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  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Converged mobile systems promise cost savings

    Suppliers will use 3GSM to showcase a range of converged mobile devices. Avaya, Alcatel, Cisco, Motorola and Nokia are among suppliers set to discuss how they have integrated 3G mobile handsets with Wi-Fi, fixed lines and IP-based private branch ...

  • February 13, 2006 13 Feb'06

    Chip manufacturers join forces to support combined 3G/Wi-Fi

    Atheros Communications and Qualcomm have joined forces to develop and manufacture a range of wireless chips that can be used in phones operating on both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Virgin promises Wi-Fi to overcome connectivity problems

    Virgin Trains is planning to roll out Wi-Fi services on its trains, despite many users of mobile data cards and even mobile phone users complaining of difficulties in getting an adequate connection on existing services.

  • February 10, 2006 10 Feb'06

    Phones at risk of drive by attacks

    A number of mobile phones from Sony Ericsson are vulnerable to remote attack from a “drive-by” technique.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Symbian mobiles targeted by three Trojans

    Three new malicious Trojans aimed at mobile phones running the Symbian operating system have been released into the wild.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Wal-Mart tests RFID data integration system

    Retailer Wal-Mart is testing a system to integrate data taken from radio frequency identification tags with automated electronic data interchange information.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    Doubts over returns hinder RFID take-up

    Few Western European manufacturing, retail, wholesale, and logistics companies piloted or were planning to pilot radio frequency identification technology in 2005.

  • January 24, 2006 24 Jan'06

    First draft for 802.11n due to be approved

    The IEEE standards committee is expected to adopt a first draft of the 802.11n specification this week. The 802.11n specification is designed to improve the bandwidth of wireless networks, supporting at least 100mbps, according to the IEEE.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    Fast Wi-Fi speeds on the way

    Much higher Wi-Fi speeds are on the way, following a decision by the IEEE standards body to approve the 802.11n standard.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Potential WiMax users left waiting

    The certification of the first official WiMax long-range wireless broadband has been delayed.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    RFID growing fast

    A report by analyst Regan, Jacob and Sydney says 2006 will be the year when radio frequency identification (RFID) crosses the chasm into mainstream maturity.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Wal-Mart advances its RFID system

    Wal-Mart Stores is testing a system to integrate data taken from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags with automated electronic data interchange (EDI) information.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    RFID tagging used to fight back against counterfeit drug problem

    The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly using radio frequency identification tags to control prescription distribution, a meeting of the BCS South Wales branch heard earlier this month.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Western Europe sees gradual RFID take-up

    Western European companies are still at the early stages of implementing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, but the take-up is gradually going up.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Wi-Fi security flaw hits Windows

    A Microsoft Windows feature that allows PCs to automatically search for Wi-Fi connections could be exploited by hackers.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    MPs blast parliament's IT

    The House of Commons Administration Committee has slammed the IT facilities available to new MPs and called on Westminster to consider making a secure wireless Lan available.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Bodies link to reduce net frequency clashes

    Wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between technologies.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Wi-Fi phone offers IP calls via hotspots

    Vonage has launched a Wi-Fi phone that subscribers to its voice over IP service can use to make phone calls using public wireless hotspots.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Pfizer to use RFID to beat counterfeiters

    Pfizer is to start using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on its US shipments of Viagra to help tackle counterfeiters of the male sexual performance drug.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    US begins major RFID passport trial

    As the debate rumbles on around the use of smartcards and advanced biometrics as a means of establishing identity within organisations, the US government is making strides to take such technologies into the public domain.

  • January 05, 2006 05 Jan'06

    Skype launches Wi-Fi VoIP phone

    Skype and Netgear are the latest firms to offer a Wi-Fi phone that works on voice over IP networks.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    New Wi-Fi hotspots to support four million users

    Wi-Fi operator The Cloud is creating widespread wireless hotspots in a clutch of UK towns and cities.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    US tests RFID passports at San Francisco airport

    The US Department of Homeland Security is to begin a major trial of passports embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips at San Francisco International Airport this month.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Use of Wi-Fi up but concerns over hotspot cost and security remain

    Sales of Wi-Fi-enabled devices have increased 64% this year and will exceed 120 million units before the year is out, according to research firm In-Stat. But analysts said many organisations are still wary of the technology.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Wireless groups work together to improve performance

