Inventors around the world are filing for patents that would beef up the functions of a cell phone. Among the ideas being bandied about are those that allow users to send handwritten notes through SMS or to print messages directly from their handsets.
CNET Networks subsidiary ZDNet, an online publication aimed at technology professionals, says it plans to stage a series of sponsored forums that will be broadcast on the Internet to a wider audience. CNET says the strategy will be especially effective for tech marketers because it offers a unique opportunity to reach a targeted group.
The information superhighway is littered with potholes in the form of abandoned or out-of-date Web sites, which Web masters have neglected to pull down. A study found that of 3,634 blogs, two-thirds had not been updated for at least two months.
The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will rise 5.7% this year, and Forrester forecasts online holiday sales will jump 42%. The synergy between online and offline sales is fueling much of this growth, with online driving offline purchases at stores. Even pure-plays, such as Amazon.com, find that partnerships with offline stores contribute to growing profits.