Despite the constant drumbeat of bad security news, many users believe it's all a bunch of bunk designed to panic them into buying stuff they don't need. They're right. But that doesn't explain why so few protect themselves by encrypting their wireless access points... especially since it costs them nothing at all. After seeing a wardriving report on my community, I'm depressed.
Modernizing cellphone networks are forcing the elderly and handicapped to upgrade from cellphones they have used for years to the new breed of confusing devices with keys too small for aging eyes to see. I've found a few tricks you can use while you're waiting for America's too-slick cell phone marketers to catch up with the aging Baby Boom.
Should a small town offer free mobile municipal wireless? A midwestern city confronted with the question digs through the possibilities. The second meeting of our Wireless Task Force reveals that robust private efforts are already under way. A question is emerging: How far should a city go to bridge the digital divide?
Once again, everyone's talking about the patents aimed at Blackberry's heart. But this time, it's not just about Blackberry. Nearly everyone in the mobile industry is at risk from a slew of much tougher software patents, served up by Visto. When you see the patents, and compare them to the earlier patents that caused RIM to cave, you'll see why the cost of mobile email's on its way up.
Having barely escaped the patent wars, you can hardly blame BlackBerry's creators for wanting to take a breather. Unfortunately (for them), it's not going to happen. While they were focused on the battles at the front, Microsoft has been busy preparing the field for the next assault on RIM's Fortress of Profits. And its latest edition of the Mobile Messaging Guide for Exchange makes it clear. Redmond intends to take no prisoners.