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Lego jumps from physical to virtual world, and back again

With Lego Fusion, the toy giant for the first time is mixing its plastic bricks with the virtual world. Think of it as multidimensional SimCity, for kids.

By June 19, 2014


3D-milled ice cubes get brief, beautiful life

A Japanese creative agency applies "cutting-edge" technology to chunks of ice to create multidimensional mini sculptures best enjoyed over -- or in -- a cocktail.

By April 16, 2014


Microsoft sued over Kinect for patent infringement

An Ohio company accuses the software giant and several game makers of violating its patents related to tracking and assessing movement in multidimensional space.

By July 22, 2011


New Disneyland ride attracts new tech and big crowds

Pixar fans rejoice: Southern California's Disneyland has opened the doors to its new Toy Story-themed ride. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi travels to the "happiest place on earth" for a look at the technology behind the multidimensional experience and why diehard fans are willing to spend the better part of a day waiting in line to ride it.

By June 18, 2008


Short Take: Business Objects integrates analysis tool with databases

Business Objects is integrating its data analysis tool with multidimensional databases including Arbor Essbase 5.0, IBM DB2 OLAP Server 1.0, Informix MetaCube 4.0, and Oracle Express Server 6.1. The integration is meant to let users analyze data from a number of sources with a single tool. It is available now. A version for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 is to be available later this year for beta test.

September 10, 1998


Short Take: Cognos updates OLAP tools

Cognos is updating its online analytical processing tools. The company has released PowerPlay Server Web Edition 6.0, a new version of its multidimensional analysis server, and Impromptu Web Query version 2.11, a revamped version of its Web browser-based analysis tool. PowerPlay server is shipping now, priced from $225 per user, based on 1,000 users, on HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, and Windows NT. Impromptu Web Query also costs $225 per user, and will be available later this month.

By July 14, 1998


NCR adds OLAP to database

The company says it has added Teradata OLAP Services to the database, so that users can perform multidimensional analysis on data to spot trends and patterns.

By May 29, 1998


Short Take: Cognos announces Distributed OLAP

Cognos announced Distributed Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) as the architecture to deploy multidimensional analysis capabilities. OLAP lets users analyze shared corporate data organized multidimensionally, in contrast to the two dimensions of simple spreadsheets, according to the company.

By November 4, 1996


Short Take: Essbase is available for Digital's AlphaServer

Arbor Software announced that Essbase, its multidimensional database, will be available on Digital Equipment's AlphaServer NT system. AlphaServer extends the range of hardware platforms for Essbase by adding a high-performance system ideal for large-scale online analytical processing (OLAP) applications.

By October 21, 1996


Short: QSound forms relationships to expand its 3D audio

QSound Labs, IBM, and Acer America have formed a working relationship that will result in over a million PCs that use Qsound's 3D audio. Qsound's 3D audio is a multidimensional sound placement technology that creates an audio with depth and clarity, according to the company. The 3D audio will be incorporated into PCs via IBM's MWave platform beginning in the first quarter of 1997 and continuing into 1998.

By October 7, 1996