TechTV's Cutting the Cord: A Wireless Consumer Guide

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Most cellular and PDA users care more about what use they will get out of a device, rather then exactly how it works. TechTV's Cutting the Cord will explain not only the essential features of devices on the market, but also what type of device and service is needed for their lifestyle. It will also enlighten the reader with wireless trends, where they are headed, and how to prepare for this when making decisions now.

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Overview

Most cellular and PDA users care more about what use they will get out of a device, rather then exactly how it works. TechTV's Cutting the Cord will explain not only the essential features of devices on the market, but also what type of device and service is needed for their lifestyle. It will also enlighten the reader with wireless trends, where they are headed, and how to prepare for this when making decisions now.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789726483
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Techtv Series
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Going Wireless 7
2 Your Device of Choice 23
3 The Wonders of the Wireless Web 51
4 Maximizing Use of Your Device 91
5 Wireless: Safety Net or Health Hazard? 133
6 Telematics: The Web on Wheels 163
7 Privacy, Personalization, and Security 205
8 Connecting on the Go 241
9 Home Sweet Wireless Home 277
10 The Wireless Workplace 311
A: Glossary 347
B: For More Information: Chapter Web Site References 363
C TechTV Quick Facts 385
Index 391
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