Stories by Marc Ferranti

US cable operators to trial Microsoft TV software

After throwing its marketing might, development resources and billions of investment dollars trying -- and failing -- to gain traction in the market for cable television software, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer Monday announced...

Magix debuts music software upgrades

Music novices and home-studio pros alike have new song-creation tools at their disposal with the Monday launch of Magix's new versions of its Music Maker and Music Studio software programs in the U.S.

Sony to buy Sonic Foundry desktop software line

Faced with losses and tough competition from much larger companies, Sonic Foundry has agreed to sell its desktop audio and music production product family to Sony Pictures Digital for US$18 million in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities an...

Developers look to expand mobile games market

A number of technical and business hurdles need to be overcome before gamers see a wider variety of titles on mobile devices, according to developers and online games-site executives speaking at the Games and Mobile Forum conference in New York Monda...

Digital music: Now's the time, what's the platform?

Now that major music companies are starting to go beyond timid first attempts at offering their wares over the Internet, industry insiders are struggling to figure out which types of services and devices are best positioned to capture the hearts and ...

Dataquest: Economy curbs PC recovery

Worldwide PC shipments for 2002 and 2003 will rise, but lack of compelling technologies and worries about the economy are causing users to hang on to their older computers, putting a damper on industry recovery, according to market research company D...

NetWorld+Interop - Microsoft Project aims at the enterprise

Microsoft's Project, long known as essentially a desktop productivity tool, will make its debut next month as a full-fledged corporate project and resource management product suite, the company announced Tuesday at the NetWorld+Interop show in Las Ve...

IT CEOs turn out, speak up for XP

To kick off the official launch of Windows XP here Thursday, Microsoft Corp. marshalled some of the biggest names in computing to participate in an industry executive panel and extoll the ability of the operating system to push the convergence of com...

Searching for Revenue, Napster Signs Promo Deal

In a move that may presage a variety of new initiatives by Napster, the music file sharing site currently being sued by major music labels has announced a song promotion deal with Sputnik7.com LLC, an online affiliate of Palm Entertainment Properties...

Jupiter: Subscriptions to Drive Net Music

Another day, another Jupiter forecast that the online purchase and delivery of music will account for $US1.5 billion of the worldwide music market. Which still means more than 70 per cent will buy their music in a 'hard' format. But the growth is sig...

Jobs Announces New Power Macs, iMacs, G4 Cubes

Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs on Wednesday announced that the company is releasing dual-processor Power Mac G4s and a new series of iMacs, two of which are priced below US$1,000. Jobs also announced an Apple first: a desktop ...

Bezos: Up close and personal

What technology has taken away from business - the personal touch - it can bring back in the era of the internet, according to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

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