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Issue no. 129 - 16 October 1999
- Information access, filtering, analysis and handling call for proposals
IAF is a theme in the EU's Information Society Technologies research programme. It aims to make rich multimedia content easier to use, on the Web, CD, DVD or other media. The 1999 IST Workprogramme focuses on two key aspects: - Action Line III.5.1 : Multi-sensory forms of content, where creativity is needed to develop and design new types of "sensory-rich" content, which appeal directly to the human senses of sight, hearing, touch etc. - Action Line III.5.2 : Media representation & access, where new coding and indexing technologies, models and standards are needed to improve access, filtering, analysis and handling of multimedia content. Call publication date: 1st October 1999 Call deadline: 17th January 2000.
- Recording Industry Escalates Crackdown on Digital Piracy
(New York Times)
While record companies have given up on the millions of unprotected songs currently estimated to be circulating on the Internet, they plan to make the most desirable music available only in protected form.
Issue no. 128 - 28 September 1999
- French army gives iBook users static
(Nando Media /Agence France-Press)
Researchers from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) warned that French buyers of Apple's new iBook notebook computer could be in for a nasty surprise if they use the machine's nifty AirPort wireless transmitter for accessing the Internet. The device uses the same 2.4 gigahertz waveband reserved by the French military.
Issue no. 123 - 21 July 1999
Issue no. 122 - 7 July 1999
Issue no. 120 - 14 June 1999
- IBM Shows Off Speech Technology
(Computer Reseller News)
Voice technology is used to streamline the dictation of medical records in the radiation department at a hospital in Boston. In the past, doctors dictated their notes onto tapes, which were then outsourced for transcription. With the new technology, doctors dictate their notes right into PCs and can edit the text files immediately.
Issue no. 118 - 21 May 1999
- Major tech firms embrace Linux
(Wall Street Journal)
Several more big technology companies are stepping up their commitments to use Linux, the free operating system that has become a cult favorite in the computer industry.
- Linux 2.2 Gives NT a Run for Its Money - for Free
Linux 2.2 rivals Windows NT 4, boasting a comprehensive complement of features, capabilities, and compatibilities - even running on x86-based machines. What's more, it's free. Linux and Apache remain an attractive choice for web servers compared with Windows NT.
Issue no. 117 - 8 May 1999
- eFusion technology provides "poor manís second phone line"
(The Wall Street Journal)
eFusion provides the technology behind a service some have called "Internet call-waiting" and others have dubbed "the poor manís second phone line." The service allows users to receive an alert on their computer screens about incoming phone calls as they merrily surf the Web on their sole telephone lines. The user can ignore the call, forward it to voice mail or accept it and conduct a normal voice conversation through his or her computer while continuing to use the Internet.
Issue no. 116 - 1 May 1999
- IBM, Singapore Join Forces On Net Development
IBM said that it will collaborate with Singapore's research network on development of advanced Internet technologies. Cooperation will include R&D projects, technology updates and field trials for an emerging Internet standard called multi-protocol label switching (MPLS).
Issue no. 115 - 24 April 1999
- MS Net music format to challenge IBM
Microsoft is set to launch software to deliver pirate-proof music over the Internet, raising the stakes in its battle with IBM and other companies for supremacy in online audio.
- Sony and IBM Create Alliance on Internet Music
(New York Times)
IBM and Sony announced that they would make their competing standards for delivering music over the Internet mutually compatible. Several companies, including AT&T Corp., IBM, Liquid Audio, Microsoft Corp. and Sony, have developed technologies intended to deliver CD-quality music online while preventing illegal copying. Each is pushing for its technology to be adopted as the standard.
Issue no. 113 - 19 March 1999
- Silicon Valley's Awesome Look at New Sony Toy
(New York Times)
Sony's Playstation II, though still more than a year away from store shelves, is creating a stir here in Silicon Valley because it is the first machine to deliver graphics that until now could be produced only by supercomputers -- and at prices that will put it under Christmas trees in 2000.
