Kirkland-based Got Voice said it is rolling out a service for voice-mail management in 10 top metropolitan markets. Previously, the service, called GotVoice Net, was available only in Seattle and Honolulu.
Users can retrieve their voice mail from any phone and consolidate all messages into a single account, the company said.
The service costs $5 per month.
Pen-based tablet to run Windows
Lenovo Group, China’s largest personal-computer maker, will add a tablet PC to its ThinkPad line of laptop computers.
The device will run Microsoft’s Windows operating system and allow users to write on the screen.
The ThinkPad X41 Tablet, starting at $1,899, goes on sale June 14.
It includes a keyboard and a pen to let users run programs and make notes.
The device, the first new ThinkPad product since Beijing- based Lenovo bought IBM’s personal-computer business in April, may help bolster sales of Microsoft’s operating system for pen-based computers, which have fallen short of expectations since the release in 2002.
Lenovo gets to use the IBM and ThinkPad names for 18 months.
Christian Science Monitor
Overheard: Replacing print with all-digital?
Editors at the Christian Science Monitor could be considering whether to kill the print version, according to a columnist at The Boston Globe.
Alex Beam, covering remarks by Monitor executives, said he thought he heard two of them drop hints that the paper might move to an all-digital format in the face of a 66 percent circulation drop in the past 20 years.
Monitor publisher Jonathan Wells was quoted saying the paper faces a “delicate economic basis” and “we are becoming less matter-based.”
The newspaper’s Web site gets about 1.8 million visitors a month.
Internet suffix firm gets “.net” extension
VeriSign, a company that already exerts significant control over how people send e-mail and find Web sites, was selected this week to run the Internet’s third-most popular suffix for six more years.
The Internet’s key oversight board, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), says it has renewed VeriSign’s contract for “.net” after reviewing recommendations from an outside panel and comments from the Internet community.
The move was largely expected after Telcordia Technologies, the outside firm selected to evaluate bids to operate “.net” directories, made VeriSign its top pick in March over four other bidders. Besides running “.com” and “.net,” which together make up more than half of all domain names registered, VeriSign controls the master directory that lists all of the Internet’s suffixes, meaning all traffic touches the company’s computers at one point or another.
Intel / Nokia
High-tech giants plan product partnership
Intel, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors, will work with Nokia, the No. 1 maker of cellphones, to develop products that deliver high-speed wireless Internet access over long distances.
Intel will help Nokia produce handsets that operate using so- called WiMAX, Sean Maloney, executive vice president of Intel’s mobility division, said in an interview.
He declined to say whether Nokia will use Intel’s chips.
Wider acceptance of WiMAX is likely to fuel demand for Intel’s other semiconductors.
NPR / Audible.com
Broadcaster may alter its distribution plan
A spokeswoman for National Public Radio (NPR) said the organization dropped its distribution agreement with Audible.com because the reasons for the relationship didn’t exist any longer.
Jenny Lawhorn said, “The [technology] landscape has changed so dramatically in the last year — podcasting, evolving music rights, the involvement of major companies,” that NPR told Audible last January the deal was over.
She added: “We’ve been approached by all the major companies [which are] getting into podcasting. We can’t say yet whether they will play a role in our strategy.”
Users to be offered unlimited storage
America Online (AOL) said it plans to provide users of its AOL online service with unlimited e-mail storage.
America Online’s 28 million AOL subscribers will no longer have any limit on the number of e-mail messages, attachments and folders they can save on the company’s servers.
America Online said AOL is the first online service to offer unlimited storage.
The company also said it will allow customers who use telephone lines to log on through more than one so-called screen name at a time.
That feature is already available to users with high-speed connections.
AOL subscribers use about 80 million e-mail accounts, America Online said.
Compiled from Seattle Times technology staff, The Associated Press, Marketwatch and Bloomberg News