March 1, 2001 |
What difference does the outcome of the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case make to you? Well, plenty. But there won't be any real outcome here for quite some time. And that's bad for the computer industry, which can't make long-term plans until everybody has a vague idea of whether Microsoft will even continue to exist in its current form.
December 25, 2000 |
It appears that the personal computer boom is finally over. After five years of stunning growth, the last three months of this year are showing the first fourth-quarter drop in U.S. retail sales of PCs since 1995. PC sales are expected to plummet 15% this quarter from a year earlier, according to PC Data of Reston, Va.
August 14, 2000 |
During the Democratic Party convention here, we're not likely to hear much detail about the candidates' plans for science and technology policy. That would make even the most dedicated convention watchers reach for their TV remotes. But future science and technology policy will be an important centerpiece of many campaign issues, especially given Vice President Al Gore's history of running as a candidate of and for high tech.
July 24, 2000 |
In an ominous sign for PC vendors, U.S. sales of desktop computers have slowed sharply in the last three months as corporate customers debate whether to upgrade and consumers ponder the need for expensive replacements. Although quarterly data from research firms Dataquest and IDC differed by several percentage points on an increase in worldwide sales, both firms' data suggested U.S. sales continue to drag as relatively cheap, powerful PCs saturate the market.
June 28, 2000 |
If John Shin has his way, "Internet stations" or kiosks one day will be as ubiquitous as pay telephones and automated teller machines--and the base of a new Internet-generated industry. The 32-year-old attorney heads up Web-On-Site Inc., one of a surge of start-ups that aim to make money by charging advertisers to get their messages in front of highly targeted demographic groups, such as well-to-do ski buffs and college-educated young workers.
May 3, 2000 |
Few people know more about China's piracy of U.S. software than the Americans who have lost money from it. "They not only copied our software," said John Chen, chief executive of Sybase, a global software firm based in the Bay Area. "They were exporting it to Southeast Asia. You could see pirated copies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia."