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Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
By: John Deegan
ATARI TO GET TIME WARNER LIBRARY - Atari Corp. has announced that a
library of video clips owned and licensed by Time Warner Inc., the
world's largest media and entertainment company, is being made available
to Atari or their third-party licensed publishers set to develop titles
for the new multimedia Atari Jaguar.
The long-anticipated Atari Jaguar, to be introduced in the New York
market later this fall, is a 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment
system with high-performance, true color and CD-quality sound.
"Having access to this Time Warner library will be truly beneficial,"
said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "With 64-bit technology, the
Jaguar will allow for new heights in software experiences, and the
association with Time Warner will add to the reality of the software."
The Atari Jaguar's high-level technology includes a 32-bit expansion
port allowing for future connection into cable and telephone networks,
as well as digital signal processing for modem use and connection to
digital audio peripherals. The video output is far superior to video
games available today and will allow for more realistic simulations of
moving vehicles such as spaceships, cars, planes and figures.
"Our emphasis now is not only the product's affordability and the
fact that the Jaguar is made in America, but also that our software
titles will be a fun experience on a truly next level," Tramiel said.
The Atari Jaguar will retail for approximately $200. A national roll-
out is expected sometime next year.
APPLE CUTTING 15% OF FORCE - Apple Computer Inc. plans to lay off
about 2,500 people -- or more than 15% of its worldwide work force --
over the next 12 months. The company said most layoffs will occur this
The company, which currently employs about 16,000 people, will account
for the restructuring costs in its third quarter, which ended on June
In a statement announcing the actions, Apple said only that it plan-
ned to implement "a broad re-engineering of the company to accelerate
revenue, unit and earnings growth. The re-engineering will include a
work force reduction of approximately 2,500 worldwide of Apple's 16,000
full-time, temporary and contract employees, with the majority of
layoffs occurring in July 1993."
APPLE DENYING REPORT IT WILL LICENSE SYSTEM 7 - Apple Computer is
denying a report that said Apple will begin licensing its Macintosh
System 7 operating system to other hardware vendors.
Apple spokesperson Cindy McCaffrey said that an Apple official had
spoken with InfoWorld, but made no such statement regarding the
Apple is "looking to be more aggressive" in licensing systems soft-
ware technology, McCaffrey said, but that does not include licensing the
Macintosh operating system.
U.S. MARSHALS AND MICROSOFT COMPLETE SOFTWARE SEIZURES - U.S. Marshals
in association with Microsoft Corp. investigators announced this week
that they have completed a series of coast-to-coast seizures over the
past four months intended to purge the market of illegal Microsoft MS-
DOS and Windows operating system software.
According to sources, several defendants named in three separate
federal lawsuits filed in conjunction with the seizures were former or
present Microsoft licensees, including Unitron Computer Inc., CMOS
Technologies Inc. and Micro Innovation Inc.
Microsoft said undisclosed amounts of several defendants' assets were
frozen in each of the cases.
In the California action against Unitron Computer, over 125,000
illegal copies of Microsoft MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1, with a street
value of approximately $7 million, were seized.
CMOS Technologies of New Jersey was targeted for allegedly producing
tens of thousands of counterfeit Windows 3.1 packages. Although Micro-
soft terminated CMOS' license agreement in 1992, CMOS had continued to
produce and distribute Windows 3.1
Micro Invention Inc. of Houston was allegedly producing unlicensed
copies of MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 under its own trade name and dist-
ributing the product through the PC Innovations stores and other resel-
lers nationally. Simultaneous seizures at seven Houston-area locations
netted 35,000 units of MS-DOS and Windows, with a street value of
approximately $2 million.
NOTABLE TECHNOLOGIES PARTNERS WITH COMPSOFT
Notable Technologies Inc., a leading developer and publisher of
applications for pen-based mobile computing, and Compsoft Services Inc. of
Greenwich, Conn., a developer of custom software and communications
products for Fortune 100 companies, today announced a technology and
marketing partnership that will bring to market new and expanded
communications software solutions for GO Corporation's PenPoint operating
Under the agreement, Notable will market and distribute Compsoft's
PenNET line of new communications applications under Notable's Mobile
Access brand, as well as other products that are currently under
jointdevelopment with Compsoft. In addition, Notable will be providing, in
conjunction with Compsoft, custom application development and project
coordination services for companies looking for assistance in their
mobile computing and communications piloting efforts.
