Stories by Matt Hamblen

Simple Tools Let Non-IT People Build Custom Apps

Handheld devices are great for workers who gather information in the field, but creating an interface tailored to the requirements of a specific job still requires an application developer's time, right?

Competition or Confusion?

There are three predominant wireless standards in the U.S.: Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). There are also at least two 3G standards in the works: W-CDMA and CDMA2000.

Utility Launches Online Energy Auction

Industrial and commercial businesses in the Northeast will soon have the ability to enter online auctions for their natural gas and electricity needs. and FusionOne Entering Market

Martlet Venture Management Ltd. needed a centralized server to allow its 20 partners and others to collaborate on contract drafts and Microsoft Office applications. The Montreal-based start-up didn't want to go to the trouble and expense of managing a conventional dial-up network using its own server, so it has been beta-testing a service from Berlin-based GmbH & Co.

Handhelds Link to Inventory Database

Amid the crush of thousands of basketball and hockey fans, vendors of jerseys and other sports merchandise at the United Center arena in Chicago are using handheld computers linked via Oracle Corp.'s Oracle Lite to an Oracle8i database to track inventory and sales.

Wireless Net Helps Utility Boost Customer Service

Illinois Power Co. is plugging wireless technology into its customer service activities in a bid to improve its field operations and help it retain customers as Illinois opens its electric marketplace to competition.

Shell Protects Brand via Net

Two years ago, oil giant Shell started seeing inconsistencies in how its valued seashell logo and other images were being used in different advertising promotions and Web sites around the world.