Spectrum: Interactive Media & Online Developer News 10 Aug 98

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WEBMEISTER --Teragram Offers Free Search Engine for Small Sites --CSCI Introduces Code Inspection Service for Internet Applications --Open Market Updates ShopSite E-commerce App --WebSTAR 3.0.1 Improves FTP Client Compatibility, HTTP Support --FairMarket Lets Merchants Create Auction Sites DEVELOPER'S TOOLBOX --J. River Updates Buy Button for Try-and-Buy Demos --Metrowerks Ships Visual SourceSafe R6 for Mac IN THE INFOGROOVE --NEC Debuts Multimedia Web Search Engine --Hilgraeve Releases HyperTerminal Private Edition 4.0 GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING --Ulead Announces COOL 3D Version 2.0 --Diamond Announces Viper V550 NVIDIA-based Card WEBSIGHTINGS --Intuit, Transium Launch Business Intelligence Service TECHNOTES --Aureal Vortex 2 Accelerates A3D 2.0 THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER --O'Reilly Releases Goodman Book, "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference" --The Multimedia & CD-ROM Directory, 19th edition - The DVD Directory '98 DEALS --Kodiak Interactive to Develop WCW Titles for EA --Interplay Value Division to Distribute Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 GAMES PEOPLE PLAY --Warcraft II Blitzes Gamestorm --Tanarus Rolls onto IGZ --Accolade Announces 3D Action Game, Slave Zero NUMBEROLOGY --General Atlantic Partners Invests $20M in Priceline.com DIGERATI ILLUMINATI --James Earl Jones, Michael Biehn to Star in C&C Tiberian Sun --Fishing Village Wins Prize for Technological Warfare HAPPENINGS --New Minds Series Addresses the Human Side of Technology F.Y.I. --About Spectrum --------------------------------------------------

WEBMEISTER

Teragram Offers Free Search Engine for Small Sites Teragram Corporation's PicoSearch (http://www.picosearch.com) is a new service that creates a search engine over the Internet for individual Web sites. By giving the address of a Web site, PicoSearch builds over the Internet a custom search engine for that site. Then, the specialized search engine is installed by adding a link from the Web page to the PicoSearch search-hosting system. It's not necessary to install any software or hardware. PicoSearch Lite is free to sites with up to 25 or 30 Web pages (100 kilobytes of text) , PicoSearch Personal provides service to larger sites starting at $5.00 per month, and PicoSearch Business gives business customers added control and flexibility. Contact Teragram Corporation at 617 369-0100 or send mailto:info@picosearch.com. -------------------------------------------------- CSCI Introduces Code Inspection Service for Internet Applications Don't be like the big boys: Make sure your telecom apps are safe before you ship. CSCI Computer Security Canada Inc. claims its new code inspection service uncovers security and quality assurance flaws in Internet applications. This new service, called appSQA Source Code Audit, is being offered to developers, system integraters and users of mission-critical Internet, intranet and extranet applications. The service includes program testing and a review of programming source code for Internet/Web applications. Taking into account the known security risks for a particular platform and the latest security patches, CSCI's code auditors implement a series of tests to locate security weaknesses or breaches of corporate security policy within the application. In addition, the auditors perform a line-by-line inspection of the source code and identify types of code that could lead to security problems. Contact: Jon-Paul Mitton, CSCI Computer Security Canada Voice: 613-722-1368 mailto:Jon-Paul.Mitton@CSCI.ca -------------------------------------------------- Open Market Updates ShopSite E-commerce App Open Market, Inc. has released version 3.4 of its ShopSite Pro and ShopSite Manager store-building software, which complement the firm's Internet commerce software, Transact. New features in version 3.4 of ShopSite Pro reportedly include: * faster searching * improved indexing and sorting capabilities for greater merchandising flexibility * enhanced page updating and button customization facilities * the ability to turn off shipping and tax options for merchants who need secure ordering, but do not need to have the shipping and tax options New features in ShopSite Manager and ShopSite Pro include the addition of payment options, such as Diners Club/Carte Blanche and CyberCash, as well as improvements to security and image uploads. Get more info by calling 1-888-OPEN-MKT or by visiting http://www.openmarket.com. -------------------------------------------------- WebSTAR 3.0.1 Improves FTP Client Compatibility, HTTP Support Just out from StarNine Technologies is WebSTAR 3.0.1, a free update to the WebSTAR 3.0 set of integrated Internet servers for Mac OS. This update release offers fixes and several improvements to the existing features, including greater FTP client compatibility, enhanced HTTP support, and improved Web site indexing and search capabilities. WebSTAR 3.0.1 can be downloaded from <http://www.starnine.com/> including WebSTAR/SSL, WebSTAR FTP and Proxy servers. New copies of WebSTAR 3.0.1 are priced at $499, with upgrades priced at $199 for current users of version 2.x, and $299 for users upgrading from version 1.x. -------------------------------------------------- FairMarket Lets Merchants Create Auction Sites FairMarket, Inc. is offering merchants the capability to set up their own auction site at http://www.fairmarket.com, supported by merchandising packages. The packages offer merchants opportunities for corporate brand identity awareness and marketing exposure at cost savings. Four packages starting at $19.95 per month include multiple product listings, bolding of items, specific, targeted email promotions, inclusion in the weekly e-newsletter, individual URLs to point their customers to, hotlinks to existing Web sites and numerous banner impressions. for buyers, FairMarket provides a rating system of the sellers on the site. When viewing a seller's description, buyers are able to view the "seller's rating" as well as read comments about the seller. Buyers who have completed transactions with a company on the FairMarket Network are able to comment on their experiences and these are compiled into positive and negative numbers, available on the description page. --------------------------------------------------

