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Go Wireless

So where are wireless browsers going? For the near term, think of a PC browser running on a 56K dialup connection. Blend that with the gamer's view of lots of input devices; keyboards; stylus; voice; mini joysticks; and authoring standards, such as XML/XHTML and Java; and give it a shot of vendor-specific special sauce, such as digital media players playing MP4 and proprietary content. The downside will be, of course, that lots of advertisers will know where you are at all times, so they can send you that fast food ad before you drive by. Nothing's perfect.

As with much of the digital community these days, a number of nontechnical matters, such as alliances, content types, and price points, will determine how fast you get a robust, PC-like experience on your wireless device. But in the meantime, there are services useful enough to justify investing in wireless Web browsing, such as finding a theater with the right movie playing and getting tickets while driving along—right after your significant other mentions that it's your anniversary.


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