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  • March 13, 2006 13 Mar'06

    Proof-of-concepts heighten mobile malware fears

    By themselves, Crossover and RedBrowser are fairly harmless, but they're a sign that the digital underground is likely working toward large-scale attacks against handheld devices.

  • March 08, 2006 08 Mar'06

    Mobile WiMAX adoption will lag behind fixed

    With WiMAX ready to take hold, a recent report looks at the struggles and success of fixed vs. mobile WiMAX.

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    BlackBerry workaround leaves users dangling on the vine

    Research In Motion's announcement last week that its workaround is ready has many experts wondering if there will be time to install it, if BlackBerry service is suspended.

  • February 01, 2006 01 Feb'06

    Muni Wi-Fi to fill in wireless access gaps for mobile professionals

    City-wide Wi-Fi and an increasing number of wireless access venues are making it easier for road warriors to stay busy.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Grocer uses free Wi-Fi to keep it fresh

    Stop & Shop supermarket customers enjoy free Wi-Fi -- an investment that results in so-called soft benefits.

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  • January 11, 2006 11 Jan'06

    BGAN has begun

    BGAN, Broadband Global Area Network, is ready to hit the U.S. this year. The satellite service will beam DSL speed connectivity to roughly 85% of the earth's landmass and 98% of its population.

  • January 04, 2006 04 Jan'06

    Experts choose best devices of 2005

    Wireless e-mail and the need for connectivity drove the mobile device market in 2005. Research In Motion, Palm and Dell all made waves by filling that need.

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    'Unwired' Series: Patients, PDAs and patches

    A health care provider found it could use wireless technology to dramatically boost patient care. But first it had to figure out how to deploy security updates over a wireless network.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    Loss, theft still No. 1 threat to mobile data

    While hackers, worms and viruses can attack a wireless network, experts say valuable data more often becomes the victim when a device is lost or stolen.

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Standardization to improve Java device management

    The Java Community Process is working on specifications that should make it easier to manage Java-based devices in the enterprise.

  • June 13, 2005 13 Jun'05

    Experts spot mobile malware warning signs

    A mobile malware crisis may not may not be imminent, but it may only be a matter of time. Experts explain which warning signs to look out for.

  • May 11, 2005 11 May'05

    ConfucisIM and IMuttering: The new language of IM

    With instant messaging now used commonly in the workplace, colleagues are conjuring colloquialisms to describe a number of unique situations spawned by IM use.

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Photo gallery: BlackBerry 7100

    Photo gallery: BlackBerry 7100

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Photo gallery: Motorola Razr V3

    The new Motorola Razr V3 is about a half-inch think and weights just 3.35 ounces. (Courtesy of Motorola Inc.)

  • December 20, 2004 20 Dec'04

    Photo gallery: Danger Sidekick II

    The slimmer Danger Sidekick II offers a camera and speakerphone.

  • December 15, 2004 15 Dec'04

    Three B2B services make list of wireless vendors to watch

    IDC cites firms offering unified messaging, in-flight cell phones and a tool to parse wireless bills among those poised for success in 2005.

  • November 29, 2004 29 Nov'04

    AirTight debuts proactive Wi-Fi security appliance

    AirTight Networks this week will debut an appliance that detects and automatically blocks unauthorized WLAN activity. Though it's an aggressive approach, one customer explains why proactive tactics are necessary.

  • November 17, 2004 17 Nov'04

    Motorola buys into mesh networking

    Motorola's plan to buy MeshNetworks not only heralds the arrival of enterprise mesh networking, but also its growing importance as a backhaul technology to support wireless LANs and ultra wideband.

  • November 05, 2004 05 Nov'04

    In-room Wi-Fi proves to be a business adventure

    Fearless Wi-Fi warrior and Basex chief analyst Jonathan Spira says hotels should proceed cautiously with WLANs because having them fail might be worse than not having them at all.

  • September 13, 2004 13 Sep'04

    Setting the bar for Internet hospitality

    Columnist Jonathan B. Spira says hotels are learning how to offer worthwhile mobile computing services, but little perks like consistent speeds and comfy chairs are still widely lacking.