In coming months a series of powerful pen-based hardware
products will be shipping from such companies as:EO, Inc., IBM, Fujitsu,
Toshiba and NEC. Notable is positioned to be the leading supplier of
communications-based software for this emerging market. The company
has already announced Mobile Access Personal, a powerful
telecommunications package that links mobile users with various host
environments. Compsoft Services will provide its significant
communications and networking technical expertise to help Notable
broaden the vertical and horizontal applications for the Mobile Access
Notable and Compsoft Services are committed to staying on top
of the rapidly emerging pen-based mobile computing and personal
communicator technology. Host connectivity is a cornerstone
application for this market, said Ronald J. Brown, president of
Notable Technologies. Our agreement with Compsoft assures that we will
be the premier provider of this crucial communication capability. In
addition, our relationship means that Notable will be in a position to
reach the market faster, with other new communications solutions and
Dr. Trilok Manocha, president of Compsoft Services, Inc. added,
We believe that the combination of our experience in the development
of complex networking, application and system software combined with
Notable's significant marketing, distribution, sales and software
development expertise and close relationship with other mobile
computing technology companies will allow us to be leaders in bringing
this new technology to market.
According to Brown, positive feedback from prototype application
sites and initial trade press technology reviews are good indications
that the era of pen-based mobile computing has finally arrived.
Communications is one of the key factors that makes this class of
computing highly productive. From the floor of major stock exchanges
to the field sales forces of international pharmaceutical companies,
business managers are realizing the competitive advantage that can be
gained by providing easier, more portable access to and from their
information warehouses (host computing infrastructures).
With offices in Oakland and Foster City, California, Notable
is dedicated to creating easy-to-use, easy-to-learn software to empower
mobile professionals to more effectively communicate and interact, as
well as organize information efficiently.
Mobile Access as well as the Notable name and logo are all trademarks
of Notable Technologies, Inc. Other trade marks mentioned are property
of their respective companies.
1065 East Hillsdale Blvd., Suite 111
Foster City, CA 94404.
MICROSOFT INTRODUCES ARCADE
Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Arcade, the newest title from the
entertainment product unit. Microsoft Arcade is an accurate
replication of five of the most popular arcade games from Atari -
Asteroids, Centipede, Battle Zone, Missile Command and Tempest - for
use with the Microsoft Windows operating system. These high-quality
games were reproduced to give users the same look and effects on the
Windows platform that they recall from the original arcade versions.
MPEG GAINS SUPPORT
A group of leading consumer electronic manufacturers and program content
providers announced last week at the Digital World conference that they
will support the distribution of video on Compact Disc. These discs will
use the MPEG 1 standard for the compression of video and audio data.
Further, the manufacturers have agreed to support the Karaoke CD
format proposed by JVC and Philips Consumer Electronics which will
ensure that video CD programs can be played interchangeably on a wide
variety of platforms. Companies supporting the format include
Commodore, C-Cube Microsystems, E-Motions, Goldstar, JVC, Paramount
Home Video, Philips and Samsung. MPEG 1 compression technology allows
74 minutes of VHS-quality video and CD-quality audio to be played from
a Compact Disc. Directory information on video CD format discs is
compatible with both interactive players (such as CD-I, Commodore
Amiga, 3DO, Macintosh, PC-compatibles etc.) and linear play machines
(karaoke or movie players). To support interactive machines, the
directory format is compatible with CD-ROM XA, including all ISO 9660
compatible CD drives.
GDI - INDUSTRY FIRST C-TECH
...has announced the industry's first GDI laser printer developed
exclusively for the Windows 3.1 user environment. The C.Itoh ProWriter
CI-4GDI, available OEM as model 1321E, combines high quality, high
performance and low noise in a compact package. It is the first GDI
laser printer introduced to the United States market. List priced at
$999, the CI-4GDI/1321E is also the company's first printer product
designed to comply with the energy requirements established by the
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new Energy Star Program, which
was launched in Washington, D.C., on June 17. Resolution is 300x300
dots-per-inch. A high-speed Centronics parallel interface is standard.
