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I’ve been having a great time lately running around with my new wireless-enabled
notebook computer, checking out various Wi-Fi hotspots in the Portland and the Seattle area. My machine uses the new Centrino technology with its Pentium M processor, wireless chipset and network card developed specifically to seamlessly connect users to wireless networks and the Internet. It is very convenient to not need a phone line or cable to get online in public areas such as cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, airports, downtown business districts, malls, retail stores or hotels that provide access to a wireless network. The popularity of this type of connectivity is hard to overlook. Intel projects that there will be 10,000 such locations in the U.S. by the end of the year. According to an emerging wireless research firm, by 2009 there will be more than 700,000 hotspots worldwide. Although many of the public hotspots are run by companies such as T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless who charge connection fees, it is not too difficult to locate Wi-Fi locations that offer free wireless Internet access in most major cities by looking them up in the Wi-Fi-FreeSpot
Directory http://www.wififreespot.com. You can also find all hotspot locations in many countries from JiWire’s directory http://www.jiwire.com. The listing tells how much it costs to connect, or if it is free.
Wi-Fi technology, based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, still needs much improvement in standardizing various security methods, which are a concern to many users. These improvements will come in time because they are driven by demand, but in the meanwhile, users can either expect to pay for certain secure connection, or to just use precaution in not storing sensitive information on the computer they use to connect wirelessly. Wireless hotspots will also become increasingly available in outdoor public areas. “Mesh networking” is a newly developing technology which deploys large outdoor networks using special wireless mesh routers and 802-11-compliant radios to “unwire” the Ethernet infrastructure.
To recap a recent theme I have presented in this eNewsletter, the nation’s
leading trade association for the U.S. high-tech industry, the Electronic
industries Alliance (EIA), has just unveiled an interesting document, “The
Technology Industry at an Innovation Crossroads.” It is an attempt
to draw back media and politician’s attention from the now overdone
issue of worldwide sourcing to what it calls two more critical issues – the
future of high-tech innovation in the U.S. and the new threat posed
by ‘innovation nations’ China and India. Information for obtaining
this free document is available in its article below.
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Hotspots to Generate More Than $11 Billion in 2009
San Diego, California
There will be more than 700,000 hotspots worldwide by 2009 and these
will generate $11.4 billion in both subscriber and hotspot driven venue
oriented revenues at this time, according to recent research by emerging
wireless research firm, ON World Inc. While hotspot deployments are
accelerating worldwide, there are key differences among geographical
Wireless Mesh Router to Enable Instant Networks in All Environments
Los Gatos, California
Firetide, a leader in mesh networking for quickly, easily and
affordably deploying large wireless networks, has announced the HotPoint
1000R wireless mesh router designed for outdoor network deployments.
The HotPoint 1000R is based on Firetide's mesh networking technology
which uses advanced routing technologies and IEEE 802.11-compliant
radios to "unwire" the Ethernet infrastructure. Firetide's
HotPoint(TM) Wireless Mesh Routers replace Ethernet cabling and form
a Wireless Instant Network(TM), which eliminates costly and time-consuming
provisioning and creates a self-configuring, self-healing mesh network.
Firetide networks scale and self-configure instantly by simply plugging
HotPoint routers into standard AC power outlets, providing a simple
and reliable alternative to standard Ethernet cable.
Park Project Launches Free Wi-Fi Service on Capitol Hill
The Open Park Project, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit, launched the
first public outdoor wireless Internet hotspot in the nation's capital
in May. The free service provides coverage in front of the Supreme
Court, the Library of Congress and the Capitol Visitors' Center site.
The Capitol Hill hotspot is the initial step in Open Park's plan to
provide free public wireless Internet service across the National Mall.
Open Park is using the popular Wi-Fi technology employed in home networks
and coffee shops. The group's free hotspot "will give the public
outside the Capitol the same quick Internet access for research, email
and news that their representatives enjoy inside their offices," said
Open Park's co-founder, Greg Staple, a Washington communications lawyer. "It's
a hotspot for democracy," said Staple.
a National Technology Strategy: EIA to Present Policy Playbook Addressing
the Future of the U.S. High-Tech Innovation Economy
The issue of worldwide sourcing has become a major topic in the
media and on the campaign trail in 2004, but two other issues need
even more attention and action from policymakers: 1) the future of
innovation in the U.S. and 2) global competitiveness for the U.S. high-tech
industry in the face of new economic rivalries from potential 'innovation
nations' such as China and India. What is the future of innovation
in the U.S.? What investments are necessary if the U.S. is to improve
its innovation infrastructure by developing and implementing a national
Computer Products & Services Firms Ranked on How They
Treat Online Customers in Spring 2004 Online Customer Respect Study
Results Mixed: One-Third Don't Respond to Inquiries; Almost One-Third
Share Personal Data With Third Parties Without Permission
The Customer Respect Group, an international research and consulting
firm that focuses on how corporations treat their customers online,
today released the results of its Spring 2004 Online Customer Respect
Study of 61 computer products and services firms that rank among the
countries largest 1000 companies. Overall, Hewlett-Packard and Science
Applications International scored highest, while Brightpoint scored
of Email Fraud and Phishing Attacks Increase by 180%
Redwood City, California
Tumbleweed Communications Corp. and the Anti-Phishing Working Group
today released the "Phishing Attack Trends Report" for April
2004, an analysis of phishing scam attacks submitted to www.antiphishing.org,
the Internet's most comprehensive archive of email fraud and phishing
attacks. This analysis identifies that email fraud and phishing attacks
grew by more than 180% in April, with an average of almost 38 new,
unique attacks sent out to millions of consumers each day. Phishing
attacks use 'spoofed' e-mails and fraudulent websites to fool recipients
into divulging personal financial data such as credit card numbers,
account usernames and passwords, social security numbers, etc. By hijacking
the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers, ISPs and
credit card companies, phishers are able to convince up to 5% of recipients
to respond to them. The result of these scams is that consumers suffer
credit card fraud, identity theft, and financial loss.
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