Tech Briefs: Home Network Sales Climb in Q1

FRAMINGHAM (07/28/2000) - A study by Cahners In-Stat Group in Scottsdale, Ariz., shows that sales for home networking equipment were up by $58 million for the first quarter.

The boost came from higher-priced wireless network equipment, said In-Stat analyst Mike Wolf. Wolf said he expects the use of electrical wiring for carrying network traffic within houses to create further competition as standards are worked out.

New Macromedia Interface Debuts

San Francisco-based Macromedia Inc. this week unveiled a standard user interface that will be consistent across all of the company's Web authoring products. Macromedia Flash 5, due to ship in September for $399 ($599 as part of the Flash 5 FreeHand 9 Studio), is the first product to feature the new interface.

BroadVision WinsETrade Bid

BroadVision Inc. in Redwood City, Calif., announced this week that Menlo Park, Calif.-based ETrade Group Inc. selected its One-To-One Enterprise software to provide enhanced personalization capabilities for its Web site.

Alliance BoostsWireless Security

Certicom Inc. in Hayward, Calif., and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) in Waterloo, Ontario, have announced an alliance to enable RIM wireless devices to use Certicom's elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) for greater security in wireless transactions and communications.

Analysts consider ECC technology to be a more efficient alternative to conventional public-key cryptographic algorithms, providing faster processing speed, reduced bandwidth usage and decreased battery requirements. RIM said the security mechanism will be offered in all its products.

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