    Several wireless networking trade groups are joining forces to improve data networking speeds and reduce interference between their technologies.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Vonage launches Wi-Fi phone

    Vonage is this week launching a Wi-Fi phone that subscribers to its voice over IP service can use to make phone calls using wireless hot spots in public spaces.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Stock exchange offers web service for SMEs

    The London Stock Exchange has developed a hosted web service to give firms with a small market capitalisation and those listed on the alternative investment market a cost-effective online investor relations presence.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Panasonic dumps GSM for 3G Linux

    Panasonic is ending development of GSM mobile phones and will concentrate instead on 3G Linux-based phones, which are already popular in Asia.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Huge growth in demand for Wi-Fi devices

    Sales of Wi-Fi-enabled devices have increased 64% this year and will exceed 120m units before the year is out.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Docklands spawns Europe's biggest Wi-Fi zone

    The busiest commercial district of London’s Docklands in now one big Wi-Fi zone after experts were brought in create an optimised network for the Canary Wharf area.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Step 6: Configuring wireless clients

    With wireless networks proliferating it is a good idea to understand what it takes to build a VPN for a wireless gateway. Contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey details the necessary steps in this step-by-step guide.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Step 2: Server placement

    With wireless networks proliferating it is a good idea to understand what it takes to build a VPN for a wireless gateway. Contributor and Microsoft MVP Brien Posey details the necessary steps in this step-by-step guide.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Wireless security: Public Wi-Fi could open security holes

    A Michigan county is working to give everyone within its borders wireless Internet access. But when it comes to security, users are on their own.

  • November 20, 2005 20 Nov'05

    Wireless security crucial to railway safety

    A transportation firm uses wireless technology to keep the trains running on time. But securing mobile devices isn't easy when they're spread across the globe.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    Wireless security: Companies deal with software updates

    A health care provider found it could use wireless technology to dramatically boost patient care. But first it had to figure out how to deploy security updates over a wireless network.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    Cisco enters municipal Wi-Fi market

    Cisco is trying to carve out a piece of the growing wireless municipal broadband market by launching a new range of wireless “mesh” network products.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Ofcom brings down cost of RFID

    UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has set aside free spectrum to allow users to introduce cheaper and more flexible radio frequency identification tagging.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Cisco alerts users to security flaw affecting large Wi-Fi networks

    Users have been warned of a security flaw in Cisco wireless local area network controllers that could allow attackers to send malicious traffic on secured Wi-Fi networks.

  • November 10, 2005 10 Nov'05

    Ofcom enables cheaper and flexible RFID

    UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has set aside free spectrum to allow users to introduce cheaper and more flexible radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Sun plans RFID system to track non-networked technology assets

    Sun is planning a radio frequency identification system that will combine the abilities of its existing IT asset management platforms with RFID to track IT equipment that is not connected to a network. The system can be applied to tracking other ...

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    Cisco patches Wi-Fi hole

    Cisco has closed a security flaw in its wireless Lan controllers could let attackers send malicious traffic to secured Wi-Fi networks.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    News in brief

    Short takes from this week's news

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Sun plans pervasive RFID

    Sun is planning a radio frequency identification (RFID) system that will combine the abilities of its existing IT asset management platforms with RFID to track non-networked items such as hospital equipment and office furniture.

  • October 24, 2005 24 Oct'05

    Users look for better IT from logistics suppliers

    Users of third-party logistics companies are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with some of their providers' IT capabilities, according to a global study of 1,100 companies.

  • October 24, 2005 24 Oct'05

    Waiting for the WiMax wireless revolution

    WiMax promises to reduce costs and extend the range of mobile internet access. But with many obstacles still to overcome, it will not be viable for business just yet .

  • October 24, 2005 24 Oct'05

    Market in RFID technology set to expand

    The world market in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for retail generated revenues of more than $400m (£2,265m) last year and are expected to increase to more than 10 times that figure by 2011, new research has revealed.

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Standard aims to boost voice over IP quality

    A specification that should improve the quality of voice and video data on wireless local area networks has received approval from the IEEE.

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Wireless guest access gets security boost

    An access control product from Bluesocket makes it easier for network admins to provide secure and differentiated guest access to wireless networks and manage traffic flow.

  • October 17, 2005 17 Oct'05

    Consortium wants standard for high-speed wireless Lans

    The Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) has published its draft specification, designed to quickly bring to market higher-speed wireless Lans.

