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Tech-Related Articles
(October 2002)



Viva la TiVolution! (ClickZ, October 31st)
The TiVo digital recording device gives some indication as to how intelligent agents, personalized machines and the smart home will operate in years to come.

Miracle Paper for a Digital Economy (RedHerring, October 31st)
Digital computer displays with the look and feel of ordinary paper are no longer just science fiction reserved for up-to-the-second newspapers in Minority Report. Although full-featured digital paper with all the human-interface attributes of ordinary paper does not yet exist, several companies are already offering early commercial products based on the technology that one day may appear on billboards or computer displays, or be bound into reusable books.

Hybrid Handhelds (RedHerring, October 31st)
Multifunctional devices may be the future for handhelds, but for now, hybrids will have to do.

The Mobile Home of the 21st Century (RedHerring, October 30th)
R&D teams at many of the world's major tech organizations are developing new ways for humans to interact with their digital environment.

Europe's PDA Sales Slowdown (eMarketer, October 30th)
Western Europe trails the US and Asia-Pacific in handheld device shipments. Is the future for smart phones bright enough to spur growth?

Palmisano: On-Demand is Here, It's Ready (internet.com, October 30th)
IBM's chief executive outlines his vision of technology's future built on open standards, self-healing computing systems, and making IT investments pay.

HDTV Future Unclear (CyberAtlas, October 30th)
While most households will own a high-definition-capable television set by 2008, not even half will actually be using the service.

Microsoft Gets Ready to Speak (internet.com, October 30th)
Microsoft is pushing forward with its efforts to add speech recognition technology to its .NET platform, unveiling the second beta of its .NET Speech SDK, a technical preview of the .NET Speech platform, and a partner and customer program to support application development.

Scientists Plan to Shake Hands Via Internet (USA Today, October 29th)
Scientists in Britain and the United States will try to shake hands on Tuesday. No big deal one might think — only they will be 3,000 miles apart, using the Internet to connect them.

New Yorkers Tap Into Video on Demand (TechTV, October 29th)
Time Warner Cable quietly began rolling out its video-on-demand service in New York this month, marking the broadest offering of VOD to date and providing a testing ground for the technology's evolution. Tonight on "Tech Live," see what it looks like and how New Yorkers are responding to the new service.

China Poised for High-Speed Growth (CyberAtlas, October 29th)
Broadband, particularly DSL, is expected to capture a significant amount of Chinese Internet users, satisfying governmental target rates of adoption.

Positive Picture for Future Phones (BBC, October 28th)
The future of third-generation mobile phone networks looks rosy, according to a new report. But it also warns that phone firms planning the futuristic services face a tough and lengthy task to ensure that their investment pays off.

Palm Unleashes the Tungsten Twins (internet.com, October 28th)
Two new handhelds debuting Monday from Palm target what the company calls "Power Users" and are expected to compete with just about everybody else making a digital organizer or smartphone.

Point, Shoot, and Dial: Cellular Industry Pins Hopes on Photo Messaging (Think Mobile, October 28th)
Digital cameras sparked an imaging revolution in the late '90s and attracted buyers in droves. Today, telecom operators are hoping that a new generation of handsets equipped with digital cameras will do the same for the mobile phone industry.

IBM Says It's Time for 'Smart Homes' (internet.com, October 28th)
Saying "it's time" for the concept of the connected home to become a reality, Mark Morneault, manager, Device-led Solutions at IBM's Pervasive Computing group, said the company will announce on Tuesday that IBM is joining the Internet Home Alliance as a principal and board member.

Touch and Pay Is Here to Stat (SiliconValley.com, October 28th)
The results of positive market research and greater efficiencies offered to companies suggest that the future of self-checkout units is assured at retail outlets of many varieties, despite the fact that some consumers and union groups oppose the wide adoption of such impersonal systems.

PDA Unveiled for the Visually Impaired (ElectricNews.net, October 25th)
A Florida-based technology company has collaborated with Microsoft to introduce a PDA for users who are blind or visually impaired.

Mobile Devices Making Their Way to EMEA (eMarketer, October 25th)
Canalys reports that the number of mobile devices shipped in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region more than doubled over the year to 1.17 million in Q3 2002. What could this mean for wireless internet in the regions?

