Sun Microsystems held an open house at its Sun Labs facility in Mountain View, Calif., to offer a glimpse of its research in thin-client computing and the next-generation network. CNET's James Hilliard gets an inside look from Sun Labs Director Glenn Edens as he sheds light on smart-card access, multidesktop environments, and real-time graphic design collaboration.
Looking to reach consumers interested in an entertainment center upgrade, Samsung has taken the wraps off a new line of DVD player/recorders. Samsung spokesperson Claude Frank gives correspondent James Hilliard an early look, including a unit that incorporates high-definition conversion and is touted to deliver TV images worthy of HDTV's price tag.
During his keynote address to the O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2004, media maven Tim O'Reilly discussed some of the top issues shaping open-source development. He noted a paradigm shift taking place and said the community needs to shift its approach and thoughts about what open source truly is.
Some hospitals in the United States are using broadband technology to improve patient care and cope with a national shortage of critical care physicians. Correspondent James Hilliard visits Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., where patients in the intensive care unit are being monitored by doctors a mile away in a control room called the eICU.
Digital cable-ready televisions are on the market, and they don't need seperate set-top boxes to decode digital signals. Correspondent James Hilliard asks ABI Research's Vamsi Sistla for details on a new technology that still has a ways to go before entering the common living room.
New gadgets and software for the Mac were on hand at Macworld 2004 in Boston. ZDNet's David Berlind uncovers the latest, including full-circle iPod speaker systems, software for budding rock stars and the ultimate mobile multimedia editing suite for the video pro on the go.
CNET Editor-at-Large Esther Dyson talks with ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Dan Farber about "meta-mail," her term for the extension of e-mail into a broader set of tools that can manage processes and the user's attention, instead of just information and content. The user remains in a familiar workspace environment, but has the use of the equivalent of "a spreadsheet for process rather than a spreadsheet for numbers." She highlights examples of products on the path to meta-mail, including one from IBM, coming to market soon.
Apple Computer didn't attend Macworld in Boston this year, but Microsoft did. While touring the recently released Office 2004 for Mac with Microsoft Product Manager Jessica Sommer, ZDNet's David Berlind asks about Microsoft's commitment to its Mac line of products.
Apple made good on its promise not to participate at Macworld this year if promoter IDG took the show to Boston. The impact made a marked difference in attendance by both exhibitors and conference attendees. ZDNet's David Berlind talked to a variety of conference attendees to get their opinions on Apple's absence.
Java creator James Gosling sits down with ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber during JavaOne for a Face to Face interview. Gosling, CTO for Sun's Developer Products group, talks about the future of the Java language, the impact of Sun's settlement with Microsoft on the direction of Java development, the debate about open sourcing Java and whether Java is in danger of being bifurcated as IBM, BEA and others work outside the Java Community Process.
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