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I already know what you're thinking: 'Not another article about i-mode!' You've probably convinced yourself already that i-mode is some kind of a fluke success story, totally irrelevant to your life. You're sick of seeing articles about it everywhere. Well, maybe that's what others ha...
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's leading mobile phone operator, plans to start delivering a music service on its wireless PHS (personal handyphone system) network later this month, allowing users to download online music onto their PHS phones.
By 2003, more Internet connections will be made by wireless devices than by standard PCs. This revolution in data connectivity will facilitate the creation of entirely new kinds of software applications. Unless you work for an accounting firm that's so conservative that they still have...
Telcos in Europe are finding it enormously difficult to generate revenues from their massive technological investment in the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS).
Almost 1 million homes will be built in the United States this year. And in most cases, the story will be the same - missed deadlines, supplies delivered too late or too early, mistakes when placing orders.
With all the hype surrounding the wireless Internet and its promises of anytime, anywhere information availability, the introduction of a new computing technology may make companies skeptical to yet another new Internet medium.
Sweden, Europe's undisputed leader in the Internet, is with Finland the world leader in mobile telephony. It's estimated that 50% of all Swedes have a mobile phone and are connected to the Internet.
Many of the technologies in use today can be compromised in many ways, Bluetooth among them, yet they continue to be used because the benefits are deemed to outweigh the risks.
Ever since batch computing and keypunch cards, IT has been obliged to become increasingly responsive to the enterprise and faster at adapting technology to meet business needs. Right now businesses' upcoming need is for e-services, because IT's core competency is becoming the managing ...
I admit it. I signed up for a few newsletters. Bought a few things online. Registered for an online sweepstakes or two. Okay, so I gave out my e-mail address like flyers on a New York sidewalk.
People thinking about wireless applications for business are in a dither about wireless technology and where it's going. Wireless will change a lot in the next few years. But instead of trying to predict the future of wireless standards…
Red lights flash in my mirror. I can't believe it - another speeding ticket and I'm already late for my morning meeting. As I wait 45 minutes for the police officer to copy my license, registration, and insurance information, my mind begins to wander
Here's your future. Everywhere you go, devices and services know who you are and act accordingly. When you walk into the kitchen, your refrigerator knows you. It pushes the things you like to the front of its shelves. When you get near your car, it unlocks and adjusts the seat, mirrors...
So, you've just led the successful creation of a full-featured Web site with a three-tier back end, and you've now been asked to lead the company's new wireless Web site project.
By now, of course, you've heard of WAP, or Wireless Application Protocol. Contrary to what some critics want you to believe, WAP doesn't stand for 'Where Are the Phones?' Some analysts even coined the phrase 'Wait And Participate.' Whether WAP is here to stay is beyond the scope of...
Have you ever wondered what makes a designer tick? Have you ever taken a minute to consider the types of work that make a designer smile? No? Well, luckily, I took a minute to answer these questions. After talking to more designers than you can shake a stick at, some of the answers...
Welcome to the inaugural issue of what in our humble opinion will become North America's compulsory reading on what wireless is all about and what it's becoming before you guys and gals overtake us! Through the technological ages, the U.S. has always held the whip hand over Europe.
I've always been an adventurous spirit. In some circles that translates to brave; in others the definition leans more toward brainless. This thought crossed my mind most recently while discussing the expanse of wireless Web services with a friend. There had been a recent flurry of ...
Not since the dawn of the industrial revolution has technology disrupted the way the world works. The Internet removed obstacles, practically overnight, that businesses had to work around for hundreds of years: geographical constraints, long transaction times, and large inventory. ...
Denise Lahey is the chief executive officer of OracleMobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corp. In her five-year tenure at Oracle, Ms. Lahey created Oracle's mobile product strategy and then orchestrated the development of new products to fulfill that strategy. Ms. Lahey als...
When we developed the Microsoft Mobile Explorer (MME), a dual-mode browser for use in mobile handsets, we wanted it to work with over-the-air Internet-standard HTTP and HTML protocols, as well as read content delivered via the Wireless Application Protocol. Microbrowser products sh...
