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Two new products from DDH Software take us one step further from our desktops, but is remote access really that useful? DDH Software released two new programs recently, a Runtime for their venerable HandBase software and a truly new application, Mobile TS, which allows Palm users to connect to Windows PCs and control them from anywhere. I'll save the Mobile TS fireworks for last and start with the new version of HandBase, since my programming career started (and ended) with dBASE, one of the original database programs for microcomputers. HandBase is the popular award-winning relational database program for Palm and Pocket PC handhelds. Like the old dBASE program, you can build just about any application with it in short order, and there are lots of applications and samples available to use in building your own programs. The latest version offers a new forms builder ... (more)

The Future of Wi-Fi

WBT's Ron Dennis interviews Zaga Novakovic on what it's like trying to find a hotspot when you're really off the beaten track. Zaga Novakovic is a traveler both in the physical world and in time. She is comfortable in Thailand, in Paris, and in the future. One of her jobs is looking into the future of wireless networking, or, more accurately, looking into our future to see how Wi-Fi fits into it. Zaga's report is available for several thousand dollars at the Mind Commerce Web site at and it is well worth the fee. I managed to get an excerpt of this article a... (more)

First Look at New Long-Range Wi-Fi Technology

My first encounter with a microcomputer was thrilling. I didn't know about "disruptive technology" yet (it was 1979), but it certainly changed my life. I dreamed of carrying a computer around with me all the time. The same thing happened the first time I saw a Web browser. More recently, the day I finally got a Wi-Fi connection to work, I wandered around yelling, "Look at this!" Then I wandered too far and the Internet stopped. "Aw, look at that!" I cried. But I am now dreaming the dream. You know the one. High-speed Internet, all the time. But there are big-time challenges locati... (more)

Vivato Announces New Wi-Fi Switch Products

Vivato, a company that has revolutionized the Wi-Fi world, has now announced their actual products - an indoor and outdoor version of their Wi-Fi switches - and a lot more technical information about how they work. When I wrote about Vivato in last November's Wireless Business & Technology (v.2, n.9), we were one of the first publications to cover the launch of the company's revolutionary "Wi-Fi Switch" that extended the range of a single wireless access point to cover entire buildings, yet was compatible with all the 802.11 standards. It was a "first look" article. The actual pr... (more)

Building out Wi-Fi

Cometa Networks is building out wholesale hotspots for the enterprise market - and selling them to customers who then retail them to the enterprise market. In this exclusive WBT interview, Cometa's cofounder and interim CEO, Larry Brilliant, talks to Wi-Fi editor Ron Dennis about "Project Rainbow" and about what suddenly becomes possible within the wireless space when your founding partners include some of the largest businesses in the world. When you've eradicated a scourge like smallpox from the world, what do you do for an encore? If you're Larry Brilliant, interim CEO of Comet... (more)