Slow modem text: Oh, great. Now NASA is hiring WebTV owners. I can see it now: The Space Shuttle's control yoke is gonna be ripped out and replaced with a N64 Rumble Pack. The Rumble Pack is the pinnacle of modern dumb technology. To be followed by the Bumble Pack (which simulates being stung be bees when you lose) and, of course, the ultimate, some sort of handheld device which actually kills you when you die. -- Kibo
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News Archive for March April 10 to 23, 2000News is archived for reference purposes. URLs on the Internet change, so some of these links may no longer work.
56K.COM did not published last week due to the Easter holiday.
Tuesday, April 11
A ZDNet article, "One-in-four broadband PCs at risk," looks at the potential for DSL and cable modem users to be hacked. (If nothing else, you should turn off file and printer sharing. A firewall offers even more protection. - Leslie)
3Com will use Hitachi equipment to fill gaps in its CommWorks architecture. The move follows 3Com's decision to eliminate unprofitable product lines.
Japan now has Internet access in 19.1% of households, compared to just 10% a year ago.
The golden age of wireless department
Esther Dyson examines the push for wireless voice and data services in Europe for the LA Times.
Tellme is a new service that allows you to retrieve information from your cell phone using voice-activated commands on a toll-free number. The service was swamped at its debut, but is ramping up its system to meet demand.
Motorola's first quarter profits doubled over last year's, largely due to demand for its cell phones and semiconductors.
Today's O'Grady's PowerPage runs down the nitty-gritty of connecting a Nokia cell phone to a Mac. Author Justin Reid has written a modem script for the latest Nokia cell phones, which don't work with the Nokia infrared driver that ships with Mac OS 9.
Free as an apple off the neighbor's tree department
The Gartner Group predicts that in three years the majority of handheld computers will be free. The industry analysts believe that handhelds will follow the model of cell phones and free PCs, with monthly service fees subsidizing the cost of the hardware.
Todd Wallack of the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the financial problems of free web services, particularly eFax and Jfax.
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