BargainTabletPC.com/NEWS UPDATES – Monday, March 15th, 2004
HP/Starbuck’s deal goes South
The Starbucks, Hewlett-Packard, music industry ‘listen-while-you-sip’ venture is unworkable, says Josh Wattles, a sometimes Internet entrepreneur who’s studied offerings with similar goals.
Wattles, the former senior executive in charge of Viacom’s music subsidiaries, The Famous Music Publishing Companies and a co-founder of Mixonic, a leading online CD-making application, predicts the deal – which Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz promises is a Go – will fall flat for three principal reasons…
Microsoft Announces Enhanced Language Support for Tablet PC
HANOVER, Germany — March 12, 2003 — Today at CeBIT 2003, Microsoft Corp. announced the beta release of the Multilingual User Interface & Recognizer Pack (MUIRP) for the Tablet PC. The MUIRP allows users or administrators to switch the user interface settings (e.g., menus, dialog boxes and help files) among multiple languages and allows installation of multiple handwriting recognition languages on the same Tablet PC. This functionality greatly eases desktop administration in multilingual computing environments, and considerably lowers the cost of desktop change and configuration management.
CeBIT Hannover 2004 begins this Thursday, March 18th
Digital technology is making a major impact on our everyday lives: wireless product information displays on shopping trolleys; mobile phones which transmit a patient s heart data in real time to his cardiac specialist; smart phones with a complete array of multimedia functions; travel information and bookings via the Internet the list is endless. Against this background CeBIT Hannover 2004 (18 24 March) will be taking place under the motto Tomorrow we ll buy differently, sell differently, live differently and work differently . On a total display area of 334,168 square metres a total of 6,411 exhibitors from 64 countries will present a complete spectrum of products and systems. At the same time CeBIT 2004 will also reflect the growing convergence of professional and private ICT applications.
According to Ernst Raue, the Deutsche Messe AG board member responsible for CeBIT, this year s show will provide a unique insight into the way the ICT market is developing. CeBIT is thus an absolute must for business professionals as well as private users.
Deutsche Messe AG, the CeBIT organizer, is satisfied with the number of exhibitor registrations. We have exceeded our cautious targets for rented space and the number of exhibitors by a wide margin, Ernst Raue confirms. In the first two months of this year Deutsche Messe AG succeeded in renting out more than 30,000 square metres of additional space. This is equivalent to the total space occupied by last year s Systems trade show. Another positive factor is the increase in the number of foreign exhibitors, above all from Asia. At no time in its history has CeBIT attracted so many Asian exhibitors 189 from the People s Republic of China alone (up from 111 in 2003). Almost half of the exhibitors at CeBIT 2004 originate from outside Germany s borders. According to Ernst Raue this is the logical outcome of CeBIT s unique appeal to companies which want to go global. For seven days in a row CeBIT will be the focus of digital developments and pioneering applications. This has been borne out in a study by the FAZ market research institute. When asked which trade show spawns the most innovations for the business community, 97 percent of the respondents said CeBIT .