Remember all the talk about outsourcing and offshoring, building virtual corporations in the same way Hollywood assembles disparate groups to make a movie? That’s become passé now, or at least more of a background to the larger issue of globalization.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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The Future in Review panel entitled "The Future of WiMax" began with Nicolas Kauser, President, Clearwire saying that the wireless technology is overhyped and overpromised. The WiMax protocol 802.
I couldn't resist commenting on the latest phishing attempt to show up in my inbox. As with many phishing attempts, it displays a legitimate looking eBay URL.
The morning session at The Future in Review didn't really shed much light on VoIP futures. It started with an interview by host Mark Anderson with Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron and Cisco CTO Charles Giancarlo, CTO.
E3, the annual gaming industry conference, was in Los Angeles last week, and many celebrated the coming evolution of gaming from its core target audience (mostly young and male) to a new audience encompassing more age groups and genders. Driving this will be the power provided by the new gaming consoles, which will enable whole new levels of realism in game play.
Mark Anderson, founder and publisher of the Strategic News Service (SNS), opened his Future In Review (FIRe) conference Monday night in San Diego with a comparison to D3, a concurrent Wall Street Journal-sponsored conference featuring Steve Jobs, also happening near San Diego. FIRe has an incredible line up of presenters, and I will be blogging from the event this week.
Mainsoft launched a free Visual Studio .Net plug-in called Grasshopper and a developer community forum for creating Web applications and Web services that run on Linux, Windows and Java platforms.
Andrew McAfee, an associate professor in the technology and operations management unit at Harvard Business School, has been studying who uses Web services and why. More interesting, perhaps, are his insights into why using Web services remains hard.
Three weeks ago, when I penned my third piece on how Microsoft is very much poised to dominate the media player and authoring landscape (the other two posts are here, and here, and there's also a video of my whiteboard session on the topic), I had no idea what Microsoft had waiting in the wings. First, its announcement with Philips and second, the launch of the next version of its mobile operating platform (code-named Magneto, but officially Windows Mobile 5.
The National Information and Communications Technology Australia lab in Canberra has developed a driver's "assistant" that automatically reads speed limit signs and alerts the driver if he exceeds the posted speed. It also detects stop signs and signals an alert if the car isn't slowing down rapidly enough.