8 April 1998
Seiko Instruments will begin to market a "Wristwatch PC" in Japan. More of a data receptacle than a PC, it will feature 16-bit CPU and 128 kilobytes of main memory. It can be used for games, storing data that is downloaded from a PC, and exchanging data from one device to another via infrared networking. It is being heralded as the world's first wearable PC, but it is not the first, as several PDAs and even full-blown PCs have been developed to be worn by the user. Nevertheless, the Dick Tracy age is soon forthcoming.
PowerTV will be porting Sun Microsystems' Java (Remember, we have to specify whose Java we're talking about now) to the PowerTV operating system for set top boxes.
A PC Week article covers the wacky Java licensing fees that Sun has charged different companies, and the fact that there are ways of circumventing the fees, which could result in more "clean room" Java clones, like Hewlett Packard's, that use Java's specifications but are built from scratch.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a quick run-down of the generally accepted rumors regarding the Rhapsody OS, Apple's NC plans, and how the Mac OS will fit in. According to the article, look for Rhapsody to hit the shelves in July.
Bochs, a PC emulator for PCs, allows you to run Linux in a window under Windows NT or 95. Though it's in its early stages and could still use fine tuning, source code is available.
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