  • September 07, 2004 07 Sep'04

    Without Ericsson, will Bluetooth survive?

    The company that invented Bluetooth is pulling out of the market, causing some to wonder if the short-range wireless technology's days are numbered. Regardless, Bluetooth still isn't a technology that admins can ignore.

  • June 28, 2004 28 Jun'04

    Enterprises prepare for fixed wireless broadband

    Emerging fixed wireless services are getting faster and cheaper, providing some businesses with a new alternative to T1 lines. Experts say once WiMax-based products emerge next year, the market will grow by leaps and bounds.

  • June 22, 2004 22 Jun'04

    Cisco takes Wi-Fi to town

    Cisco Systems has debuted new technologies that enable cities to establish their own Wi-Fi networks inexpensively. However, the networking giant is already facing plenty of competition.

  • May 20, 2004 20 May'04

    Planning key to mobile deployments, but at what cost?

    An IDC analyst said it's important to invest in planning well in advance of a mobile deployment, but one attendee said that convincing executives to spend the money is a challenge.

  • May 14, 2004 14 May'04

    Cracked Bluetooth

    Opinion: The security issues surrounding Bluetooth are creating a dilemma for some IT shops. Should they ban Bluetooth outright and risk unregulated usage, or find another approach? Right now, there's no clear answer.

  • May 10, 2004 10 May'04

    AirDefense sleuths for Bluetooth snoopers

    It's easier than ever for hackers to use Bluetooth to steal corporate data, but a new monitoring tool from AirDefense can identify rogue data transmissions before business secrets drift out the door.

  • April 24, 2004 24 Apr'04

    Nextel's future goes on location

    Nextel Communications Inc. has been making a splash in the consumer space as of late, but the company's roots remain in the enterprise market. Competitors are gearing up to challenge its push-to-talk monopoly and its fourth-generation wireless ...

  • April 16, 2004 16 Apr'04

    Mobile Computing Top 20 Articles | April 09 - April 16

    Want to view the most popular editorial content for the past week, based on traffic by you and your peers? Here are the top five tips, articles and mobile definitions. Check back next week!

  • April 16, 2004 16 Apr'04

    Corporate disconnect on mobile phone service

    Commentary: Many companies don't bother with mobile phone service strategies, but Basex's Jonathan Spira says anything's better than today's chaos.

  • April 12, 2004 12 Apr'04

    IDC: Look before making the RFID leap

    At IDC's Directions 2004 event, an analyst told attendees that before implementing RFID, it's critical to understand the technological and financial repercussions, instead of just bowing to Wal-Mart.

  • April 05, 2004 05 Apr'04

    Can Jini compete against Bluetooth?

    Jini technology may not stand a chance against Bluetooth when it comes to attaching electronics to a network, but analysts say it can be a viable means of facilitating communication between applications.

  • March 16, 2004 16 Mar'04

    Protecting phones, handhelds from attack

    Wireless security is a hot topic, but all the recent buzz has revolved around Wi-Fi problems and fixes. What about mobile devices? Are they vulnerable to attack? Are cell networks any safer than Wi-Fi networks?

    We caught up with Avi Greengart, ...

  • March 05, 2004 05 Mar'04

    Mobility's place on the corporate landscape

    It is perhaps emblematic of the dot-com era to have purchased technology for technology's sake. In the heady days of the boom, caution was often thrown to the wind, along with decision-making processes that tied together business and technology ...

  • February 27, 2004 27 Feb'04

    PDA Download | Chat Abbreviations Reference Guide

    Chat abbreviations are commonly used in e-mail, online chatting, online discussion forum postings, instant messaging, and in text messaging, especially between cell phone users. For your convenience, we've created a handy reference that you can ...

  • February 26, 2004 26 Feb'04

    In-Stat/MDR optimistic about PDA market

    Even though smart phones are the talk of the town, In-Stat/MDR says that PDA shipments will remain strong in 2004, thanks to a number of smaller, cheaper devices.

