As she prepares to leave CNET, Beyond Binary creator Ina Fried takes a look back at the tech industry's last decade.
Devices like the Audrey and Netpliance I-opener lived a short life, but paved the way for modern-day Net gadgets like the Kindle, iPad, and Xbox 360.
The Metrokane Rabbit Electric Corkscrew features a countdown screen, alerting users exactly how many bottle of wine it can open per charge.
Internet service provider EarthLink will sell an I-opener Internet appliance and service in the first quarter of next year. Austin, Texas-based Netpliance created the I-opener but recently shifted gears in the face of sluggish sales. In the future, Netpliance will license its products to larger companies such as EarthLink and make money by managing the service on its clients' behalf. EarthLink will sell the I-opener for $299 with a monthly charge of $21.95 for unlimited Internet access.
The company changes its pricing strategy yet again, this time shaving $100 off the $399 price it had hoped to charge for its Internet appliance.
Consumers who purchase the new Web-browsing units now won't receive the shipment until October.
The Internet appliance pioneer says its long-term prospects remain strong, but a recent decision to quadruple the price of its I-opener Internet appliance raises doubts.
An engineer manages to get Apple's portable MP3 player to run basic parts of the uClinux version of the Linux operating system. But it's only a rough start, he says.
Traditionally, it has produced Linux for servers. But cost and security issues with Microsoft's software, and the Mozilla browser's arrival, pique Red Hat's interest in the desktop.
The company is dropping its eVilla Internet appliance less than two months after it started shipping, CNET News.com has learned.