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AT&T's EO Inc. is giving up on its [expensive] Model 440 phone/fax/pen data communicators, and will refocus on developing smart cellular phones. EO previously purchased Go Corp., which spent $60M developing the PenPoint operating system. Another pen company, Slate Corp., is also shutting down. [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 2/2/94.]

AT&T-owned NCR Corp. is now AT&T Global Information Solutions. [HPCwire, 1/28/94.]

Electronic home shopping sales exceed $3B/year, and could reach $30B-$250B in the next ten years. [Miami Herald, 1/18/94. EDUPAGE.] Lack of interactivity is why QVC's home shopping network "is a $1B business and not a $100B business." [NYT, 1/19/94. EDUPAGE.]

BNR has a low-cost switch prototype that can modulate fiber-optic signals at 10B bps. Existing switches are 100 times larger and can only manage 2.5B bps. [Toronto Globe & Mail, 1/14/94. EDUPAGE.] The switch also precompensates for chirp, extending pulse range to 60 miles. Mass production is 2-3 years away. [Peter Coy, BW, 1/31/94.]

IBM's holographic memories can record data at 40 different angles or "depths," compared to the single-layer tracks of magnetic recording. [Investor's Business Daily, 1/20/94. EDUPAGE.]

Intel predicts that Pentium computers will drop from $3K at present to near $1K by the end of 1994. [Investor's Business Daily, 1/27/94. EDUPAGE.]

HP's new workstations are below $4K, and their file servers start at $6K. [Investor's Business Daily, 1/18/94. EDUPAGE.]

HP is buying 15% of Taligent, the Apple/IBM object-oriented operating system venture. "The computer industry's major players now have all chosen sides." Sun and Next have a deal, as do Microsoft and Digital. [Lee Gomes, SJM, 1/6/94.] The price was $50M. [NYT, 1/6/94. EDUPAGE.]

Seiko Epson is getting out of the NEC clone business, leaving NEC as the only Japanese PC maker not selling IBM-compatible PCs. [WSJ, 1/12/94. EDUPAGE.]

Apple has announced two one-piece education computers with stereo speakers and 14" screens. The $1,700 LC 575 is equivalent to a Quadra 800 with 68040 processor and built-in CD ROM drive. The $1,200 LC 550 has a 68030 processor. Ethernet connections add about $85. [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 2/2/94.]

Home education software sales are up over 46% from 1992, outpacing all other categories except databases. [The Heller Report, 1/94. EDUPAGE.]

The average Techno-Savvy consumer is a 42-year-old married male living in a suburb of Los Angeles, New York, or San Jose. Half use a computer every day and 54% earn more than $100K. Subgroups include mobile users, networkers, and home office workers. [WSJ, 1/11/94. EDUPAGE.]

For 3D scanning and modeling (e.g., human faces), contact Cyberscan (Montrose, CA), (818) 248-3279, (818) 48-6756 Fax. They've just opened a reproduction studio in Glendale. The company has a "Cyberware" newsletter. Silicon Graphics will be installing a scanner in its Mountain View offices, as sort of a 3D fax. For info, talk to Michael Wills ( [Bill Park (, sci.nanotech, 1/25/94. David Joslin.]

Tessa Morris-Suzuki's "Beyond Computopia" postulates a society where machines produce material goods as needed. Utopia? "Unsettling." Kegan Paul Intl. Ltd., London and NY, 1988. [, sci.nanotech, 1/14/94. David Joslin.]