Execs Differ on the Cloud

When it comes to cloud computing, senior-level executives and IT professionals have very different opinions about the cloud's role as a game-changer in their business operations. That's the finding of a survey recently conducted by {complink 1544|Dell Inc.} and independent market research firm Marketing Solutions Corp. Most notably, the survey finds that IT professionals view…

Qualcomm to Acquire Rapid Bridge Assets

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Rapid Bridge LLC, a San Diego-based inventor of advanced techniques for the design and development of semiconductor products. The company's technology reduces complexity in integrated circuit (IC) development at advanced technology nodes to enable…

Market Niche We Never Knew We Had: WiFi Dog Fences

Why shouldn't wireless connectivity extend to our pets? Although wireless dog fences have been around for more than a decade, WiFi fences are the latest thing in safe-pet technology. Companies that market these systems have a point — wireless fencing has been a laggard given the rapid advancements in communications technology. Wireless fencing systems now…

Near Field Communication Serves Up Supply Chain Link

I have been seeing a close link for the past three years between supply chain management in the electronics industry and online advertising, especially the ad networks serving up content. Last week, {complink 2294|Google}, along with partners Sprint, CitiGroup, MasterCard, and FirstData, unveiled a platform that would enable consumers to ditch the plastic credit cards…

Making Cities Smarter

We have smartphones, smart cards, smart cars, and pretty smart houses, judging by the increasing number of data-sharing devices linked up between the kitchen and the living room. It makes sense that our cities should be equally smart as well. For some time now, cities globally have been investing in all sorts of infrastructure to…