With so many Internet appliances coming to market, it was inevitable that someone would think of making alarm clocks with Web connections. Though still in development, startup ThetaCom’s idea is that users would program the device to call an ISP and gather whatever it is that they want to hear first thing in the morning. The developers believe that, for less than $50, they can sell a product that will deliver customized weather, traffic and news information. It would also play MP3 music files retrieved from the user’s PC through a wireless or hard-wired local network.
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