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Newsletter November 05, 2001

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Shop where you are, when you want

Shopping on-line is the ultimate easy: from the comfort of your home, select whatever you want from the galaxy of products available on the Internet, and a couple of clicks later it is on its way to your home. But who should you buy from? The tried and trusted high-street name? There is a paradox in using the Internet – the open network par excellence - but limiting yourself to one particular merchant, when there might be better deals available. Shopbots let you make this comparison automatically, and bring you the information you need to make a well-informed decision.

The majority of on-line shopping tools are very US-oriented, reflecting the American lead in Internet use and e-commerce in general. Specialized shopbots give consumers a huge range of choice. However, they are not always the best adapted to the needs of customers in others countries. In this case, national or regional shopbots present a number of advantages: they use the local language and currency, of course, but also offer products which are specific to one country, such as gas and electricity in the deregulated British market, or telecommunications in France. Delivery times and costs are generally lower than for trans-Atlantic shipping too.

Why struggle to shop when you can buy quickly, easily and safely on-line? To fully exploit the possibilities that the Internet offers, you need appropriate tools. AgentLand has identified them for you in its directory of resources:

All the shopbots:
National and regional shopbots:


> RoboForge: it is alive…Alive!
Fed up with the world around you, are you sometimes gripped by violent impulses? Whoah, careful! AgentLand can help save you from yourself. Other people might recommend green tea to calm you, but we suggest a game that allows you to free your warrior instincts. With RoboForge, build a gladiator that will combat other robots for you in a virtual arena.


>> E-mail <<

> TalkyMail
TalkyMail gives your mailbox a voice, so it can tell you how many emails you have and read them to you. You can get TalkyMail to read aloud your emails, web pages, documents, help files, clipboard content or just about any other text. TalkyMail supports 10 different languages.

>> Search agents <<

> 2 Find MP3
2 Find MP3 is an agent which allows you to search on the top MP3 search engines available on the Net today. It verifies the search results, which saves considerable time. With a user friendly interface, 2 Find MP3 proposes a clear and fast presentation of search results. Among the agent's features, its compatibility with FTP softwares and possible download with Go!Zilla and GetRight.

> Eve
Did that student really write that essay all on their own? Or did they have some "help" from an unsuspecting Web site? You can get the answer to this question from Eve, a very powerful tool that allows professors and teachers at all levels of the education system to determine if students have plagiarized material from the World Wide Web.

> TradeTrakker
TradeTrakker is an easy-to-use, yet powerful financial portfolio management application. Whether you are new to investing or an experienced trader, TradeTrakker will help you monitor and analyze your stock and mutual fund positions, providing powerful insight into how well your investments are performing. TradeTrakker is the ideal way for investors all over the world to keep track of their investment accounts and analyze their performance.

>> MS Agent <<

> Vinnie
Vinnie is your own personal desktop servant! If you've been looking for a classy yet cool character for your desktop, Vinnie is your man!

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> Speak & Mail
Speak & Mail enables your computer to "talk to you". Speak & Mail will notify you when new mail arrives by reading the message header and contents according to your preferences. Speak & Mail features voice recognition technology which can be used to launch applications, web sites, play some music, shut down, restart your computer or just reply.


> War Simulation: The Sims Take on Al Qaeda

Borrowing from the popular computer game, a new breed of war games might simulate the unpredictable methods of terrorists. Inside a concrete-and-glass laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School, a computer simulation of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network is beginning to take shape.
Scientists are preparing to conjure deserts, urban landscapes, communications networks, weapon systems, immigration patterns and an army of terrorists cunning enough to design plots of mass destruction.

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