  • February 16, 2004 16 Feb'04

    Gartner advises firms to deactivate Bluetooth

    Following security warnings about Bluetooth from handset makers Nokia and Sony Ericsson, Gartner is advising most enterprises to deactivate Bluetooth on their mobile devices.

  • January 30, 2004 30 Jan'04

    The Internet is broken: The dark side of wireless broadband

    Lotusphere 2004 started today (this column is being written on Sunday, the 25th of January), as it does every year at this time. Traditionally, thousands of Lotus customers, business partners and members of the media descend on Walt Disney World, ...

  • December 17, 2003 17 Dec'03

    Reply answers Europe's call for mobile e-mail

    A British investment firm says Reply Wireless' mobile e-mail service allow employees to send and receive messages on the road without the cost of an expensive systems deployment. Reply's success is a sign that the market for mobile e-mail services ...

  • December 11, 2003 11 Dec'03

    Speed, size, and maintenanceA short guide to optimizing pervasive applications

    Optimization is one of the foundations of good application design. In this article, wireless expert Mikko Kontio explains how you can optimize your wireless applications for speed, size, and maintenance. He also offers tips for choosing the right ...

  • December 11, 2003 11 Dec'03

    Bluetooth moves past the hype, into the enterprise

    Bluetooth has already been through a cycle of hype and disappointment, which is one of the ways you can tell that the short-range wireless technology is finally ready for the big time, said Burton Group senior analyst Mike Disabato. Another ...

  • December 09, 2003 09 Dec'03

    Sharp shock for Linux

    Of the 11 million PDA sales, around 15% included wireless functionality, and that's set to double this next year. Of course the growth in wireless-enabled laptops, hotspots and general Wi-Fi hype is fueling interest, but perhaps something extra is ...

  • November 26, 2003 26 Nov'03

    Experts: RFID requires business process updates

    Experts at Comdex told attendees that it's impossible for businesses to take full advantage of RFID technology unless they change their business processes.

  • November 18, 2003 18 Nov'03

    Experts urge caution when changing wireless carriers

    On Nov. 24, wireless users for the first time will be able to switch carriers without losing their phone numbers, but experts say businesses shouldn't dump existing carriers right away.

  • November 06, 2003 06 Nov'03

    Camera phones: Snapping at workplace privacy?

    Many of the latest high-end cell phones have built-in cameras, which some see as a built-in business liability. Experts say that all companies will soon need a camera phone policy.

  • October 28, 2003 28 Oct'03

    Thin clients: Is less really more?

    While most mobile devices are only getting smarter, faster and more capable, the small market for thin clients -- low-cost, centrally managed PCs with minimal functionality -- is growing. In fact, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Maxspeed Corp. recently ...

  • October 21, 2003 21 Oct'03

    The new churn concern

    A federal regulation set to take effect next month may worsen one industry's notoriously bad customer retention rates.

  • October 21, 2003 21 Oct'03

    Letter to the Editors, October 21, 2003

    Every so often, one of our readers takes issue with something we've published, and writes in to tell us about it.

  • October 14, 2003 14 Oct'03

    Hackers to feast on data via Bluetooth 'war nibbling'

    Bluetooth is beginning to appear in more and more devices, from PDAs and laptops to cell phones. Unlike 802.11-based wireless LANs, which have a range of as much as 100 yards or more, Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that generally ...

  • October 02, 2003 02 Oct'03

    New tool offers both Bluetooth, Wi-Fi monitoring

    Security vendor Red-M is offering a wireless LAN airwave monitor that also watches for Bluetooth traffic. Experts like the combination because it allows Bluetooth-reluctant firms to give the emerging wireless technology the green light.

  • September 23, 2003 23 Sep'03

    Syracuse police swat WLAN weaknesses

    The Syracuse, N.Y., police department says the proprietary security from Fortress Technology in its wireless LAN is secure and manageable, but experts say that a better offering from Cisco and evolving standards may cause the department to question ...