NEW JOINT SPONSORED CD-ROM
Apple, Kodak and Sony recently announced the release of a jointly-
sponsored CD-ROM title called Open Wider. Created by New York-based
multimedia design company Imergy, Open Wider documents the assembly of
Open, a magazine that explores creativity in the digital age. Open
Wider is an interactive CD-ROM that brings the making of Open to life
while expanding its content through sound, animation, video and still
photography. It is also intended to be an educational tool for
magazine and book publishers, advertisers, and universities, offering
insight into the future of publishing. The three sponsors each played
a key role in the production of Open Wider. All of the photos used in
the CD-ROM were first stored on Kodak Photo CD, then accessed from
Photo CD and incorporated into the CD-ROM. Open Wider was designed and
produced entirely on Apple Macintosh computers. Sony helped in the
final stages by manufacturing the CDs and contributing the jewel case
PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM GUNS
A Family of Safety Products (FSPI), an Atlanta-based company,
has created a new solution to this growing problem of guns using
today's computer technology, packaged in a special enclosure designed
to fit on most handguns, long guns and air guns. TriggerAlarm, the
lead product in the line, combines visual warnings designed to
communicate effectively the potential danger of the gun, along with a
digital alarm system which, when activated, sounds an 85-decibel alarm
which warns the child, or other individual, of the danger, while
alerting the owner and others in the home of the intrusion. According
to a recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report, 31 percent or more
of the accidents with guns and youths could be avoided through the use
of a device which would block access to the trigger and provide
cognitive warnings that communicate the danger effectively.
TriggerAlarm and its companion, TriggerShield, provide both of those
capabilities in a small package which fits on most handguns, rifles,
shotguns, air guns and paint ball guns. TriggerAlarm expands on that
solution by including a full digital alarm system designed to sound if
the gun is tampered with. While limiting accesses and providing
immediate warnings, this system can be easily removed from the gun in
seconds by the educated owner, and is controlled by a two-digit
security code. TriggerAlarm is priced at $29.95, while TriggerShield
WILD TYPE FROM ADOBE
Adobe announced the immediate availability of Adobe Wild Type, a
package of creative headline typefaces for Macintosh and IBM
compatible computers. Adobe Wild Type font software features nine new
Adobe Original typefaces, including Critter, Cutout, Studz, Rad,
Mythos, Toolbox, Quake, Giddyup and Giddyup Thangs. In addition, the
package has five typefaces adapted from existing Adobe Originals that
complement the Adobe Wild Type fonts. The package is available
immediately for a suggested retail price of $60.
Dayna Communications has announced TokenPrint, a LocalTalk to Token Ring
bridge for connecting LocalTalk printers and other devices directly to
Token Ring networks. TokenPrint will connect up to two LocalTalk
devices to Token Ring, while TokenPrint Plus will connect up to four
LocalTalk devices. With the exception of routers, all types of
LocalTalk devices are supported, including all brands of printers,
network modems and Macintosh computers.
IBM ANNOUNCES NEW PENDOS
IBM announced a new version of the PenDOS system for pen computing. With
this release PenDOS is now available from IBM directly to end-users
for the first time, in addition to being pre-loaded on a variety of
pen- based computers from other vendors. PenDOS Version 2.2 brings a
broad range of pen-based capabilities, including handwriting
recognition in any one of six languages, to DOS applications. PenDOS
is now available to both end-users, OEMs, ISVs and systems
integrators. Single unit end- user pricing is $89. Volume discounts
are available for OEMs.
IBM ANNOUNCES PEN FOR OS/2
IBM's announced Pen for OS/2. Pen for OS/2 is a powerful pen computing
system that adds pen capabilities, with handwriting recognition, to
virtually any OS/2, DOS or DOS/Windows application. Pen for OS/2 is
designed for mobile computing environments, where a keyboard can be
impractical, and for collaborative computing on the desktop. It
combines the strengths of OS/2 with full-featured pen capabilities,
including: integrated user-trainable handwriting recognition; a window
which adds handwriting recognition to most non-pen-aware applications;
standard and user-customizable gestures, and a pop-up keyboard.
Included as part of Pen for OS/2 are two applications - Telepen, a
collaborative computing system, and Sketchpad, a freehand drawing
tool. Pen for OS/2 is available now to end-users at a single-unit
price of $89.
IBM INTRODUCES PCDOS 6.1
IBM has introduced PC DOS 6.1, a full-featured, enhanced version of
the DOS operating system that includes valuable utilities from three
industry-leading vendors. PC DOS 6.1 is a robust product that includes
utilities from Central Point Software for backup, memory management
and scheduling, as well as IBM's AntiVirus technology. PC DOS 6.1 is
the only DOS to ship with pen extensions that enable the use of a pen
instead of a mouse and advanced software supporting PCMCIA cards,
through an agreement with Phoenix Technologies Ltd. PC DOS 6.1
includes proven, data compression technology from Addstor, Addstor's
SuperStor/ DS provides PC DOS 6.1 users with DoubleSpace-compatible
real-time data compression. PC DOS 6.1, which will be generally
available July 26, will ship with a coupon offering users a free
upgrade to the AddStor compression product. PC DOS 6.1 with
compression will be available later this year, once PSP has completed
additional integration and useability testing of SuperStor/DS.
