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AA to Lure Business Travelers With Whiff of WiFi

American Airlines will begin offering high-speed, in-flight Internet access on select airplanes next year, the company announced Thursday. Through an agreement with AirCell, the airline will provide on a test basis high-speed broadband connectivity on its Boeing 767-200 aircraft, which fly primarily...

FCC Cruises Down Middle of the Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission voted on the rules governing the upcoming auction of the controversial 700 MHz radio spectrum band, taking a middle ground that may or may not result in a significant changes for the wireless broadband and cellular service industry. The FCC voted to require that...

Verizon Sidesteps Phone Import Ban

Mobile communications service provider Verizon Wireless and semiconductor maker Broadcom have announced a licensing agreement allowing Verizon to sell a group of mobile devices currently in legal dispute. Under the licensing terms, Verizon will pay Broadcom $200 million -- at increments of $6 per de...

OPINION

Perceptions of E3: Is Sony Done?, Apple Is Driving Technology Industry, Product of the Week

Last week should have been a bigger week than it was with E3, but that show is now a shadow of what it once was, and many of us struggled to pull anything meaningful out of the event. There are simply way too many lazy game developers right now, and I think that could kill this market. Sony continue...

OPINION

Is the iPhone Apple’s Pearl Harbor?, the Next iPod, Tech Movie of the Week

Let's just say the iPhone is the best generation-one product I can recall in the tech market -- ever -- in terms of hardware design and execution. But, much as Japan did in World War II, Apple merely stung the heck out of a number of big companies -- and most of Asia as a geographical region. It was...

The Emergence of Next-Gen Networks, Part 2: Wireless

With the emergence of wireless networking, ultra slim notebooks, PDAs and smartphones, mobile communications have quickly become an integral part of doing business. Mobile capabilities are set to take another leap forward with the introduction of new standards for wireless broadband wide- and local...

Samsung Churns Out 1.8-Inch Flash Hard Drives

Samsung Electronics is now mass-producing the industry's first 1.8-inch solid state drives at a whopping 64 gigabytes, making the high-density flash-memory-based drives suitable for widespread ultra-portable laptop use. "Flash-based memory drives represent the future of the laptop market," Rob Ender...

Oracle’s Siebel CRM Enhances Mobility

Oracle is enhancing the mobile options it offers to Siebel CRM On Demand customers through partnerships with best-of-breed application vendors and device manufacturers. Earlier this year, for example, it announced a partnership with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. More recently, it struck a dea...

Private Equity Firm Greases Palm

Palm, the handheld device maker that has been searching for a way to rejuvenate its business in the face of competition from the BlackBerry and other smartphones, will sell an ownership stake to a private equity firm, raising $325 million that it will turn over to shareholders. Elevation Partners --...

OPINION

The Newspaper Cemetery

Despite their denials, newspapers all over the world are simply dying. The gravity of the problem is not the result of competition from TV or the Internet. Rather, it's due to the fact that people all over the world prefer moving pictures in the palms of their hands over deciphering or reading betwe...

ANALYSIS

Remote Home Monitoring: Passing Fad or Wave of the Future?

A number of firms have recently launched remote home monitoring services. Are they able to do so because of widespread broadband adoption or consumer demand? The answer is both, but to examine this issue in more depth, we should explore both sides and see what conclusions can be drawn. First, always...

Is Mobile CRM Finally Ready for Liftoff?

It has taken some time to assemble the ingredients, but the CRM industry is finally poised to deliver robust mobile offerings. If you think you've heard this before, that's because you have -- in 2004, in 2005 and, yes, last year as well. To be sure, there are mobile CRM apps available on the market...

As the Software World Turns, Part 1: Engineers In, Programmers Out

Software programmers, developers, analysts, engineers and architects are facing an ever-widening range of job roles and expectations. Organizations worldwide are asking more of these professionals, in ways rarely seen only a decade ago. "One of the things I've seen over the last three years is a dec...

Mobile Enterprise Tools, Part 2: The Roadside Desktop

Industry analysts report that the mobile enterprise application market reached $1.2 billion in 2005 and is forecast to grow to $3.5 billion in 2010. Other industry studies predict that at least 40 percent the workforce will be mobile in 2007. "Integrating mobility into an enterprise is a proven way ...

Are Data Leaks Bleeding Your Company Dry?

The data drip is here. Computer security experts are worried that corporate data leaking from networks onto small mobile storage devices will worsen into a flood of stolen customer and company information. Over half of all information leaks travel to personal data storage devices such as USB drives,...

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