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IBM ramps up speech technology products and research

In the belief that speech technology is a big, fast-moving, and diverse market, IBM will put its stake in the ground over the next two quarters by giving its portfolio of voice recognition systems a new umbrella term -- Conversational Services.

Microsoft to promote tablet PC at Comdex

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, at the Comdex conference in Las Vegas next week, will launch a promotion for a tablet PC, the marketing seeds of which were planted at least a year ago.

Intel backs peer-to-peer concept

Intel CEO Craig Barrett has firmly planted the Intel flag behind the concept of peer-to-peer networking as pioneered on the consumer side by Napster.

3Com Unveils Color Palm IIIc

3Com yesterday announced two new versions of its popular Palm handheld device, including its first offering to feature a color display, as well as offering a new flat-rate pricing plan for wireless connectivity on the Palm VII.

Will USB 2.0 douse FireWire?

Will the next version of USB be the death knell for FireWire? USB 2.0, to be released in October, is expected to reach transfer rates of up to 60MB per second.

Libretto to go the way of the Dodo bird

The mighty Libretto, one of the first mini-notebooks to be introduced to the computer market, will go the way of the Dodo bird, it shall be phased out of production next month after a two year stint.

WinCE to get major face-lift

Windows CE, Microsoft's answer to the handheld operating system will get a major face-lift in the fourth quarter, the company has been telling its key partners. Code-named Rapier the new system will be significantly easier to use, the company says.

Microsoft, MAC join on docking specification

Microsoft is working with hardware vendors on specifications for a universal docking station design that would let users swap notebooks from any PC manufacturer into any docking station.

Printers to get own Web addresses

Sending e-mail messages over the Internet may take a new twist by early next year, when users will be able to send e-mails and files, not to another PC, but directly to someone else's printer.

Mini PCI to put notebooks on diet

The growing popularity of thinner and lighter notebooks that maintain full desktop capability is putting the mobile PC industry on the fast track to incorporate alternatives to bulky PC Card technology, and could eliminate the need for traditional LA...

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