DEVELOPER'S TOOLBOX

J. River Updates Buy Button for Try-and-Buy Demos Developer J. River, Inc. is releasing Buy Button 1.2 to provide software developers with a way to create time- or feature-limited online demos. These piracy-safe demos can be purchased from within the demo with the click of a mouse. Users of Buy Button-enabled applications click "Buy" in the application and are presented with a screen that allows them to enter credit card information for secure processing by J. River's commerce server. The application then receives an authentication key that unlocks it. Buy Button, with three function calls, and is said typically to require a few hours to enable an application. It also collects user information that can be used for future marketing and cross-selling. A free copy of the Buy Button SDK can be downloaded from J. River's Web site at http://www.jriver.com . Software developers pay a transaction fee, which includes credit card processing, for each purchase of their product. Buy Button supports Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT. -------------------------------------------------- Metrowerks Ships Visual SourceSafe R6 for Mac Now shipping from Metrowerks is Visual SourceSafe for Macintosh Release 6, the latest version of its US$499 cross-platform revision-control system. New features include support for the latest IDE 3.0, plus support for exclusive checkout, which allows a programmer to override the multiple checkout setting on a folder; the ability to add multiple files and folders via the Add Files menu item; support for non-automatic commenting; capability to display the share / branch information from the properties; and live History now allows doing Checkout, Comment, Difference, Get, Label, Pin, Rollback, and View on versions. Contact Metrowerks at 800-377-5416, or by mailto:sales@metrowerks.com. For pricing and availability outside the USA, contact a local international distributor or call 512-873-4700. --------------------------------------------------

