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Welcome to the Ultimate Unwired Resource

Welcome to the Ultimate Unwired Resource

A few weeks ago I went to my local mall to buy a new cell phone. The old one looked as though it had been through some sort of war, so it was well past the time to replace it. I picked out a model I liked and went over to talk to a salesperson to select the monthly plan that was going to rip me off the least. While complimenting me on my selection, the salesman told me that one "amazing new feature" of that model was that it was a WAP-phone so I could access "the entire Internet over it." He then rattled off several groundbreaking new features ranging from sports scores to movie showtimes. While he was telling me all this, I noticed he wasn't looking directly at me, but rather over me. I glanced behind me and saw that he was reading his entire sales pitch off a large sign over my shoulder. When he was done reading, I jumped in with some obvious questions to see if he had any clue to what he was talking about.

"What else can I access, how fast is it, what's coming in the future?" I asked. His answer - a confused look. "Well, to tell you the truth," he started,"I'm not a computer person. I've never actually been online or used the Internet. But I've heard it's going to be really good." I bought the phone anyway, and that was that. However, the whole experience got me thinking. The wireless revolution is definitely upon us, and slowly but surely it is in fact becoming "really good."

While putting together the first issue of this magazine, we coined a new term - you've heard of Internet time, but now, in order to stay current, you need to be on wireless time. Forget time-to-market and development time. On wireless time you're lucky if you have time to sleep. To maintain a position on top of the wireless world you need a resource that's moving as fast as the industry and that's us. Wireless Business & Technology is published by SYS-CON Media, home of such quality technical publications as Java Developer's Journal, XML-Journal, ColdFusion Developer's Journal, PowerBuilder Developer's Journal, and others. With our stable of technical publications, Web sites, and conferences, SYS-CON is a leader in the Internet technology industry. When we started to create WBT, we drew from that stable some of the best technical writers around covering the latest in wireless development.

Covering the developer side of things was just the start. What we're seeking to do for the wireless industry is to cover it - every step of the way, from a variety of angles. The most exciting part for me in gathering together material for the first issue was coming up with the diverse mix of articles for it. What we came up with was a virtual "wireless soup" that covers a great part of the industry. In order to be the ultimate "unwired resource" you have to have a number of specific ingredients. This first issue provides them all. If there's anything you feel we should be covering that we're not, let us know. We welcome all feedback.

I'd also like to invite you to visit the magazine's accompanying new Web site at www.wbt2.com. Now I know I just referred to it as the "accompanying Web site," but it deserves more explanation than that. Built to stand on its own, the site will contain everything you're reading here (even this editorial) and more. Perhaps a better description of it would be "WBT2."Containing weekly quick polls, original online-only content, accompanying source code for articles in the magazine, and up-to-the-minute breaking news updates from our correspondents around the globe, it'll be the unwired place to be. Look to the site for weekly specials at JDJStore.com, SYS-CON Media's outstanding Web store with guaranteed lowest pricing on a wide variety of wireless hardware and software for developer and consumer alike. While you're at the site, catching up on the latest and greatest from the wireless world, take a moment to visit our forums where the same wireless industry experts writing for WBT are also participating in discussions on the hot topics facing developers and users today. I'll see you there!

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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John Bartok 01/19/01 12:21:00 AM EST

I loved the first issue and congrats on your Folio award. Keep up the good work and you've got yourself another subscriber!