Google betas Toolbar 3
Google has introduced a beta version three of its IE toolbar on its site to try and extend its usefulness beyond pure search. Two of the new features are more to do with browser usability than search and may be an early indication of Google's intentions having now hired some of the Mozilla Firefox development team.
The toolbar now offers a spellchecker which will automatically check, suggest changes and, if you want, correct any input via the browser. ...more
Palm gets a keyboard interface
The main problem with using a modern PDA is getting to grips with the data input system. Using the stylus and Graffiti handwriting recognition is passable for jotting down quick notes, but you wouldn't want to write a novel using it!
There are a couple of keyboard attachments available for the Palm platform of PDAs, but most of them can't replace the responsive feedback of a good, old fashioned QWERTY keyboard. This is why Japanese company Diatec has developed its HATcker PS2 keyboard interface. ...more
AOL's refusal to unhand users hobbles sell off plans
AOL's efforts to sell off its UK business has run into difficulties, because the ISP insists on retaining some contact with its 2.5 million users.
The Time Warner-owned company is prepared to hand over the less lucrative Internet access side of the business, as long as the buyer continues to direct users to the AOL portal website. ...more
EU to investigate ink pricing
The EU is to investigate allegations of anti-competitive practices by leading printer makers, following complaints that users are being overcharged for ink cartridges.
The worldwide market for printers and ink and toner cartridges is dominated by four companies: Canon, Epson, Lexmark and Hewlett-Packard. The vendors make most of their profits in this market from disposable cartridges, whilst making next to nothing on the printers. ...more
Exchange 2000 product line is go
Bringing people and knowledge together is Microsoft's slogan for its next generation of messaging and collaboration software, Exchange 2000, which is now available.
The full product line consists of Exchange 2000 Server, Exchange 2000 Enterprise Server and Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server.
Features include "unified messaging", which enables a single inbox for the management of all business communications including email, voice mail and fax, and "instant
messaging with presence information", which enables you to see if colleagues are online, out of office or busy, to support "anytime, anywhere" ad-hoc communications. ...more