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The Real Cost of Developing an App: How to Avoid Unwanted Maintenance Costs

July 3, 2012 4:13 am | by Roy Chomko, Adage Technologies | Comments

The growing demand for smart phones, tablets and enhanced mobile connectivity is causing nearly every business to contemplate an app development program to extend its reach to current and potential customers. While executives eagerly shell out thousands of dollars for an app’s development and launch, too often they fail to forecast the long-term costs of a mobile application.

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Selecting the Optimal Low Noise Amplifier for Your Application

July 2, 2012 1:29 pm | by Alan Ake, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Comments

The purpose of this article is to help designers of receiver products select the optimal low noise amplifier (LNA) for their particular application. First, we will take a look at a typical receiver architecture and the LNAs role within it. From there, the article will offer some practical tips regarding things to consider when selecting a specific LNA device regarding process, biasing and cost.

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6 Gadgets for the Ultimate Grilling Experience

July 2, 2012 1:13 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

With the Fourth of July coming up, leave the boring burger buns and charred dogs from your ho-hum holiday celebration and “wow” your audience by adding some seriously fun new outdoor gadgets to your BBQ repertoire this grilling season. Remote Control Beverage Buggy ($59.95) As the Grill Master, it can be difficult to wait on guests while preparing the meal, but the Radio Control Beverage Buggy ensures that your guests are waited on hand-and-wheel.

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Wireless Networks Change the Enterprise - again!

July 2, 2012 8:00 am | by Nathan Rowe Senior Manager, Product and Planning, Motorola Solutions | Comments

Wireless networking changed the employee experience within enterprises several years ago. As an adjunct to the wired LAN, wireless networking assisted employees by adding connectivity on the fly. From there, a virtuous cycle rapidly evolved the user expectations and the networks themselves. Today, the wireless network is stepping forward as a business-critical system, evolving the very nature of the enterprise.

Flexibility in IMS/VoLTE UE Design: Too Much of A Good Thing

July 2, 2012 7:49 am | by Nigel Wright, Vice President of Wireless at Spirent Communications | Comments

One of the hallmarks of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is the flexibility it affords developers. From something as simple as the validity of SIP headers abbreviations to the wide variety of mechanisms designed to interact with legacy technologies, IMS permits a broad range of equally valid implementations.

Usability and Wireless Technologies for Our Health- improving the user experience

June 26, 2012 11:22 am | by Donald Jones, Vice President of business development, QUALCOMM Inc. | Comments

We are on the cusp of something big—something entirely new for health consumers and professionals alike—but significant adoption and improvement to health can only be made possible if the products and services are easy to use and address real consumer challenges. The field of usability engineering and user experience design has a long history of incorporating a user-centered design approach to products, services, and systems.

RF Design is Easy- just let someone else do it

June 26, 2012 9:55 am | by Andy Ross, Director of wireless applications for B&B Electronics | Comments

If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. It’s a big change, but it needn’t be intimidating. There are plenty of vendors out there who have all of the necessary expertise.

Microsoft Buying Internet Startup Yammer for $1.2B

June 26, 2012 9:26 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2 billion in an attempt to bring Facebook-like sharing features to its widely used suite of business software applications. Yammer specializes in creating private social networks so employees within the same company can keep tabs on what colleagues are working on.

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ZigBee for Wireless Lighting Control

June 26, 2012 9:17 am | by Simon McCarthy, Field Applications Engineer, Ember Corporation | Comments

Advances in color LED technology and wireless networking are enabling new possibilities for lighting control by making it easier and more cost effective to retrofit modern illumination systems while also making the lighting system’s controllers more convenient to use from anywhere in or around the building.

6 Must-have Apps For A Stress-free Summer

June 22, 2012 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. 1. For your email Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom or depressing text from work about a failed project.

The Road to Gigabit+ Performance

June 22, 2012 7:46 am | by Joe Zeto, Sr. Manager Market Development, Ixia | Comments

Chip and hardware developers have their hands full with the next generation of the 802.11 standard – IEEE 802.11ac. The deployment of 802.11ac promises to deliver higher bandwidth while retaining better quality of experience (QoE) for end users, as well as some significant technical challenges for developers.

The Olympic Communications Challenge Explained

June 22, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Dan-Joe Barry, vice president of network analysis and acceleration technology specialist Napatech, explains the nature of the intense communications planning that has been taking place in the run-up to this summer’s Olympic Games. The adoption of smart hand-held devices, like smartphones and tablets, over the last number of years has far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

The ‘ People’s Car Project ’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.

Fitness-Based Fundraising Applications Make Donating to Charity as Easy as Walking the Dog

June 18, 2012 1:13 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

Charity and fitness organizations join together each year to raise millions of dollars, reach millions of walkers, runners and bikers and connect people working toward a common goal. Relay-for-life , an organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society, makes donating easy by hosting events across the United States.

Do Your Homework Before Porting an iOS app to Android

June 12, 2012 12:51 pm | by Martin Larochelle, Macadamian | Comments

With the rise of Android’s popularity, product managers with an existing iPhone or iPad product are under pressure to port it to Android. While porting from iOS to Android is certainly possible, we have found teams almost always underestimate the amount of effort required. Porting an iOS app is not a trivial matter because there are a number of Android elements not present in iOS, and vice versa.

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