Although overall consumer sales of Microsoft's Vista operating system have been slow, a new niche market may soon turn that around. Hard-core gamers are expected to convert to the operating platform as more titles are released that take advantage of Vista's DirectX 10 visual technology.
The European Space Agency's prototype system uses old television satellites to send signals to memory devices in cars. The in-car multimedia system, which overcomes signal-loss problems, could become Europe's first in-car satellite radio service.
Downloads from such Web sites as YouTube, Google Video, Movielink and Apple's iTunes Video will grow tenfold to be worth $6.3 billion in 2012, according to a report by the business information group Informa. The report cautions that providers of audiovisual content need to protect against piracy to avoid the mistakes made by the music industry.
As consumers anticipate the arrival of Microsoft Vista Monday night, several retailers are planning to open their doors at 10 p.m. to offer attractive launch events. NFL players will be on hand at some Best Buy and Circuit City locations that are open late, while most CompUSA stores will offer door-busters on Vista PC accessories.
Around the world, mobile-telephone users have access to a broad array of next-generation Web functionality, but in the U.S., use of the mobile Web has yet to gain popularity. An estimated 88% of mobiles on the market in the U.S. have some Web-browsing capability, but a modest 16.6% of users actually take advantage of the technology to go online, according to research firm M: Metrics Inc.