ad info

 > technology
 web features
 magazine archive
 customer service
  east asia
  southeast asia
  south asia
  central asia

Other News
TIME Europe
Asiaweek Services
Contact Asiaweek
About Asiaweek
Media Kit
Get up to 3 months of Asiaweek free when you subscribe online!


Asiaweek Pictures.
Cutting Edge

FLASH: Television Take-Away
The first Web tablet hasn't even reached electronics stores and already there's an identity crisis. A number of companies, including America Online, Gateway and Intel, are developing a new generation of flat-screen Internet-surfing appliances that can be carried around the house. Now Sony says it plans to bring out a Web tablet that is also a handheld television. The Airboard can be used like a touch-screen desktop computer. Unlocked from its base station — which contains both TV antenna and wireless modem — it becomes a most excellent TV tray. For digital convergence freaks, the picture-in-picture feature allows TV and Internet viewing simultaneously. A Japan launch is set for Dec. 1. Release dates in other markets have not been announced, nor has a price.

GADGETS: Photographic Memory, Improved

Panasonic's curvy new digital camera may be pretty as a picture, but its real beauty lies in its memory. The PV-DC3000 ipalm is the first camera that can record in Secure Digital (SD) format. That means it stores your pics on thumbnail-sized SD memory cards, which have built-in copy protection. The encryption is a real advance over other memory formats — not just for protecting your snapshots of junior's birthday party — but because you can also use the cards for downloading secure digital material, like music files, from your PC or other SD-compliant device. It works for plain-old data too. Look for the ipalm in November for about $900.

Illustration by Manodh Premaratne.
WIRED 'N' WEIRD: Digital Scare Tactics
How do you measure a rainbow, a smile, or — muwahahaha! — the fright of your life? Sorry, can't help you with the first two. But if you want to test your courage and have the data to show for it, visit the high-tech haunted house known as Hell's Inn, at Japan's Sunshine Namjatown theme park. When you "check in" you get a handheld device shaped like that old haunted house standby, the, uh, monster crab. As you navigate the ghoulish maze, the crab is triggered by infrared to vibrate and startle you. That oughta get your pulse racing. You'll know for sure at the end anyway. Heart rates are taken at the entrance and exit, and your cowardice level calculated and printed out.

COMPUTING: Dreaming of an Analog Xmas
Oh, for the Yuletide of yore, when the only thing "digital" in your stocking was a pair of toe socks. It may be time to return to those days — whether you want to or not. Worldwide component shortages threaten to lighten Santa's load of gadgets this year. Demand for liquid crystal display screens, flash memory and capacitors is so great that they're all in short supply. If they stay that way, digital devices of all sorts could follow suit, or at least be more expensive. One casualty already is Sony's PlayStation 2. A shortage of just one five-cent component can halt a whole production line. So have another eggnog and steel yourself for the return of the Ugly Christmas Tie.


Back to the top

Write to Asiaweek at

Asiaweek Technology Home | Home


Quick Scroll: More stories from Asiaweek, TIME and CNN


U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

Launch CNN's Desktop Ticker and get the latest news, delivered right on your desktop!

Today on CNN
Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

Vol. 2 No. 7

COVER: Digital Elite: Twenty-five Asians who are driving the region's big I.T. bus

Infested: Call the exterminator — Singapore's home of the future is crawling with software bugs

Pulse: Palm robots, Aibo has puppies and why Jenny can't surf

Face Off: Sizing up the Nomad jukebox and Nomad II, Creative Technology's extreme music machines

E-vesting: Teaching your sixth-grader to be a day-trader

Net Gains: Korea's NCsoft is winning big in the gaming market

Tech Index: Bears ravage Asian technology and internet stocks

B2B: Is Japan the sleeping giant of electronic trading, or is the country just sleeping?

Asiaweek Technology Home

Asiaweek/CNN Internet Index: Track our Asian high-tech stocks

Back to the top   © 2000 Asiaweek. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.