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Revised 5/18/2006

Topical Index: General Applications and Appliances

This page provides a topical index to additional material on this website covering devices and applications such as:

  • Integrated applications and technologies, including IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
  • Metadata

Articles are listed ordered by date of the newsletter they appeared in—newest to oldest.

Ultra Wideband -- Real Applications Coming Soon (BBHR 5/14/2006)

  • Ultra Wideband (UWB) is about to go big time. Certified Wireless USB, the first volume product using WiMedia UWB, will change how you think about connecting your digital camera, iPod or phone to your PC or TV. With over 2 billion legacy wired USB connections, that's one big market! The goal of WiMedia UWB is much more than unwiring your gadgets. By 2008, it aims to be the basis for all short-distance wireless communications including wireless 1394 and high speed Bluetooth.

Lucent Shines a Light On IMS (BBHR 12/15/2005)

  • We visited Lucent to learn more about IMS and came away impressed with its critical role in creating "blended services". AT&T appears to agree.

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends (BBHR 3/10/2005)

  • Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations that you might have missed. This month’s tidbits include updates on "Dating on Demand" ... and interactive TV.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments (BBHR 8/15/2004)

  • Our recent articles on metadata struck chords with several readers, who brought to our attention some services we previously had not tracked.

More on Metadata -- A Dialog with Gracenote (BBHR 6/22/2004)

  • As a follow up to our article on GetDigital, we talked with Gracenote and learned about many improvements in their handling of metadata. It's clear that Gracenote takes metadata very seriously.

Get Digital Part 2: It's The Metadata, Stupid! (BBHR 3/25/2004)

  • Last month we described Get Digital's service converting CD collections to compressed digital audio formats. This month we report on how it works in practice. We found the "metadata" to be the most important part of their service, and they did very well indeed.

Broadband World Forum 2003: Making Money from Megabytes (BBHR 9/23/2003)

  • Our article includes many ideas on how service providers are working to mine the value of bandwidth.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments (BBHR 8/21/2003)

  • One reader asked about broadband applications "being applicable in daily lives." Another is starting a web site on municipal wireless. And a third told us about his summer project setting up a home-brewed "drive-in movie theater".

Lifestyle Notes from the "Always-On" World (BBHR 5/14/2003)

  • With all the discussion about broadband's increasing speeds and applications, it's easy to take for granted the life-style changes that an always-on service makes. We talk about some of these in our home, and how hard it is to describe to people who aren't experiencing it.

CES: The Good Housekeeping Seal, Magnets & Watches: Was That Bill Gates? (BBHR 1/21/2003)

  • Bill Gates' opening talk at CES barely mentioned PCs. Instead, he talked about watches, exercise bikes, sewing machines and magnets -- with a focus on SPOT.

CES: The Chips That Make it Happen (BBHR 1/21/2003)

  • It's natural to focus on the "toys" at CES -- the products which are the result of all the new technologies being developed. But underneath these products are the critical chips that make possible the small form factors, low power consumption, reliable data communication and consumer-priced products. We visited with some key chip makers to look under the covers and judge what's coming next.

Another Step on the Path to "Everything Digital" (BBHR 11/6/2002)

  • Digital terrestrial radio is coming soon.

Napster's Dead--But P2P Progeny Live On (BBHR 9/9/2002)

  • P2P -- peer-to-peer networking -- has arisen in place of Napster, and will prove harder to stop. It has a disproportionate impact on broadband service providers, since P2P clients target broadband content sources. Our article describes the situation, the players, and what happens next.

TV versus PC: Answering the "desert island" question (BBHR 4/10/2001)