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Making wireless more reliable

Reliable interoperability among wireless devices was among the featured projects at Sun Microsystems' Sun Labs in Mountain View, Calif. Correspondent James Hilliard talks with Sun researcher Randy Smith and Sun Labs Director Glenn Edens about tackling the challenges of consistent connectivity, remote access and digital rights management.

August 5, 2004 by in Networking

Will SP2 protect your system?

When Microsoft's Service Pack 2 is finally installed on your machine will the new firewall feature offer adequate protection? Are your processors up to speed? ZDNet's David Berlind asks Rich Kaplan, vice president of Microsoft's Security Business & Technology unit.

August 5, 2004 by in Security

Samsung chases iPod

Hoping to grab mobile-media market share from Apple Computer this holiday season, Samsung is releasing new portable audio and video players in the coming weeks. Correspondent James Hilliard gets a preview of the new models and features from Samsung's Mark Farish.

August 5, 2004 by in Apple

The changing face of the Linux world

As Linux makes its move in the big-business arena, the open-source community faces growing pains. Correspondent James Hilliard asks conference-goers at LinuxWorld 2004 in San Francisco for their thoughts on the transition and how it is affecting the development of the open-source landscape.

August 4, 2004 by in Linux

Red Hat chief addresses patents, competition

As developers gather for LinuxWorld, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik sits down for a Face to Face interview with ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber and CNET reporter Stephen Shankland. Szulik denies that Red Hat's aim is to be the Microsoft of open source--whose community, he says, is alive and well.

August 2, 2004 by in Linux

Sun spotlights thin-client project

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.

July 30, 2004 by in Oracle

Samsung upgrades DVD line

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.

July 28, 2004 by in Samsung

O'Reilly's radar

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.

July 28, 2004 by in Open Source

Doctors tap broadband to monitor patients remotely

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.

July 26, 2004 by in Networking

Meet boxless digital cable

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.

July 22, 2004 by in Hardware

Gadgets in tune at Macworld

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.

July 20, 2004 by in Tech & Work

The calculator gave way to the spreadsheet. What will e-mail turn into?

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.

July 19, 2004 by in Enterprise Software

Microsoft spruces up Mac Office

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.

July 16, 2004 by in Microsoft


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