THE FLAG IS UP ON YOUR E-MAILBOX
OFFICE WORKERS ON LOCAL-area networks usually get flagged when E-mail arrives. But people working at home aren't so lucky. To find out if there's a new item in their mailboxes, they typically have to fire up a modem or leave a phone line continuously open.
Next month, there will be a new option: AirMedia Live from Ex Machina, a software house in New York. Working with CompuServe Inc. and various Internet suppliers, AirMedia will broadcast news alerts to small receivers plugged into PCs. Arriving news flashes--from real-time stock quotes to sports scores to headlines from Reuters--will cause icons to pop up on the screen.
Narrow-band wireless transmissions can't carry a great deal of information. But the icons will work like the ones found on the World Wide Web. Click on one and the computer will dial into the Internet and go to the appropriate site.
AirMedia is planning to give away basic services, including market updates, while charging about $5 a month for a basket of others. Receivers will run about $150.
EDITED BY OTIS PORT By Neil Gross
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.