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Sunday, November 15
The bottom is falling
out of the voice-recognition software category. Top
publishers are offering aggressive rebates, three-tiered
pricing strategies, and bundling deals to steer consumers
toward speech technology and fuel volume sales during the
holiday season. Details here.
SHARED SYSTEM COMPONENT
Macromedia Inc. is expected to release a new version of
its popular Shockwave Internet multimedia player Monday,
but users might not notice. The company said its main
goals for the new revision were to make it less
noticeable to users, and more ubiquitous. Good news here.
HIGH POWERED EMULATION
A patent issued to one of Silicon Valley's most secretive
start-ups may herald a new kind of microprocessor -- one
previously thought to be impossible.
If Transmeta's product really delivers what the
highly detailed patent says it will, we'll one day be
looking at a fast and flexible "one size fits all"
the day: "I am free, no matter what
rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them
too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am
morally responsible for everything I do." - Robert Heinlein
Friday, November 13
A cut in MCI Worldcom's fiber optic network temporarily
threw the company's long distance service into disarray
MCI workers managed to
splice the cable and restore service. The network outages
lasted about three and half hours, a company
representative said. More info here.
development partners is the main reason Microsoft has
decided to postpone the release of Chromeffects, its
graphical multimedia layer for the Web. Chromeffects is
part of Microsoft's "embrace and extend"
effort, melding its DirectX graphics APIs in Windows 98
with the XML for adding graphics, audio, and video
effects to HTML pages. Full story here.
Just because there's no
paper involved in Web browsing doesn't mean you can't
leave a trail. But hopping from place to place on the
Internet without leaving tracks is getting harder as
technology develops and e-marketers hone their tactics.
One way is to keep your personal information off the Web
entirely. Here are the top ways to do just
the day: "I don't know any woman who
doesn't feel guilty about something. That's the guilt gene,
right?" - Hillary Rodham Clinton
Thursday, November 12
Glitches in the domain-naming network yesterday may have
hampered access to some sites across the Net. But because
the Internet is so vast and complex, it is impossible to
know for sure exactly why surfers were unable to reach
some Web sites at certain times during the day. Full story here.
NUT TO CRACK
Microsoft today painted a senior Intel executive
as a disgruntled "prima donna" who fabricated
allegations as part of a vendetta, but despite the
sometimes dramatic cross-examination, Microsoft was
unable to rebuff the executive's most damaging
claim--that the software giant sought to use its
dominance to suffocate competitors. More
BANG FOR OFFICE
PhotoDraw 2000 will be included in the Premier
edition of Office 2000 and is included in the second beta
of Office 2000 now being sent out to 700,000 testers. In
designing PhotoDraw, Microsoft set out to create a
graphics-design and editing package that doesn't require
the skill set normally needed to run an advanced graphics
program like Adobe Photoshop. Details
the day: "If you're feeling low, don't
despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every
Wednesday, November 11
GeoCities said today
that it will acquire WebRing in an effort to link
together the sites it hosts into communities of common
interest. The community site signed a definitive
agreement to acquire Starseed and its WebRing Technology,
which allows so-called ringmasters to invite similar
sites to link together. Full story here.
HARD DRIVE FROM IBM
IBM will unveil today
the largest hard drive available for personal computers,
with roughly three times the capacity of typical storage
disks now shipping in consumer PCs. More info here.
Chairman Bill tells shareholders he has "incredible
respect" for the US justice system, but wonders why
the government is taking his enemies' side. Details here.
the day: "A study in the Washington Post
says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the
authors of that study: Duh." - Conan O'Brien
Tuesday, November 10
TO INTEGRATE WITH IE
WavePhore has announced
that it will launch the beta release of the next version
of its WaveTop information delivery service. The release
will expand its partnership with Microsoft by integrating
the service into the Internet Explorer Web browser for
the first time. WaveTop allows PC users with TV tuner
cards to receive Internet content from providers via an
unused portion of the PBS broadcast transmission, called
the Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI). Full story here.
A senior exec at the chip giant testifies that Microsoft
made "credible and fairly terrifying" threats
against Intel if it did not kill certain projects. More info here. Also Microsoft, after coming under fire in
federal court last week for disabling a rival's
multimedia software, yesterday released a bug fix to
resolve the error. Find out about it here.
Silicon Graphics Inc. is
set to unveil today a new supercomputer that it will
boast offers the fastest performance in the world, both
in raw calculating and graphic processing power.
the day: "You will always miss 100%
of the shots you do not take." - Wayne Gretzky