Love wireless stuff? You’ll love this book. The folks at TechTV tell you everything you want to know about everything wireless. Phones, PDAs, and pagers. Blackberrys, Bluetooth, and Boingo. GPS to SMS, IM to XM. Wi-Fi and the Wireless Web. What to buy, how to make the most of it, and what’s next.
If you’re getting ready to buy, they offer expert advice on choosing equipment and service plans, and a realistic guide to what you’ll actually be able to do with your device (versus what’s still marketing hype). The book is also full of online resources. (Did you know there’s a clearinghouse of PDF cell phone manuals on the Web? Handy next time you lose one.)
There’s also solid coverage of the serious side of wireless. Do wireless phones emit dangerous radiation? Do hands-free headsets really prevent accidents? How dangerous is driving and talking in the first place -- and where will you get a ticket for doing it? What do you need to know about emergency e911 wireless systems? Can you really protect your privacy on wireless networks?
But, for all that, it’s easy to see what the authors love most: new gadgets. Portable MPEG-4 players that play full-length motion pictures. Wristwatch GPS devices that help parents locate their kids anywhere on earth. Accessories that let you use your leftover cellular minutes on your home phone. In-car telematics. Home entertainment clusters. Wireless web tablets. Thumbpads. Souped-up remotes. If someone’s invented it, you’ll find it in these pages. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.