Ira Brodsky

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Ira Brodsky is a Senior Analyst with Datacomm Research. Brodsky focuses on mobile solutions for payments, retail automation, and health care.

Ira Brodsky has authored five books about technology, has researched and published dozens of emerging technology market studies, and wrote the "Totally Unplugged" column for Network World for nearly a decade.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Ira Brodsky and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.


New mobile security threats emerge

Mobile phone capabilities are growing by leaps and bounds — and so are mobile security threats.

Microsoft’s mobile strategy set to pay off

The biggest news from the recent CTIA Wireless 2007 show: After years of mostly talking about mobile applications and content, the industry is finally acting. And, lo and behold, Microsoft is positioned to cash in.

How to be a more creative IT professional

Good news: You don't have to be a sorcerer or even a genius to come up with brilliant ideas or inventions. According to Professor R. Keith Sawyer at Washington University in St. Louis, the latest research shows that you have a much...

Are you ready for the mobile extranet?

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A giant step for enterprise wireless LANs

Fixed-mobile convergence has been touted for years. At times it sounds more like science fiction than practical business solution. There is, nonetheless, reason to take another look. The key components finally are coming together:...

Steering 802.11n between the icebergs

The draft 802.11n standard for next-generation wireless LANs failed to garner the 75% of votes required for adoption at last month's Task Group N meeting. This was expected. Many diverse companies have a stake in this standard, and it...

Wireless and the great indoors

With mobile phone service available in more than 210 countries, blanketing most major cities, you might think rural areas are the top priority for extending wireless coverage. You would be wrong. There is an urgent need for better...

Going above and beyond

The Belkin Pre-N wireless LAN family offers unprecedented transmission range. The distance covered by a WLAN can be crucial in settings such as small offices and retail stores. Extra reach avoids the hassle and expense associated with...

802.11n reaches the starting line

Standards are crucial to telecom market growth. But we should have no illusions about the standards-setting process. Vendors will always try to manipulate the system for their own advantage. The only way to create a standard to which...

Get ready for mobile marketing

The main takeaway from the recent CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show is clear: Your cell phone is about to become a handheld information and entertainment center. The implications for companies are potentially huge. The mobile...

The well-connected laptop

Now that laptop users have been given a taste of wireless, it's likely that users will demand ubiquitous access, and the technologies to make it happen are finally coming together. But there are some important technical and business...

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