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NIC Unveils Upgraded Linux-Based Internet Appliance

Jan 23, 2001, 23:54 (2 Talkback[s])
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By Clint Boulton

New Internet Computer Co., the brainchild of Oracle Corp. luminary Larry Ellison, Tuesday unveiled the second version of its New Internet Computer (NIC) appliance at the fifth Upside Showcase event in Palm Springs, Calif.

Priced at $199, the device offers Internet access and plug-and-play e-mail and boasts support for most popular printers, instant messaging, MP3 player enhancements and more games, among other things.

According to NIC Chief Executive Officer and President Gina Smith, it is the "most affordable Internet appliance on the market." Smith also said its easy-to-use manner and lack of a need for long-term ISP relationships make the new app especially attractive.

In conjunction with that announcement, NIC said it had partnered with EarthLink to add the ISP's services via NIC 2.0.

"...With NIC 2.0, a NIC customer can sign up to a new account with EarthLink in seconds," Smith said.

The new NIC CD, available free of charge to current NIC users, will be available in February through NIC's site.

NIC Co. also introduced a suite of flat-screen displays to complement the NIC product line. Starting at $399, the displays come in 12" and 14", active and passive matrix.

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