In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: The Future Is Now 2. Today's Top Story - Microsoft Targets Google, Yahoo With Online Ad Platform Related Story: - eBay CEO Sees Faster Revenue Growth Ahead 3. Breaking News - Any Further Vista Delays Will Pressure Win2000 Users - Tech Pros Worried About Fuel Costs, Job Security - FTC Orders Wallace To Pay $4 Million For Spyware Scam - Billion-Dollar Love Bug Worm Marks Sixth Anniversary - IE7 Beta 2 Breaks Outlook Web Links - Newsgroup: Windows Anti-Counterfeit Tool Requires Loosening PC Security - Massive DoS Attack Knocks Out TypePad, LiveJournal - BI Spending Seen Picking Up: Reports - Q&A: EMC Exec Talks Storage Security - South Korea Unveils Female Android 4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web - HP's Wow Factor (BusinessWeek Online) - Toxic Warning For Nanotech Industry (BBC News) - Seeking Calendar Nirvana (The New York Times - reg. required) 5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech - Review: Sansa e200 Music Player - Review: Actiontec VoSky Call Center - Review: Can You Learn 101 Languages From A Four-CD Tutorial? - Few Consumers Sending Pictures From Camera Phones - Can Your Cell Phone Help You Lose Weight? - Wal-Mart To Sell Build-Your-Own Computers 6. Voice Of Authority - Women IT Pros Still Earn Less, But Why? 7. White Papers - Network Access Control 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
Quote of the day: "I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life." -- George Burns
1. Editor's Note: The Future Is Now
Don't you just love future tech? It's always fascinating to read about the new ways we'll be interacting with technology down the road. Just say the word "nanotechnology," and you've got my full attention. Or "robot." Or "flying car." (Actually, I think flying cars are a terrible idea, but that's a rant for another day.)
While it's fun to imagine the possibilities, the truth is that for one reason or another, many of the great-sounding tech ideas we read about will never come to fruition. That's why we've put together a special feature showcasing five up-and-coming technologies you need to know about right now, not at some nebulous point in the future. Some of the technologies on our list are already in play; the rest will be by the end of this year. And they all have the potential to change the rules of enterprise and consumer computing.
As we compiled our hot list, a few promising technologies failed to make the cut:
Ultra-mobile PCs: The potential of Microsoft's ultra-ultra-portable Origami is interesting, but we've been suckered before by the promise of a fully functioning miniature PC. We'll suffocate if we hold our breath waiting for this category to bloom.
Flexible displays: We're sold on the inevitability (and desirability) of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays based on a flexible substrate that allows them to bend and fold. This is really cool stuff. But in terms of real-world use, we're still a few years off. We hope next year this technology will make our list.
To find out the other four technologies on our hot list, read the story. Then I invite you to weigh in: What red-hot right-now technologies do you think we should have included? Please submit your suggestions at my blog entry.
Related Story: eBay CEO Sees Faster Revenue Growth Ahead There's an opportunity for growth in the company's three core businesses—its auction marketplace, PayPal online payment system, and Skype Web telephone service—especially as they drive traffic to each other.
IE7 Beta 2 Breaks Outlook Web Links The problem has been a topic of discussion of newsgroups on Microsoft's support site. The issue—broken Web links in messages—affects at least Outlook 2000 and 2003, and similar problems were also reported in Outlook Express.
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Women IT Pros Still Earn Less, But Why? If you're a female tech professional, there's good news and bad news about pay. The salary gap between male and female IT staffers seems to be narrowing—but it's widening at the manager level. Marianne Kolbasuk McGee takes a closer look.
7. White Papers
Network Access Control Are the right users with the right devices gaining access to your network? Learn how to systematically and effectively institute an enterprise-wide network access control (NAC) rollout strategy, while preserving your network uptime and user productivity.
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