Technology News Archive - March 24, 2006


Consumers about to face a confusing and expensive choice between two conflicting standards for high-definition DVDs will face further costs to upgrade their entertainment systems if they want to enjoy all the benefits of the new movie players.

Universal Music on Friday unveiled new concerts for sale that aim to return live orchestral performances to the wide audiences they once enjoyed and usher classical music further into the digital age.


Fans of U.S. satellite radio have been waiting eagerly for nearly a year to get XM or Sirius on to their cell phones.

Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it would delay the consumer launch of its Office software package until next year to coincide with the debut of its Vista operating system.


Telecommunications providers like AT&T Inc. intensified their efforts this week to persuade US policymakers to avoid imposing regulations on the Internet for services like streaming movies and unfettered Web access.

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'