Published: Monday 15 July 1996

Net dcor
Adobe Systems Inc, a US-based software company has unveiled a series of technologies that will allow Internet publishers to use magazine style graphics and typefaces, thus changing the look of the World Wide Web. Internet critics have for long complained that the graphics currently available on the Net are lifeless and boring. Adobe, which makes publishing softwares used by magazines and newspapers, has persuaded Sun (a US-based computer maker) to support a new technical format that will spice up the Internet graphics. Sun has agreed to include the new technology, code named 'Bravo', with its own Java programming language.

Milking the Net
Internet is now being used to enhance dairy operations in India. In order to get access to international developments on subjects like breed improvement of cattle and new product development, Anand-based National Dairy Development Board has linked its wide area network (WAN) to the Internet. This unique facility will enable routing of mail from abroad and that of incoming mail through the Internet gateway at its headquarters. The internal corporate wide area network is a result of a collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Talk to me
AT&T Corporation has introduced a new software product that lets users speak bask commands to computers and also receive spoken responses. The Watson ASAP, named after Thomas Watson, Alexander Graham Bell's assistant, is one of the efforts to add voice control facility to personal computers. Watson requires the user to first feed into the computer about 100 customised commands - such as 'print my E-mail' or 'receive my messages' using keyboard or by down loading files. The software also gives the computer practically unlimited vocabulary.

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