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Forbes: Linux TV

Jan 22, 2004, 21:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benjamin Fulford)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"It's getting harder to tell the difference between the hardware in the living room and the den. Devices for playing music and movies and for storing and displaying photos are beginning to resemble personal computers, and vice versa. This so-called convergence just took another giant leap in the fall at two Asian trade shows--one for the PC industry, in Taiwan, and the other for consumer electronics makers, in Japan.

"Both shows promoted proud little boxes with big hard drives and fast microprocessors. They can store and play back hundreds of hours of video, make DVDs, archive digital photographs, play music, e-mail, access the Internet and more. All this can be done using a remote control and, the makers claim, without having to read the manual. These boxes are ushering in the day when PC shoppers may figure they no longer need a PC. The screen in the living room will suffice..."

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