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  • WiMax wings into the wild world of wireless

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:33 pm

    WiMax is winning over plenty of followers while quickly gaining momentum on the standards front -- despite high-profile skeptics such as Texas Instruments. That was the general consensus of industry experts attending a crowded workshop earlier this week at the Broadband World Forum in Venice.
  • Opt-in wireless directory law advances in Senate

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:28 pm

    As wireless carriers move forward with plans for a directory of cell phone numbers, the U.S. Senate seems poised to pass legislation stating that any such directory must be opt-in.
  • Wi-Fi world under threat from Symbol patent

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 11:38 am

    Wireless vendor Symbol Technologies Inc. has told us it will be seeking a big license fee from all Wi-Fi equipment vendors for an infringed patent. And according to one manufacturer, Proxim Corp., it stands a good chance of getting it.
  • Nokia adds antivirus protection to new smart phone

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 11:26 am

    Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia Corp. will offer mobile antivirus software through F-Secure Corp. as one of the features in its new Nokia 6670 smart phone when it is released in October, the companies announced Thursday.
  • TI puts VoWLAN in phone chip

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 8:12 pm

    In a move that anticipates a coming wireless convergence, Texas Instruments has added voice-over-WLAN functionality into its most popular cell phone chipset.
  • Verizon to roll out next-generation wireless in more markets

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 8:06 pm

    In a move to get an early head start in the 3G market in the U.S., Verizon Wireless is rolling out 3G service in 11 cities, including the all-important New York and Los Angeles areas.
  • Mobile boom draws telecom manufacturing to India

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 8:00 pm

    An anticipated boom in mobile telephony use in India is attracting multinational and local companies to establish manufacturing operations in the country.
  • Philly plans world's largest mesh Wi-Fi net

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 3:17 pm

    The idea sounds good on paper: Build a mesh network of wireless Wi-Fi base stations and let users roam around an entire city instead of providing limited connectivity in a handful of hot spots. But will it work? The City of Philadelphia hopes so.
  • Texas Instruments is unconvinced WiMax will replace DSL

    Posted September 21, 2004 - 9:07 am

    Despite all of the hype surrounding WiMax, chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. remains unconvinced the technology will revolutionize the way that broadband Internet services are delivered to homes and offices, according to a company executive.
  • Airespace partners with IBM on Wi-Fi service

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:24 am

    IBM is partnering with Airespace to offer WLAN services to large corporate customers. The alliance will get provide revenue for Airespace and will allow IBM to provide yet another service to its clients.
  • Analyst: Bundling Wi-Fi and cellular will win customers

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 9:19 am

    Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones are only a tiny portion of the market today. But ABI Research claims that consumers are eager for such combination devices.
  • Airbus tests in-flight mobile phones

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:42 pm

    For everyone who feels that sitting through a multi-hour plane ride without mobile phone connectivity is sheer torture, good news: European plane maker Airbus has successfully completed the first in-flight trial of mobile phones and infrastructure equipment and expects to bring the concept to market by 2006.
  • Bluetooth bounces back faster - and in stereo

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:37 pm

    A new Bluetooth spec will soon hit the market that will improve throughput by a factor of three. But some analysts think a coming wave of Bluetooth headsets will spread the technology even further.
  • Cicso, Linksys to launch trade-up rebates

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:32 pm

    Cisco has begun to really cash in on its acquisition of Linksys. The networking giant has begun a trade-up program under which small businesses that have outgrown their Linksys wireless networking gear can trade it in for rebates on more powerful Cisco products.
  • Fixed wireless goes Hollywood

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:26 pm

    Wireless Internet service provider TowerStream is moving into downtown Los Angeles with its wireless business Internet service. The company CEO says that the service can prioritize traffic, something that will come in handy for VoIP users. The company will move into home services once WiMax equipment pricing comes down.
  • Wireless technology aids post-hurricane claims processing

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 2:22 pm

    In the wake of hurricanes that have damaged much of Florida's communications infrastructure, insurance agents are using wireless technology like GPS and mobile phones to help affected areas fast.
  • Iomega readies wireless NAS device

    Posted September 16, 2004 - 9:49 am

    Iomega Corp. is soon expected to ship its first network-attached storage (NAS) device based on wireless networking technology.
  • Lucent, Cisco and Nortel join WiMax Forum

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 5:17 pm

    The WiMax Forum, the group promoting the next-generation wireless broadband technology, has signed up three major members in just over a week. Lucent Technologies Inc., Nortel Networks Corp., and Cisco Systems Inc. have joined, leaving Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson as the last major network vendor to commit.
  • Florida theme park tracks visitors with RFID

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:10 am

    Parents worried about losing their kids at Florida's Wannado City theme park can now track them with RFID-enabled wristbands. Touchscreen kiosks around the park can display the location of any park goer.
  • Tips for VoWLAN deployment

    Posted September 15, 2004 - 9:06 am

    Looking to deploy a voice-over-IP system over your wireless LAN? A networking expert from Cisco offers some advice.
  • New mobile phones make worldwide roaming possible

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:36 am

    For years, incompatible mobile phone networks have meant that cell phones were only useful within the country in which they were purchased. The networks haven't changed, but the phones are beginning to: new handsets support multiple standards for operation on multiple continents.
  • Three vendors unveil a look at how mobile phones might act in the future

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:31 am

    At the DEMOmobile trade show, three vendors outlined some potential future mobile phone features, from advance data-input devices to an interesting new application testing rig.
  • IBM broadens suite of RFID services

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 8:17 am

    IBM Corp. today will announce an expansion of its services for companies seeking help with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The services include consulting, development of a business case, technical proof of concept, pilots for the client and trading partners and full system implementation.
  • Why hotspots survive and prosper

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:57 pm

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  • Interview: Sara Lee wrestles with RFID, looks for benefits

    Posted September 13, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    Sara Lee is working to integrate RFID tags into its operations so that it can meet a mandate from Wal-Mart. Ray Hagedorn, vice president of business solutions for the IT department in the Sara Lee Foods division, talks about the bumps on the road - and Sara Lee's attempts to see how else they can benefit from the technology.
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