IN THE INFOGROOVE

NEC Debuts Multimedia Web Search Engine There are zillions of methods for hunting down words on the Internet, but until now, we haven't had many ways of searching for images. NEC USA last week introduced AMORE (Advanced Multimedia Oriented Retrieval Engine), a search engine for the retrieval of digital visual media. It uses COIR (Content-Oriented Image Retrieval), an object-based image indexing and searching technology, to retrieve Web documents similar to a user-specified image or keywords. A Web crawler is used to gather relevant documents from the Internet and COIR is then used to index all of the images contained and referenced in those documents. COIR retrieves similar images based on attributes such as color, shape and texture. AMORE also incorporates a heuristic algorithm to assign keywords to images retrieved, which allows users to specify a keyword to search for images on the Web. The Getty Information Institute is exploring customization of the AMORE system for the retrieval of works of art, monuments and other artifacts on the Web. Named ARTHUR (ART media and text HUb and Retrieval system), the demonstration system tests the retrieval of digitized cultural images brought together online by Getty and its project partners. The incorporated text retrieval mechanisms of AMORE allowed the Institute to integrate structured vocabularies such as the Art & Architecture Thesaurus, the Union List of Artist Names and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names into the retrieval database. A demonstration of the system is available on the Getty Information Institute's Web site at http://www.gii.getty.edu/arthur. AMORE currently runs on the UNIX operating system with future versions targeted for Windows NT. For additional information on AMORE, send mailto:amore@ccrl.sj.nec.com or call (408) 943-3000. -------------------------------------------------- Hilgraeve Releases HyperTerminal Private Edition 4.0 Hilgraeve Inc.'s new release of its free upgrade to the HyperTerminal communications program that Microsoft includes with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows NT 5.0 adds 10 requested enhancements, plus other refinements. The program now allows users to define key macros, to save keystrokes or adapt to host systems that require special keys or command sequences. Users can save time by assigning passwords, user IDs, or host commands to a single key. Or assign frequently used host queries or commands to individual keys, to speed interaction with host systems. Users can now select the terminal screen colors and its size, to take advantage of host systems that let users adjust the number of rows and columns displayed. Users can clear the terminal screen and backscroll buffer to remove screen clutter or erase sensitive information such as credit card numbers. HyperTerminal PE also now provides color support when emulating VT100 terminals, and supports true pass-through printing, allowing host systems to send instructions directly to the user's printer. HyperTerminal PE can be downloaded from Hilgraeve's Web site, http://www.hilgraeve.com, its BBS (734-243-9957) or Telnet address (htermbbs.hilgraeve.com). --------------------------------------------------

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING

Ulead Announces COOL 3D Version 2.0 Just out from Ulead Systems is the Windows-based COOL 3D 2.0. The $39.95 3D text tool creates still and animated titles for Web sites, business documents, presentations, multimedia and video projects. Ulead COOL 3D 2.0 offers four plug-in special effects: Fire, Board, Explode and Twist, as well as features for animation control and individual control over multiple objects. New to version 2.0 is the ability to import Windows Metafile (WMF) files and manipulate multiple letters and graphics individually. Users can control the movement and appearance of each object by adding keyframes to a new timeline. This means each letter in a title can be designed to appear differently and be animated along different paths, with separate designs applied to surfaces and bevels. And using keyframes, the designs and locations of the letters can change whenever the user desires. In addition, version 2.0 comes with a plug-in architecture to accommodate future add-on products. COOL 3D 2.0 ships with four plug-ins that can twist and distort 3D text, render amazing 3D fire and explosion effects, and create a "mounted" look for 3D logos, buttons and titles. Get more info and download a trial version at http://www.ulead.com. -------------------------------------------------- Diamond Announces Viper V550 NVIDIA-based Card Scheduled to ship to retailers in late August at ERP US$199.95 is Diamond Multimedia's Viper V550 graphics accelerator. Available in both AGP and PCI retail versions, the card, powered by NVIDIA's RIVA TNT 3D graphics controller, features 128-bit processing power in a 16MB memory design for 2D/3D acceleration, digital video playback and TV output. Diamond claims the card outperforms its closest competitors in benchmark results by 39% for AGP versions and 46% for PCI-based boards. For additional details on the benchmark results, reference http://www.diamondmm.com/products/current/viperv550-bm.html. Other features include scaleable, true-color resolutions of up to 1920x1200, fill rates up to 250 million pixels-per-second and an enhanced dual-pixel 32-bit color pipeline. Also: a full hardware triangle set-up engine, full scene anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, 24-bit Z-buffer, 8-bit stencil, bump mapping, MPEG-1, TV-output and more. The AGP version will also be equipped with Soft-DVD technology. The Viper V550 supports new Windows 98 features including multi-monitor display, Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) support and On-Now power management. Additionally, the Viper V550 is Microsoft PC98 compliant. --------------------------------------------------

