I'm sure that some of you remember Jini, an initiative launched in 1998 by Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems. This software was supposed to turn all the devices we use into 'networkcitizens,' as Joy said. It never really worked. And even if the electronic devices we own are increasingly network compatible, they still are unable to work together intelligently. This is why the European Union has funded a project to allow your fridge or your TV to communicate with your phone or your PC. This project, named Amigo, will end in February 2008 and was granted €13 millions by the EU. This project enrolled powerful partners such as France Telecom, Microsoft or Philips which pay the rest of the bill, expected to reach €23 millions. The researchers think their approach will be successful because it's an entirely open source project and everyone can participate. But read more...
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After the FCC rejected the White Space Coalition's prototype device -- which was touted as being able to sense spectrum to determine which frequencies are freely available in any given area -- Microsoft argued that the technology actually works, they just provided the FCC with a substandard unit. Friday, the Coalition -- which includes Google, Intel and Philips, as well as Microsoft -- filed a response to the FCC, arguing that a replacement device worked properly.
I'm a bit late to the party on this, but a few days ago, there were reports of a new device that utilizes unused television channels (known as "white space") to deliver broadband Internet service. Backed by a coalition that includes Microsoft, Google, Dell, HP and Philips, a prototype device created by Microsoft has been sent to the FCC for testing.
Microsoft is working with Philips on the development of a wireless household phone.The phone will be able to make VoIP calls using Microsoft's Instant Messenger and its "Windows Live Call" service.
Three weeks ago, when I penned my third piece on how Microsoft is very much poised to dominate the media player and authoring landscape (the other two posts are here, and here, and there's also a video of my whiteboard session on the topic), I had no idea what Microsoft had waiting in the wings. First, its announcement with Philips and second, the launch of the next version of its mobile operating platform (code-named Magneto, but officially Windows Mobile 5.
Microsoft and Philips Electronics announced at Microsoft's WinHEC 2002 conference on Tuesday a licensing agreement that will affect hardware companies that plan to build PCs using Microsoft's Freestyle software. Freestyle is the code name for software that will help consumers consolidate their digital entertainment media onto a PC and make it easy to access. Under the agreement, Philips will license its RC6 IR infrared remote-control technology and develop and distribute hardware blueprints to PC manufacturers. One of the key features of PCs that will use the Freestyle software will be the addition of a remote control. Licensing Philips remote-control technology will help to minimize interference from other remote-control devices in a home, the companies said. Microsoft will develop a logo program that will certify that remote controls branded with the logo will work with a Freestyle-enabled PC or consumer-electronics device. Microsoft is working with Hewlett-Packard, NEC and Samsung to bring PCs using Freestyle software to market by the end of the year. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
It's another twist in the DVD wars. Confirming earlier reports, Philips Electronics announces that Microsoft will give the nod to the DVD+RW format, supported by Philips--but not by Apple.
Symbian, which makes operating systems for wireless phones, on Wednesday announced that six new semiconductor companies will support its OS. Agilent Technologies, Epson, Parthus, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung and STMicroelectronics will join ARM, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in integrating the Symbian OS with their chips that use an ARM core, a technology that boosts chip performance. The move, announced at a conference in Cannes, France, is expected to reduce the time it takes to develop mobile phones and get them to market. Symbian's news follows similar announcements from Microsoft on Tuesday. Symbian is an independent company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Matsushita, Motorola, Psion and Sony Ericsson. Ericsson, Nokia and Psion are already shipping devices using the Symbian OS. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
Philips announced on Tuesday that a new interactive TV set-top box running Microsoft software is available to cable companies. The Nexperia DVP allows consumers to download audio and video content from cable networks and offers high-speed Internet access.
LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) announced on Wednesday that it had signed agreements with Philips Electronics NV and Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc.
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