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  • WiMax is here, but still years away

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 4:32 pm

    Though the FCC is extolling WiMax as the future of broadband, industry leaders are more cautious. Some are comparing the technology's current state to that of cellular telephony in 1985, and predict that a true WMAN boom may not come for another decade.
  • Airline industry moves to embrace RFID

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 4:20 pm

    The airline industry has apparently decided that RFID tags are in its future. Delta is going to use the tags to track engine parts and perhaps customers' luggage, while rival airplane manufacturers Boeing and Airbus are teaming up to settle on RFID standards.
  • Carrier class WLANs: Let's get serious

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 4:07 pm

    One tech expert thinks that WLAN hotspots are the obvious choice of 3G networks for enterprise users who are away from the office but staying in more or less one place for a period of time. Nevertheless, she believes that such hotspots can be improved to reach true carrier class status.
  • Alvarion launches BreezeMAX platform

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 4:02 pm

    The WiMax standard isn't set in stone yet, but Alvarion has already released BreezeMAX, built from the ground up to meet the future standard. The company says that the early release is a response to customer demand - indicating a hunger in the marketplace for wireless broadband once it becomes available.
  • Free Wi-Fi: From burger chains to public parks and dentists

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 3:55 pm

    Wi-Fi hotspots are proliferating in public spaces, some free and some paid. The industry is still debating which model will survive - but free access is spreading rapidly.
  • Coming soon: The wireless music player

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 3:47 pm

    As online music services and portable music players gain in popularity, MusicGremlin is aiming to combine the two and bypass the PC entirely. The company will soon release a handheld music player that can purchase and download songs via Wi-Fi.
  • Make or break for Nokia

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 3:41 pm

    Nokia's stock price is at a five-year low, and many analysts believe that the company has spent too much energy on smartphones. But as WWAN data services move into the mainstream, Nokia may be ready to take off again. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Wi-LAN acquires patent portfolio

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    Canadian company Wi-LAN acquired a host of WiMax-related patents from a U.S. company this week, putting it in a strong position to benefit from the expected rollout of commercial WiMax services next year.
  • Combo Wi-Fi cell phones due out by fall

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 3:32 pm

    Several manufacturers have announced what they are calling "enterprise phones" for fall of 2004. The phones will be able to switch seamlessly between WLAN and cellular networks.
  • Wi-Fi Planet: Mixed messages

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 11:32 am

    Attendees at Wi-Fi Planet in Baltimore this week got mixed messages, with one speaker predicting that wireless Internet access will have explosive growth, while another group of speakers warned Wi-Fi vendors against taking their companies public.
  • Cingular lags rivals in high-speed wireless data

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:58 am

    With its acquisition of AT&T Wireless, Cingular is poised to become the U.S.'s biggest wireless carrier - but it probably won't enter the growing wireless broadband data market for another two years. That puts it behind its competition, though that lag may allow the company to learn from the mistakes of others.
  • Mobile computing in the small business: You can take it with you

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:53 am

    Many small businesses assume that mobile computing is outside of their price range. But as this article demonstrates, SMBs will actually see increased productivity - and profits - after outfitting employees with WLAN-based notebooks.
  • Prioritizing traffic breaches the 802.11 standard - but so what?

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:48 am

    Third-party WLAN products that help prioritize traffic violate the 802.11 standard as it currently stands. But one tech expert believes that such violations don't matter to the vast majority of users.
  • Food Lion checking out with Wi-Fi

    Posted June 10, 2004 - 9:42 am

    Traditional grocery retailers are facing fierce competition from Wal-Mart and other superstores. Food Lion is attempting to get a leg up by offering a Wi-Fi-based environment that lets customers ring up their own groceries as they shop.
  • Has SMS peaked in China?

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:31 pm

    Text messaging never quite caught on in the U.S., but conventional wisdom has it that Europe and Asia are SMS-mad. But signs from China these days indicate that the craze may have peaked there.
  • OSS offers the 'key' to Wi-Fi security

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:25 pm

    Operations Support System (OSS) has come up with an interesting take on the WLAN authentication problem. Instead of making users memorize passwords, such information can be stored on a key-sized USB device that plugs into the computer seeking to authenticate on a WLAN.
  • RIM fights for appeal of BlackBerry injunction

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:19 pm

    The popular BlackBerry wireless e-mail device does not infringe upon patents held by NTP for a wireless communications system, lawyers for Research in Motion (RIM) argued before a federal appeals court Monday.
  • Wi-Fi: Not for the faint

    Posted June 9, 2004 - 6:08 pm

    Many companies are seeking gold in their rush to offer Wi-Fi services. But as the recent collapse of Cometa indicates, it's not necessarily easy to make money in this space.
  • Freescale outlines path to 1G-bps UWB

    Posted June 7, 2004 - 10:11 am

    Motorola Inc. subsidiary Freescale Semiconductor Inc. outlined a product roadmap on Monday that will take its line of UWB (Ultra-Wideband) chipsets from 114Mbps to 1Gbps over the next year.
  • Secure Wi-Fi in the branch gets cheaper

    Posted June 7, 2004 - 9:24 am

    In June, businesses will be able to get virtually an entire wired-and-wireless branch office network in one tiny system, thanks to silicon integration from Broadcom Corp. The company has launched a single chip which includes a Wi-Fi access point, an Ethernet switch and VPN encryption for the uplink to head office.
  • A new class of wireless LAN

    Posted June 7, 2004 - 9:05 am

    The WLAN landscape has seen advances whenever a company releases a management product that creates a new class of WLAN. Cisco, the 800-pound gorilla of networking, has done just that with some new add-ins for its flagship Catalyst 6500 product.
  • TI and STM produce samples of 3G CDMA chips

    Posted June 4, 2004 - 9:24 am

    Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and STMicroelectronics NV are producing samples of chips that will allow manufacturers to build 3G (third generation) cell phones based on CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology, the companies announced Wednesday.
  • IT managers: Keep mobile apps simple

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:21 pm

    Several IT managers weigh in with their opinions for design of applications for mobile handhelds. Their consensus: don't get fancy, and keep the apps text-based and designed around the reality of the 3-inch screen.
  • SonicWall bolsters Wi-Fi security

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:16 pm

    SonicWall has introduced the SonicPoint wireless security access device, which includes WPA, WEP, and VPN protection.
  • WLAN vendors spar over methods

    Posted June 3, 2004 - 2:11 pm

    At the recent CeBIT America show, WLAN product vendors laid out their philosophies for wireless network management, with an emphasis on security strategies.

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