Stories by Keith Shaw

  • Can you stop the iPhone now, IT?

    One of my initial thoughts after hearing about the iPhone 3G was, "Hmmm, I wonder how the enterprise is going to keep this device out of the office." Last year, the checklist of reasons why IT shouldn't support it was pretty long, but Apple appears to have seen the lists and solved lots of these items.

  • CES - Another batch of gadgets

    Just when you've figured out the settings on your latest smart phone, digital camera or GPS device from last holiday, along comes this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with a whole new batch of electronic goodies to get you ready for 2008. Here's a bunch of new items I can't wait to see at the show:

  • Fujitsu aims for mini computing

    Instead of calling its LifeBook U1010 an ultraportable or ultramobile portable PC, Fujitsu calls it a mini-notebook, which might be more of a marketing term than a specific product category.

  • Staying happy and cool at CES

    A canceled flight, big crowds, long cab lines and even lost luggage couldn't deter my enthusiasm at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, the annual trade show that gets bigger each year. Among the large TVs (Samsung was showing the world's first 102-inch TV screen), digital cameras and home theater speakers were some pretty cool network and storage devices. While some of these products might not be out for a few months, the following devices and technologies got me pumped up:

  • HP launches a pack of new iPaqs

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) next week takes the cover off a range of new PDAs and other mobile devices, including a converged device that combines wireless LAN connectivity, wide-area wireless and personal-area networking.

  • Adventures in broadband video

    These days, the best thing about broadband isn’t the speed — it’s the cool new applications you get to run on top of it.

  • Toshiba launches an entry-level Pocket PC

    Toshiba's Computer Systems Group in the US has announced availability of the Pocket PC e310, a $US399 colour PDA aimed at first-time PDA buyers or value-conscious buyers looking for a device beyond personal information manager functionality.

  • Magnetic stripe card reader for the iPAQ

    Semtek Innovative Solutions recently launched its iSwipe, a magnetic stripe card reader for Compaq iPAQ handhelds. With the iSwipe, an iPAQ connected with a wireless modem can become a mobile credit-card-processing terminal.

  • Apple launches MP3 player

    Apple Computer recently launched its iPod MP3 music player, which boasts the ability to pack up to 1000 songs into an ultraportable, 6.5-ounce device that can fit into a pocket. It comes with a 5GB hard drive and features up to 20 minutes of shock protection for non-stop playback when running or biking, for example.

  • Strong results revive Oracle

    Oracle's stock price bounced back last week after the company announced strong year-end financial results, but some analysts remained cautious over a potential slowdown in revenue because of year 2000 issues.