Copyright Fights Slowing Broadband Growth (internet.com, October 24th)
Resolving the legal issues of digital content and rights management are integral to sparking broader consumer use of broadband, Bruce P. Mehlman, the U.S. Department of Commerce's assistant secretary for technology policy and a key intellectual property advisor to the White House, told a packed conference room at a Capitol Hill think tank Wednesday.

IBM Claims Milestone in Tiny Circuitry (Nanotech Planet, October 24th)
IBM researchers claim they have built and operated the world's smallest working computer circuits using an approach called the "molecule cascade" technique.

Stanford Gives Distributed Computing an A (CNET News.com, October 23rd)
Scientists at Stanford University have demonstrated tangible proof that scientific experiments can be conducted using thousands of low-end PCs wrangled together into loosely linked networks.

Deploying Indoor WLAN Positioning Systems (80211 Planet, October 23rd)
The deployment of positioning systems inside facilities offers some useful and interesting applications, including the ability to track people. But what happens when usefulness oversteps privacy rights?

Examining US Media Usage by Ethnicity (eMarketer, October 23rd)
This month, both KN/SRI and Hispanic Business Magazine released numbers regarding media usage by different races in the US. How do they relate to US internet user numbers?

Grid Project Yields Protein Study Breakthrough (GridComputingPlanet, October 23rd)
The achievement could lead to advances in the study of diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob.

Colorful Growth in PDAs (CyberAtlas, October 22nd)
Dynamic applications and increased availability are among the key drivers that could contribute to significant color display PDA growth, but power issues and high costs are likely to be major impediments.

Fighting Back (ABC News, October 22nd)
Opponents of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act claim it gives Hollywood studios too much power and control when it comes to how digital music, movies and other content can be used by consumers. This article describes some actions being taken by each side of the debate in an attempt to find a fair balance of interests.

Linux Clusters Deployed In Race Against Global Warming (Datamation, October 21st)
Scientists turn to grid technology and Linux clusters in an effort to speed up the notoriously slow process of using climate modeling to determine the effects of global warming.

Big Blue Big on Self-Managing Computers (internet.com, October 21st)
IBM said its new self-managing hardware, software and services will help businesses cut through the complexity of computer networks, freeing up IT staffers to focus on other matters important to their companies. The strategy could also conceivably allow enterprises to hire less staff in tough economic times.

Symbian Rises To Top With Samsung Smartphone (internet.com, October 21st)
The deal means the world's top five mobile phone manufacturers are now Symbian OS licensees.

Digital Radio Hailed by Broadcasters (MSNBC, October 21st)
Broadcasters were delighted by the government's decision this month to allow clear-sounding digital radio in the United States, comparing its impact to the monumental shift from black-and-white television to color.

China Unveils Next Phase of CDMA Deployment (internet.com, October 21st)
On the eve of President Jiang Zemin's visit to the United States, U.S. and Chinese officials on Monday announced renewed contracts to North American telecommunications equipment providers valued in the "hundreds of millions" of dollars.

Microsoft, Matsushita Look to Ease Media Exchange (internet.com, October 18th)
Microsoft Corp. Friday said it has teamed with Matsushita Electric Industrial on a new technology to improve storage, arrangement and playback of digital media on CD-RW discs.

Tablet PC: Will Business Buy It? (internet.com, October 18th)
Microsoft is set to unveil its Tablet PC on Nov. 7, aiming to capture the mass market with a tablet boasting a notebook-sized screen and Microsoft's much-hyped pen technology.

Granite Bay Doubles the Pleasure, Doubles the Fun (EarthWeb, October 18th)
Pentium 4 fans can finally look forward to dual-channel DDR platforms, with Intel's new 'Granite Bay' chipset leading the transition.

TeraGrid Receives $35 Million From National Science Foundation (Grid Computing Planet, October 18th)
The NSF has awarded an additional $35 million to three research institutions to expand the TeraGrid project, a multi-year effort to build and deploy the world's largest, fastest and most comprehensive distributed infrastructure for open scientific research.

