In his NYT story about what Steve Jobs might announce (an Apple phone) tomorrow during his Macworld keynote, John Markoff quotes Paul Mercer, president of Inventor, which does user interface design for mobile devices: "Apple is about to touch off a nuclear war. The Nokias and the Motorolas will have to respond.
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In Bill Gates' bedroom of the future, you carry around your mobile computing device, controlling your connected experience like a video game played on a multi-wall-sized screen. Microsoft has been touting the multi-screen user experience, providing more surface area to handle all the multitasking and brain expansion that software affords.
EMC's acquisition of virtualization software maker VMware completed in January 2004 may have been one of the better deals in the technology sector in the last three years. But perhaps it's time for EMC to bid adieu.
The CES show has kicked off with the Windows Home Server as a headliner and the most striking thing is the language used by tech's titans. To wit: --Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' keynote touches on the need for home servers as the software giant rolled out a bevy of products.
Notable headlines: The problem with CES: There's just too damn much of it. Here's a recap of what seems to be the most interesting stuff thus far.
I've been watching the Bill Gates keynote from CES. He declared that next year will be his last CES keynote, as he devotes his time to his foundation, unless the CES powers that be want a speech about eliminating infectious diseases from the planet.
David has a post with supposed details about Apple's attempts to pry the iPhone name from Cisco's, which has been busy rolling out its own iPhone products.
Dana Gardner brings up a critical issue that tends to get overlooked in the frothiness surrounding the cool products unveiled at the CES and Macworld events. We will certainly have megabytes of coverage of the products and trends this week on ZDNet.
Charlie Wood is like a pioneer trekking across the frontier in a covered wagon, but the dangers aren't an untamed land, broken wheels or hostiles. Charlie, who runs the startup Spanning Partners, which helps companies RSS-enable applications, is on the frontier of using the software-as-a-service, utility computing model to run his business and is coming face-to-face with the unreliability of the on demand services he depends upon.
For our first Dan & David Show after the holiday break, we preview the two major events coming up next week--the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Macworld in San Francisco. David and a team of dozens of CNET editors will be covering the CES venues, looking for the latest and greatest products and services.