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(January 7, 2002) - What can you do today that will take you two hours, requires you to have access to the Esplanade Ballroom of San Francisco's Moscone Center, and is described--at www.apple.com--as "big...even by our standards"? The answer: attend today's MacWorld keynote address by Mr Stephen Jobs. Speculation is rife as to what has caused Apple to move up the Steve Jobs keynote so that it now opens the whole show this morning, and doubtless there are changes/updates to the iMac line afoot that may explain a great deal of the hype. But there's one widely recurring thought that will interest readers of WBT who read our item "Forget Laptops, Here Come Hiptops" back in September (Sept. 8, 2001 http://www.sys-con.com/wireless/news.cfm?id=52) about the Palo Alto startup Danger, Inc., and its much talked-about Hiptop wireless device: what if Apple were shortly to be sn... (more)

Off The Wires

When Is a Dish Not a Dish? Getting satellite TV on the move probably isn't at the top of most people's list of must-have technologies, but it's nice to know it's possible. The Cross Country antenna is less of a Dish and more of a Plate, enabling it to pick up satellite broadcasts on the move. More interesting is the technology behind it. The Smart Antenna chip from Motia increases reception and broadcast signal strength (though obviously the Plate is reception only) regardless of the radio technology being used. Using four physical antennas (though for Wi-Fi these are generally s... (more)

Macromedia To Distribute Flash-Based Mobile Apps Developed Using BREW

"Delivering Flash content and applications on BREW will help us achieve our mission to provide a solution that supports the development of a new generation of creative, innovative and visually stunning content, communications and applications," said Al Ramadan, executive vice president and general manager, mobile and devices, Macromedia, as QUALCOMM and Macromedia announced an agreement under which Macromedia may distribute Flash-based mobile applications developed using the BREW solution. "Macromedia believes that great mobile experiences build great business," Ramadan added. In... (more)

Nokia Supports Polkomtel in Launching HSDPA in Poland

Nokia has supported Polish mobile operator Polkomtel in launching its commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in the Warsaw area. The Nokia HSDPA solution enables Polkomtel to offer its customers mobile data services at speeds of up to five times faster than its current WCDMA speed and still operate the network in a cost-efficient way. "We at Polkomtel take pride in offering our customers the best quality and the most advanced services, so upgrading our 3G network to HSDPA was a natural step," says Thomas Eberle, Chief Technical Officer, Polkomtel. "Rapid rol... (more)

Amsterdam Regional Community College Uses Cisco Service- Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) to Deliver Connected Learning

Cisco has announced that it has been chosen by the largest community college in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Regional Community College (Regionaal Opleidingencentrum van Amsterdam or ROCvA), to provide voice, mobility and security services for delivering teacher tools and innovative 'connected learning' applications to 3,500 staff and 35,000 students across 67 locations. Wireless technology is being used to provide an electronic learning environment in two locations, including a major new building on Fraijlemaborg Street. ROCvA was established as a foundation under Dutch law at... (more)