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Sony unveils new IA’s and Qubit has some news

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 06 Jan, 2001 @ 12:34 AM

Lots of new IA’s have been unveiled at CES, including Sony’s eVilla. This is a huge deal for Be Inc, as it is a MAJOR new unannounced partner finally announcing products. Meanwhile Qubit has stated that they are going to announce a few IA’s at CES, and have posted 3 new press releases on their website. Update: you can find some great images of the eVilla here and read the Be press release here. Also, BeDope has announced “eVilla week”, so check them out everyday for updated *ahem* news. :)

14 Responses to “Sony unveils new IA’s and Qubit has some news”

  1. Nodaclu Says:

    HUGE NEWS!!!!!

    Wow, for those of us who don’t keep up with Yahoo’s financial pages regularly, this is HUGE news! Most of us were praying for even a mid-sized partner to team up with Be, but Sony?!?!?

    Dammit, I knew I should have grabbed some stock when it bottomed out at about 75 cents a share this week. Oh well, Be’s survival is all I care about. Now I’m wondering what (and who) else Be has up its sleeve!!! :-)

  2. mario Says:

    okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    I can’t, Rob’s gang hates me, and everything non-linux and non-controversial.

    But if many submit the story to slashdot, some submissions may filter through to timothy or michael.

  3. Erik Says:

    Sony and Qbit

    Qbit seems to have got it right, but Sony hasn’t. I’ve been saying this over and over to anyone in the IA crowd that will listen: Users don’t want another ISP. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Sony is working with Be, but I hope Sony realizes that it is on the UI that will hold them back, it is the ISP issue.

    Guess this helps explain why Sony was looking for a few Be engineers last spring.

  4. Jason Gortician Says:

    In Response To mario @ 01/06/2001 3:20:03 PM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    Heh, they rejected my submission instantly…
    Some people are very threatened by BeOS. I wonder if it’s a filter, or just a reactionary?
    They’re as bad as their sister site, Everything2.com, who delete everything they don’t like.


  5. Jeff Says:

    Intel also

    has a web tablet running BeIA. I saw it on TechTV’s coverage of CES. The device seems smaller than a Qubit but has a great screen. It connects up to your pc’s internet connection via Intel AnyPoint software.

    The people on the tv said it ran BeIA and were apt to point out that it didn’t run WinCE or something.

    So Intel AND Sony. This is great!

    ps, check out Intel’s homepage for some info about the web tablet. I swear she said it urns BeIA

  6. mario Says:

    In Response To Jason Gortician @ 01/06/2001 9:41:31 PM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    I tried to submit it, too, but I don’t know how to check whether it was rejected or not. I think it was, though, because I submitted the story the instant I saw it on Benews, which is 6 hours ago, and still nothing on Slashdot.

    How did you check what happened to your submission??

  7. h_ank Says:

    [No Subject]

    Oh my doG! 799 US$? I want one, but I didn’t think that I’d have to sell a kidney. I have an elderly Jeep to support, and they through this at me.

  8. mario Says:

    In Response To Big Al @ 01/07/2001 08:31:42 AM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    Well, yes, a bit of frstrating more than interesting. So far, more comments were negative, than positive.

    And expecially those modded up, were those more negative to the concept. However, not many people were negative to BeOS in general, just a few of them.

    Oh well, let me head down to Slashdot and enlighten some of the posters… Al, coming along?

  9. mario Says:

    In Response To h_ank @ 01/06/2001 11:07:28 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    I feel for your Jeep :o )))))))

  10. Big Al Says:

    In Response To mario @ 01/06/2001 10:07:05 PM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    It’s there this morning… I guess we should give them their due. :)

    What’ll really be interesting is to read the comments. Oh, did I say interesting? Perhaps more like frustrating. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

  11. Raf Says:

    In Response To Big Al @ 01/07/2001 08:31:42 AM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?




  12. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Erik @ 01/06/2001 4:01:14 PM

    Re: Sony and Qbit

    I think SONY does have it right. This product is for folks who do not already have an ISP. This is for the 40% of folks who do not have a PC yet.

    It is all about SIMPLICITY. This device can be taken out of the box and plugged into a phone jack extension and a power plug and you are off to the races. Connecting to a TV is a big hassle in comparison for a person who is older.

    SONY will be able to use the monthly fee to support keeping the latest plugins available and to keep the browser and OS well supported and updated. This is a hugh win for BeOS. It couldn’t be much better really.

    A box like this is priced at $500 initially but it could easily be bundled with other services at a reduced price. QVC, SEARS, Walmart, banks could offer this box customized to their web site and offer a discounted or subsidized service. This will work providing it is very easy to use and maintain and it comes from a well regarded company.

    The really great thing about this package is the screen. It looks really nice and the controls looks really simple…. 3 buttons really. The good screen opens a lot of possibilities for pictures and videos.

    I can see this base platform being branched into several targeted markets and SONY can use expand it with their camera, music, film and video markets. I wonder what Adamation might be able to add. If I were Apple I would be a little nervous about this.

    As a BeOS user I am interested in whether Java is supported, USB 2.0 and whether it will offer desktop synchronization support for the SONY CLIE Palm device? If these are not immediately available I hope they are on the short list of must do upgrades.

    I am also VERY interested in what the hardware is? Could this be a non-Intel chip that SONY has chosen?

    BeOS stock has been deeply hurt by the lack of funding past the second quarter 01. We now see that SONY cannot afford to let Be computing shut out the lights. Be Computing now has a credible and committed partner that validates the BeIA vision and affirms a viable future. In one announcement Be is in a MUCH better position and it’s value, staying power and negotiating position is enormously improved.

    This is truly an enormously important announcement for this growing company.

    *** Ben

  13. Erik Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 01/07/2001 1:00:41 PM

    Re: Sony and Qbit

    I’ll agree that for people that don’t currently own a computer, this won’t matter. However, I do alot of computer work for friends, family, friends of friends, clients of friends, etc. Many of these people are a bit sick of the pcs that they currently have to buy. A device like this IA would be just what they are looking for, especially after I have been telling them about these devices :-) But, these people already have an ISP they are happy with. These people already know that paying $21.95 a month for dial-up access is far too much. And it won’t take long for the newbies to find this out.

    Overall, I believe that all IA makers will find there will be hell to pay if they plan on locking the consumer into one and only one ISP. People will get fed up, and they won’t be happy when they learn the $500 dollar device they bought can’t be configured with a better ISP or high speed provider. Maybe Sony figures they have the muscle to fight this inevitable rebellion, but Qbit doesn’t hence the any-ISP-you-want mentallity they display. Heck, Qbit is even trying to work with AOL to make their device work with AOL’s network. In the end, do you really think Sony will put in the resorces to be a good ISP? IMHO, there are already many regional and national ISPs that can and will do a better job and do it cheaper than Sony ever will.

    Which device is ready to piggy back on the home-network phenominon?


  14. Big Al Says:

    In Response To mario @ 01/07/2001 12:44:47 AM

    Re: okay, now will someone please submit this story to Slashdot?

    Already been there and tried setting a few things straight.

    I can tell by my high blood pressure. :)

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