The challenges ahead for the Washington Post's new editor.
Hit the mute button and put all the rumors to rest. Apple's new line of iPods has arrived. Before a relatively small audience of a few hundred at San Francisco's Moscone Center, Steve Jobs showed off Apple's refreshed, repriced and resized line of iPods—the first revamp of the line in two years.Already the best-selling digital music player on the market, the iPod nano now also plays video. "It's also incredibly thin," said Jobs as he pulled out a new square nano that plays video on a 2-inch...
FOR THE DEFINITIVE TOUR of all things Simpsons, check out Fox Interactive's Virtual Springfield ($29.99; www.foxinteractive.com). Once you get past the disc's awkward navigation controls, you can roam around the 3-D town, drop in on the Simpsons' house, lounge in Lisa's room or peek inside Bart's closet.
BARBIE ISN'T JUST A DOLL, she's a trademark Mattel is fighting for on- and offline. The battle continued last month, when the company filed a copyright- infringement lawsuit against Miller's magazine, which caters to collectors of anything and everything Barbie. ""[She] is one of our most valuable assets,'' says Lisa McKendall of Mattel, which sells more than a billion dollars' worth of Barbies each year. ""We will protect our trademark.'' That may be bad news for doll fans like Dean Brown, who...
THE RING CYCLE AT THE Metropolitan Opera in New York just ended, but Wagner fans aren't as devastated as usual. Why? It's now possible to have Valhalla on your desktop with the Media Cafe's The Ring Disc, a single CD-ROM containing all 14.5 hours of the four-opera cycle ($99.99; 888-746-4347).
NOBODY LIKES A critic, right? Wrong. We think you'll love or at least like - Lise, Clare, Andrea and Sibyl. They are the girls who created Girls on Film (www.girlsonfilm.com), a sassy Web zine devoted to ""Chicks, Flicks and Politicks.'' Forget the summary thumbs-up or -down reviews - there aren't any.
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOUTING WORLD WIDE WEB-based learning for a while, but clicking through a series of Web pages isn't anyone's idea of fun. Ziff-Davis's LearnItOnline (www.learnitonline.com) shatters that paradigm with a smart, slick extension of its series of how-to computer books.
ALL THOSE EARLY ADOPTERS who bought an MMX-equipped PC or upgrade have a game to show off their investment: Ubi Soft's Pod ($49.95; 800-824-7638). It sets the standard for Windows racing games by increasing the display rate from the normal 18 frames per second to 32 (up to 70 with the 3Dfx graphics accelerator board).