Internet appliance

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Internet appliance

(1) See Internet-connected appliance.

(2) An earlier computer specialized for Web browsing, email and other Internet services. Also called an "information appliance" or "Web appliance," such devices cost much less than desktop computers and were designed for ease of use. Today's Internet appliances are Chromebooks, although smartphones and tablets run a huge number of Internet-based apps as well. See Chromebook, email appliance, digital photo frame, digital photo frame, network appliance, server appliance, Internet TV, network computer and smartphone.

One of the First
In 2000, this Linux-based machine was dedicated to Web browsing. It had no hard disk, and files were stored on the Internet. (Image courtesy of The New Internet Computer Company)

The Ergo Audrey
The only product in 3Com's Ergo line, Audrey's functions were activated from buttons on the side. The touchscreen was tapped by finger or the clear, plastic stylus (holder on top of unit). Introduced in 2000, Audrey was dropped in 2001.

The "iLoo" Internet Toilet
In 2003, Microsoft's U.K. division announced a street-side, public toilet with access to the MSN network. There were also rumors of website ads on the toilet paper. Quickly shelved after the announcement, people thought Microsoft had lost its senses, but it was just a prank to advertise MSN. In England, a "loo" is a toilet.
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The At Home Talk and Web Box has been unveiled by Vodafone Germany, offering Internet surfing and low-cost phone calls, cable free printing and an answerphone function for teleworkers, freelancers, small enterprises and private individuals.
Vodafone's At Home Talk and Web Box is a plug-and-play solution that enables phone calls to be made while surfing the Internet, with communication via the mobile network, providing an alternative to the fixed network.
According to Vodafone, existing fixed network devices such as PCs, laptops, analogue telephones, printers and answerphones, can be connected to the At Home Talk and Web Box. The box can be located in the most convenient position for the customer and it does not require installation or registration of a conventional fixed network connection.
Wireless solutions company Newolution Ltd has set the launch date for its Web Box wireless modem.
The Web Box contains a GPRS module, USB module and room for a SIM card to enable it to use the same network as a mobile phone.
Business Wire's Personal Web Box ( is a Web function that allows a reporter to define a customized interest "profile" by selecting from an alphabetical list of 31 general industry descriptions or "keywords" from "Aerospac & Defense" to "Utilities."
Once the profile is established, the central system automatically delivers copies of all relevant press releases to the reporter's Personal Web Box each day.
The incoming news release files remain archived in the user's Personal Web Box for 30 days.
Now that we've learned how to type into the various web boxes and point and click our way to content sharing, let's look a little at how to bring some of that content back on to our websites or on to our patrons' computers.