Stories by Ephraim Schwartz

  • Palm strikes monster deal with IBM Software

    In a major deal that will lend credibility to Palm's promise to make its devices relevant to enterprise-level companies, the handheld manufacturer will partner with IBM to interoperate with WebSphere application servers and to deploy a WebSphere Everyplace Access software stack on Palm 5 and Palm wireless devices.

  • LAPD eyes wireless PDAs to monitor racial profiling

    With a promise that the Los Angeles Police Department is open to innovative technology solutions, Captain Randal Quan, project manager for the Portable Officer Data Device System (POEDS) program, said the LAPD is about to publish its RFP (request for proposal) to use wireless PDAs and software to monitor racial profiling.

  • Palm to unveil OS 5 with multi-tasking capabilities

    Palm's next-generation operating system, OS 5, which uses the ARM (Advanced RISC Machines)-compliant OMAP (Open Multimedia Applications Platform) family of processors from Texas Instruments, will be unveiled at PalmSource the week of February 4 in the US.

  • Internet access readied for commercial vehicles

    In-vehicle wireless services will make a sharp turn to the business side when General Motors (GM) previews telematics -- in-vehicle computer and Internet service -- solutions for its commercial vehicles at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas this week.

  • Handspring set to launch all-in-one handheld

    Handspring will announce on Monday a handheld device, dubbed Treo, that includes a cellular phone, Web browsing, and organizer functions, apparently outpacing fellow manufacturers of PDAs, according to a source.

  • SBT spans supply-demand gap

    Scan-based trading (SBT) is rapidly catching on among retailers and suppliers because it reinforces the age-old truism that the consumer drives the supply chain. SBT represents a potentially radical supply-chain shift for the retail industry, said industry observers. It allows products to remain under the control of the supplier until they are scanned in at the checkout counter.

  • WIRELESS WORLD: Who owns customers?

    Wireless operators do not want to become - as it is so inelegantly called - "a dumb pipe". As long as they still control the gateways needed to gain access to service suppliers such as your local bank, they are still very much a force to be reckoned with.

  • WIRELESS WORLD: Handheld finds a voice

    If a sales representative from Cisco Systems rings your bell, don't shout, "No solicitors. Can't you read the sign?" That salesperson may be selling something your company will want to buy.

  • WIRELESS WORLD: The 3G mythology

    I hope I'm not being too hardheaded - a real testa dura, you might say - but when you get two examples of the same thing in the same week you begin to see the handwriting on the wall.