Wired Home: Home Networking's New Push (ABC News, October 17th)
There once was a time, not long ago, when the most wide-eyed proponents of Internet technology would confidently predict — with a straight face — that nearly every major home appliance would one day be connected to the Internet. And if new marketing efforts are anything to go by, it seems that the vision of a 'smart home' will again be revived by a variety of tech players.

DARPA Developing Info Awareness (FCW.com, October 17th)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing a total information awareness system to enable national security analysts to detect, classify, track, understand and pre-empt terrorist attacks against the United States.

Broadband Hooks Up 13.1 Million Users (ISP-Planet, October 17th)
Despite slowing growth, Jupiter Research finds that 21 percent of online households in the U.S. connect to broadband service providers for high-speed Internet access.

Fears Raised Over E-Voting (BBC News, October 17th)
One of the world's leading experts on electronic voting is warning the government that computer polls cannot be trusted.

RealNetworks Goes Mobile with NEC (CNET News.com, October 17th)
RealNetworks on Thursday said that it shipped a mobile version of its multimedia playback software in NEC's MobilePro P300 handheld computers. The partnership will allow NEC MobilePro users to transfer audio and video files from their PCs and play back the media on their handhelds. MobilePro users can also stream songs and videos encoded in RealNetworks' software through a wireless connection.

Digital TV's Forced Market (RedHerring, October 17th)
Federal regulators watch television just like the rest of us. So it was no surprise that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission this summer voted to mandate digital tuners in new TVs.

Sony, PalmSource Work Together on Bluetooth (internet.com, October 17th)
Sony Ericsson wants to get its phones talking with Palm-driven devices better, announcing Thursday its intention to optimize Bluetooth between the two for out-of-the-box compatibility.

Massive Linux Computing Grid to Tackle Breast Cancer (CIO Information Network, October 17th)
Oxford University and the British government are teaming with IBM to build a massive Linux-based computing grid that doctors can use to share mammogram data. Some discussion on this issue is taking place at Geek/Talk.

Wi-Fi's Next Hot Spot: You (80211 Planet, October 16th)
Wireless 802.11-based technology is showing up in more than just laptops and home electronics. It might some day be in your clothing, jewelry, and make your work phone a part of you.

Intel: One Billon Transistors Can't Be Wrong (internet.com, October 16th)
Intel Tuesday unveiled its strategy to cram some of its chips with 1 billion transistors by 2007. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip making giant said it is using a combination of nanotechnology and design changes to its semiconductors to help extend Moore's Law by a few more years.

Sex and the City, on Demand (internet.com, October 16th)
Video on demand has arrived in New York City for digital subscribers of New York's Time Warner Cable, a division of AOL Time Warner. The cable company hopes the on-demand fare will entice regular subscribers to upgrade to digital cable.

Global Internet Backbone Growth Slows (internet.com, October 16th)
The evolution of the global Internet took a new turn in 2002, according to a new report issued Wednesday by Washington research firm TeleGeography. Since the development of the Web browser, international IP bandwidth deployments have more than doubled each year. This year, however, the growth rate of international Internet bandwidth slowed to just under 40 percent.

Thanks for the (Digital) Memories (ABC News, October 15th)
This commentary celebrates the substantial achievements in memory science that have taken place over the course of the past two decades, while precursing the commercial release of atomic-level memory systems within the not-too-distant future.

Microsoft Debuts Cable-Free Computing for Holidays (Reuters, October 15th)
Software giant Microsoft Corp., hoping to attract holiday season shoppers, on Tuesday will debut a wireless keyboard and mouse combination, including Bluetooth functionality that could link computers to multiple electronic devices without using cables.

GPS: Keeping Cons Out of Jail (Wired News, October 15th)
An electronic tracking system that follows suspects and criminals around their neighborhoods and compares the information to current crimes has received, of all things, the stamp of approval from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Opera Sings On Phone Browser (ZDNet News, October 14th)
Opera Software says it has finally solved the long-standing problem of reading big, bulky Web pages on tiny cell phone screens, posing a potential threat to both WAP and to Microsoft.

Pop-Out Video (ABC News, October 14th)
ABC News takes a peek at electronic spectacles designed by X3D Technologies Corp. that give computer and TV images that three-dimensional look.