  • October 12, 2005 12 Oct'05

    BEA acquires RFID specialist

    BEA Systems has acquired radio frequency identification (RFID) middleware solutions company ConnecTerra for an undisclosed sum.

  • October 11, 2005 11 Oct'05

    Kimberly-Clark trials SAP RFID

    Hygiene product company Kimberly-Clark is trialling a radio frequency identification system jointly developed with enterprise software firm SAP. The ERP supplier said the technology would be the foundation for its next generation of RFID software ...

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Wi-Fi standards battle hots up

    Leading Wi-Fi chip manufacturers are to introduce a new transmission technology in an attempt to force through a faster solution via the standards process.

  • October 07, 2005 07 Oct'05

    Getting the blues from Bluetooth

    It seems as if security goes in one ear and out of the other when supposedly 'security- aware' office workers leave their buildings and turn on their mobiles and PDAs.

  • October 06, 2005 06 Oct'05

    WiFi voice and video quality standard wins approval

    A specification that should improve the quality of voice and video on wireless Lans has received approval from the IEEE standards body.

  • October 06, 2005 06 Oct'05

    Maspro extends WiFi range to rival WiMax

    A Japanese manufacturer of wireless communications equipment has developed a transmission system for 802.11-based WiFi networks that rivals the new long-range WiMax technology.

  • October 03, 2005 03 Oct'05

    News in brief

    Short takes from this week's news

  • October 03, 2005 03 Oct'05

    Meadowhall takes control of wireless airspace

    Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield has enlisted wireless specialist Red-M to develop a wireless data operating policy to control the access and management of its airspace.

  • September 30, 2005 30 Sep'05

    Siemens buys Garderos for wireless integration platform

    Siemens has strengthened its wireless broadband offering to operators with the takeover of Garderos for an undisclosed sum.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    PDAs and mobiles left open to 'Bluesnarfing'

    Businesses are at risk of losing confidential data to hackers asoffice workers leave their Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and mobile phones unsecured.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    Meadowhall takes control of its wireless airspace

    Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield has brought in wireless specialist Red-M to develop a wireless data operating policy to control the access and management of its airspace.

  • September 23, 2005 23 Sep'05

    Bluetooth-toting workers vulnerable to data attacks

    Businesses are at risk of losing confidential data to hackers as office workers leave their Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and mobile phones unsecured.

  • September 22, 2005 22 Sep'05

    Free Wi-Fi access firm launches

    Free-hotspot.com has launched this week to build a free Wi-Fi access network for business travellers and consumers.

  • September 20, 2005 20 Sep'05

    Cisco integrates RFID into switches and routers

    Cisco Systems has unveiled plans to integrate RFID (radio frequency identification) capabilities in its switches and routers.

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    UCLH builds UK's biggest Wi-Fi network

    University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Trust has created the UK’s largest single wireless network to support 7,000 users across eight hospitals.

  • September 14, 2005 14 Sep'05

    HP and Philips push global RFID standard

    HP and Philips have teamed up to promote the adoption of a worldwide standard for RFID (radio frequency identification) systems.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Travellers spurn Wi-Fi

    Just 17% of UK business travellers use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the internet.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Italy rolls out Europe's biggest WiMax trial

    The Italian government is rolling out Europe’s biggest ever public trial of the WiMax long-range wireless broadband technology.

  • September 09, 2005 09 Sep'05

    Data firms settle RFID intellectual property rights dispute

    Two automated data capture firms have settled an intellectual property rights dispute over radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    Business travellers spurn Wi-Fi

    Less than a fifth of UK business travellers use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the internet while travelling.

  • September 05, 2005 05 Sep'05

    Extending perimeters

    The news that, up until 2006, 70% of successful wireless local area network (WLAN) attacks will be because of the misconfiguration of WLAN access points and client software is disquieting on a number of levels.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    Suppliers must look beyond RFID compliance, analyst says

    Companies dabbling with RFID technology to meet compliance mandates must look at the broader picture to find ROI, according to an analyst at Boston-based Yankee Group.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    RFID secrets: SAP customers tweak systems for RFID, part 1

    In part one of a two-part interview, Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    RFID secrets: SAP customers tweak systems for RFID, part 2

    Taylor Erickson, an SAP supply chain and ERP expert, explains how SAP customers are readying their applications and data architecture for RFID.

