Etech:Wikis have made their way into the classroom at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Students working on writing projects are accessing their teacher's wiki from their Safari bookmark toolbar on their Macs via Apple's Rendezvous.
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If imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the folks at Apple should be feeling pretty flattered now that Google is sprinkling some of its love on one of the trademark features of the OS X operating system: its Dock. To Windows users that have never seen an OS X Dock, it's sort of like the tray in Windows, but a heck of a lot more fun.
Although Motorola and Apple may disagree over when the time is right to show off a new product, there's clearly one thing they don't disagree on: convergence. "The first thing you're seeing here is a merger of two different industries with different ideas of launching products," said Motorola mobile phone chief Ron Garriques according to a Reuters report.
Neil Gershenfeld opened the third day at Etech with a talk about the digitization of fabrication and how...
AT&T is testing out a WiMax wireless broadband service with two corporate customers, joining a host of other companies looking to capitalize on the technology.
ETech has lived up to its reputation for delivering new and interesting ideas. The morning was filled with short lightening talks (what O'Reilly calls "higher order bits) by some of the people making technology, including a talk by Danny Hillis on Applied Minds and an announcement of a new search platform, called A9, from Amazon.
Adam Gross, director of product marketing at Salesforce.com, showed a densely packed room of Etech attendees the kind of application building that is unfolding at his company and why it is the future of application development.
In characterizing salesforce.com as a company that he sees as a Microsoft rival, one that that he looks at "intensely" to understand the keys to its success, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates once again appears to be making adjustments at the helm of his huge ship.
At the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference today, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos introduced A9's OpenSearch, which he hopes will to do for search what RSS has done for content. OpenSearch lets users add searchable columns to the A9 search application and syndicate them via a few extensions to RSS.
This morning at Etech, Danny Hillis blew minds with a taste of the consulting and design work done at his current venture, Applied Minds. He showed pictures and video of six and four-legged mobile robots, including one in the form of a snake that moved exactly like one.