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- to Address Future of Wireless and Portable Computing
IDG World Expo, HP, Sanyo Energy Corp., Texas Instruments, and other leading
players in the portable power industry announced the creation of PortablePower2003,
a conference that will bring together key decision makers from across
the fast-growing spectrum of technology that powers wireless communications
and portable computing. The conference, to be held September 21-24, 2003
at San Francisco's Moscone Center, will focus on the innovations, standards,
market challenges, and strategies of the portable power marketplace. As
consumer demand rises for increased sophistication of cell phones, PDAs,
and notebook computers, so does the need for adequate power sources. PortablePower2003
will explore the opportunities and issues associated with these next-generation
products and the power solutions that are necessary to ensure the success
of future products. In addition, the conference will release original
research that details how business users and consumers are currently using
device power sources.
LAN's Future Is Established As Big Tech and Telecom Companies Enter The
Market, According to New ABI Study
LAN (WLAN) industry is experiencing tremendous growth aided by lower pricing
points and standardization of the technology. Allied Business Intelligence
(ABI) believes that this growth will continue to accelerate, as the multi-billion
dollar technology and telecommunications companies such as Microsoft,
Intel, Dell, AT&T, and IBM, to name a few, enter the WLAN industry. These
corporations bring their deep financial pockets and millions of potential
consumers to the WLAN industry. "The WLAN industry will continue to experience
stellar growth as deployments in several key markets take place," predicts
ABI analyst John W. Chang, Senior Analyst and author of the report. "These
key markets include residential homes, small-medium offices, enterprises,
academic campuses, transportation facilities, health care sites, industrial
centers, and at the local neighborhood eatery. Additionally, 802.11a,
802.11g, and dual band protocols are some of the key catalysts that will
accelerate the market adoption of WLAN with its higher speeds of up to
Brother' is No Longer a Fiction, ACLU Warns in New Report
The United States has now reached the point where a total "surveillance society" has become a realistic possibility, the American Civil Liberties Union warned in a report being released today. "Many people still do not grasp that Big Brother surveillance is no longer the stuff of books and movies," said Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program and a co-author of the report.
"Given the capabilities of today's technology, the only thing protecting us from a full-fledged surveillance society are the legal and political institutions we have inherited as Americans," he added. "Unfortunately, the September 11 attacks have led some to embrace the fallacy that weakening the Constitution will strengthen America."
said that its report, Bigger Monsters, Weaker Chains: The Growth of an
American Surveillance Society, is an attempt to step back from the daily
march of stories about new surveillance programs and technologies and
survey the bigger picture. The report argues that even as surveillance
capacity grows like a "monster" in our midst, the legal "chains" needed
to restrain that monster are being weakened. The report cites not only
new technology but also erosions in protections against government spying,
the increasing amount of tracking being carried out by the private sector,
and the growing intersection between the two.
Solutions In Sight; Internet Group Calls for Multifaceted Industry Tools
to Tackle Internet Spam At Workshop Hosted by the Global Internet Project
Leading Internet experts at a spam workshop hosted by The Global Internet Project (GIP) expressed optimism that a multi-faceted approach spearheaded by Internet service providers, technology companies and government increasingly provides Internet users with effective tools to cope with the growing use of spam.
The Group warned against new legislation to tackle the problem. The group said adoption of new technology products and end user education, combined with active enforcement of fraud laws currently on the books, represent the Internet community's best response to unwanted and potentially deceptive email.
workshop, entitled "A Case Study of Private Sector Oversight", was the
second in a series organized by the GIP.
American Tech Employees' Commitment to Their Organizations At All-Time
High-Technology @Work Studies Reveal Unexpected Results from the Technology Workforce Two Aon studies released in January show that technology workers throughout the United States and Canada continue to increase their commitment level to their organizations. Aon Consulting's High-Technology @Work studies, which measure workforce commitment separately in each country through a series of questions in the areas of productivity, pride and retention, found technology workforce commitment in both countries at all-time highs.
