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Any day now (November 24) you'll be able to change your mobile phone network and take your number with you, something that Europeans have been doing for awhile. The networks hate it. As long as you were tied to your number you were tied to their network, and changing networks might mean changing everything from Web sites to business cards, so most people didn't bother. Once you can take your number with you, things get much easier, though it remains to be seen how much paperwork will be required. New York is planning to offer a map of the city, showing the coverage offered by different cellular networks, to help people see which company suits them best, and surveys have indicated that over half of you will change your network once you can take your number with you. The reality will certainly be less than that, but there's no denying that network operators are going ... (more)

21st Century Wireless Tools: Working in a Networked World…

Companies are always risking their business, betting on what will be happening next year, and how they can make money out of it. The trick is to get it right. We all know that we work in a fast-moving industry. Even before wireless communications raced ahead, the IT field was already moving too quickly for most industry commentators - fast enough in fact to make a fool of anyone rash enough to try to predict future developments. From the famous IBM statement that the total world market for computers amounted to no more than 20 units, to Bill Gates saying that no one could ever... (more)

Playing Games on Handhelds

Mobile games are often seen as the killer application for 3G phones, not to mention the driving force behind advances in hardware and device architecture (as games have been on desktop systems for years). But while devices specifically designed for mobile gaming, such as the Nintendo Gameboy, have their place, the market for games on multifunction devices, such as PDAs and phones, is still largely unproven. This article looks at the current state of play in mobile gaming, and the next developments, in an attempt to identify the potential market for such applications. The success... (more)

Pandora's Box

When Pandora was given gifts from the gods, she had many wonderful things, but she also had a box that she was told never to open. The box contained all the bad things in the world, and as long as it stayed closed, the world was a wonderful place full of joy and happiness. But Pandora's curiosity got the better of her, and she couldn't resist opening it just a little to see what was inside. However, the box couldn't be opened "just a little," and all the wrongs in the world flooded out, creating the world we see around us. Just as she snapped the box closed again, one more thing ... (more)

What Is the 'Wired Advantage'?

It was quite a wireless Christmas in 2003, with wireless speakers; a wireless headset that's (apparently) all done with magnets; a wireless thermometer (so we can tell the temperature outside without leaving the house - very important here in the Highlands); and even a round flying thing that uses infrared for its remote control (yes, you do have to point the remote at it, which is half the fun). It seems that wireless communications are being added to just about everything, and as far as I can see it's all for the good. Of course, with all these wireless devices talking to each o... (more)