When it comes to keeping Microsoft's digital rights management technology from getting hacked -- a situation that recently provoked one of the fastest patches ever to be turned around by the Redmond-based company (because of the stakes) -- the company has already shown how its technological options are limited.
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Jahah launched a Web service that makes most phone calls free about six months ago, and today at DemoFall 2006 the company introduced a version of its service that lives on cell phones. Jahah Mobile currently supports Java-based and Symbian TM S60 version 7.
At DemoFall 2006, PrefPass introduced a way to personalize Web sites without having to register. The software allows users to anonymously share their preferences with sites without any passwords.
At DemoFall 2006, PostPath introduced what company CEO Duncan Greenwood called a "plug-compatible" Microsoft Exchange server. The Linux-based server talks the same network protocols as Exchange Server so the Microsoft software cannot tell that that is running on a 'foreign' box.
Imaginistics introduced a shape search engine for buyers and seller of manufactured parts at DemoFall 2006 called 3D-Seek (Internet Explorer only). Users sketch or upload a shape of a part in the 3D-Seek application, and the image is indexed and made available for search, according to Nainesh Rathod, CEO of Imaginestics.
NComputing is taking the old time sharing concept and applying it to PCs for about $70 per user. "NComputing is a way to deploy technology at the bottom end of the economic spectrum," said company CEO Steve Dukker during his six-minute demo at DemoFall 2006.
Retrevo introduced a vertical search site at DemoFall 2006 focused on consumer electronics content.The company applies semantic analysis and clustering and classification technology to more precisely deliver query results.
Speaking here, today, during the MIT Emerging Technology Conference's second presentation, AOL Chairman and CEO John Miller referred to the current period as the Golden Age of Entertainment and talked at length about the revolutions that are currently under way in terms of media consumption, distribution, and monetization.
Here at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos kicked things off with a discussion of something he calls muck. It's a dicussion that very much resonates with how I've been talking about why small and medium businesses are better off outsourcing as much of their non-differentiating initiatives as possible.
If you've been following the HP privacy debacle at all, then you'd know that one of the techniques that investigators tried on CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto (in order to figure out who her source inside HP was) was to send her a traceable e-mail.