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CEDIA Presents Home Networking Options
November 1, 1999

At the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's '99 Expo, home networking was a definite undercurrent theme, apparent with the Home of Electronic Lifestyles exhibit. Several companies are providing options for networking home computer systems, entertainment systems and, in some cases, both. • 3Com teamed up with Microsoft to announce three home networking products. The HomeConnect Home Network Ethernet Kit is capable of speeds up to 100Mbps and links household computers, allowing for customized file, Internet and peripheral sharing. By the end of 1999, a standard 10Mbps phone line version will also be available and an 11Mbps wireless version is expected by Q2 of 2000. •

Mindshare
October 1, 1999

What are we selling anyway? The answer comes back "service," not "product." Recent video innovations have consistently been tied to content services: Echostar's Dishplayer (satellite, WebTV, plus digital video recording), Sony and TiVo, the Sony media machine and Playstation II, Sony and Cablevision, the Thomson/Microsoft TAK, the Wink-enabled TVs. Even the baseline Guide Plus+ electronic programming guide is becoming a content aggregator instead of just a guide. Free off-air HDTV programming is less than impressive. If you want the good stuff now, you have to buy into satellite or, in limited areas, cable HD programming options, again service based—leaving manufacturers to subsidize improvements to the free,

Innovation Japan
September 1, 1999

Mobile Phone Usage Gaining in Japan The number of cellular and PHS handsets in use in Japan reached 50,518,000 at the end of July, surpassing the 50-million mark for the first time in history, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The per-capita penetration rate is now 39.9 percent. At the current rate of growth, the number of mobile phone users may surpass the number of NTT telephone subscribers by the end of March 2000. As of late July, there were 44,808,000 cellular subscribers, an increase of 862,000 in one month. The number of PHS subscribers declined 47,000 to 5,710,000. Microsoft, Softbank Target Wireless Internet Microsoft,

Innovation Japan
September 1, 1999

Mobile Phone Usage Gaining in Japan The number of cellular and PHS handsets in use in Japan reached 50,518,000 at the end of July, surpassing the 50-million mark for the first time in history, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The per-capita penetration rate is now 39.9 percent. At the current rate of growth, the number of mobile phone users may surpass the number of NTT telephone subscribers by the end of March 2000. As of late July, there were 44,808,000 cellular subscribers, an increase of 862,000 in one month. The number of PHS subscribers declined 47,000 to 5,710,000. Microsoft, Softbank Target Wireless Internet Microsoft,

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