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Just a quick note from PC Expo

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 26 Jun, 2001 @ 12:32 AM
 
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Hey there all. So there I was, wandering through TechXNY (formerly PC Expo) and I stumbled across a display of Sony e-Villa’s. They are actually pretty prominently placed in their booth, and they are MUCH nicer than I expected them to be. The display is large and crisp (save some severe distortion from about 35 wireless networks around here… imagine what a hall full of 36000 technogeeks w/ cellphones does to a monitor and you have it) — Anyway, if this is an indication of what BeIA has to offer, Be has nothing to worry about. I will be bringing a camera tommorrow to try and snap a few pics for you. In the mean time, I seriously suggest you head to a local store and try one of these out. It may change your mind about Be’s decisions. :D



CNet on eVilla… and it aint good.

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 14 Jun, 2001 @ 4:26 PM
 
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Over at CNet, they have a pretty negative article about Sony’s eVilla. They discuss how the IA market is “poisoned”, and eVilla is going to suffer as a result. There is talk about an eVilla “sequel” with “always-on, fast access to the Internet.” It also mentions integration with other Sony companies like the record label and movie studio.



BeOS R6 Beta appears on BeBugs

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2001 @ 12:38 AM
 
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This report on bebugs is set to version BeOS/Pro, but talks about R6. There is no reason to think this actually IS R6. First of all, the bug listed is very odd, in that it provides little to no detail, and is actually called “BeOS R6 beta bug
.” Secondly, it says “same happens on my friends computer” - which would imply either a strange beta group, or some serious NDA busting. Finally, there have been rumors circulating that the latest beta release of BONE, BeOS’s new networking stack, changes the version number of BeOS to read R6 in the about box. It could simply be confusion. With all that said, until Be comments on it within their bug system, there is no way to know for sure, so let the speculation begin. Odd’s are it’s a prank, but in either case, bet the headline made your day. ;)

In related news, There has been much discussion about Be’s new OpenGL graphics layer, which is poised to be incredibly powerful, if it is ever released. NGE has been “sitting on a port of Unreal Tournament” until OpenGL is released, as stated in our forums, and the fact that Neverwinter Nights will require it. Follow that up with Soundplay 4.6 due for release with an OpenGL plugin, and one has to wonder if OpenGL is due soon. The developer of soundplay, Marco Nelissen, works for Be, Inc. and it’s hard to imagine he would prepare to release an application requiring OpenGL if OpenGL itself wasn’t due at any moment. What are your thoughts?

Update: This story is getting long, but Tim Koh of BeOutback pointed out something interesting:

1 Mozilla/6.0 (compatible; NetPositive 6.0; BeOS R6; BONE)

This line has been appearing in web logs around the net. (hint: search for netpositive in that page). Basically, a version of Net+ identifying itself as 6.0 on R6 logged onto that page on April 21st. Hmm.Update 2: Just to point out, the R6 bug has been labeled “Inappropriate” and the comment is “Funny” - So Be says its a prank.



Be Inc for sale?

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 19 Apr, 2001 @ 7:44 PM
 
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Be Inc announced today that they have started looking for various avenues for “maximizing shareholder value on a near-term
basis”… such as mergers, equity investments, or selling “all or substantially all of the business or assets of the
Company.” In other words, Be wants your money, to the extent that it is for sale. This is a pretty big change from before when it held a majority stake internally to avoid a take-over. Sony… now is your chance. Take on the PC world using your secret weapon - BeOS. Read on for the release.
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Be cuts 27 jobs in sales, marketing, and general admin.

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 02 Apr, 2001 @ 8:22 PM
 
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Yahoo is reporting that Be has cut 27 jobs in “sales, marketing, and general administration”, as well as a few engineering jobs that are not directly related to their “core product lines”. BeEurope’s offices will be closed, and european marketing will be handled from the us. Man… when it rains, it pours.



Be Inc. raises doubt about their future as a company

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 29 Mar, 2001 @ 9:49 PM
 
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Be, Inc. raises concerns about their ability to continue as an operating company in their SEC filing from last wednesday, according to this news article. While the article is pretty straight forward, it also doesn’t give much extraneous information, so I don’t have much more information. Maybe Sony will decide to bail Be out, and continue. Or maybe this is the other shoe, inching closer to the edge. Or maybe it already hit the ground. Thoughts?



BeOS GUI Position Available. Customizable UI?

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2001 @ 5:12 PM
 
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Be has an interesting Job Listing on their site, which looks for someone to “Understand, maintain, extend, destroy and recreate various levels and branches of the BeOS GUI, from interaction with the graphics drivers up through the update mechanism and font rendering, and topping off at customizable UI components tightly integrated and extended with web standards”. Does anyone else find the pospect of “customizable UI components tightly integrated and extended with web standards” to be interesting? Maybe this is a BeIA thing, but why does it say BeOS? Hmmm.



