FOR A WHILE IT LOOKED LIKE A CLEAN bust. Bug-hunters from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and health departments in 10 states thought they had tracked down the perp behind at least 1,000 recently reported cases of diarrhea, cramps and fever -- a nasty little protozoan called Cyclospora cayetanensis.
Like demented pasta, cables ooze out of the back of the computer, eating up desk space and restricting work flow. One response: keyboards without wires. Sejin's discreet gray rectangle downsizes arrow and function keys to get a laptoplike profile, small enough to toss in a drawer when its day is done.
Forgotten what it's like to be bricked up inside a vault? Instead of that dusty old Edgar Allan Poe anthology, reach for a new CD-ROM, called "The Dark Eye" (Inscape Windows/Mac hybrid CD-ROM $49.95), a first-person perspective game in which your peregrinations through a house trigger nightmares based on stories by Poe.
Hollywood is finding it difficult to parlay net fever into net profits. "Johnny Mnemonic," "Virtuosity" and "The Net"--derisively dubbed "netsploitation films" by the digerati--have had mixed-to-poor box-office grosses despite the presence of stars like Keanu Reeves, Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock.
Those much-hyped personal digital assistants (PDAs), like Apple's Newton, haven't exactly set the computing world on fire. But their day may finally be dawning: the American Stock Exchange has just announced plans to conduct trades using the handheld devices, beginning with options trading in mid-'96.
Art museums intimidate lots of adults; JUST think how kids must feel. Voyager's "With Open Eyes" ($39.95, Mac/Windows CD-ROM) should make children feel at home with some of the world's most famous and well-loved images, like Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte" and Edward Hopper's "Night-hawks." The CD-ROM presents 212 objects from the Art Institute of Chicago's collection in a clever framelike graphical interface, and lets children examine and have fun with art through...
If you're the kind of movie buff that goes around debating things like whether the Cloud City from the "Star Wars" trilogy had a better skyline than Los Angeles in "Blade Runner," then this film expo is for you. "Cites Cines 2," which recently opened in La Defense, a suburb of Paris, recreates movielike sets where you can view memorable scenes from films throughout cinema history.
A FEW DAYS BEFORE BORDER SKIRMISHES SPARKED between Ecuador and Peru early this year, the borderless Internet bosted a war of its own. Trouble began when the Ecuadoran Foreign Ministry put government communiques and local press clippings on the Internet to furnish cybercitizens with its version of the ongoing conflict.