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Gates, gadgets, DVD highlight consumer show

DVD is all the rage, while AOL previews its plans for interactive TV and Microsoft's Gates demonstrates a revamped Windows CE strategy at the Consumer Electronics Show.

 

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DVD is all the rage, while AOL previews its plans for interactive TV and Microsoft's Gates demonstrates a revamped Windows CE strategy at the Consumer Electronics Show.

"The bottom line is, it's a great opportunity--a whole new generation of products."

- Bill Gates, Microsoft chief executive

 


DVD all the rage at Consumer Electronics Show
DVD player sales rose 371 percent in 1999, and the Consumer Electronics Association predicts another 6.5 million units--generating $1.5 billion in revenue--will be sold this year.

AOL previews TV plans
Hordes of companies are out showing interactive TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show, with America Online being the big new competitor on the block.

Sun, Microsoft execs see rival home networking visions
Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Microsoft VP Craig Mundie tout rival schemes for homes filled with digital appliances and entertainment devices that speak to each other and the Internet via high-speed connections.

More gadget makers sing MP3's praises
Electronics manufacturers unveil new products and plans that will likely increase the popularity of the MP3 downloadable audio format.

3Com's Benhamou: Devices' focus will narrow
The firm's chief executive demonstrates products that he expects will stimulate demand for the company's networking gear during a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Gates touts new version of CE, hints at Windows update
Microsoft isn't giving up on software for handheld devices, even though it has made little headway to date.

Cisco in home networking pact with Sun, GTE, Whirlpool
The giant intends to deliver an "Internet home gateway" device by the fall of this year, allowing a family to link multiple PCs--and later smart appliances--to a high-speed Net connection.

Intel to enter Web appliance market
The chipmaker will further expand its horizons beyond the microprocessor when it details plans for selling Linux-powered Internet appliances that make phone calls, surf the Web and send and receive email.

Net2Phone, Panasonic team for offline Net calls
update Internet phone company Net2Phone and Panasonic Consumer Electronics plan to integrate Internet-based phone service into future Panasonic phone products.

AMD scores HP notebook win, readies 800-MHz debut
update AMD will release an 800-MHz Athlon processor tomorrow, with both IBM and Compaq on hand.

Previous coverage
Gates to unveil new Windows CE
Microsoft's chief will unveil his firm's newest software for handhelds during a keynote, sources say, in one of the most visible attempts at repositioning the faltering operating system.