The Top Net News
in September, 1999
Adobe Systems launches a new version of its visual-effects tool After
Effects. After Effects 4.1 expands creative control and adds
media-exchange features. With After Effects 4.1, Adobe hopes to attract
the people in broadcasting, those in independent production, Web media
and graphic design, and people in corporate marketing.
American Express introduced a new credit card called Blue. It contains a
smart chip to provide extra security measures for online transactions.
IBM introduced an improved version of ViaVoice, a speech recognition
software that monitors accuracy when you're dictating and offers advice
if the software is not recognizing words. IBM has also included
voice-enabled Web browsing, e-mail, and chat in the release.
Walt Disney (DIS) announced that it will undertake an "expansive"
advertising program to boost a new Web area for kids. Disney.com will
soon offer kids a place on the Internet designed especially for them.
Dubbed as the Zeether, it was created to provide a unique entertainment
environment just for kids. The area includes games and stories for
children, as well a streaming audio feed of radio Disney.
Lycos announced the launch of a Web site targeted at kids, parents and
teachers. Lycos Zone features Lycos the dog and his friends the
Lycosians. Content comes from 16 sources. Lycos is dedicated to making
the Web a family-friendly experience by providing tools, services and
content that harness the power of the Internet in safe and constructive
Visa U.S.A. has launched EVisa, an Internet unit based in California's
Silicon Valley. Visa hopes being close to technology companies will
accelerate the adoption of electronic commerce. Visa's Internet unit
will have an advisory board of representatives from banks, Internet
portals, and online merchants.
Almost 1,400 authors signed up to have their works distributed through
FatBrain.com's EMatter online distribution system. EMatter participants
will receive up to 100 percent of the fees paid by users to download