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Goodbye, farewell, and amen

As she prepares to leave CNET, Beyond Binary creator Ina Fried takes a look back at the tech industry's last decade.

By November 9, 2010


A decade later, Internet appliance dream is realized

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.

By July 6, 2010


Know your wine (opener)

The Metrokane Rabbit Electric Corkscrew features a countdown screen, alerting users exactly how many bottle of wine it can open per charge.

By April 6, 2010


Short Take: EarthLink to sell I-opener.

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.

By November 21, 2000


Netpliance retreats on I-opener's price

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.

August 28, 2000


Netpliance customers won't get I-openers until fall

Consumers who purchase the new Web-browsing units now won't receive the shipment until October.

July 10, 2000


Netpliance quadruples price of I-opener Internet device

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.

July 5, 2000


Penguin-powered iPod? Sort of

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.

February 5, 2003


Red Hat hears desktop Linux calling

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.

By June 24, 2002


Sony axes eVilla Web-surfing appliance

The company is dropping its eVilla Internet appliance less than two months after it started shipping, CNET News.com has learned.

August 30, 2001