Be includes Flash Support in BeIA

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2001 @ 1:51 PM
 
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Be has announced that they will be including the official Macromedia Flash player in BeIA. This will allow lots of cool content to be seen on BeIA devices. Hopefully this will make it’s way to become a standard BeOS component as well, but in the mean time, The General Coffee Company makes a great flash player for beos, which can act as a plugin for Opera on BeOS. As a side note, sorry this is a bit late in posting… I am home for break, and not online as often as usual. Anyway, read on for the full press release.
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Be supports BeOS User Groups?

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Feb, 2001 @ 3:53 PM
 
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Be, Inc has recently sent an email to all BUG’s (Be User Groups) they had on record, in order to update their listing and make sure their website has all the relevant information. This move shows definate support of the BeOS community, and is also pretty darn cool of them. Read on for the letter, and what to do if you run (or want to run) a Be User Group.
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Bone Open Beta “soon”

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 14 Feb, 2001 @ 12:17 AM
 
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According to this post on the Yahoo BeOS stock message boards (And mentioned here in our forums), the next beta of BONE (the new networking environment) will be publically available, and will be available soon. read on…
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BeIA licenses Audio Formats, Font Formats, etc..

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 06 Feb, 2001 @ 1:22 PM
 
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Be Inc. has announced so many agreements in the past weeks that my head has been spinning… to the point that some of them havent made our news page. This is an attempt to fix that. So here is what is new in BeIA-ville… read on.
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JLG Column updated : ” The Transfer Of Power”

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 22 Jan, 2001 @ 10:38 PM
 
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JLG has just updated his column on Be’s webpage. He talks about how the shift is from COMDEX to CES and the appliances are taking focus. It’s very interesting to read and hear some of his thoughts, and to see how he puts a few various observations together for a bigger whole… Have a look-see.



Tascam audio chooses BeIA as platform for next-gen audio products

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 18 Jan, 2001 @ 9:31 AM
 
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Tascam just announced the selection of BeIA as the platform for future TEAC audio production products. TASCAM is a huge name in audio, and I have used their products on several occasions, with great results. This is a huge announcement for BeIA expanding beyond the typical niche that it is percieved in. This should have some amazing results. Read on for the press release..
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Great Harp Pic from Be

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 12 Jan, 2001 @ 10:48 PM
 
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When Be announced HARP, we were all excited about the coolness of a Be powered stereo device, but a little unclear about what it was. Well, I asked our contact at Be’s PR firm about a few images. We got one. But what an image it is. :)
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Be tackles Audio Head-On

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 08 Jan, 2001 @ 1:13 AM
 
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Be has published two press releases…one about their audio platform, HARP, and the other about an interesting broadband music service. HARP sounds like a new name on the basis of Be’s AURA, which is a killer system. If this is handled well, it could revolutionize the stereo. Sounds good tome. The broadband alliance with Music Republic (more net+ friendly page) is also interesting as it acts as a listening point for tons of various channels, and has been working at Tower Records in New York since last September. Can anyone else see free “Try Music Browser at Home” CD’s hanging next to this, with free Be on it? :P



New BMessage posted. It rules. No, really.

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Dec, 2000 @ 8:52 PM
 
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Ladies and gentlemen, I think Be is starting to see the need to support their community a bit more directly. In the the new BMessage on their site, there are several very nice articles. JLG talks about wireless, such as bluetooth. Lee Williams directly tackles the issue of co-development, in a great article, basically explaining Be’s seeming silence. Very reassuring. Finally, Jon Watte has written an article about a whole new portion of the media kit api called game_audio, which is apparently pretty nice. While they have done the BMessage for a while, this one is especially nice. This thing made my day. :)



Be COO, Steve Sakoman, appointed to Board of Directors

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2000 @ 11:18 AM
 
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Be, Inc. just announced that Be’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Sakoman, has been appointed to the Be Board of Directors. He is replacing Christian Marchandise, who is leaving due to “time and logistical constraints of attending of attending Be’s board meetings” because he’s usually in Europe. Congratulations on the new position Steve! Read on for the press release.
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BeIA announces MAP and BeIA Epson printing support!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 13 Nov, 2000 @ 3:02 PM
 
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Be has just announced MAP, a unified platform for managing internet appliances. Basically, this means that your appliance will be managed by a MAP server, rather than you having to perform maintenence. This could result in an appliance that NEVER breaks, because it is self tuning. That is a good thing(tm).

They also announced that BeIA will support the entire Epson line. Thats good news.. will that enhanced support migrate back to BeOS? Either way, it is a big deal. I never thought i’d say this, but BeIA is starting to look cool. Read on for the press releases.
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