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The name on everyone's lips these days is Blackstone, the current code name for the next release of ColdFusion, which is coming in early 2005. Look for beta testing to start later in 2004, with info on Macromedia's site when that becomes available. Folks around the country have been getting a sneak peek at many of the features from Ben Forta, who's been on a whirlwind user group tour that just wrapped up. How he travels so much, I don't know, but thankfully for those of us bound to the homefront, he's put a report online at www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/coldfusion/articles/blackstone.html. Check it out for details on some of the new features of Blackstone, along with some general updates on the "State of the CF Union." I couldn't let this month's editorial go by without sharing a few of these exciting highlights. For me, the most interesting new features include im... (more)

The Race is On to Wireless

Denise Lahey is the chief executive officer of OracleMobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corp. In her five-year tenure at Oracle, Ms. Lahey created Oracle's mobile product strategy and then orchestrated the development of new products to fulfill that strategy. Ms. Lahey also inked strategic partnerships between Oracle and other wireless technology innovators like Motorola, Palm Computing, and Symbian. As the first employee in the division, Ms. Lahey built Oracle's Mobile Product group to over 125 people worldwide. Today she leads OracleMobile's growing team to deliver on ... (more)

What's Up at Palm?

Interview with Ted Ladd, formerly lead evangelist, Platform Group, Palm, Inc. WBT: Can you tell us a little about the two recent Palm releases - the m100 and the Palm VIIx? TL: Let me answer, if I may, from a platform perspective. (When I say Palm I am including the Palm device business and the Palm licensees team - like Sony, Nokia, Motorola.) Handheld devices right now are separating into two different segments. The first segment is for your grandmother. These are low-cost devices with basic functionality, tried-and-true technologies aimed at people who need handheld computers b... (more)

Wireless in the News…

There have been a lot of hot wireless topics in current events as of late, a trend indicative of the continuing acceptance of wireless in the mainstream consumer market. In this month's editorial, I'd like to weigh in on a few of the biggest issues. Wireless Security When most people think of wireless security, the image of rogue criminals driving around the city in vans, trying to steal your cell phone number, tends to come to mind. What's more important to remember, the current way wireless data is being stolen is directly from the mainframe. The security of your personal data... (more)

Beyond Words and Wires…Recovery Begins

In the aftermath of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the entire nation came together to mourn the loss of those who died and suffered, and to plan a way to recover as a society as best we could. No words that I could write here would be adequate to convey how awful the atrocities were to witness or even to watch unfold on TV. Nor can mere words ever do justice to the extraordinary scenes of overwhelming human bravery and the endurance of the human spirit. Along with amazing individuals like New York City area volunteers who, as you read this, will undoubtedly still be s... (more)