Nanotech Planet, May 8th)
By marrying a paradigm shifting technology to cathode ray tube display manufacturing and assembly techniques, Applied Nanotech, Inc. has set its sights on the flat-panel display market.

Jaguar: The Next Mac OS (CNET, May 7th)
Apple just announced an upcoming update to its OS X operating system, intriguingly code-named Jaguar. CNET's team here takes a glimpse at the release, and finds it brimming with useful features - such as built-in intant messaging, a new PIM, Quicktime 6.0 and improved support for Windows networking. Meanwhile, others have expressed criticism over a strategy that looks as though Mac is 'pulling a Microsoft' in bundling in-house apps with its OS to the detriment of third-party developers. For more on that, see this Wired News article.

Watchdogs on Way Out? (eWeek, May 6th)
This article addresses the notion that the computing security industry could be - or should be - phased out of relevance in years to come as the developers of software and hardware systems beef up their efforts to make their products increasingly secure before they're released to the market.

A Keyboard on a Beam of Light (allNetDevices, May 3rd)
Canesta, Inc. hopes to bring your PDA into the future with this very sci-fi, very cool light-based keyboard technology.

Grid Computing May Be Disruptive Technology, Report Says (Grid Computing Planet, May 2nd)
This technology represents a "paradigm shift that will provide the next big boost in corporate productivity since the Internet and World Wide Web" and may dramatically alter the competitive landscape.

The Benefits of Broadband: E-Business (eMarketer, May 2nd)
If small businesses want to enjoy their share of the hundreds of billions of dollars in savings through implementing e-business solutions, then they need to have high-speed access. Analysts Ben Macklin and Steve Butler examine the evidence.

What Wireless Users Want (CyberAtlas, May 2nd)
Coverage outranks price, and m-commerce capability isn't a priority.

Farewell to Data Loss: Understanding Data Replication (NetworkStorageForum, May 2nd)
David Demlow of NSI software takes a detailed look at how data replication works, and at why it will become a necessity rather than an option in the future.

The Shape of Computer Chips to Come (NewsFactor, May 1st)
As chips continue to shrink, researchers are combining the amazing properties of silicon with communications network research.

TiVo Users Get AOL Features (allNetDevices, May 1st)
Just when you thought this DVR couldn't get any more useful, TiVo has been injected with a number of AOL's most useful features - including chat and instant messaging applications.


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