- EU - IST Programme calls
The first Calls for Proposals under the IST Programme was launched on 19 March 1999. The final version of the Work Programme is also available.
Issue no. 112 - 12 March 1999
- Microsoft, 3Com seal home networking deal
Microsoft has signed a pact with 3Com which calls for a product that networks via home phone lines by this summer. A wireless product will follow by year's end, with one based on sending data over power lines within the home expected in 2000.
Issue no. 111 - 8 March 1999
- Computers get chatty
Visitors to the BBC's Megalab '99 Website can take part in the classic experiment to test the intelligence of computers - the Turing Test. After four minutes of online chat, users have to decide whether the mystery individual is human or a machine.
Issue no. 109 - 25 February 1999
- Intel Unveils Controversial Chip
A controversial new computer chip that can send the serial number of an individual computer through the World Wide Web is being used by developers to offer realistic 3-D games, speech recognition and other advanced features. More than 200 companies gathered to preview software and other products designed for Intel Corp.'s Pentium III microprocessor.
Issue no. 106 - 29 January 1999
- USA - U.S. court revives phone competition rules
The Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision and revived federal rules designed to pry open the $100 billion market for local telephone service to competition. The FCC's rules require the Bells and GTE to lease to competitors, including major long distance companies like AT&T Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc., portions of their local telephone networks at deeply discounted prices. see also FCC delays two telecom issues after court ruling.
Issue no. 104 - 17 January 1999
- Germany - Kirch-Gruppe lüftet Technik-Schleier um ihren TV-Decoder
[Kirch will open set-top box for other applications and licence production] Die Münchner Kirch-Gruppe hat das technische Innenleben ihres TV-Decoders "d-box" bekanntgegeben und damit auch anderen Firmen Zugriff auf das Gerät ermöglicht. In Zukunft könne jedes Unternehmen eigene Anwendungsprogramme wie etwa Spiele oder Programmführer für das Digitalfernseh-Gerät entwickeln. Die bisher nur von Nokia produzierte d-box soll künftig auch von anderen Herstellern in Lizenz produziert werden.
Issue no. 97 - 20 November 1998
- Microsoft Develops Software to Improve Appearance of Screen Text
(New York Times)
Microsoft researchers have developed a software technique that improves the appearance of fonts displayed on color liquid-crystal display screens to a level that approaches the visual quality of text printed on paper. The new software, called Cleartype font technology, will be integrated into Microsoft's operating systems during 1999.
Issue no. 96 - 16 November 1998
- Streaming Media Wares Debut At WebNoize
The first-ever WebNoize conference for vendors of Internet-music technology hosted earlier this month a multitude of new tools for smoother music delivery. Some high-profile names in the music industry also made an appearance to stake a claim on the Internet.
Issue no. 95 - 11 November 1998
- New messaging device has awesome reach
The GSC 100 hand-held satellite communicator from Magellan can send and receive short electronic-mail messages anywhere on the surface of the Earth.
Issue no. 94 - 7 November 1998
- Web Video: Try Tuning In
(New York Times)
As the Internet audience grows, so does the number of people interested in watching video of live events on their desktops -- and the evidence that the technology isn't yet there to accommodate everyone who wants to tune in.
- ART is poised to benefit if voice recognition gains popularity
(Wall Street Journal)
Dialing telephones by voice has long been around in expensive cars, and some fast desktop computers can take dictation, but a new technology is emerging to bring voice recognition to the masses. Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc. has created a set of computations efficient enough that voice commands can prompt straightforward tasks using just a small amount of computing power.
- Gartner Group's annual European conference, Symposium/ITxpo98
The future of computer technology on display in France Computers will become simpler, cheaper more ready to access world-wide networks, high technology companies told Gartner Group's annual European conference, Symposium/ITxpo98. Consumers will buy "smart quills" to interrogate vast data bases which will be much more reliable than today's networks, thanks to "IT simulation." Devices will take orders from their owners verbally. "Intelligent agents" will patrol the Internet gathering information for report writers. The world's entire culture will be turned into computer language and be readily available to everyone.
