In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Which Mobile Technologies Should You Bet On In 2006?
2. Today's Top Story
- Google Video To Compete With Apple ITunes
- Google Introduces Software Starter Kit For PCs
- Google Adds Support To Viiv Technology
- Motorola Plans Cell-Phone Google Feature
3. Breaking News
- IT Services Experienced Strong Payroll Growth In 2005
- Patched Windows Bug Will Be Danger For Months
- FTC Nails Two Spyware Sellers For Tricking Users
- A Rare Glimpse Into Richard Stallman's World
- Microsoft Plans Two More Critical Patches Next Week
- Xerox Taps Data Mining To Improve Sales Forecasts
- Opinion: Wireless Technologies To Buy, Sell, And Hold In 2006
- CA Acquisition Targets Application Management
4. Grab Bag
- Microsoft Shuts Blog's Site After Complaints By Beijing
- Howard Stern To Get $220M In Sirius Stock
- Review: A New Palm Treo Uses Microsoft's Software, But It Doesn't Beat 650
5. In Depth: Consumer Electronics
- Apple Sues To Save Its iPod
- Yahoo Launches Content Service For Phones
- Creative Labs Touts Internet Phone That Doesn't Require A PC
- Commentary: What Is Viiv, Really?
- Lenovo Launches 11-Hour Laptops
- Intel Moves Into Entertainment Biz
- Intel Tips Viiv, Yonah In Consumer Push
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1. Editor's Note: Which Mobile Technologies Should You Bet On In 2006?
I don't have a good track record with regard to predictions about
mobile computing. This is probably because I am an immobile kind
of guy. I work from a home office adjacent to my bedroom, so most
days consist of getting up, going into the next room to work,
staying there all day, then going to the other side of the house
for supper and TV.
Unlike me, Dave Molta, of our sister magazine Network
Computing, does know something about mobile technologies, and
he has some predictions for which mobile technologies are likely to succeed in
2006. He likes 3G, RFID, and smart phones; thinks WiMax and
municipal Wi-Fi will be disappointing; and is ambivalent about
Even I could see the sense of public-access Wi-Fi. There was a
great deal of hooray when the first coffee shops enabled Wi-Fi
access for their customers, even more when the Starbucks chain
rolled it out nationwide, with some skeptics grumbling that it
was all a fad.
But that was in 2002, and then discussion faded, and
public-access Wi-Fi has quietly become something we all take for
granted. We know if we're on the road traveling (and even I leave
the house occasionally, if only to stock up on Diet Dr Pepper and
Lean Cuisine frozen dinners), we can count on finding somewhere
to pull over, open our laptop computers, and do a little work or
recreational Web surfing.
Ron Miller writes about the business experiences of cafes and
restaurants that install Wi-Fi for their customers. Miller
explains that Wi-Fi puts butts in seats--and, while those butts
are in seats, the hands and mouths attached to the butts are
likely to buy and consume some coffee and Danish. Moreover, Wi-Fi
users tend to come in when business is otherwise slow. The
pick-up-a-cup-of-coffee-on-the-way-to-work crowd trickles off by
about 9 a.m., but that's when the Wi-Fi users start coming in;
they populate the cafes--and buy some stuff--in the otherwise
quiet time between meals.
Public Wi-Fi is a very, very genteel and low-key aspect of
capitalism. Businesses give something away, trusting that they'll
get more back in return. For the consumer, nobody's hustling you
to buy! buy! buy! every three minutes.
The frenetic activity of the bazaar or stock market are certainly
invigorating, but there's also something nice about a quiet place
where you can sit, work, think, and people-watch.
And you get coffee and chocolate, too. What could be better
What do you think will be the hits and misses for mobile and
wireless technology this year? And here's a question for owners
of coffee shops, cafes, and other small restaurants: Do you offer
Google Video To Compete With Apple ITunes
Google will sell thousands of video downloads, including recent
TV broadcasts of popular CBS shows and pro basketball games, as
well as vintage episodes from old TV series. Google is trying to
be more flexible than Apple's iTunes by allowing content owners
to set their own prices.
Google Introduces Software Starter Kit For PCs
The "Google Pack" software bundle will include third-party apps
such as the Firefox browser, Adobe Reader, Norton AntiVirus, and
six of Google's own programs, including Desktop Search and the
Picasa image-management tool.
A Rare Glimpse Into Richard Stallman's World
In a series of interviews, the founder of the Free Software
Foundation discusses some of the thinking behind his crusades and
achievements in promoting free and open software.
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Commentary: What Is Viiv, Really?
Dissatisfied with the catchall explanation "technology platform,"
columnist Peter Clarke wades through 12 Intel press releases in a
bid for a better understanding and comes up empty.
Lenovo Launches 11-Hour Laptops
Lenovo revealed Thursday a pair of new ThinkPad notebooks that it says
can run 11 hours without a charge when equipped with a second battery.
Intel Tips Viiv, Yonah In Consumer Push
With an eye on the consumer market, Intel debuted a dual-core
processor, PC platform, and several content alliances that are
supposed to provide the foundation for digital entertainment and
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