At the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs shows off Tiger, the next version of Mac OS X. The operating system has more than 150 new features, including a systemwide search engine and an update to iChat that allows up to four people to hold a videoconference.
Digital photography is easy until it comes to sorting, labeling and deciding how to share the pictures. Microsoft researcher Steven Drucker shows correspondent James Hilliard the software maker's Photo Triage, a project from the research labs in Redmond that uses the metadata of digital photos to organize and display them across a variety of electronic devices.
San Francisco-based Linden Lab's online role-playing environment "Second Life" is an online community for anyone over 18 looking for a virtual escape. Linden Lab CEO Phillip Rosedale gives correspondent James Hilliard a tour and explains how users are turning their online alter-egos into money-making businesses.
Internet pioneer and steward Vint Cerf contends that the Net is still early in its evolution, in the process of moving from a figurative stone age to an iron age. In his Face to Face interview with ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber, Cerf discusses the Internet's future and outlines his views on spam, privacy, IPv6 and interplanetary networking. He also answers the question, "Who should run the Internet?"
Zone Labs has released a more complete security package in efforts to build on the success of its firewall product line. Marketing Director Fred Felman gives ZDNet's David Berlind a tour of the new product and comments on what the release of Microsoft's upcoming Service Pack 2 may mean to competition in the security industry.
While demonstrating the soon-to-be-released IBM S50 toolless computer, IBM product marketing manager Stephen Miller points out that in today's market, prices will come down to meet actual computing needs. With that in mind, ZDNet's David Berlind asks: How much PC is enough for an average business user, and when is "technological advancement" simply a price boost?
Expected for release later this year, Microsoft XP Service Pack 2 focuses on three areas of security: default firewall, automatic update and scanning for current virus protection. At CeBit America in New York, Microsoft's Greg Sullivan tells ZDNet's David Berlind that while SP2 is a security improvement for Windows, it's just the first step in a continual fight against network threats.
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