  • September 18, 2003 18 Sep'03

    MIPI Alliance: Standards group or Nokia's pawn?

    Nokia has been the driving force behind the budding MIPI Alliance standards group, but some believe the organization is merely Nokia's attempt to lock competitors out of the cellular handset industry.

  • August 27, 2003 27 Aug'03

    Wireless apps in a blue-collar world

    Wireless applications are rolling up their sleeves and showing they're not afraid to do some heavy lifting. They're building up popularity among construction firms and bringing digital age efficiency to the traditional workplace.

  • August 05, 2003 05 Aug'03

    Small steps mark big progress for wireless messaging

    At iWireless World, a panel of industry observers says that companies are finally accepting limited usage of wireless messaging, but that will open the floodgates for many new and innovative wireless technologies in the enterprise.

  • July 16, 2003 16 Jul'03

    Partnership poised to make RFID user-friendly

    Savi Technologies and Matrics are teaming up on systems that can read both passive and active radio frequency identification tags, enhancing interoperability and making RIFD tags more supply-chain friendly.

  • June 26, 2003 26 Jun'03

    Analyst questions Palm's gain in WebSphere deal

    A recent deal between Palm and IBM will bring a mobile edition of WebSphere to Palm's Tungsten PDAs. But an analyst says Palm still has a tough task ahead of it.

  • June 09, 2003 09 Jun'03

    Zyxel bridge offers safe passage to the wireless outdoors

    Zyxel's new wireless bridge enables companies to stretch wireless LANs where they never could before, for just a fraction of the price of competing products. Analysts say the product offers reasonable quality, though companies should still be wary ...

  • June 04, 2003 04 Jun'03

    New vendors take aim at CDMA market

    Qualcomm has owned the market for CDMA handsets from the beginning, but a rash of competitors are moving in. The451 says more vendor options could spur an intense round of CDMA device pricing wars.

  • June 03, 2003 03 Jun'03

    Itronix tablet offers tri-mode connectivity

    Rugged device maker Itronix has released a new tablet PC that offers three types of connectivity methods: Bluetooth, wireless LAN and wireless WAN. An analyst says the tablet provides the mobile flexibility that field force workers need.

  • May 28, 2003 28 May'03

    Definition of Wi-Fi

    Want to know what Wi-Fi really means? Check out this definition from our sister site Whatis.com.

  • May 27, 2003 27 May'03

    New medical barcodes could be worth a pound of cure

    Barcodes -- they help make sure the price is right for your groceries, and now they're ensuring that the Rx is right for your body. Fans of the scans think the technology could keep the medical mishaps, such as wrong medicines and dosage, away.

  • April 28, 2003 28 Apr'03

    Expert sees use for Tablet PCs in some verticals

    Tablet PCs have received plenty of attention since they debuted last fall, but these keyboard-less notebooks, which feature a stylus and a modified version of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, are likely to corner only a tiny portion of the ...

  • April 11, 2003 11 Apr'03

    Wireless LAN doesn't mean worriless LAN

    Wireless LANs are cheap to buy and easy to install, but going wireless doesn't mean it's time to throw away your aspirin. Experts say rogue access points, stray signals and standards struggles should concern all wireless LAN managers. With new ...

  • April 11, 2003 11 Apr'03

    Wireless standards overview

    Wireless local are networks (LANs) have a broad range of standards, some of which are well established and interoperable, others of which are still emerging, and when it comes to security standards, interoperability may be a way off yet.

  • March 27, 2003 27 Mar'03

    Newsletters overview

    We offer five free newsletters to IT managers in their mission to select, deploy, manage and security mobile technologies. Sign up today!

  • May 20, 2002 20 May'02

    Wireless insecurity: It's all in the device

    Wireless insecurity: It's all in the device

  • November 08, 2001 08 Nov'01

    Thinking about wireless security

    This useful article discusses wireless technologies and outlines some of the problems that have been identified to date. Wireless areas covered: mobile commerce, encryption over wireless platforms, mobile devices, WAP, WEP, WTLS, SSL, wireless LANs,...

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