One night recently, Masanori Ishii picked up his i-mode phone to read e-mail from his contacts in Houston, only to be told the service was unavailable. 'It was the third time that week this had happened to me, so I knew the problem would be solved in a couple of hours,' Mr Ishii said...
We're on the eve of the 3G rollout. But as network operators and equipment vendors get ready for this billions-of-dollars industry, the public's fear of radiation - real or imagined - is growing. Will this fear put a crimp in wireless plans?
If a week is a long time in politics, imagine how long five years is, in Internet time. It's a lifetime. It's easy to demonstrate. All you have to do is think back just six short years, to 1995. In 1995 the Internet wasn't yet the business, consumer, and social tool it has now become...
Drexel University, a cornerstone of higher education in the northeastern U.S., was once known as the Drexel Institute of Technology. Under the leadership of its current president, Constantine Papadakis, Drexel has launched an energetic strategic agenda with renewed emphasis on its maj...
Computer networks are rapidly becoming the backbone of large- and medium-sized organizations. Increasingly, organizations are depending on their networks for day-to-day operations. To maintain the health of their networks, companies spend large amounts of money acquiring expensive netw...
Six months ago I convinced my father, a committed technophobe, to connect to the Internet; he wasn't impressed. Last month he bought a WAP phone; he still wasn't impressed. What is impressive is his new-found knowledge of HTTP error messages that could shame many a developer. He's now ...
wML 1.1 is my chosen standard and ColdFusion 4.5.1 is my preferred development platform. I'm sure there are pros and cons for other versions and standard figures. Here I'll discuss my reasons for using WML and ColdFusion.
If you're planning a wireless initiative, but are confused by the alphabet soup of acronyms such as WML, PQA, RIM, EPOC, CDMA, GPRS, and countless others, this article will help clear things up with a discussion of five key points to understand now, as well as what to look for in the f...
The president tells us we are fighting a new kind of war. We have witnessed the first battle ­ fought on our turf. The battle of September 11 was fought in part not just with communication, but with wireless communication ­ the new manifestation of an age-old weapon. Here are the stor...
The slow death of Metricom threw their customers for a loop. Here was a company that provided a unique service, yet burned through a billion dollars, and is now seemingly missed by all. Denver-based Aerie Networks recently bought most of the key Ricochet assets for a mere $8.25 millio...
Mobile operators are in a precarious position. Airtime revenue is decreasing faster than fixed costs, and competitors are multiplying. Not only is there high overhead for customer acquisition, but retention costs are also increasing. Mobile operators need to act now to ensure that they...
The year 2001 witnessed significant progress in the development of applications for mobile data. Advertisements now tell consumers they can get driving directions, manage personal information, access enterprise applications, and even receive video clips on their mobile devices. The...
While 3G crawls forward without any sign of speeding up its deployment in Europe, companies such as NTT and British Telecom are quietly escalating their Wireless LAN plans. Although 802.11b, or Wi-Fi as it's commonly known, has been around for awhile, it has always seemed to be the poo...
Anytime, anywhere calling sounds great, but until voice quality is improved, and background noise minimized, mobile users will not want to stay 'on the line.' The promise has seemed simple: mobile phone subscribers should be able to make or take calls anytime, anywhere. That's the ...
WBT's VC editor Tim Bresien has been making the rounds to see which industry segments are getting the most traction. Here's his outlook on what to watch for in the wireless arena in the months ahead.
Java-based IM poses many advantages over SMS. Only by preparing for wireless Java's launch into mobile instant messaging can operators turn possible bad news into good news. Here's a basic strategy to follow.
Analyzing the customer experience to ensure that the end user has a perception of value creates an environment in which a carrier can maximize profitability and a return on investment.
Trying to find the right wireless e-mail service is confusing. With so many options and features, how do you make the right choice? Messaging, broadly defined, includes SMS, instant messaging, paging, e-mail, voice mail, and faxes. They are essentially communications between people on ...
The WAP protocol has laid the groundwork for a new generation of wireless-enabled enterprise applications. Basically anyone who accesses a host computer from a terminal can now use a handheld device to obtain anytime, anywhere information access and data entry. Things will only get bet...


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