WEBSIGHTINGS

Intuit, Transium Launch Business Intelligence Service Intuit Inc., and Transium Corporation last week launched a Business Intelligence Service on Quicken.com for investors researching companies online. The service will also be available through Quicken.com's relationships with Excite, AOL.com and Webcrawler. Transium Business Intelligence appears on the Quotes & Research area of the Intuit Finance sites as the Article Archive link. The service includes over one million journal articles. Using data mining and relevance techniques, the service is powered by the Transium Relevance Engine, which organizes articles from over 1,000 business-related journals. The Transium database includes full-text documents or summaries of sources such as the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times, and specialty journals such as Ad Week, Brand Week, Chemical Week and the Hollywood Reporter. In addition, English-language abstracts of international journals including the Nikkei Financial Daily and Computerwoche are included. The majority of the information is available for free, while the full text of many articles is available for a fee of one to three dollars. Find Quicken.com at http://www.quicken.com. --------------------------------------------------

TECHNOTES

Aureal Vortex 2 Accelerates A3D 2.0 Now available from Aureal Semiconductor Inc. is the new Vortex 2 PCI audio processor, designed to provide dedicated processing power for A3D 2.0 positional 3D audio technology. Enabled by the high-bandwidth PCI-bus and the AC'97 CODEC specification, the processor is said to more than double the performance characteristics of the original Vortex chip introduced one year ago. Aureal is sampling Vortex 2-based sound cards to its customers now. A3D 2.0 is backward compatible with A3D while introducing such new features as: * Aureal Wavetracing' Technology: real-time acoustic reflections, reverb, and occlusion rendering. * Vortex 2 Support: provides more 3D sources, 48kHz sample rate, larger HRTF filters. * A2D: host CPU-based A3D emulation mode for non hardware-accelerated PCs. * A3D API: a complete interface to support A2D, A3D, A3D 2.0 and DS3D rendering features Vortex 2 also includes a hardware-based graphic equalizer with ten bands per channel, providing stereo equalization with a 96dB signal-to-noise ratio. Custom crosstalk cancellation circuitry provides for highly effective A3D playback on stereo speakers as well as quad, 5.1, or 7.1 home theater speaker set-ups. For more information, call 510-252-4582 or visit http://www.aureal.com. --------------------------------------------------

THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER

O'Reilly Releases Goodman Book, "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference" Danny Goodman's latest book, "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference" provides reference material for all of the HTML tags, CSS style attributes, browser document objects, and JavaScript objects supported by the various standards and the latest versions of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Browser compatibility is emphasized throughout; the reference pages indicate browser support for every entity. Cross-reference indexes allow finding interrelated HTML tags, style attributes, and document objects. This new release addresses the cross-platform compromises inherent in Web page design. Chapter 2 is available free on the Web at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/dhtmlref/sample_chpt/dhtml_sample.html

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DEALS

Kodiak Interactive to Develop WCW Titles for EA Electronic Arts has made a minority investment in Kodiak Interactive Software Studios, Inc., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based independent game developer. Also announced was a long-term multiple-title development agreement between the two companies. The first titles developed under the agreement will be Electronic Arts' new games based on the World Championship Wrestling license for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 systems. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The 36-person Kodiak Studios was founded in 1997 by George Metos, former president and founder of Sculptured Software, Inc. and a core group of people also from Sculptured. The company's founding group of more than 20 game industry veterans has played roles in home-entertainment titles such as Mortal Kombat, WWF Wrestling, Super Star Wars, Red Baron, NHL Stanley Cup and DOOM. More information can be found at http://www.ea.com. -------------------------------------------------- Interplay Value Division to Distribute Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 Interplay's value products division has signed an exclusive deal with 3000 AD, Inc. to distribute v2.0 of one of the most critically reviled (i.e., released before it was ready) games of all time: Battlecruiser 3000AD. The game will ship to retail outlets throughout North America in September, 1998 at ERP US$19.95. Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 will be available for the Windows 95 and Windows 98 platforms. "We have spent the last two years improving and advancing the technologies in BC3000AD v2.0," said Derek Smart, the game's designer and lead developer. "In version 2.0 we have incorporated all the patches and enhancements and included full native support for 3Dfx accelerators. This will also be the first release in which gamers can play BC3000AD with solid Win95 and Win98 support." The Battlecruiser 3000AD franchise, launched in 1996, has sold over 100k units to date. More information is available at http://www.interplay.com. --------------------------------------------------

