Technology: Surf's Up

"Internet appliance" is a buzz word that's been in bad odor since the demise of 3Com's ill-fated Audrey counter-top device. But the idea of a thin little computer that's good only for surfing the Web refuses to die. Now there's a new, low-cost surfing machine on the block, the Prismiq MediaPlayer ($250). More than just a Web browser that grabs news and weather reports from the Internet, this book-size gadget can also pull any songs, photos or videos that you've got stored on your PC's hard drive and play them on your stereo or TV. Devices like this are best when...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!