Issue no. 93 - 29 October 1998
- An end to the ad wait?
New technologies may allow for 'rich' banner ads, delivered fast. New York City plays host this week to AdTech, a conference of the Internet advertising industry, and center stage will be attempts to improve how fast online ads can be delivered to consumers. On Monday, IBM is expected to introduce a technology called Hot Media, which will allow 3D rotation of an object within an ad. Another company at AdTech, Narrative Communications, will give the first public demonstration of a new version of its Enliven software, a Java-based technology that lets people do things like take a quiz or play a game right in an ad banner.
- Buyers get a peek at paperless book
(Wall Street Journal)
A group of major book companies have agreed to provide texts for one of the countryís first electronic books. The Rocket eBook was created by NuvoMedia, whose investors include a unit of media giant Bertelsmann and Barnes & Noble. Other companies are racing to launch rival electronic-book formats, but NuvoMedia is the first to announce a list of publishers, hundreds of book selections, and to conduct a public demonstration.
- Digital Cameras Harness Chip Technology to Do the Job of Film
(New York Times)
Once considered an engineering folly in a world of film and video cameras, digital still cameras have become a booming industry in the last decade. [with illustrations]
Issue no. 92 - 22 October 1998
- MP3 Player Could Skirt Legal Challenge
In a climate of growing record-industry opposition to the MP3 format, a small British company is working on a mobile MP3 player for cars that combines laptop and stereo technology as well as the Linux operating system.
Issue no. 88 - 5 October 1998
- Sex drive
Porn is the driving force behind much of the technology for the Net. David Bradwell explains how dirty money has pushed the Net forward.
Issue no. 87 - 1 October 1998
- Racy sites entangling surfers in Web
(Nando.net - The AP)
Some sexually oriented Web sites use a high-tech, behind-the-scenes method to route visitors automatically to other commercial sites, which pay Wright for such "referrals." When puzzled surfers try to close those browser windows -- for sites they never even intended to visit -- other browser windows open automatically. And those can spawn still more browser windows. It can be a nearly endless, frustrating cycle to regain control of the computer.
Issue no. 56 - 24 March 1998
- BT Turns Sheriff On Lawbreakers To Stop Fraud
British Telecom is tackling the telecommunications industry's billion-dollar fraud problem head on with the first commercial release of Sheriff anti-fraud technology. By comparing call patterns with control data, Sheriff can detect a fraudulent card call made anywhere in the world. The system alerts BT's fraud department where specialized staff decide whether to cancel the call.
Issue no. 53 - 5 March 1998
- Inktomi: From Engine Driver to Gridlock-Buster
Inktomi is powering up to create the mass-transit solution to Internet traffic congestion. Traffic Server reduces congestion through a method of caching, or temporarily storing, copies of frequently requested data and documents on servers close to users who request them, so that the data doesnít have to continually be shipped from the home site. The company has been beta-testing the software since October, and claims that audited performance tests show a 40 percent to 50 percent reduction in traffic.
Issue no. 51 - 26 February 1998
- L'ATM universel, la fin d'un rêve technologique
(Le Monde Informatique)
Favorisant l'inexorable avancée du protocole IP, Internet a brisé le rêve ambitieux des ingénieurs télécoms. L'utopie d'un ATM universel est morte. Reste à savoir si, mieux ciblée et épousant davantage les standards du marché, la technologie peut encore trouver sa voie.
Issue no. 46 - 11 February 1998
- Next Internet hopes to cut through tangled Web
Buried near the end of President Clinton's State of the Union address was a pitch for funding the Next Generation Internet (NGI), an initiative most Americans still know little about. NGI advocates hope it will transform today's slow and sometimes unreliable Internet into a high-speed, multimedia superhighway within the next three to five years.
