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  • Hitachi and Intel join on mobile phone drives

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 10:06 am

    Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Intel are pushing the development of an interface technology that they hope will smooth the adoption of compact hard-disk drives into mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and digital music players, the companies said on Friday.
  • European group to test plane mobile phone service

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 11:32 am

    The rivalry between two of the world's largest mobile phone technology groups, which began on the ground, could soon extend to the sky. Over the next few months, a European consortium calling itself the Wireless Cabin plans to test a new service that will allow airline passengers to make calls on flights with mobile phones based on the widely deployed GSM technology.
  • Wi-Fi targets TVs, mobile phones

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:10 am

    The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the Wi-Fi Multimedia certification program. The industry group will use the program to certify TVs, DVD players, and other consumer electronics for use in 802.11-based networks.
  • Bluetooth enjoys record surge in sales

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:05 am

    Many tech observers were ready to write Bluetooth off. But with a surge in sales in Bluetooth-equipped gadgets, the standard looks like it's finally found its place.
  • Readers like their wireless access points

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:00 am

    The omnipresence of fast network connections allows road warriors to log on from anywhere; and, if one reader poll is any indication, those travellers like to have a wireless access point with them, so that they can log on from anywhere in the room.

  • Nokia plans new, lighter version of Communicator

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:40 pm

    Trying to regain some of its lost market share, Nokia is hoping to woo both enterprise and consumer customers with a lighter, sleeker version of its high-end Communicator handset that will be released worldwide at the beginning of next year, the company announced Wednesday.
  • EarthLink to offer voice, data Blackberry device

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:35 pm

    EarthLink Wednesday announced it is extending its reach as a communications company by offering Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry 7750, which is both a wireless phone and a data device.
  • WiFlyer combines Wi-Fi with dial-up

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:30 pm

    Though Wi-Fi has grown more and more prevalent among broadband users, many dial-up users have been left out of the wireless revolution. Always On Wireless aims to end that with its new WiFlyer, which combines a wireless router with a V.92 modem in a pocket-sized form factor.
  • Freescale announces UWB modules

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    Freescale, Motorola's chipmaking spinoff, has announced new ultrawideband chipsets.
  • A Linux-based Wi-Fi hotspot on CD

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:45 pm

    Public IP has introduced ZoneCD, a Linux distribution that turns any commodity PC with a wireless card into a Wi-Fi hotspot. The distro runs from the CD itself, requiring no installation process or hardware drivers.
  • WiMax lands big players

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:33 pm

    In a sign that WiMax may be ready for prime time, two major networking players - Cisco and Nortel - have joined the WiMax forum.
  • Oracle's new app suite tackles RFID

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:26 pm

    The newest version of Oracle's E-Business Suite is scheduled for the next couple of months. Most prominent among its new features is support for RFID management in its Warehouse Management application.
  • Verizon Wireless comes to the aid of global road warriors

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:22 pm

    Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. can now sign up for a plan that allows them to take their phones overseas and call worldwide.
  • 3Com adds oomph to wireless bridges

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:16 pm

    3Com has increased the range of its 802.11g bridges, which can now connect buildings up to 8 miles apart.
  • Going mobile: Ditching the landline for a cellular phone

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:11 pm

    One tech columnist is ready to take the plunge: he's shutting down his home office line and relying entirely on a spiffy new mobile phone. Do you think it's a good idea?
  • What's the best way to authenticate wireless users?

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 3:05 pm

    You need to set up a wireless network that allowed users can easily authenticate to join, that keeps out unwanted users, and maybe even automatically disconnects computers infected with known viruses. What's the best way to proceed? Read on to find out what the experts recommend.
  • ITU ASIA: Samsung shows cell phone with hard-disk drive

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 11:04 am

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to begin selling later this month a cellular telephone that includes a hard-disk drive. The handset was unveiled as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom Asia 2004 event began here on Monday and is the first cell phone of its kind in the world, according to the company.
  • ITU ASIA: Intel's Rosedale chip brings WiMax closer

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:58 am

    Intel Corp. has begun shipping samples of its first WiMax chip, called Rosedale, and the first network trials based on the technology will start next year, a senior company executive said Tuesday.
  • Operators form cell-to-Wi-Fi industry group

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 10:21 am

    A new industry group has been formed to allow phones to roam between cellular and wireless networks. But, say experts, it has some way to go before realistic specs can be produced.
  • All eyes on top 10 technologies for 2005

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 3:59 pm

    Gartner revealed what the top 10 technologies will be for 2005 at a recent presentation in Mumbai, India. They are: instant messaging (IM), WLAN, taxonomies, IP telephony, software-as-services, real-time infrastructure, utility computing, grids, network security convergence and RFID.
  • First Wi-Fi products get security certificate

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 11:17 am

    The Wi-Fi Alliance got its next certification program off to a flying start, issuing WPA2 badges to a bunch of products that comply with the 802.11i security specification, on day one of the program. The Alliance is readying other programs for quality of service and the 802.11n fast Wi-Fi standard due next year.
  • First DLNA-certified products expected by year end

    Posted September 2, 2004 - 11:06 am

    The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), a 165-member consortium of consumer electronic, IT and mobile equipment manufacturers, expects the first products based on its design guidelines to be available by the end of the year, according to a member of the industry working group.
  • GOP platform: Broadband and R&D tax credits

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    Widely available broadband, electronic health records and increased government spending on research and development (R&D) are among the technology-related goals in the U.S. Republican Party's 2004 platform, released this week.
  • RNC: Organizers shun wireless for GOP convention network

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 9:28 am

    The IT planners began working 18 months ago, evaluating the buildings that would contain 4,800 delegates and twice as many journalists at this week's Republican National Convention in New York. From the start, they agreed on one major infrastructure issue: No wireless.
  • RFID middleware battleground emerges

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 12:09 pm

    Many suppliers have been goaded into using RFID by high-profile mandates from Wal-Mart and others. Analysts argue that these suppliers will soon look for middleware to help them manage their new RFID systems, creating a mini-boom in that product space.

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