Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that takes several steps toward rivaling IBM's OS/2.
[theme : WINDOWS]
Apple's new card lets you run DOS and Windows applications and cut and paste among your Mac and PC programs.
[theme : INTEROPERABILITY]
The first commercial cold cathode field emission displays, which may compete with active-matrix screens, could show up this year.
[theme : DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY]
Though not as powerful as full-featured drawing programs, programs like Visio and SnapGrafx make it easy to generate professional graphics for business
[theme : BUSINESS SOFTWARE]
Borland now has the best C++ environment, but just barely;
[theme : PROGRAMMING]
Toshiba and others are developing new CD-ROM players to improve the performance of video playback on multimedia computers.
[theme : CD-ROM DRIVES]
Several programs offer an inexpensive, though less capable, alternative to dedicated hardware/software solutions for remote LAN access.
The falling prices of ISDN in Europe may spark growth in telecomm and videoteleconferencing applications.
[theme : EUROPEAN COMMUNICATIONS]
A desktop unit that faxes, prints, copies, and scans; a wireless device that coexists with your mouse; software that learns from experience; and more.
[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]
[author : Jon Udell]
Microsoft, IBM, USL, and others differ in their opinions on how best to implement microkernel architecture into new operating systems
[author : Peter D. Varhol]
Pountain takes a look at Chorus/MiX, a microkernel-based distributed Unix operating system from France.
[author : Dick Pountain]
The trend is toward an object-oriented approach to the design of operating systems.
[author : Peter Wayner]
Multiple operating-system personalities are here to stay.
[author : Frank Hayes]
The best products of 1993 provide a window to the trends of 1994.
[author : Michael Nadeau]
Several trends converge to threaten the near monopoly the Intel 80x86 architecture enjoys on the desktoP;
[theme : NEXT-GENERATION CPUS] [author : Dick Pountain]
Cyrix will compete with Intel's Pentium using an innovative 80x86 superscalar processor;
[author : Bob Ryan]
RISC vendors expand their offering to respond to the needs of a wider variety of applications.
[author : Bob Ryan and Tom Thompson]
The Intel/VLSI Polar chip set brings the 80x86 architecture to the PDA realm.
[author : Paul Statt]
Real-time video might soon be on your desktop thanks to C-Cube's VideoRISC Compression Architecture, which can encode video on the fly using either MPEG 1 or MPEG 2.
[author : Peter Wayner]
With multiplatform toolkits, you can build applications for Windows, the Mac, X/Motif, OS/2 Presentation Manager, and a variety of other platforms - from a single set of sources. Apiki develops an application with Liant Software's C++/Views, WNDX, XVT Software's XVT, and Zinc's Application Frameworks and evaluates each product for its programming environment and for its portability across multiple operating systems.
[theme : CROSS-PLATFORM TOOLKITS] [author : Steve Apiki]
For multimedia audio and video, Adobe Premiere 3.0 offers impressive editing capabilities - if you've got the hardware to handle it. Lindstrom evaluates the latest version of Premiere as a professional tool for videodevelopment.
[theme : MULTIMEDIA] [author : Bob Lindstrom]
Imaginative packaging and start-up software add some fun to SGI's new low-price workstation. The fun doesn't detract from the Indy's computing price/performance, 2-D graphics strengths, and ability to work with both Macs and PCs. Ben Smith's hands-on testing finds the new Indy serious about 2-D graphics and SGI's concept of digital media;
[theme : UNIX WORKSTATION] [author : Ben Smith]
Microsoft's Visual C++ 32-bit Edition shows flaws, but overall, it delivers effective tools for Windows NT programming and for porting 16-bit Windows applications.
[theme : PROGRAMMING TOOLS] [author : Oliver Sharp]
Apple's new Mac Quadra 840AV makes the move into video and voice communications with a faster CPU, a built-in DSP, video connections, and software for voice recognition and text-to-speech conversion.
[theme : DESKTOP SYSTEM] [author : Tom Thompson]
We evaluate 70 15-to 21-inch color monitors and choose the best for important business applications. Best Monitors for General Business; Energy Stars Burn Dimmer; How We Tested; Quality Gauges; The Keys to Image Quality; Best Monitors for Spreadsheets and Graphics; Emissions Overview; Is Bigger Better?; Best Monitors for Complex Graphics Presentations; Color-Matching Monitors; Do-It-Yourself Monitor Testing; Honorable Mentions;
[theme : COLOR MONITORS]
Experimenting with routable protocols for Windows networking;
[theme : NETWORKING] [author : Jon Udell]
A look at a CD-recordable standard, ISO 13490, that supports adding sessions and support for new operating systems;
[theme : CD-ROM] [author : Jason Hyon]
On the road to object-oriented system serviceS;
[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : Gen Kiyooka]
An especially busy month finds Jerry roaming the country but also active at Chaos Manor.
[author : Jerry Pournelle]
All you want to know about data acquisition, an improved Encarta, open systems, and more.
[author : Michael Nadeau]
Richard III and information technologists have much in common, but there are differences.
[author : Thornton A. May]
[author : Dennis Allen]
Readers share their views on PDAs, time synchronization, the software bulge battle, and more.
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