Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Future Tech
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
- Microsoft To Give Away 30,000 Copies Of Vista, Office 2007
3. Breaking News
- Sun, Nokia, Ericsson Form Telecom Equipment Alliance
- Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
- Sophos Claim: One-Third Of November's Malware Can Breach Vista
- The Quad-Core War Begins: AMD Launches Quad FX
- Adobe Warns Of Critical Acrobat, Reader Bugs
- Developers Embrace Java, Drop Visual Basic
- IRS Deep-Sixes Outsourcing Plans As Tax Season Approaches
- Financial Firms Use Software Tools To Reduce Risk, Comply With New Regulations
- Vista Will Add Vroom To New Business Software
- Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
- Zango Tries To Reinstall Trust
4. Grab Bag
- Talk Softly But Carry A Big Woofer (NY Times)
- Much To Be Thankful for At Dell (Business Week)
- GM Pledges To Make Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (Washington Post)
5. In Depth
- Yahoo Quietly Launches Mobile Social-Networking Service
- Mobile Music, Video Poised For Growth, Study Shows
- Virtual Worlds Are As Important As The Real World To More Internet Users
- Study: Violent Video Game Exposure Affects Self-Control
6. Voice Of Authority
- Gingrich: Government Needs To Limit Free Speech
7. White Papers
- An Open Source Approach To Better Document Management
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Quote Of The Day:
"The Past is dead, and has no resurrection; but the Future is endowed with such a life, that it lives to us even in anticipation." Herman Melville
1. Editor's Note: Future Tech
First, a confession: Like a lot of tech enthusiasts, I'm a longtime science fiction reader (and a sometime science fiction writer), and so articles that describe new inventions, technical gadgets, or future possibilities always catch my attention.
Several interesting news items this week made me think of the kind of SF yarns that I devoured when I was an adolescent. For example, Sony recently applied for a patent for a "human body communication system and communication device." Your body would be the capacitor, charged by your conductive clothing. The earphones would contain the electrodes that translate the signal into sound. You think it's weird today when somebody with a wireless earpiece looks like he's talking to himself? Wait until we're all walking Wi-Fi networks.
Speaking of being connected: According to the University of Southern California-Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, many Internet users feel as strongly about their virtual worlds as they do about the real world. This should not be a surprise to anybody who has met a fan of, say, Buffy The Vampire Slayerthe ability of enthusiasts to absorb themselves in fictional universes can be amazingbut apparently the authors of the study find it significant. Will we ever come to the point where digital divers will spend most, or all, of their waking hours in virtual realities? Time alone will tell. (Incidentally, there is at least one positive outcome of this trend, according to the study: 49% of users participate more in social activism since they became involved in online communities.)
Finally, on a more practical level, Xerox says it has invented printing technology that creates images that last only a day. The good part is that this Erasable Paper could lead to fewer dead trees, since paper will be able to be used over and over again. The better partat least, if you're fond of writing point pen lettersis that the really nasty missive you wrote to your irritating co-worker will disappear within a day, leaving nothing that your boss could later object to.
Any other interesting inventions, gadgets, or future tech that you've come across that you'd like to tell about? Let everyone know at my blog post.
Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
Dell said customers with volume licensing agreements with Microsoft can use Dell to factory-install Vista, and CompUSA is offering a Vista implementation program at 160 of its stores.
Zango Tries To Reinstall Trust
Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, recently agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used unfair and deceptive methods to distribute adware. Founder and CEO Keith Smith stopped by InformationWeek to talk about his reformed company and to address charges that bad advertising practices continue at Zango despite the agreement with the FTC.
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