Aon's US Workforce Commitment Index (WCI) in technology stands at 106.9,
while the Canadian high-tech WCI - with figures calculated on a different
scale than the US - is 103.6. Both figures have gone up from the original
benchmark level of 100 while other national WCI measurements conducted
by Aon in the past year have gone down. The question is, with all of the
tumult, layoffs and general negativity surrounding the industry, "How
is this possible?"
Accenture and MIT Seek Nominees for 2003 Digital Government Awards
and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Architecture
and Planning are seeking nominees through March 27, 2003 for the fourth
annual Digital Government Awards, which honor outstanding achievements
in using the Internet and other leading technologies to deliver innovative
government services. The Accenture and MIT Digital Government Awards will
be presented in federal, state and local government categories for services
-- government-to-citizen, government-to-business, and government-to-government
-- delivered via the Internet. Awards also will be given in higher education
and in recognition of the most innovative pilot or prototype program.
The Agent of Change award will recognize an individual from federal, state
or local government or from academia who has used creativity and taken
the initiative to motivate others in the transformation of services.
Industry Leaders Launch Desktop Linux Consortium; Organization responds to rising demand for open standards, lower licensing fees
Responding to the overwhelming interest in Desktop Linux, representatives from key firms and organizations today announced the formation of the Desktop Linux Consortium, or DLC. The vendor-neutral association is comprised of both commercial companies and open source organizations that are developing and shaping GNU/Linux desktop technologies.
Torvalds, creator of Linux, said "We already have all of the tools, in
Open Source software, necessary for 80 percent of office workers in the
world: an office suite including spreadsheet, word processor, and presentation
program; a web browser, graphical desktop with file manager, and tools
for communications, scheduling, and personal information management. The
Linux desktop is inevitable!"
IEEE 802.11g, 54Mbps Extension to 802.11b Wireless Local Area Networks, Gains Working Group Approval; Final Approval Expected in June 2003
P802.11g (TM) standard for wireless local area networks (LANs), which
will extend the data rate of the IEEE 802.11b (TM)-1999 to 54 Mbps from
its current level of 11 Mbps, has been approved by the IEEE 802.11 Working
Group. Two approval steps remain within the consensus process followed
by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers before IEEE 802.11g
is completed. Final approval is expected in mid-June 2003 with publication
in late July 2003.
White House Releases ''National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace''
Systems, Inc., the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services,
applauded the Bush Administration following the formal release of the
National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace February 14. This Strategy contains
important recommendations for how government, industry, and the public
can work together to protect our nation's electronic infrastructure, the
nervous system of our national economy. Wind River especially supports
the Strategy's conclusion that "the United States must understand the
merits of, and obstacles to, moving to IPv6 and, based on that understanding,
identify a process for moving to an IPv6 based infrastructure." IPv6 is
a new Internet software protocol that will support better security, make
possible exciting new Internet products and services, and enable billions
of additional connections to the Internet. The Strategy recommends that
the Department of Commerce establish a task force to examine issues related
to IPv6 deployment.
Anthropomorphic Illusions in the Human-Computer Interface
proposes to take a bit of a ramble, to take the long way around the problem
of anthropomorphic illusions in human-computer interfaces. In fact, it
is my hope to 'encompass' the problem. This approach to the topic mirrors
the research that led to the line of thought that is explored here. The
ideas also developed a bit like a stroll through a garden. The path was
not aimless, but rather built of consecutive layers of thought and reflection
on topics that became progressively more focused.
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Linksys 802.11g Wireless Access Point
Linksys WAP54G, Wireless-G Access Point, 54Mbps wireless networking for your home or office. Almost 5 times as fast as 802.11b, and downward compatible!
Wireless-G is the upcoming 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless- B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country - but since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment.
Archos Ondio MP3/FM Radio Player & Recorder
Description: Archos Ondio is a mini MP3 and voice recorder/player with a built-in FM Radio and 128mb memory. Record your favorite songs from the Ondio built-in FM tuner into MP3, just as easily as you would with a cassette deck.
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