Speaking to a packed house of engineering students at the University of California at Berkeley, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gave his opinion on the role of open source and the company's relationship to it in a conversation with A. Richard Newton, dean of the school's College of Engineering.
Hoping consumers are ready to embrace Internet-delivered phone services, Linksys has announced a partnership with Verizon to provide its VoIP phone adapters to new Verizon subscribers . Correspondent James Hilliard asks Linksys founder Victor Tsao and Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney if the average consumer is ready for Internet telephony.
A new handheld PC from Pepper Computer, aimed at "couch surfers," offers a lightweight design, handles full computer programs and can act as both an entertainment hub and a remote control. CNET's Rafe Needleman asks Pepper CEO Len Kawell if the convenience will justify the unit's $800 price tag.
The upcoming Research In Motion 7100t BlackBerry attempts to minimize the traditional keyboard design. Fitting QWERTY on a compact, multiple-letter layout reminiscent of a phone's dialpad, it leaves the wider PDA layout behind. CNET's Rafe Needleman gets a preview from RIM's Andrea Craig.
Xora's GPS TimeTrack software, combined with embedded Nextel chips, enables employers to track and collect a wide variety of employee activity automatically through their phones. CNET's Rafe Needleman talks with Xora CEO Sanjay Shirale about the software features and potential privacy issues.
In this Face to Face interview, venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple Computer evangelist, joins ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber to talk about his latest book. In "The Art of the Start," the best-selling author gives entrepreneurial advice, from creating bold positioning statements to avoiding "hallucinatory forecasts," on the road to business success.
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