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By: Barbara Stefaney
Abstract: Daily news summary for 8 October 1999. Edited by Barb Stefaney.
How. How 3.0, that is -- the latest version of Riverton Software
Corp.'s component-based development environment -- was released earlier
this week. The multi-platform component modeling tool for business application
modeling, development, and deployment looks to improve support for application
servers, thin clients, and team development.
The new release of How has been redesigned to recognize and work with objects
and components in Java, Visual Basic, and PowerBuilder and to generate
components for any or all of these platforms. This lets you model application components once, then generate them to any How-supported platform, or to import components
from legacy or How-generated applications, re-engineer, and regenerate them to How-supported platforms.
How 3.0's OpenFrame component deployment framework has added support for Web
thin client configurations and application server-based application
architectures. Its Team Repository -- for both concurrent and exclusive
access -- has been augmented to work with popular configuration
management tools like Intersolv PCVS and
Microsoft Visual SourceSafe. There have also been language and development environment-specific
improvements made in How's support for Java, Visual Basic, and PowerBuilder.
is available in several editions, ranging from the Modeling Edition (modeling
tools but no component generation capability) at US$1,995 to the Enterprise
Edition Plus (core analysis and design capabilities, OpenFrame, and generation
support for all three platforms) for US$6,995. A time-limited learning edition can be
downloaded from Riverton's Web
site at no charge.
Software developers and carriers can more easily write voice or data apps
for mobile telephone users with Motorola's recently-released Mobile Applications
Development Kit, which the company demonstrated this week in New York at Fall
The Mobile ADK lets you develop applications
incorporating both Motorola's voice programming technology and
Wireless Markup Language. Templates and guidelines are included.
Applications developed using the Mobile ADK run on Motorola's new Mobile
Internet Exchange platform or on other standards-compliant WAP or
"The Mobile ADK allows third parties to create innovative mobile
applications that incorporate automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech as
well as wireless data," said Mitesh Patel, director, mobile applications
platform, Motorola Internet and connectivity solutions division.
In November, you will be able to download the Mobile ADK free of
charge from the Mobile
ADK Web site, a central Web site for developers creating applications
using Motorola technologies, products, and devices.
They'll be the object of desire for many a geek: Toshiba's new 15-inch poly-silicon
display and Kodak's new active matrix organic electroluminescence display, both
of which were unveiled at the Japan Electronics Show this week.
claims that its product is the world's first 15-inch, low-temperature
poly-silicon TFT LCD display. It delivers photo-quality resolution of 1600 ×
1200 pixels on a flat-panel display. Its viewable area is similar to that of a
17-inch CRT monitor, according to Toshiba. Compared to amorphous-silicon TFT
LCDs, low-temperature poly-silicon TFT LCDs have a lower component count -- by
as much as 40 percent -- and a 95 percent reduction in the number of connections
in the LCD module system.
Mass production of Toshiba's poly-silicon display is expected to begin in the
second half of 2000.
Eastman Kodak Company,
in alliance with Sanyo Electric, has developed what it calls "the world's
first commercially viable model" of a full-color, active matrix organic
electroluminescence display. It measures 2.5 inches diagonally and features a
190,000-pixel display panel. Kodak says that its product features the most vivid
colors and highest-quality image yet produced on an OEL display.
Kodak claims that OEL displays are easier to view, lighter in weight, and
consume less power than the liquid crystal displays now found in most
electronics. The company predicts that its OED display will soon replace the LCD
screens found on digital video cameras and personal digital assistants.
Kodak says it currently has over 40 U.S. patents, has many pending
applications, and has patents and applications overseas on the basic structure
of OEL devices. The company has entered into licensing agreements for its OEL
technology with several other corporations, including FED, Pioneer Electronics,
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