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As we enter the twenty first century, new communication technologies are being introduced at an astonishing rate, and making sense of these technologies is becoming increasingly difficult. Communication Technology Update is the single best source for the latest developments, trends, and issues in communication technology. Now in its seventh edition, Communication Technology Update has become an indispensable information resource for business, government, and academia.
Communication Technology Update continues to provide users with the latest information in all areas of telecommunication: electronic mass media, computers, consumer electronics, satellites, and telephony. A discussion of hardware, software, organizational structure, and political and economic influences is complimented by background information explaining the evolution of each of the technologies. New chapters for the seventh edition cover Internet commerce, streaming media, and home networking, in addition to the comprehensive coverage of two dozen technologies explored in the previous edition. Information on similar technologies has been concentrated into a smaller number of chapters to make it easier to compare history, revenues, technical descriptions, and user information across technologies.
The companion home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.tfi.com/ctu/) posts updated information submitted by chapter authors and offers links to other Internet resources, as well as a listing of trade organizations and trade publications covering all areas of communication technology.
Audience: Students in undergraduate communications courses; professionals in all areas of telecommunications.
The Umbrella Perspective on Communication:Electronic Mass Media; Cable Television; Pay Television Services; Interactive Television; Direct Broadcast Satellite; Wireless Multipoint Distribution Services; Advanced Television; Radio Broadcasting; Multimedia Computers and Video Games; Computers in Media; Media Asset Management; Internet and the World Wide Web; Electronic Mail; Office Technologies; Document Printing Technologies; Virtual and Augmented Reality; The Digital Revolution Home Video; Digital Audio;. Local and Long Distance Telephony; Broadband Networks; Satellite Communications; Distance Learning Technologies; Telecommuting; Cable Distributed Telephony and Data Services; Wireless Telephony: Cellular, PCS, and MSS; Personal Communications: Pagers, Palmtops; and PDA's; Teleconferencing; Statistical Update of Selected U.S. Communications Media; Conclusions; Glossary.