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Reuters: AOL, Gateway launch new Internet devices

Apr 05, 2000, 19:38 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reshma Kapadia)

"America Online Inc. and Gateway Inc... said Wednesday they were unveiling small Internet appliances that will deliver content to consumers, positioning the companies in the multiple device market."

"The companies said in a statement that they were introducing three appliances: an AOL Gateway counter-top appliance that may be used in kitchens, a wireless Web pad and a desktop appliance that will serve as a lower-cost option to the traditional personal computer and will feature calendars and wireless or traditional keyboards."

"Gateway chief technology officer Peter Ashkin said Gateway has found that the No. 1 reason customers buy computers is to experience the benefits of the Internet. He predicted that a full set of Internet appliances could be expected in the future."

"The appliances will be powered by the new browser version, Netscape 6, and will use the LINUX operating system. For some of the devices for the kitchen, the browser's utilities will offer additional features like family messaging centres and recipes that the browser via the Web will not include."

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