May 16, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its three-dimensional satellite imagery of the planet, its block-by-block detail of neighborhoods and its ubiquitous driving directions, Google is already the king of online cartography. Now it's looking to lengthen its significant lead by making a bid to be your personal cartographer: creating online maps that show landmarks, restaurants and other details tailored to your habits, interests and plans. A sweeping redesign of Google Maps - - the most major changes to the product since its launch eight years ago, the tech giant says - - is elevating the competition for how people navigate the world and where they stop along the way. Maps have become one of the most hotly contested areas for major Silicon Valley companies with the explosion of mobile devices.
March 12, 2001 |
Dot-com companies are shutting down daily, tech stocks are tumbling and the euphoria that once infused all things Internet has dissipated. But for the eternal optimists who populate the "new economy," there is still one sliver of hope: mobile commerce. "M-commerce," which has become the latest high-tech buzzword, turns cell phones and two-way pagers into shopping devices, along with Palm and Pocket PC hand-helds with wireless Internet access.
April 18, 2002 |
After several years of false starts, the grand hopes for mobile commerce in 2002 rest in no small part on the slender shoulders of Adirem Quintel. The 25-year-old field technician for Nortel Networks Corp. is part of an army of thousands of workers who are quietly yet methodically visiting cellular towers across the nation and upgrading them for a new generation of faster wireless networks.
November 8, 2001 |
Four credit card companies formed a cross-industry group this week to develop secure, user-friendly payment standards for transactions made using cell phones and other mobile devices. The Mobile Payment Forum was launched by American Express Co., MasterCard International, Visa International and JCB Co. Forum members are expected to include other financial institutions, operators of telecommunication networks, wireless device makers, merchants and software providers.
March 19, 2001
This week is the wireless industry's big annual trade show in Las Vegas, and with it will come a bevy of announcements about new, do-it-all mobile phones, mobile commerce possibilities and faster-than-ever wireless Internet connections. There also will be plenty of prognostication about the growth of the mobile Internet and how and when consumers will be wowed by its capabilities.
April 19, 2011 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is buying social media company Kosmix Corp. in a move to better position itself with online and mobile consumers. "We are expanding our capabilities in today's rapidly growing social commerce environment," Eduardo Castro-Wright, Wal-Mart's vice chairman, said in a statement. "Social networking and mobile applications are increasingly becoming a part of our customers' day-to-day lives globally, influencing how they think about shopping, both online and in retail stores.