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NB: America Online Launches Total Home Invasion

Apr 05, 2000, 20:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P Bruno)

"Shares of Web giant America Online Inc. inched up almost 4 percent in mid-afternoon trading today, after the mega- Internet service provider and San Diego-based PC maker Gateway Inc., introduced three Internet "home appliances" to bring consumers Web access without a personal computer."

"Barry Schuler, president of AOL Interactive Services, said the devices should lead the effort to usher in the next era of Internet activity. "We think people will want access to the Internet all over their home," he said."

"Features on the devices will include most AOL services including Web browsing, e-mail and news, plus home-oriented features such as AOL's My Calendar, recipes, coupons and grocery lists. The appliances will use touch screens, wireless keyboards and traditional keyboards, the companies said."

"Powered by the new Netscape 6 Gecko browser engine, the AOL Gateway Internet appliances will run on the Linux operating system. Though prices haven't been set yet, the three devices should retail for under $500 each, Schuler said. The countertop appliance should be available for the holidays, with the other devices hitting the market next year, he added."

"The countertop appliance is designed to be small and light enough to be placed in highly trafficked areas of the house, such as the kitchen or family room, and can be mounted in various positions."

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