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CeBit cleans up with new tech

This year's extravaganza in Germany features PeopleSoft's IM plans, a Linux deal for Oracle, Palm's OS 5 in phones, and Media2Go and other software from Microsoft.

roundup Thousands of companies and visitors are descending on the annual tech extravaganza in Hannover, Germany. Mobility is all the rage, with Samsung phones picking up the Palm OS, portable PCs getting new graphics chips, Microsoft talking up Media2Go and other software, and more. But business software giants including PeopleSoft, Oracle and SAP have their say as well. 3D flat screens, coming your way
Sharp is showing off a prototype of a 15-inch flat-screen monitor, due this year, that projects a three-dimensional picture.
March 18, 2003 
PeopleSoft wants in on IM craze
Eager to profit from the growing corporate use of instant messaging, the business software maker plans to draw on IM features from IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo.
March 14, 2003 
Oracle deal: Good omen for Linux group?
update The database maker lends UnitedLinux a hand in its turf battle with Red Hat, offering technical support to customers using open-source software from UnitedLinux members.
March 13, 2003 
Samsung phones first to use Palm OS 5
The South Korean consumer-electronics company is the first to use the latest version of the Palm operating system, adding it to the stable of other OSes at its disposal.
March 13, 2003 
SanDisk updates flash card line
The memory maker announces a series of updates to its line of removable flash memory cards, including 4GB capacities for CompactFlash and even smaller Secure Digital cards.
March 13, 2003 
ATI, Nvidia ready laptop chips
The graphics chipmakers announce mobile versions of their latest processors, one based on the Radeon 9000 series, the other on the GeForce FX.
March 13, 2003 
Media2Go team gets Creative
Creative Technologies joins Microsoft's stable of manufacturers developing Media2Go portable devices capable of holding up to 175 hours of video.
March 13, 2003 

previous coverage
Microsoft offers extra-strength tablets
The software giant adds broader language support to its Smart Display and Tablet PC technologies and announces a manufacturing deal with Packard Bell.
March 12, 2003 
Talking washing machine gets a CeBit spin
The trade show sees the debut of Hermine, a high-tech washing machine that can talk and so guide laundry dummies through the mysteries of wash cycles, spin speeds and stain removal.
March 12, 2003 
SAP plays up new strategy
update The software maker talks up plans to expand its sales to midsize businesses and its alliance with Hewlett-Packard and Vodafone to promote its applications on mobile devices.
March 12, 2003 
Novell updates collaboration software
GroupWise 6.5 includes improvements to the user interface and to integration tools for third-party developers. In the works: instant messaging capabilities.
March 12, 2003 
Motorola wants its MTV on cell phones
The two companies say they've struck a deal that seeks to turn teenagers' mobile phone screens into a hip broadcast medium.
March 12, 2003 
AMD readies cavalcade of mobile chips
Advanced Micro Devices is set to introduce 12 new processors for notebooks as part of an effort to ride the wireless wave.
March 11, 2003 
SuSE aims to spur sales through sharing
The German Linux seller gets ready to launch a partnership plan to share revenue with allies who bring in new business and prepares upgrade for its mainstream Linux products.
March 11, 2003 
Foundry aims for better voice services
The company's new switches are designed for more reliable voice on local area networks, and a new router is geared for service providers.
March 11, 2003 
Nokia aims for work, play
update The company unveils music, car and downloading phones on Tuesday, but it's uncertain when they'll be available in North America.
March 11, 2003 
AMD chief: Opteron to lure customers
Advanced Micro Devices is gaining share in the memory market from rival Intel and is poised to lure major computer makers to its new microprocessor, says CEO Hector Ruiz.
March 10, 2003 
Samsung puts a microphone in your ear
The Korean company is set to unveil at CeBit a microphone that takes advantage of the human head's resonating properties to pick up human speech at the ear.
March 10, 2003