WORDPERFECT OFFICE 4 NOW AVAILABLE
WordPerfect Office 4.0 for DOS, Windows and Macintosh began shipping
June 4, 1993, and is now available through direct sales and various
distribution channels including resellers, value added resellers and
system integrators. In WordPerfect Office 4.0, electronic mail, schedule
requests and personal calendaring messages are stored in the same
user/message database. By combining the three elements into one, users
are no longer limited to just sending electronic mail, scheduling
appointments or scheduling resources. Users can now schedule tasks as
easily as they send an electronic mail message.
COMPAQ WILL DISTRIBUTE OS/2 2.1
An agreement was announced by Compaq with IBM's Personal Software
Products Division to distribute IBM's OS/2 2. 1 operating system. Under
the agreement, announced at the PC Expo in New York city, Compaq said the
OS/2 2.1 will be available through Compaq's reseller channels and will be
supported on all current Compaq desktop and server products.
WINDOWS WORLD QUICK REPORT
Windows World Expo/Tokyo '93 attracted 67,418 visitors to the
Nippon Convention Center to see the latest developments in Windows
technology. The exposition and conference, held June 16-18, nearly
doubled its attendance from the previous year (34,036). Interest in
Windows has skyrocketed since Microsoft released the Japanese version
of Windows 3.1 on May 17, 1993. Windows World brought together 119
companies utilizing 59,300 square feet of booth space, a 73 percent
increase in booth space over the previous year. Among the participants
were 58 new companies, including 27 exhibiting companies from
overseas. Show highlights included demonstrations of Windows for
Workgroups, Windows NT, Windows for pens, Video for Windows and
Modular Windows. A "Hands-on Corner" allowed visitors to sample many
new applications installed in Windows. Featured keynote speakers
included Benjamin Rosen, chairman of Compaq Computer, Sam Furukawa,
chairman of Microsoft Japan and Makoto Naruke, president of Microsoft
Japan. Microsoft founder Bill Gates addressed the Tokyo audience by
ACCOLADE SIGNS CHARLES BARKLEY
Accolade has signed an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with
basketball MVP Charles Barkley. Barkley will add his flashy style and
well-known personality to the game by co-designing and endorsing Accolade's
line of action-packed basketball simulations. The game is scheduled for
release on the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and IBM PC and compatible
computers during the first quarter of next year.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Newsday, a New York City and Long Island, New
York daily newspaper, has begun the simultaneous publishing of a
series of articles electronically and in print.
The series, "Riding The Information Highway," by staff writer Joshua
Quittner, began in Sunday, July 18 edition with an eight-page spread. It
was the cover story in the Long Island edition of the paper and was the
back page business feature in the New York City edition. The series,
which concludes on Wednesday, July 22, deals with the convergence of
computer, television and telephone technologies.
Newsday explained to readers the simultaneous publishing, saying, in
part, "This series on information highways can be read today in San
Francisco, Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires - but not on printed paper. For
the first time, Newsday is making a series accessible to anyone with a
personal computer and modem, from Long Island to Luxembourg."
The periodical then outlined the advantages of electronic
publishing, saying the stories can travel from editor to reader in a
fraction of the time it takes to print them and deliver them by truck.
"Space is limited in a newspaper because of the cost of paper and
production, but the electronic version has a selection of related
articles." Newsday concludes: "Readers can communicate directly with
writers, both by electronic mail and a live chat period - a group
conversation conducted online through personal computers."
The first stories contained interviews with Microsoft's Bill Gates,
economist George Gilder, Apple's John Sculley and other people
whose ideas and actions are shaping the future.
The sidebar then gave instructions to obtain the articles by
computer and modem: in Nassau, 516-599-2525; eastern Suffolk,
516-727-0177; west Suffolk, 516-665-7878; NYC, 212-385-2551 or
718-875-6504. After you are connected, type HH (upper case) and
ENTER/RETURN. At asterisk, type 2129250054 and press ENTER/RETURN.
Internet users can access the service via telnet to DELPHI.COM.
At the "Username" prompt, enter HIGHWAY."
Series writer Joshua Quittner told Newsbytes, "I think it is
tremendously exciting that Newsday is plunging deeply into the
new technologies and is distributing this piece as far as the
world-wide Internet will take it."
Mainstream publications like Newsday are just now beginning to
discover electronic publishing, a domain that has for ten years
been in use by many publications. Newsbytes has been publishing
electronically worldwide via the Internet and other networks
The previous storie is Copyright © 1993 NewsBytes.
Reprinted with permission.