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  • No wires attached

    Posted April 20, 2005 - 2:00 am

    Thanks to improvements in wireless security and a plethora of ambitious vendors keen to jumpstart high-speed wireless adoption, many SMBs are bypassing the traditional wired LAN and going straight to wireless networks (WLANs), say resellers who cater to the SMB market.
  • Wireless wins lift Lucent

    Posted April 19, 2005 - 3:33 pm

    Long-troubled Lucent saw its stock prices rise as it announced good news about its financial situation. Much of the turnaround can be attributed to its sales of wireless networking infrastructure equipment to mobile phone service providers.
  • Price of new RFID tags must fall for users to reap rewards, execs say

    Posted April 19, 2005 - 3:31 pm

    RFID tags offer concrete advantages to businesses today - but many execs are still balking at the steep per-tag price.
  • WiMax Forum-certified products will ship in 2005

    Posted April 19, 2005 - 3:26 pm

    WiMax is finally about to enter the real world: The WiMax Forum has announced that it will begin certifying compliant products this year.
  • Vendors, carriers join Intel with WiMax plans

    Posted April 19, 2005 - 9:16 am

    Intel Corp.'s commercial launch of a WiMax wireless broadband chip on Monday brought out several equipment vendors planning products based on the chip as well as service providers saying they will hold trials of the technology.
  • Trapeze beats Cisco to Wi-Fi integration

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 3:29 pm

    Trapeze has scored a significant technology and marketing coup by integrating Cisco's legacy standalone Wi-Fi access points into its switch, before the network giant can hook them up to the wireless LAN switch it acquired with Airespace.
  • Intel's WiMax chip starts shipping in volume

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 8:55 am

    WiMax broadband wireless technology will clear a hurdle Monday as Intel Corp. announces volume shipments of its Rosedale chip for the wireless broadband technology, people familiar with the company's plans said this week.
  • Wireless sparks enterprise network innovation

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 5:05 pm

    The fast pace of technological change in the wireless sector has forced IT departments to become more innovative in the way they approach network projects, according to speakers at the Gartner Mobile and Wireless Summit.
  • WLAN arrays: Another new wireless LAN architecture

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 11:54 am

    The LAN is the most important and influential model for information systems ever developed, and wireless LANs are poised to take over from wired networks in almost every case. Read on to find out why WLAN architectures based on WLAN arrays are poised to take the networking world by storm.
  • DoCoMo targets businesses with Motorola handset

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 11:35 am

    Japan's largest mobile carrier has unveiled a high-end 3G (third-generation) mobile phone with several features aimed at business users, including the ability to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, but lacking two of the carrier's trademark applications.
  • Wisair announces new UWB chip

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 11:31 am

    With the ultrawideband standard seemingly settled, Wisair has announced its new UWB chipset, making it the first UWB provider to enter preproduction.
  • British students disqualified for cheating via mobile phone

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 11:23 am

    Almost 300 British high school and college students had test scores thrown out due to malpractice involving mobile phones. While some had merely inadvertently brought their phones with them to exam sites in violation of the rules, some actively used text messaging to try to get correct answers to their tests.
  • Intel employees put hotspot on the North Pole

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 2:18 pm

    Intel Corp. is contributing to global warming, the company admitted Thursday. Not the bad kind, though. Two employees at Intel Russia have erected what may be the world's most northerly Wi-Fi hotspot 130 kilometers from the North Pole.
  • Cellular carriers considering VoIP

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 11:56 am

    As cellular service providers contemplate a future in which Wi-Fi connectivity is prevalent, voice-over-IP technology is becoming an integral part of their future plans.
  • Minneapolis plans to go wireless

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 11:50 am

    Minneapolis is following Philadelphia's lead in establishing a municipal wireless network. The network will ultimately be privately owned.
  • Samsung could reconcile WiMax, WiBro standards

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 11:48 am

    While the rest of the world awaits WiMax, in South Korea the buzz is about WiBro, a broadband standard that uses the 2.3- to 2.4-GHz band and can be used in cars travelling up to 60 kilometers per hour. Samsung Electronics, recently elected to the board of the WiMax Forum, will work to bridge the two technologies.
  • RFID at Philips: Tagged and tracked

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 12:41 pm

    Despite extensive media coverage of RFID, there seems to have been more noise than actual implementation. But recently we've seen a solid case study in Hong Kong: Royal Philips Electronics last month unveiled its RFID implementation, known as the STAR Project.
  • Gartner: Plan now for RFID's second wave

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 12:37 pm

    The second generation of RFID technology is coming. According to a recent Gartner report, while the new technology will see only incremental technical enhancements, companies will need to adopt the new standards now to position themselves going forward.
  • Sybase releases enterprise RFID software

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 12:34 pm

    Sybase has released software that seeks to help organizations integrate new RFID systems into their preexisting IT infrastructure.
  • Philadelphia: Municipal Wi-Fi's worst-case scenario

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 12:32 pm

    The city of Philadelphia is pushing ahead with its plan for a city-wide wireless broadband network. But one observer thinks that the project will devolve into political battles with commercial broadband providers - without solving the problems the network is meant to address.
  • Wireless USB 1.0 spec to be finalized next month

    Posted April 11, 2005 - 9:48 am

    Version 1.0 of the Wireless USB (Universal Serial Bus) specification, which is being promoted as the successor to the USB data transfer method between electronics devices, should be approved by mid-May, Intel Corp. said last week.
  • Wireless switches: An evolutionary fast track

    Posted April 8, 2005 - 10:43 am

    The wireless switch business isn't dead - but it is in a state of flux. As traditional networking giants like Cisco gobble up WLAN switch startups, we may soon see the distinction between wired and wireless networks disappear.
  • Lucent ups 3G ante in China

    Posted April 7, 2005 - 9:38 am

    With a multimillion dollar investment in a Nanjing mobile telephony research facility, Lucent joins a growing crowd of non-Chinese companies staking out positions for the coming 3G land rush in that country.
  • Despite losses, BlackBerry maker doesn't fear Microsoft's 'Magneto'

    Posted April 7, 2005 - 9:34 am

    Research In Motion's stock dropped 4 percent on bad earnings news, but Co-CEO Jim Balsillie is upbeat. He says that the earnings dip was a one-time event due to the settlement of RIM's longstanding patent dispute, and was dismissive of the possibility that Microsoft's looming 'Magneto' project could unleash a BlackBerry killer.
  • RFID moves beyond supply chain mandates

    Posted April 7, 2005 - 9:29 am

    A year ago, most companies adopting RFID technology were doing so reluctantly and with trepidation, motivated by supply chain mandates like the one from Wal Mart. But today more and more organizations are coming to the conclusion that RFID, if implemented intelligently, can help their own bottom line.
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