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Warcraft II Blitzes Gamestorm Kesmai Corporation and ENGAGE games online announce the availability of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness on Kesmai's online games service, GameStorm (http://www.gamestorm.com). Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness continues the saga of Warcraft, with humans and orcs utilizing strategic arms tactics in a battle to rule Azeroth. Players command an arsenal of weapons including dragons, ogres, battleships, elven archers, zeppelins, juggernauts and death knights, and must master line-of-sight and scouting tactics to penetrate the blinding fog of war. GameStorm will soon feature 14 titles from ENGAGE including: Rolemaster: MageStorm, Darkness Falls, Splatterball, Claw, Virtual Pool, Diablo, Descent, Castles II, Bladelands, Caesar's Palace Casino, U.S. Chess Federation, and Improv Trivia. GameStorm?s basic monthly fee of $9.95 includes unlimited play of these games. -------------------------------------------------- Tanarus Rolls onto IGZ The new premium game Tanarus, a futuristic multiplayer combat tank game, is officially launched on Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone (http://www.zone.com). A massively multiplayer game created by 989 Studios, Tanarus is now available for free "shareware" play (limited access), or gamers can play the full version, with all tanks and arenas available, for $1.95/day, $9.95/month, or $49.95/six months. Players receive one free 3-day trial subscription upon signing up. Tanarus lets gamers rumble through 3D battlefields at the command of their own customizable tank. Gamers maneuver their tanks through scenarios that involve such battlefield activities as rescue, formation, retreat, and feints. -------------------------------------------------- Accolade Announces 3D Action Game, Slave Zero Godzilla/King Kong goes biomech! Publisher/developer Accolade expects its 3D action game, Slave Zero, to ship for personal computers in the spring of 1999. The title gives gamers control of a giant biomechanical war machine of the future in a battle against rival forces in a vast metropolis. Slave Zero will be able to stomp cars, pick up pedestrians and swat hovercrafts and zeppelins out of the sky. Though 60 feet tall, the agile critter can run, jump, roll, and even grab onto sides of buildings and hoist itself up. A wide variety of powerful weapons are available to the player. Slave Zero can also pick up tanker trucks, buses and other pieces of the city environment and hurl them at enemy troops. For more information, visit http://www.accolade.com. --------------------------------------------------

NUMBEROLOGY

General Atlantic Partners Invests $20M in Priceline.com Here's an Internet IPO to watch out for: On April 6, priceline.com launched its name-your-own-price service for leisure airline tickets. The service has sold over 40,000 tickets and established itself as one of the nation's top 10 sellers of leisure airline tickets. In July, priceline.com launched its second name-your-own-price service for new cars, beginning with a limited market test in the New York metro area, and is currently collecting more than 200 guaranteed purchase offers a week. Last week it was announced that General Atlantic Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm focused exclusively on investments in the software and information technology sectors, has invested $20 million in the Stamford-based company. General Atlantic's William E. Ford has agreed to join priceline.com's board of directors, which includes national business leaders such as former TimeWarner Inc. co-CEO N. J. Nicholas, Jr, former Citicorp President and COO Richard S. Braddock, former Cunard Group CEO Ralph Bahna, and journalist and author Marshall Loeb. --------------------------------------------------