Issue no. 42 - 2 February 1998
- Can Big Tech and Telcos Learn to Get Along?
The embrace of Digital Subscriber Line technology by big tech companies, telcos and others will test the bond between two interdependent parties that don't have the best track record when it comes to getting along, but are both crucial to DSL's success: Internet service providers and regional phone companies. With so many heavy-hitters behind the new technology, the cost of providing DSL to both the ISP and the end-user will nosedive
Issue no. 40 - 26 January 1998
- Down to the sea in chips
It seems you can't be a serious sailor any more without a boatload of hi-tech gear. David Fox navigates his way around the London Boat Show in search of the latest must-have gadgets.
Issue no. 38 - 22 January 1998
- Is Concept of "Internet Time" Becoming Passe?
With traditional companies having reclaimed portions of the Internet, the cosmically compressed product cycles currently driving the tech business seem likely to give way to the (merely furious) pace of yesteryear.
- Lightning Net Speeds Coming This Christmas
A small Massachusetts firm called Aware Inc. is poised to take advantage of what may be the biggest improvement in consumer bandwidth since the 28.8 modem. Aware's Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology, called DSL Lite, and its accompanying line of G.Lite modems, have reportedly been blessed by Microsoft, Intel, and Compaq for inclusion in the Christmas 1998 line of PCs and software. In what is expected to be a groundbreaking announcement next week, the three computer giants are set to create a de facto standard for DSL modems based on the Aware technology. GTE and four of the five major regional Bell carriers are reportedly on board as well.
- Technology blocks DVD copying
Think again about trying to make bootleg copies of movies from the DVD-ROM drive on your computer. Macrovision (MV SN) announced today it has licensed its copy protection technology to Compaq Computer, Gateway 2000, Packard Bell, IBM, Micron Electronics and Hewlett-Packard for use in their personal computers.
Issue no. 37 - 19 January 1998
- EU funding: The fifth element
During the UK's six-month presidency of the European Union, the main publicity will focus on monetary union and expansion eastward - two issues on which there can be no clear resolution before the presidency moves on to Austria on July 1. There is a good chance, however, that the future of the EU's science and technology activities can be decided.
- New technologies: Era of the dynamic web site
Many IT departments are now making sure they allocate 1998 budgets to build serious web applications, having generally missed the opportunity for 1997
- Plugged into the mains
The race is on for speedier Internet links. Instead of using telephone lines, Seymour Park primary school links to the Web via the same cables that supply its electricity. Not only are the computers permanently online, but download times are more than 30 times as fast as using a standard modem.
- The next generation: Catalysts for change in multimedia computing
University researchers have the freedom to stand back and think about the direction of multimedia computing over the longer term. Anyone trying to anticipate the next generation of information technology just has to focus on what universities are up to.
- Web caching system to launch
Intel will announce the launch Monday of technology dubbed "Quick Web," which speeds the delivery of Web pages to users' desktops.
Issue no. 34 - 8 January 1998
Issue no. 30 - 19 December 1997
- Clinton honours Net pioneers
President Bill Clinton has honoured two men credited with giving birth to the Internet by awarding them the national medal of technology. The efforts of the two inventors to link military computers by radio, satellite and telephone wires 25 years ago evolved into the Internet. Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, inventors of the TCP/IP protocol, said they never dreamt their research to solve a military command and control problem would result in a vast new medium spanning the globe.
Issue no. 26 - 10 December 1997
- From tags to riches
Next week, the World Wide Web Consortium - the body that oversees the development of Web technologies - will publish the final draft of XML, a new language that could vastly improve how today's Web works and open up new possibilities for publishers, corporate users and the average surfer.
Issue no. 22 - 1 December 1997
Issue no. 18 - 22 November 1997
- Internet highway heads home
If the action at Comdex 97 was any indication, high-speed Internet access to the home is moving faster than many expected.
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