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Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider's Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications reviewed by Bill Ray Authors: Brent A. Miller, Chatschik Bisdikian, Anders Edlund Publisher: Prentice Hall ISBN: 0-13-090294-2 Paperback: 320 pages Bluetooth is a new protocol designed to replace the tangle of wires that seems to accompany all technical advances.  Operating over radio, it's not limited to line-of-sight and is destined for everything from keyboard connections to wireless Internet surfing. Clearly a standard was necessary to achieve the ubiquity it needed. Thus the Bluetooth Special Internet Group (SIG) was born to define this new standard in communications. The first product of that Consortium, the Bluetooth standard version 1.0, was published in July 1999 and made available free from the Bluetooth Web site (www.bluetooth.com). The standard covers everyth... (more)

Games Without Frontiers

The games industry is a horrible place to find yourself, long hours working on projects that might just be the next big thing, but probably won't be. Very little recognition and not much money for the developers who can spend several years working on the same title, only to have the project pulled when a competitor comes out with something too similar or the customer's insane demands go too far. But the rewards can be huge, the market is obvious, and the revenue streams established, so it's no great surprise that the wireless world is poised to enter the games business with a ven... (more)

Over-the-Rainbow Promises of Mobile Entertainment - Security remains an issue

Now that I've got my satellite uplink working, it's time for some luxuries here in Scotland, the first of which will be central heating. Coal is not the fuel of the future, and going out every morning to fill the scuttle isn't something I'll miss. First to arrive is an oil tank - our fuel still had to be stored on-site - and with it, what appears to be an electricity plug with an aerial on top. Closer inspection reveals this is our oil-level indicator, which picks up a wireless transmission from the tank in the garden and alerts us when we need to get another delivery. It may not... (more)

Who Would You Trust?

Everyone is looking for our trust at the moment. Schemes for digitally signing applications seem to be popping up like gophers across the mobile landscape, each of them confident that we'll place our trust in their authority. Microsoft, of course, has been trying to convince us to only trust applications and drivers signed by them on our desktops. Now Symbian will be signing applications for our phones while Nokia has launched their own scheme (called "Nokia OK") to demonstrate that the application meets with their approval. While the lack of granular security in Symbian (once a... (more)

Getting the Whole Picture

Is it possible to get an entire film onto a mobile phone or PDA? Would it be a practical viewing experience? We started with a DVD, then used only free software in an attempt to view the film on a Nokia 3650 handset, a Microsoft Pocket PC device, and a PalmPilot. Everyone seems to be talking about getting video into your pocket, from network operators to the latest Silicon Valley startup. The dream of being able to watch videos in the palm of your hand (or, more importantly, to collect revenues from users watching movies on the move) is alive and well. Of course, no one knows wh... (more)