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Comdex Spring 1999 - The ABCs of Posturing
June 1, 1999

Chicago -- Microsoft chair Bill Gates kicked off the 1999 Spring COMDEX and Window World Conference at his keynote address with a re-enactment of last year's infamous blue screen of death episode where a Windows 98 beta version crashed during the on-stage demo. The two main differences this year, however, were that Windows 2000 was the OS and the demo worked. Making computing easier was one of the outstanding themes of Gates' presentation, noting the importance of ease-of-use and connectivity to home users. "People don't think of computers as just a device for large corporations,' he said. Gates took the opportunity to announce a corporate

999 Geography of Retailing - San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
March 1, 1999

San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Entrances & Exits: Blessed by an affluent, tech-savvy populace, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market so far has managed to preserve a healthy block of independent, high-end dealers, in addition to supporting regional and national chains. The good guys! used 1998 to remodel its Concord and Dublin locations into its larger Audio/Video Exposition format, open a new Audio Video Exposition store in Palo Alto and replace its San Mateo location with an Audio/Video Exposition enhanced WOW! store. Office Depot closed its Oakland location then opened a new store in Millbrae across the bay. Costco opened its new store in Hayward and will

CES PC News - PC Networking Options Flourish
February 1, 1999

By Grant Clauser As PC users multiply, so do the number of multiple-PC households. Sharing access to printers, scanners and the Internet can be a problem, even a battleground, in the home. That's where home networking comes in. Home networking solutions loomed large at International CES this year with power line, phone line and wireless all represented. With the rapid deployment of this technology, some people see the completely-networked home only a short distance down the horizon. Home networks allow multiple users to share the computer's resources, connect multiple PCs, play network games and even turn a TV into a second PC. Networks that allow two users

CES to Feature IDB Standard
January 1, 1999

By Jamie Latshaw Officially it debuted at Convergence '98 in October, but at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Data Bus (IDB), the mobile electronics connectivity standard, will make its debut to the CE industry and to those who may appreciate it the most--12-volt dealers and their installers. "[IDB] basically reduces install time and complexity of the work," Arlan Stehney, program manager for ITS at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the organization that defined the IDB standard, said. The open, non-proprietary standard allows a virtual plug-and-play connection between an IDB product and an IDB car. But an additional advantage is the communication network the

CES '98 Pre-Show Festivities
December 1, 1998

By Jennifer Kronstain More than 280 first-time exhibitors will be on hand for the upcoming 1999 International Consumer Electronics Show, set to run January 7-10, 1999, in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association made the announcement last month during a press conference in New York's fabled Rainbow Room. Among the newcomers joining the CES fold this year: Cisco Systems Inc. (networking), Alcatel (telecommunications and cable equipment), ADT Security Services (home security), ShareWave Inc. (home networking) and VM Labs (home theater). The newcomers will be alongside 1,300 other exhibitors, who will answer questions from as many as 3,000 members of the international press and

Home Networking Part 2 - Opening the Pipeline with 1394
October 1, 1998

By Janet Pinkerton One of the biggest glitches in high definition television (HDTV) is its current incompatibility with the set-top boxes operated by U.S. cable systems, which deliver television programming to roughly 70 percent of the nation's households. Challenged by Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard's November 1 deadline for resolving the issue, the cable and consumer electronics industries are positioning the IEEE 1394 digital bus as a primary technology for linking cable set-top boxes to DTV receivers. The technology--called "Firewire" by Apple, "iLink" by Sony--is a powerful means of transporting loss-less digital information on a home network, but it is one that exposes

News Japan
September 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Wireless SmartCard In Development Hitachi Maxell Plans to expand its non-contact Smartcard sheet business. The company plans to manufacture a flexible PET (polyethyleneterephthalate)-made modular sheet which integrates an IC chip with 1Kbyte embedded EEPROM and an antenna coil. With the 0.15mm-thick sheet, it is possible to develop a 0.25mm smartcard. The chip has a transmission range of 10cm, which will allow for easier in-store transactions and vending machines. ¥ Mitsubishi Starts LCD Production Mitsubishi Electric will begin to produce low-temperature polycrystal silicon TFT LCDs in fiscal 1999. The company will initially manufacture 2- to 4-inch viewfinder LCDs and eventually expand its product line to

Market Opportunities - New Options for Home Network
September 1, 1998

By Janet Pinkerton Like ants to candy on the sidewalk, everybody wants a piece of the home network market. With a variety of data rates and communications protocols at its disposal, the CE and PC industries are wrestling with what technologies will be appropriate to what applications. The expectation is that a variety of protocols and technologies will be appropriate for various sections of the home network, with the network media being a patchwork of options: dedicated wiring, existing powerline or phone line, or unlicensed radio frequencies. Where the intelligience of the network resides is open to debate--Intel sees the PC at the nexus of any home network,

News Japan
September 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Wireless SmartCard In Development Hitachi Maxell Plans to expand its non-contact Smartcard sheet business. The company plans to manufacture a flexible PET (polyethyleneterephthalate)-made modular sheet which integrates an IC chip with 1Kbyte embedded EEPROM and an antenna coil. With the 0.15mm-thick sheet, it is possible to develop a 0.25mm smartcard. The chip has a transmission range of 10cm, which will allow for easier in-store transactions and vending machines. ¥ Mitsubishi Starts LCD Production Mitsubishi Electric will begin to produce low-temperature polycrystal silicon TFT LCDs in fiscal 1999. The company will initially manufacture 2- to 4-inch viewfinder LCDs and eventually expand its product line to

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is