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Waiting on WiFi

WiFi was supposed to effortlessly connect us to the world on the run. Instead, we're all on the run seeking a connection. We skip from airport to coffee shop, from cell connection to hotel hook-up, constantly trying to pace connects and disconnects with our physical location of the moment. We are, i...

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I Love Disruption

I once played organized football -- not that I was any good at it, but I played it with relish. My favorite parts were anything that had to do with disrupting the opponent's carefully planned plays, which included covering kickoffs and punts as well as regular defense. This bit of information has a...

EXPERT ADVICE

Think Before You Ban: A Handheld Is a Powerful Learning Tool

It's official: In New York City public schools there is now a ban on cell phone use. We can all understand how that might happen. As with any communication device, abuse does occur. But simultaneously, there is a wave of interest in education in 1:1 learning initiatives, meaning that educators belie...

The Art of Data Management Compliance, Part 2: Guarding Against Theft

Identity theft, a cyber-crime causing inestimable damage for scores of ordinary citizens, has prompted passage of the federal FACT Act Identity Theft Red Flags Rule, issued this year. Part of the FACT Act, the rule aims to combat the scourge of identity theft, which each year victimizes 8.3 million...

VPNs: Network Data Deadbolts

Technological advances have prompted changes to corporate communication needs. Employees working in hotel rooms, field offices or even abroad often require access to network and system resources. Also, admission to company networks is no longer limited to individuals on your payroll. Increasingly, s...

Portals in an Enterprise 2.0 World

The front office meets the back office at the Web 2.0 enterprise portal. The enterprise 2.0 portal is a single accessible location intended to consolidate resources and serve up data from systems throughout an organization so that each "touch" a company has with its customers, prospects, partners an...

OPINION

HP vs. Acer vs. Apple: The Fight to Come

Over the last two weeks, I attended a huge HP lab event, watched Apple launch the iPhone SDK brilliantly, and saw one of the strongest consumer laptop lines launched by Acer. All three vendors are growing in the 30 percent range in the PC market; Acer just passed Dell for the No. 2 spot in the noteb...

ANALYSIS

The Evolution of US Mobile Broadband Wireless

In the U.S. mobile broadband market, all major mobile carriers except T-Mobile have launched 3G mobile networks. At the end of 2006, out of the 225 million cellular subscribers in the United States, 15 million used a 3G-based mobile broadband service via cell phone, PDA, laptop or other device. Also...

ANALYSIS

Little Deuce Coupe

You might be tooling down the information superhighway right now in your cool new hybrid SaaS-mobile, wondering what that thing is in the rearview mirror that's beginning to gain on you. It's best to look twice and convince yourself that what you are seeing is no mirage. It may look a lot like you...

Survey Pegs Cell Phone as Americans’ Most Valued Tech Tool

Americans would rather give up their televisions or the Internet rather than do without their mobile phones, according to a report released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project Wednesday. Researchers found that a little more than half -- 51 percent -- of respondents who use wireless phone...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Opera’s Mobile Browser Hits the Right Notes

If you are reading this article, chances are you own a pocket PC or Palm-based smartphone or PDA. Chances are also great that you are in desperate need for a mobile Web solution. Since the dawn of the Internet, transferring and receiving information has been the ultimate goal. PDAs and smartphones h...

EXPERT ADVICE

Secure E-Commerce From First to Final Click

What's most important to consumers when making a purchase online? Personal identity. Consumers are taking more notice of their individual online security after a string of recent identity theft cases made major headlines. According to a recent survey by University of Southern California's Center f...

Cisco Proposes Rewiring City Networks for Green Gains

Cisco is going green, and now the information technology networking giant is helping cities turn green, too. At the center of the effort is the Connected Urban Development Global Conference in San Francisco this week, where Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers in a keynote addres...

New Chip Uses 10 Times Less Power

A partnership between Texas Instruments and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a proof-of-concept microchip architecture that is 10 times more efficient than current technologies. The design -- which was presented on Tuesday at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference --...

Waiting for WiFi

WiFi was supposed to effortlessly connect us to the world on the run. Instead we're all on the run seeking a connection. We skip from airport to coffee shop, from cell connection to hotel hook-up, constantly trying to pace connects and disconnects with our physical location of the moment. We are, in...

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