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CNET News.com: Start-ups, stalwarts push info appliances

Feb 08, 2000, 07:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Davis)

"Be, founded in 1990 by former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee as an alternative desktop operating system, formally unveiled its product for Internet appliances. The BeIA software, formerly known by the code name 'Stinger,' was shown running on an Internet terminal from Compaq Computer, code-named Clipper.

Kerbango demonstrated what it is calling an 'Internet radio,' a device that looks like a radio but tunes into audio from Web sites worldwide."

" 'It's amazing how many companies from diverse backgrounds are looking to the consumer market in general and the information appliance specifically as the next big growth category,' said Kevin Hause, an analyst with International Data Corp. A new IDC report is predicting the information appliance market will hit $17.8 billion by 2004."

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