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Issue no. 203 - 19 July 2001
Issue no. 202 - 5 July 2001
- Bluetooth Will Take Off - Eventually
The Frost & Sullivan Bluetooth report says that the Bluetooth short- range wireless network will take off into the mass market, but it will take a few years.
- Microsoft clips Windows XP Smart Tags
Microsoft has decided to exclude Smart Tags from the version of Windows XP that will ship later this year. With Smart Tags, Microsoft can link any word on a Web page to another site chosen by the company. Smart Tags remains a feature of Office XP.
- Peekabooty goes into hiding
The Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc), which gained notoriety for its Back Orifice tool, has put its latest project, an anti-censorship file sharing system, on the back burner in the interests of "end user safety".
Issue no. 201 - 26 June 2001
- Audiogalaxy, un service peer-to-peer plus malin que Napster ?
Audiogalaxy permet l'échange de fichiers musicaux avec les mêmes restrictions que via Napster, mais il autorise également des recherches "plus larges" sur le réseau FTP, d'où son énorme succès.
- Microsoft uses open-source code despite denying use of such software
(Wall Street Journal)
Microsoft, even while mounting a new campaign against open-source software, has quietly been using such free computer code in several major products, as well as on key portions of a popular Web site - despite denying last week that it did so.
- The sound of shrinking
The hugely popular MP3 encoding software that compresses large sound files has been overhauled by its creators Thomson Multimedia and the Fraunhofer Institute. The updated MP3 standard, called MP3pro, splits the audio stream it is encoding into two parts: one for low frequency sounds and the other for high pitched sounds.
Issue no. 200 - 14 June 2001
- IM rivals can't connect on messaging plans
Product barriers that separate millions of instant messaging fans appear no closer to falling after a year of dispute, sparking a new round of maneuvering that could dramatically shape the development of standards for the nascent technology.
- New Windows XP Feature Can Re-Edit Others' Sites
(Wall Street Journal)
Microsoft Windows XP operating system is designed to be easier and more reliable than previous home versions of Windows. But Microsoft has another agenda for Windows XP: one feature, which hasn't yet been made public, allows Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser to turn any word on any Web site into a link to Microsoft's own Web sites and services, or to any other sites Microsoft favors.
Issue no. 199 - 4 June 2001
- The beast of complexity
The future of software may be a huge Internet-borne cloud of electronic offerings from which users can choose exactly what they want.
Issue no. 198 - 28 May 2001
- IBM technology quadruples disk space
IBM is developing a technology that it says will quadruple the capacity of a disk drive.The company is adding a new type of magnetic coating, called ruthenium, to its current disk drives. The technology can be implemented without redesigning current disk drive plants
- Software uses keyboard patterns to target ads to individuals
(Wall Street Journal)
Men like the tab key and tend to use the scrolling wheel on a mouse. Women move the mouse around more, even if a scroll wheel is available. Such discoveries abut gender differences in computer use are an offshoot of a new marketing technology being pushed by Predictive Networks, a company that specializes in tracking and analyzing online behavior to customize ads to individual users.
- The Once and Future
P2P (peer to peer) technologies seem to be all the rage these days. While Napster appears to be in a death spiral, other P2P technologies have emerged that look truly interesting and viable, and some are likely to end up as essential tools in your web search arsenal.
Issue no. 197 - 21 May 2001
- Filter-Bypassing Web Browser 'Peekabooty' Coming Soon
The Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC), the organization behind "sniffer" packages such as Back Orifice, is developing an advanced Web browser that can reportedly bypass company or governmental control systems. Known as Peekabooty, the Windows-based Web browser is set for unveiling at the July DefCon security event in Las Vegas.
- TV Makers Take a Side on Anti-Piracy Technologies
Intensifying a battle with Hollywood and broadcasters over new anti-piracy technologies, television makers have told federal regulators they are backing a new copy-protection scheme that could bring jarring changes to the way consumers watch TV.
- WWW-Filter - Privatsphäre schützen mit HTTP-Proxies
Was immer Websurfer aus dem Internet laden - stets sammelt der Anbieter im Gegenzug Informationen über sie. Spezielle Proxy-Server stutzen nicht nur die grafischen Inhalte auf die Wünsche des Anwenders zurecht, sondern kontrollieren auch den Rückfluss persönlicher Daten an die Inhaltsanbieter und deren Werbepartner.
Issue no. 196 - 15 May 2001
- Forget The Web, Make Way For 'X Internet'
The Web's tenure as the driving instrument of info-revolution is waning, a new Forrester Research report says. In its place is emerging a new version of the Internet, which Forrester analyst Carl D. Howe dubs "X Internet."
- Snoop software: Unhealthy at home?
Experts worry about rise of spouse-catching computer tools. More and more Internet-savvy users are turning to computer monitoring software, looking for proof of their worst fears. Some claim it’s a life-saver. But marriage and family experts are warning that technological snooping and meaningful relationships just can’t coexist.
- Upstart eyes Napster fix
Travis Hill, a 20-year-old former classical pianist from the US state of Utah, has developed Songbird, software that can track the use of copyrighted material over Napster's peer-to-peer service so artists and publishers can remove work uploaded to the network without their permission. More importantly, he has found a way to identify misspelt file tags to address the problem of Napster users tweaking artist and song titles to get around tracking systems. see also Songbird: Big Huff, Small Puff .
Issue no. 195 - 8 May 2001
Issue no. 194 - 23 April 2001
- Anti-piracy plans for hardware fail
The National Committee on Information Technology Standards (NCITS) voted against adding copy-protection support directly into computer hardware, a controversial proposal aiming to smooth adoption of strong anti-piracy safeguards. The vote had been closely watched by free-speech advocates, hardware makers, Hollywood studios and record labels as a signal of how much control the content and computer industries would have over consumers' use of home PCs.
