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Mobile Wireless Communications
Mobile Wireless Communications, Mischa Schwartz. Wireless communication is ubiquitous and includes global cellular telephone systems, local networks, and even personal area networks. This book reviews propagation phenomena and examines channel allocation, modulation techniques, multiple access schemes, and coding techniques.
The author reviews Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and IS-95 systems, and discusses 2.5G and 3G packet-switched systems. The book also covers performance analysis; accessing and scheduling techniques; wireless local area networks; and personal area networks.
Cambridge University Press; ISBN 0-521843-47-2; 580 pp.; $75.
Secure the Home
Caution! Wireless Networking: Preventing a Data Disaster, Jack McCullough. The author aims to alleviate fears that users might have about the security of a wireless home network. Using real-world examples, this guide helps users protect their data on wireless home networks from crackers, viruses, and worms. Written in non-technical language for novices and intermediate users, the book briefly introduces wireless networking and identifies common internal and external pitfalls. It helps readers to
• understand how Wi-Fi works and see what makes it vulnerable,
• look inside the cracker community and see what makes it tick,
• recognize specific attacks,
• check their system for weaknesses that crackers can exploit, and
• protect their privacy from spyware, Internet service provider monitoring, and other invaders.
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN 0-764572-13-X; 320 pp.; $16.99.
Worldwide Learn: Online Training in Wireless Technology
This organization offers a directory of online training courses in wireless technologies, including wireless communications, networking, fundamentals, and applications; and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
Featured training partners include Serebra Learning Corp., which offers online training in Wireless Markup Language (WML). The University of Calgary is another training partner, and offers online courses such as an introduction to 2G or 2.5G digital mobile technologies, Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), 3G, open-source software, and asynchronous transfer mode. The International Engineering Consortium provides free online tutorials downloadable in PDF format, including a WAP tutorial.
ECT News Network, an e-business and technology news publisher, has a network of news sites that began in 1998, when the company launched E-Commerce Times. In May 2003, E-Commerce Times became the anchor publication of ECT News Network.
The network currently includes several e-business and technology news sites: E-Commerce Times, TechNewsWorld ( http://www.technewsworld.com), LinuxInsider (h ttp://www.linuxinsider.com), CRM Buyer ( http://www.crmbuyer.com), and MacNewsWorld ( http://www.macnewsworld.com). ECT News also publishes the E-Commerce Minute, Tech News Flash daily newsletters, and the ECT News Network Weekly Newsletter. These products target e-business executives and IT decision makers.
Analyst Views from Bitpipe Inc. is a resource for IT analyst reports and market research. The site provides access to free and paid analyst reports, and market research from more than 85 IT analyst firms, including IDC, Gartner, Forrester, Current Analysis, and Aberdeen.
Analyst Views offers three levels of access:
• Free. All visitors to the site can read The Daily Report, which includes links to free analyst reports, market research, and press releases from analyst firms.
• Free newsletter subscription (registration required). Subscribers to the free Analyst Views Weekly Report can browse through all content from analyst firms, use directories to locate specific analyst firms, and view past issues of the report.
• Paid subscription. Paid subscribers can conduct searches and then view the abstracts. Clients of the analyst firms have access to the actual analyst and market research reports. Nonclients, in many cases, can buy the analyst reports and download a PDF file directly from Analyst Views. The site can also redirect users to the analyst firm's Web site to obtain the report. Paid subscribers can also save searches, and receive e-mail notifications about new reports that meet their search criteria.
Making the E-Sale
Selling Online: How to Become a Successful E-Commerce Merchant, Jim Carroll and Rick Broadhead. This book provides a five-step process for creating an online store: planning, preparation, development, education, and refinement. Using illustrations of businesses on the Web—including Staples, and Amazon.com—the authors explain how to design a user-friendly Web site. Easy navigation, search functionality, and fast download times are characteristics of such a site, according to the authors.
The book highlights actual retail dot-com business owners who offer advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and discuss what makes their companies successful. E-facts presented throughout the book provide demographics and statistics related to e-commerce.
Dearborn Trade Publishing; http://www.dearborn.com/trade/; ISBN 0-793145-17-1; 416 pp.; $13.97.
Strategic Management of e-Business, Stephen Chen. This book focuses on the strategic implications of e-business and examines strategies in different industry sectors. The author targets students taking MBA, final-year undergraduate, and executive education courses. Consultants and practitioners looking to understand strategic issues underpinning e-business are another intended audience. The book includes
• an overview of technologies for e-business and their strategic implications,
• an understanding of the strategic, marketing, and organizational implications of e-business, and
• an appreciation of the broader context of e-business by discussing economic, social, and legal implications.
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN 0-470870-73-7; 416 pp.; $55.