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 user 2005-03-10 at 11:09:00 am Views: 202
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    World’s largest tech show set to open
    Digital lifestyle takes center stage at CeBIT. ET March ,

    HANOVER, Germany –
    Mirroring the rise in information technology spending, organizers of this year’s
    CeBIT trade show are forecasting more visitors and exhibitors jostling for a
    sneak peek at the next wave of technology.

    After several years
    of economic gloom, the world’s largest tech fair opens Thursday, buoyed by the
    market potential of new technology combining telephones, computers and the
    Internet as well as companies saying they will spend more.

    More than 510,000
    visitors are expected at the weeklong event, which boasts 27 hangar-sized
    exhibit halls that showcase everything from Microsoft Corp.’s digital home to a
    300-player tournament with popular games like “FIFA Soccer 2005″ and “Warcraft
    3″ where the winner takes home euro150,000 (US$198,000).

    CeBIT also is the
    chance to see how contemporary technology is changing the home of today into
    that of the future.

    As technology
    applications move from desktop PCs and laptops to refrigerators, microwaves and
    even tennis shoes — witness the new Adidas-1 sneakers that boast a processor
    that does 5 million calculations a second — CeBIT 2005 will showcase how
    consumers can make the most of a digital lifestyle.

    “At CeBIT itself
    there is an emphasis on the merging of IT and telecoms both in next-generation
    networks and in the mobile sector and that is always good for new, innovative
    development,” said Paul Budde, an analyst from Australia.

    He added that
    companies, including telecoms, phone makers and others will use the industry
    event to unveil new products.

    Several exhibitors
    will focus on the blending of home computers with televisions to form, in part,
    digitally connected home entertainment systems that will let consumers record
    favorite TV shows on a hard drive, pull up detailed programming listings and
    manage a library of MP3s all in one set-top box the size of a VCR or DVD player,
    if not smaller.

    Another key aspect
    is the convergence in the communications industry.

    Sure to be of
    interest among gadget watchers and tech gurus is the prevalence of new Voice
    over Internet Protocol devices, which let users make telephone calls using the
    Internet, often at a vastly cheaper cost than with normal providers.

    VoIP technology
    shifts calls away from wires and switches, instead using computers and broadband
    connections to convert sounds into data and transmit them via the Internet. In
    many cases, VoIP subscribers use conventional phones connected to a special box
    and a high-speed connection to make Internet calls.

    Others are set to
    offer wireless mobile phones with Skype Technologies SA’s software, including
    handset makers like Siemens AG and Motorola Corp.

    The basic Skype
    program, offered as a free download over the Internet, allows people to use
    their computers as telephones to call others equipped with Skype software.
    Another version, called SkypeOut, lets Skype users call regular

    For the industry,
    several business executives plan to gather for a technology summit that will
    focus on how globalization and outsourcing is affecting markets.

    The conference,
    featuring Stuart Cohen, chief executive of OSDL, Niklas Zennstroem, CEO and
    co-founder of Skype, and Viviane Reding, the commissioner for information
    society and media of the European Commission, will also look at how the
    emergence of India and China will affect technology