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Xerox and AT&T have announced a flat-panel active-matrix LCD display with six million pixels on a 13" screen -- about twice the previously feasible density. Contrast is 20 times that for ordinary LCDs. A similar display from IBM is described in a recent Scientific American. [SJM, 5/20/93. Bill Park.]

Xerox Corp. is selling a $49,500 LiveBoard video "chalkboard" for electronic data presentation, color video/audio display, and annotation with wireless pens. Systems can be linked over ordinary phone lines. [Knight Ridder, 5/18/93. Gregory H. Anderson (greg@afs.com, comp.groupware. David Novick.]

IBM has equipped the 27 NBA basketball teams with wireless Thinkpad notebooks. Coaches are said to be analyzing statistics and creating game models. [NYT, 5/5/93, p. C1. EDUPAGE, 5/6/93.] (Sounds like a fun market for analysis software.)

A Message-Oriented Middleware consortium had been formed by DEC, IBM, and five other companies. They hope to provide an alternative to the Open Software Foundation's DCE technology. [Elisabeth Horwitt, CW, 5/17/93, p. 1.] (Standardization is never easy in a competitive market.)

Seventeen news companies have formed a research consortium to explore electronic news delivery. MIT's Media Lab will host the projects. [NYT, 5/7. EDUPAGE, 5/13/93.]

Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network is the expanded name of a San Jose-based consortium. They have divided up 43 initiatives among a dozen lead organizations and are moving from identifying problems to implementing solutions. Initiatives include: Smart Valley Inc. to put government and business on the net; Defense Conversion Consortium Inc. to help defense contractors; The 21st Century Workforce to foster computer education; The Entrepreneurs Network Inc. to create incubators; and The Environmental Technology Center Inc. to help environmental companies. [Steve Kaufman, SJM, 2/25/93.]

The Center for Software Development (San Jose) opened 4/12/93 with 40 member companies. Its labs are useful for testing software on diverse platforms or with a variety of databases and other software. Technical assistance is available. Conference rooms are also popular. Membership is $195/year; rooms are $40-$400/day; and PCs or workstations are $17-$35/hour for walk-ins or $65-$195/day plus $50/hour setup for custom configurations. Sponsors include the City of San Jose and the 1200-member Software Entrepreneur's Forum (SEF). (408) 289-8378; (408) 283-3548 Fax. [5/21/93.]

Apple has joined with Symantec to produce a programming environment for PowerPC systems. The two have been co-developing Bedrock, a C++ application framework supporting Mac and MS Windows development. Symantec has also released its C++ 6.0 for Macintosh, with links to Apple's MPW development environment. A Bedrock Architecture CD ROM with documentation and code examples is free to developers. [Garry Ray, CW, 5/17/93, p. 8.]

Steve Jobs has officially relaunched NeXT Computer, Inc. as a software company. He has added new board members (Larry Ellison of Oracle and Dan Case of Hambrecht & Quist), built alliances with HP, DEC, and others, and has orders for over 25K copies of NEXTSTEP. The object-oriented operating system is said to offer 5-10 times the productivity of other platforms. A NEXTSTEP 3.1 Evaluation Kit for Intel-based developers is available through 7/31 for $299; (800) TRY-NEXT. NEXTSTEP 3.1 is ordinarily $795 (with free upgrade to 3.2), and NEXTSTEP Developer is $1,995. [cgeiger@next.com, net-happenings, 5/28/93.]

Microsoft is now taking orders for Windows NT, although it may not be available for 60 days. The suggested price is $495, or $295 as an upgrade from Windows or OS/2. [SF Chronicle, 5/24/93.] NT has good networking and security, but is very large. Early sales will probably be for servers in large corporations.