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Samsung’s Ativ Lite Seeks Ultraportable Sweet Spot

After initially revealing its new Ativ Book 9 Lite ultraportable PC in June, Samsung on Monday announced that it is now accepting preorders for the device, which will be available in the U.S. on July 28 for $799.99. Weighing 3.5 lbs. and measuring less than an inch thick, the Ativ Book 9 Lite offers...

Philips Wants Devs’ Bright Ideas for Its Web-Connected Light Bulbs

Dutch electronics giant Philips, which launched its Hue Web-connected LED home lighting system in October, released a development kit Monday in the hopes of integrating official applications -- and more possible home uses -- for its technology. Developers can use the API as they choose, and can keep...

OPINION

What’s After Windows – and Who Does it Come From?

For the last two weeks I've been talking about desktop operating systems, including why Linux is on the wrong path to be a true desktop operating system and comparing Linux to Windows Vista and Mac OS Leopard, where I concluded that Apple will have in 2008 the best opportunity in its history to grow...

RIM Shares Tumble on Disappointing Earnings Report

Shares of Research In Motion dropped Friday after the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail reader said revenue fell short of analyst targets for the fourth quarter. The company gave a weaker-than-expected forecast, despite claiming that it has regained momentum now that its legal issues are behind it. On...

WiMAX Mobile Standard Ratified

At long last, the mobile WiMAX specification, a wide-area wireless solution that extends bandwidth and connectivity, has been ratified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), clearing the way for standard equipment that uses the technology. However, industry observers indica...

Motorola, Intel Tout WiMax Dedication

Motorola and Intel have again stressed their intentions to work toward interoperable networks and devices for next-generation, wider mobile computing via WiMax, which has yet to be ratified as a standard, but nonetheless has the weight of such major players behind it. Industry analysts, however, que...

Philadelphia Picks EarthLink for City Wireless

EarthLink will attempt to make the City of Brotherly Love the city of brotherly wireless access as well, with a deal to cover America's fifth largest city with WiFi mesh connectivity over 135 square miles, the largest municipal wireless rollout to date. The undertaking, described as a lifesaver for ...

Cellular Broadband Notebooks Boosted By Deals

Three hardware heavyweights unveiled notebook computers capable of cellular broadband wireless service from Verizon this week, bolstering support for the wireless technology and improving its performance with plans for built-in, roaming broadband capabilities. Industry analysts indicated that Verizo...

OPINION

PC Alternatives for the Future

This week, let's look ahead at changes coming in hardware over the next few years and the players driving those changes. It is certainly time for a change. In 1984 we had two PCs in the business space, Apple enjoyed 40 percent market share and had two innovative designs (the Apple II and the Mac) -...

Scalix Goes Wireless With Messaging System

Linux-based messaging vendor Scalix Corporation announced late last week a wireless solution designed to extend its e-mail and calendaring software to mobile devices. Developed in partnership with enterprise mobility solutions vendor Notify Technology Corporation, Scalix's Wireless Solution provides...

WiMax Potential Motivates Sprint, Motorola Deal

Sprint continued its push toward next-generation WiMax technology this week, announcing an agreement with Motorola to conduct joint testing on wireless broadband to lay the groundwork for future infrastructure and services. WiMax has not yet been standardized, but is nevertheless viewed as the WiFi ...

Intel Joins South Korea on Wireless Net

Looking to the world's leading nation in terms of broadband and wireless adoption, Intel is working with South Korean company KT to collaborate on the country's next wireless broadband solution. While Intel has been focused on creating standardization based on its WiMAX wireless broadband technology...

Samsung, Airgo Team Up on MIMO Wireless Notebooks

Samsung and Airgo, a company that plans to take 802.11n or WiFi wireless to another level with its multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna technology, announced this week they will ship new notebook computers that incorporate the extended reach and higher data rate wireless solution. The comp...

Ultrawideband Spec Battle Takes Shape

In a battle to establish a de facto standard, is it better to deliver technology first or to have the greater number of supporters? The emergence of ultrawideband (UWB) products, which allow a wide variety of PC and consumer electronics devices to exchange information over high-speed wireless networ...

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