Intel, Microsoft Dip into Speech with SALT (internet.com, October 14th)
The two partners aim to capture a slice of the projected multi-billion dollar voice recognition market with tools based on the Speech Applications Language Tags specification.

Microsoft Finds Couch Potatoes Indifferent to iTV (The Seattle Times, October 14th)
Limited tests of a Microsoft-backed interactive television platform performed in Portugal suggest that market disappointments await if iTV systems are released without putting reliability over PC-like function in the list of differentiating priorities.

ANNN to Build Nano House (australia.internet.com, October 13th)
A new house will be built using nano-engineered materials, in order to showcase Australian developments and raise public awareness of those nano technologies close to market readiness.

Fighting Spam Becoming Business Amid Email Glut (Reuters, October 13th)
They haven't always been on top of the problem. But, as the volume of e-mail spam hits epidemic proportions - not to mention a new level of raunchiness - the makers of Internet security products are starting to take more notice.

Microsoft's Space-Age Office (TechTV, October 11th)
Imagine a curved computer screen that's three feet wide, or wireless whiteboards on Tablet PCs, or a videoconference setup that has the smarts to focus on whoever is talking in a room. These are just a few of the prototypes Microsoft is showing off in its new Center for Information Work at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Partners Bet on Microsoft Tablet (internet.com, October 11th)
A host of IT firms, from chip producers to computer makers to software developers, hope the debut of sleek platform next month will jump-start a stalled market.

Multiple, Global Increases in Mobile (CyberAtlas, October 11th)
It's becoming a wireless world as the number of U.S. households with multiple handsets rises, along with global usage.

Surviving the Fiber-Optic Fire Sale (Wired Magazine, October 11th)
In once-booming telecom country, bankruptcies are up, and assets are up for grabs. Level 3's Jim Crowe surveys the wreckage.

Japan Tackles High-Definition Storage, Transmission (EE Times, October 11th)
Japanese engineers are doing their best to push a camel through a needle's eye. The camel is the mass of data that will whiz into 20 million Japanese households by 2005 as a project called e-Japan sets up one of the world's most sophisticated broadband networks. The eye is the pipe into which this information wad will be crammed.

PVR Market Projections (eMarketer, October 9th)
Strategy Analytics recently estimated there would be 970,000 cable and satellite DTV set-top boxes worldwide this year, whereas last year Adams Research and Forrester Research both projected the US market alone would have at least 1 million subscribers.

Brazil Takes Its Time with Wireless (eMarketer, October 9th)
In the country with Latin America's largest wireless subscriber base, few users have accessed data services. Despite this, m-advertising has been more successful in Brazil than anywhere else in the world.

A New 'Traffic Cop' For Digital Streams (internet.com, October 9th)
Interactive software maker Liberate Technologies is pitching new software products that help cable operators manage what, in some cases, are half-built digital media delivery platforms.

High Court Debates Copyright Extension Case (The Washington Post, October 9th)
The future ownership of much of American popular culture was up for grabs at the Supreme Court today, as the justices wrestled with the question of how long Congress may extend copyrights on books, art, music, film and literature. More on the upcoming courtroom clash of two economic titans may be found here. Still more on the case, and how evolution in art has been hampered by staid laws may be found here.

When the Net's Backbone Is Out of Joint (BusinessWeek, October 8th)
The widespread effects of a recent snafu at WorldCom's UUNet were ugly. Next time could be worse unless some changes are made.

Barriers to Broadband Adoption in Ireland (eMarketer, October 8th)
An ODTR survey indicates that 39% of Irish adults are not likely to subscribe to broadband internet, and just 8% of net users cite its speed and immediacy as a key feature.

Lindows PCs Hit Europe (ElectricNews.net, October 8th)
UK consumers will soon be able to buy low-cost PCs with Lindows OS pre-installed, as the upstart software company defies Microsoft and raises eyebrows at AOL.

Who Pays for Tech Innovation? (NewsFactor, October 7th)
IDC research director Mark Hall likened a business without R&D spending to a lake stocked with fish. "You'll fish it to death, and before you know it, there won't be anything left," he said.