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    Companies still seeking ROI in RFID

    Attendees at the RFID Journal Live conference in Chicago are trying to make a business case for deploying the technology beyond meeting compliance mandates.

  • August 31, 2005 31 Aug'05

    DefCon and Black Hat wireless hackers foiled

    Hackers at the recently held DefCon and Black Hat security conferences in Las Vegas failed to hack the wireless networks set up for the events, despite challenges from the organisers.

  • August 31, 2005 31 Aug'05

    Canary Wharf to offer full Wi-Fi coverage

    London business district Canary Wharf will go live with one of Europe's largest Wi-Fi zones, spanning a 97 acre site, at the end of September.

  • August 30, 2005 30 Aug'05

    Cardiff Airport offers Wi-Fi access

    Cardiff International Airport has gone live with a Wi-Fi broadband wireless network.

  • August 24, 2005 24 Aug'05

    Wimax wireless trial to roll out in the Midlands

    Internet service provider Pipex and wireless networking firm Airspan are to roll out a wireless broadband trial in the Midlands using Wimax technology.

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    More radio spectrum for RFID devices

    Ofcom has increased the amount of radio spectrum available for use by radio frequency identification (RFID) equipment used to track items in the supply chain. But the move has not addressed concerns about the international compatibility of RFID tags.

  • August 16, 2005 16 Aug'05

    UPS invests in RFID asset tracking

    Parcel giant UPS has taken a stake in US-based G2 Microsystems, which makes radio frequency identification (RFID) chips for managing and tracking mobile devices over Wi-Fi networks.

  • August 09, 2005 09 Aug'05

    Ofcom extends radio spectrum on licence-exempt basis for RFID

    Ofcom will make more of the radio spectrum available for use by radio frequency identification technology on a licence-exempt basis.

  • August 02, 2005 02 Aug'05

    Wireless security: Why such a bad rap?

    The state of WiFi security might not be as bad as you think. If you listen to panelists at the CIO Decisions conference, wireless security isn't an oxymoron.

  • August 02, 2005 02 Aug'05

    Tibco links RFID data to ERP apps

    Tibco Software has introduced software for integrating radio frequency identification data with enterprise applications.

  • August 02, 2005 02 Aug'05

    Virgin to pilot RFID aircraft parts tracking system at Heathrow

    Virgin Atlantic is to test a radio frequency identification tagging system for tracking parts used in aircraft maintenance and repair at its Heathrow Airport store.

  • July 26, 2005 26 Jul'05

    OWASP Guide to Building Secure Web Applications and Web Services, Chapter 13: Interpreter Injection

    Follow this chapter of the OWASP Guide to Building Secure Web Applications and Web Services to ensure that applications are secure from well-known parameter manipulation attacks against common interpreters.

  • July 22, 2005 22 Jul'05

    Orange delivers next-generation 3G mobile office card with wi-fi technology

    New technology delivers faster Internet access, flexibility and simpler management

  • July 08, 2005 08 Jul'05

    Wi-Fi hacker charged

    Police in the US have arrested a Florida man for an alleged Wi-Fi hack.

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Faster Java RFID readers from Sun

    Sun Microsystems has launched an improved range of Java-enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) reader platforms to deliver faster processing times.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    'Get in the game now to win future benefits' RFID standards body leader urges users

    The organisation driving standards to make radio frequency identification (RFID) a widely applied technology has warned dithering companies not to expect a free ride in gaining the benefits of the technology

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    Drugs giant pushes on to beat counterfeiters

    Astrazeneca sees the adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) by its supply chain as vital to counter the increasing threat of organised crime in counterfeiting pharmaceutical products.

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    Wal-Mart woos SMEs

    Radio frequency identification trailblazer Wal-Mart has urged SMEs to adopt the technology, insisting that it is not only big business that stands to gain.

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    German store beats Tesco to Gen 2 RFID

    German retailer Metro Group has installed a fully functioningsecond generation radio frequency identification (RFID) system at its Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany.

  • June 14, 2005 14 Jun'05

    Nokia and Avaya offer companies cheaper mobile call costs

    Avaya and Nokia have developed a solution to allow companies to cut their mobile calling costs.

  • June 14, 2005 14 Jun'05

    BT & Microsoft join forces on RFID

    BT & Microsoft join forces on RFID and M&S is its first customer

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