DIGERATI ILLUMINATI

James Earl Jones, Michael Biehn to Star in C&C Tiberian Sun Game publisher Westwood Studios announced last week that actors James Earl Jones (Star Wars trilogy; Field of Dreams; Hunt For Red October) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator; Aliens; The Rock) will be contributing their talents to Westwood's upcoming CD-ROM game Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun. The game's video (FMV) sequences were completed last week on sets built in Westwood's own sound stage and on location at Red Rock Canyon National Park in the scorching Nevada desert. Set for a November release, Tiberian Sun is the sequel to the popular Command & Conquer series of real-time strategy games. A crew of more than 50 people worked for three weeks on the video sequences. Jones makes his digital debut as General Solomon, leader of the Global Defense Initiative. As Solomon, Jones leads his troops on a crusade to crush the totalitarian Brotherhood of NOD regime and save Earth from the ravages of the alien mineral Tiberium. Biehn also makes his first computer game appearance in Tiberian Sun as Commander McNeil, General Solomon's second-in-command. The two will appear in Tiberian Sun's FMV sequences, which reveal the game's background story and provides players with mission briefings and other necessary information throughout the game. For more information, contact Westwood at 702/228-4040 or visit http://www.westwood.com. -------------------------------------------------- Fishing Village Wins Prize for Technological Warfare New media technology festival Ars Electronica has awarded its InfoWeapon cash prize to the people of Popotla, a tiny Mexican fishing village, for resisting unwanted technologies by means of trash and recycled materials. To film the movie Titanic, Twentieth Century Fox built a sort of "movie maquiladora" in Popotla, and surrounded it with a giant cement wall to keep the villagers out. ("Maquiladora" is the term for US factories operating in Mexico because of the low wages.) The people of Popotla reacted to the unsightly wall first in humiliation and anger, and then by covering it with a mural constructed from garbage they amassed and collected. The Ars Electronica InfoWeapon jury rewarded Popotla for this remarkable low-tech gesture against an unpleasant high-tech situation. Ars Electronica is also awarding the movie Titanic itself, which cost US$200 million to make, its Golden Nica cash prize for computer animation. Ars Electronica is thus in the position of rewarding both parties in a cultural and economic dispute. RTMARK will present the InfoWeapon cash prize to a representative of Popotla at the Ars Electronica award ceremony in Linz, Austria, this September. For more on the Popotla wall, see http://rtmark.com/popotla.html. For a description of the InfoWeapon prize, see http://www.aec.at/infowar/NETSYMPOSIUM/ARCH-EN/msg00000.html To learn about Ars Electronica, see http://www.aec.at/. --------------------------------------------------

HAPPENINGS

New Minds Series Addresses the Human Side of Technology Seeking to explain what it means to be human in the Digital Age, New Minds of San Francisco is bringing together leaders and visionaries in new media for a four-part lecture/performance series that will explore how multimedia and the Internet are impacting the human condition. The New Minds lectures and performances will feature Todd Rundgren, Bruce Sterling, Mamie Rheingold, Jane Metcalfe, Jeff Hawkins and a collection of new media artists who seek to answer the questions: * How will new technology impact me, my family and the world in which I live? * What are some of our most innovative artists revealing about the creation of culture(s)? * How will society react to being reared on a digital formula? All four events will be held in the Forum at the Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens. A reception for ticket holders will be held after each event at 111 Minna Street Gallery. The four-part series will feature: * "Growing Up Digital," a panel featuring Larry Cuban, Jeff Hawkins, Jane Metcalfe, Mamie Rheingold and Linda Jacobsen (moderator), Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. * Bruce Sterling, Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. * "Bits and Pieces," a panel of NewMedia artists featuring Larry Harvey, Lynn Hershman (invited), Natalie Jeremijenko (invited), Eduardo Kac (invited) and Linda Jacobsen (moderator), Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. * Todd Rundgren, Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets Advance tickets for the full series are $55 for the general public and $40 for students and seniors. Advance individual tickets are $15 for the general public and $11 for students and seniors. Tickets at slightly higher prices are available will be available . Tickets can be purchased through the Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens at (415) 978-ARTS or on the Internet at http://www.ticketWeb.com. Seating is limited. These events will sell out. For information and updates, check http://www.newminds.org or call the hotline at 415/641.9000. About New Minds The mission of New Minds is to provide the community with an ongoing venue for the exchange of ideas that challenge and provoke our understanding of new media and its impact on society and culture. At the same time, New Minds exposes, supports and nurtures ideas, individuals and groups who employ our new tools to develop long term solutions to human and environmental issues. New technology has, throughout history forced us to reexamine our own humanity. Yet, never before has technology changed so rapidly or made such an instantaneous impact on culture. A "new mind" is evolving from the infinite connections being made on every scale. "The effects of new media on our sensory lives are similar to the effects of new poetry. They change not our thoughts but the structure of our world." -Marshall McLuhan-1969 "If we treat computers as conduits between imaginations, rather than as things that are real in their own right, then the new art will be born." -Jaron Lanier, 1997 New Media Minds Speaker --------------------------------------------------

F.Y.I.

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