Is it True? Could E-mail Really Be an Early 3G Killer App? (M-Commerce Times, October 7th)
Read about a Java-based e-mail application catching fire in South Korea, bolstering both hope and revenue streams for network operators looking for that magic app that makes the 3G money pit profitable.

Internet2 Gurus Deploy New Protocol; VoIPv6 is Born (ISP Planet, October 4th)
If the tunnel is Internet2, then the light at the end of the tunnel is IPv6. New land speed record proves that native IPv6 service stands ready to meet current and emerging needs of high performance networking.

Handhelds Seen Empowering Officers, Security Personnel (EE Times, October 4th)
John Inkley, manager of federal sales for Palm Corp., addressing attendees at the LA Power2002 conference today, suggested that placing the right technological tools in the hands of military forces and emergency personnel (that's PDAs, not guns) is likely to significantly enhance their ability to function quickly and safely in a multitude of situations.

Cost of Broadband Falling (BBC News, October 4th)
Fast internet access in the UK is getting cheaper, with two companies offering broadband for less than £20 a month.

Fight Brewing Over Keylogging Software (TechTV, October 4th)
Keyloggers, the programs that can record the exact keystrokes made by a computer user, are now picking up on detection programs meant to warn users of the spying software. To add insult to injury, the keyloggers, if they notice a running anti-keylogging program, can even crash computers.

Shootout at the IP Corral (NanoElectronicsPlanet, October 4th)
Experts in the field of intellectual property say patent protection claims by nanoelectronics and nanotechnology firms are rather like the land grabs in the Wild West.

The Future Microchip Marketplace (E-Commerce Times, October 3rd)
Although AMD trails Intel in the desktop chip market, it may be poised to perform better in the 64-bit arena, since its chip design allows it to be backward compatible with 32-bit programs.

Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse and Fellowes Mini Web Pro Review (HardwareCentral, October 2nd)
Can a humble office-supply clerk upset the mouse king? Mighty Microsoft has released its first mini-sized mouse for notebook PC users (or small hands), but so has mouse-pad and paper-holder maker Fellowes - and the latter has more features.

Preventing Data Extinction (Technology Review, October 1st)
It's too late to protect many old word-processing files from the abyss. But new technologies will preserve access to digital photos, music and other electronic records forever.

Being Wireless (Wired News, October 1st)
MIT star Nicholas Negroponte explains why Wi-Fi "lily pads and frogs" will transform the future of telecom.

Cutting Cord May Not Cut Costs (CyberAtlas, October 1st)
Some mobile phone users are eliminating their landline service completely - despite rising cellular service costs.

Vigilante Justice for Copyright Holders (Wired News, October 1st)
Big Media has become adept at using lawsuits to smother centralized file-swapping services like Napster. But peer-to-peer networks that have no central server are another matter — there’s no one to sue. Representative Howard Berman (D-California) has drafted a bill that would exempt copyright owners from computer-fraud laws if they fight back using measures such as “interdiction, decoy, redirection, file-blocking, and spoofing.” Some might call it vigilantism. Berman calls it “technological self-help.”

P2P Music Sites Present Problems for Industry (eMarketer, October 1st)
Ipsos-Reid presented US music downloaders with possible market scenarios in which they could obtain music online -- when P2P file sharing was an option, it was chosen by nearly 47.9%, but when it was extracted, 48.8% chose music retailers. CyberAtlas looks at the same figures from a somewhat more optimistic stance here.

Wireless Outer Limits? (ISP Planet, October 1st)
A remote Inuit community in northern Canada proves that high-speed solutions come in many shapes and sizes. Baker Lake residents combine the versatility of Wi-Fi with the ubiquity of a satellite system to provide access for its truly remote location.

National Science Foundation Awards $13.5 Million For "Infostructure" Development (GridComputingPlanet, October 1st)
The NSF has awarded $13.5 million to a consortium led by UC San Diego and the University of Illinois at Chicago to design and develop a powerful distributed cyber 'infostructure' to support data-intensive scientific research and collaboration.

New Bills Aim to Protect Consumers' Use of Digital Media (SiliconValley.com, October 1st)
The battle being waged in Washington over copyright in the digital age ratchets up a notch this week as new legislation is introduced aimed at clarifying consumer rights.


 
 
 

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