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Nothing But Net
March 1, 1998

By Rob Yoegel During a recent trip to the neighborhood book store, I came across a favorite section--the discount table. There, resting so comfortably, like an Internet Explorer icon on a Windows desktop, was Bill Gates' November 1996 book, The Road Ahead. The asking price? A paltry $2.95, including accompanying CD-ROM with an outdated Web browser. That same week, wire services and major metropolitan newspapers featured stories and photographs of Bill Gates and Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing discussing Microsoft's alleged monopoly of the browser market. Sandwiched between the two--lucky him--was Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy. As Microsoft and Netscape battle

News Japan
February 1, 1998

¥ Fujitsu, Sony Sign Chip Deal Fujitsu and Sony agreed to jointly develop the next generation of LSI chips, .18 micron system. The two companies expect to have the first .18 micron DRAM sometime in 1999. The two companies are also studying a joint agreement for .13 micron chips. ¥ One Million Add Cell Phones in Dececember Japan's cellular and PHS service providers added 1,087,000 new subscribers in December 1997. The total number of mobile telephone subscribers is up to 28,740,000. ¥ Pioneer Opens DVD Studio Pioneer opened a DVD production studio in Hong Kong, in anticipation of DVD replacing video CD as the most popular video media in

News Japan
February 1, 1998

¥ Fujitsu, Sony Sign Chip Deal Fujitsu and Sony agreed to jointly develop the next generation of LSI chips, .18 micron system. The two companies expect to have the first .18 micron DRAM sometime in 1999. The two companies are also studying a joint agreement for .13 micron chips. ¥ One Million Add Cell Phones in Dececember Japan's cellular and PHS service providers added 1,087,000 new subscribers in December 1997. The total number of mobile telephone subscribers is up to 28,740,000. ¥ Pioneer Opens DVD Studio Pioneer opened a DVD production studio in Hong Kong, in anticipation of DVD replacing video CD as the most popular video media in

Windows 98 - Faster, More 'Net Friendly
January 1, 1998

A www.dealerscope.com exclusive LAS VEGAS-When Windows 98 ships next June, users will get a new user interface and better integration of Internet content, according to Phil Holden, Microsoft's Windows Product Group manager. The first couple beta versions of Memphis, Win 98's code name, have seemed like little more than faster, more stable versions of Windows 95. But a third beta version, which should be in widespread tests by the time you read this, changes everything from the task bar to self diagnostic systems. While the familiar rows of icons will remain on the desktop, the new task bar offers direct navigation tools

Windows CE Hits the Road
January 1, 1998

By Janet Pinkerton Having shepherded a new handheld Windows CE 2.0 PC to market during COMDEX, Microsoft at CES will unveil two new Windows CE device classes. Slated to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, Jan. 5-7, in addition to CES, the Auto PC is a single DIN, Windows CE-based car stereo head unit designed to be the nexus for a variety of 12V peripherals; Clarion plans to be the early player here. The second new "class," the Palm PC, will be introduced first by Philips and is a pocketable device with a touch sensitive screen designed to organize personal information downloaded from a PC. Meanwhile, Samsung

Passion for Invention Is Allsop's Heritage
January 1, 1998

When Ivor Allsop died October 12 at 82, he left a rich legacy. Allsop Inc., founded in his garage over 30 years ago, has become a company of avid tinkerers, related by blood and business, who believe the world is theirs to improve by invention and redesign, holding over 450 patents world wide. These people also are avid capitalists, so if there's money to be made by improving or developing a product, look out: Anything is fair game. For this legacy of innovation and marketing saavy, Dealerscope names the late Ivor Allsop and his sons Jim and Mike to its Hall of Fame.

Convergence Blows Through Comdex
January 1, 1998

LAS VEGAS-Like a soft summer breeze, the spectre of digital consumer electronics blew gently through COMDEX/Fall '97 as the computer industry prepared for the start of a new era. While there were batches of new palmtops, most notably those based on Microsoft Windows CE 2.0, heaps of new monitors, digital cameras and image editing software, in the back meeting rooms, DTV was in the air. Even on the show floor engineers were discussing how the computing industry and consumer electronics industry would live together in the digital TV era. For a show supposedly about computers, there was a great deal of talk about digital TV and

D&H Launches Sales Initiative for Microsoft Vista
January 1, 1904

To prepare dealers for expected shipments of “hundreds of thousands” of Microsoft Vista units and related products, D&H Distributing is launching training sessions, developing bundled packages and offering rebates and other promotions during its February “Vista Sales Driver” initiative. “Vista is one of the most anticipated launches in years. If dealers are prepared, they’ll find significant opportunities for upgrades, cross-sales and new business,” said Dan Schwab, vice president of marketing at D&H. “We’re giving our customers as much information and as many competitive tools as possible to help them maximize sales during the launch.” The initiatives include exclusive rebated bundles