Issue no. 191 - 19 March 2001
- New Gnotella Version Proves Popular
The latest edition of download software Gnotella version 0.9.8 is popular among Web surfers. Gnotella is a distributed real time search and file sharing program.
- New Scientist: Free speech, liberty, pornography
Cyber-revolutionaries are abandoning the Web to build an anarchic, censorship-free alternative. Discusion of peer-to-peer technologies
- Tech predictions from leading scientists
Almost daily, we hear about the latest breakthroughs from technology gurus at Microsoft, Intel, and other big players in the tech sector. What we don't hear about is where their big ideas come from. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in Palo Alto, California; and Starlab in Brussels, Belgium, are among the top think tanks in tech research across the globe, and many technological innovations were born within their walls. According to these science soothsayers, technology is just beginning to change our lives, with plenty of advances to come.
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- An era of peer to peer
The question now is whether "P2P" is only the latest internet technology fad, or whether this software may set a new direction for business computing. The essence of P2P networking is the ability to share information or computing resources among all computers linked to a network without reference to a central server.
- Gadget wars
A new breed of consumer-electronics device is emerging from the computer industry, and with it a new sort of consumer-electronics company
- Gnotella File-Sharing Browser Hits the Net
A new version of Gnotella, a browser that provides the interface for peer-to-peer file transfers on GnutellaNet, has ben released..
Issue no. 189 - 5 March 2001
- Can a peer-to-peer phone network fly
The Free World Dialup project aims to create a peer-to-peer network that allows people to borrow each other's phone lines over the Net, making any call a local call.
- CinemaNow appeases studios by locating Web surfers
Online movie service CinemaNow hooked up with a software company that is able to track Web surfers based on where they live - a move aimed at preserving territorial-based controls of movie licenses. Digital Envoy, with its NetAcuity technology, says it can block audiences with 90 percent accuracy, helping companies such as CinemaNow make good on its film distribution promises.
- Just press print
The ability to print computer components, rather than making them on silicon wafers, could lead to lighter, cheaper computers - and you could even roll them up
- Surf the Net Through Your Power Socket
So-called powerline communications may beat TV cable modems and broadband wireless technologies by providing cheaper and faster Internet access through electricity sockets.
Issue no. 188 - 24 February 2001
- Power to the people
The technology that lets users chat, swap files and share storage space returns the net to its founding principles. Karlin Lillington reports from a peer-to-peer conference in San Francisco
Issue no. 187 - 17 February 2001
- La révolution MP3
Les fichiers musicaux au format MP3 circulent tous azimuts sur le Net. D'une qualité proche de celle des disques laser, facile à dupliquer, ils sont devenus la nouvelle marotte des internautes, jusqu'à transformer le Web en gigantesque discothèque gratuite. Un phénomène qui inquiète les majors du disque.
- Sun enlists peer-to-peer in war against Microsoft
Sun Microsystems unveiled software, called Jxta and pronounced "juxta," a contribution to the much-hyped "peer-to-peer" technology made famous by file-swapping programs such as Napster. Jxta will be open-source software, meaning that anyone can modify and redistribute the software without restriction. see also 'Napster' Networks Have No Peers (Wired).
Issue no. 186 - 3 February 2001
- Nortel to enable web tracking
Nortel Networks, the Canadian networking group, unveiled a series of new products that will enable internet service providers to track their customers' browsing habits and offer them specialised content and advertising.
Issue no. 184 - 20 January 2001
- European Union gives 9.8 million Euros for GRID development
(CERN Press Release)
A 9.8 million euro funding over three years in support of the DataGrid project was authorized by the EC Information Society Programme (within the Fifth Framework Research Programme for technology development) at the end of December 2000 and a contract has been awarded to CERN as leader of the project.
Issue no. 183 - 14 January 2001
- Peer-to-peer monsters are on the way
Napster on steroids? Microsoft is working on a mega-P2P project code-named 'Farsite.' Others are exploring this territory as well.
Issue no. 182 - 20 December 2000
- CERN: Statt Spinnennetz ein Gitter fürs Internet
Während das World Wide Web sich mit Millionen neuen Nutzern gerade erst so richtig entfaltet, tüfteln die WWW-Erfinder am Europäischen Kernforschungslabor (CERN) in Genf an der nächsten Generation. The Grid (das Gitter) soll jedem Nutzer maßgeschneiderte Antworten auf komplexe Fragen auf seinen Computer liefern.
- In praise of disruption
From The Economist Technology Quarterly. Technologies such as Bluetooth broadcasting, optical switching, code-morphing and proteomics are threatening the old industrial order. Rejoice. see also The coming backlash in privacy.
- Will AOL Tame Aimster?
Forget MyMP3 or Napster = Aimster is the stake in the heart of the record industry. Piggybacking on America Online 's popular instant-messaging program, this file-sharing system makes swapping tunes much easier than Napster, much more reliable than Gnutella and likelier to withstand legal action than the other major players.
Issue no. 180 - 3 December 2000
Issue no. 178 - 19 November 2000
- Beating Napster at its own game?
(WSJ Interactive Edition)
Software development company MediaDefender thinks the answer to new music-swapping technologies and so-called peer-to-peer music and entertainment networks lies in "spoofing," a method in which a peer-to-peer entertainment network is flooded with fake files of a certain title.
Issue no. 177 - 12 November 2000
- Es su casa Microsoft's casa?
Gateway and AOL have a plan for wiring your living room. But Microsoft has a plan, too, and it uses many of the same technologies and standards.
- Visa moves to web system
Visa USA, the world's largest payment card transaction group, announced it intended to move its payment processing system from mainframes to a web-based system on clusters of workstations.
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