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By: Barbara Stefaney

Abstract: Daily news summary for 8 October 1999. Edited by Barb Stefaney.

Who, what, when, where, why and...

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.

How 3.0 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.

More simplicity in Internet telephony

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 Internet World.

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 VoxML gateways.

"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.

Quite a display

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.

Toshiba Corp. 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, and TDK.


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