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Telematics - the marriage of cellular wireless technology and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite location - gave birth to a plethora of new services that provide automobile drivers with added safety, security, and convenience. Mercedes-Benz was an early proponent, and as it continues to take a leading role, the company faces the many challenges of trying to keep pace with rapidly changing technologies. Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer to offer an integrated telematics system - called Tele Aid - in all its vehicles sold in the United States. For 2003, Tele Aid is standard in eight Mercedes-Benz model lines and optional in the C-Class. Tele Aid can summon emergency response help automatically if a collision deploys any airbag in the vehicle. The system transmits the precise location of the vehicle (through GPS tracking) as well as the model of... (more)

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Last month I promised to discuss the pros and cons of hosting a ColdFusion site in-house versus out of house in this month's editorial. But in light of some recent news and exciting additions to the world of CFDJ, that editorial has been bumped to next month. I don't think anyone will miss it, though, as I've got some better stuff to write about. People send in article proposals and column ideas all the time. Most of them are good, and some of them are really good. Every now and then one comes along that really excites me because it's genuinely innovative. Just such a proposal r... (more)

Getting the Most from the MX Community

When Macromedia first announced last year that it would be joining the old UCon and DevCon together, combining the best of the two events into "Macromedia MAX 2003" - subsequently held in Salt Lake City in November - there were the inevitable rumblings in the user/developer community. By now, however, everyone has seen that not only did joining those two events make good business sense, it also made sense in the context of the enormous impetus that it gave to the MX product suite. Last month's announcement of the "MX 2004" product line, with its new versions of Dreamweaver, Flash... (more)

MAX 2003 Show Report

In last month's issue of CFDJ, Simon Horwith reported on MAX 2003 and all it had to offer. Here, we follow CFDJ editor-in-chief Rob Diamond as he checked out the floor of MAX 2003. activePDF is a leading provider of PDF creation, conversion, and development tools for Windows, offering the ability to dynamically create PDFs from over 280 file types, including HTML, as well as numerous PDF manipulation features. Affinity Internet has been providing feature-rich services and solutions since 1996 and is the leading Web hosting services provider. Affinity operates multiple hosting b... (more)

Interview... with Todd Peters of Paper Thin, Inc.

CFDJ: Tell us about PaperThin and what you do. Peters: PaperThin markets and distributes a content management product based completely on ColdFusion - the CommonSpot Content Server. It targets organizations with intranets, Internets, and extranets that have distributed content management needs. CommonSpot enables nontechnical users to publish and manage the content within their site. Ideally, it's for managing the unstructured data within an organization and letting business users create, update, and manage content and its delivery, as well as managing those involved in the publi... (more)