BETWEEN THE LINES
By John Klossner
Dell says it plans to
set up more than
data centers in Asia to
meet growing demand for
public and private clouds.
Digital Extras for
Comic Book Fans
MOBILE & WIRELESS
San Jose Gives Free Wi-Fi Another Try
THE CIT Y OF SAN JOSE intends to ffer high-speed Wi-Fi throughout its downtown area, with the network paying for itself by making city
workers more productive.
The California city, which has a population of about 1 million, plans to deploy Wi-Fi
across a 1.5-square-mile area by the end of the
summer. But the network will look very different from ones envisioned several years ago.
San Jose and other cities once had ambitious plans to blanket outdoor areas with
Wi-Fi; they expected the networks to pay for
themselves by generating revenue through
home broadband subscriptions, browser-based
advertising or small-business network use. But
those plans faltered because their complicated
business models depended on assumptions
that often proved unfounded.
San Jose’s current plan is simpler. The
network will cost about $94,000 to buy and
set up, and then about $22,000 per year to run
and maintain, according to the city’s acting
CIO, Vijay Sammeta. The system will offer im-
proved connectivity for municipal employees
and satellite fire stations. It will also provide
better connections for wireless parking
meters, and for signs that guide drivers to
garages using real-time information about the
number of spaces available, Sammeta said.
Marvel Comics next month will
release a new application to add
content enhanced with augmented
reality to some of its comic books.
Augmented reality, or AR, allows
computer-generated content to be
superimposed over a live camera
view of the real world — a street, for
instance. There are various ways to
do this, but Marvel will use technology from Aurasma that relies on
The AR app will be available for
Apple iPhones and iPads as well
as other smartphones and tablets,
according to the comic book publisher. By opening the application
and holding a device in front of a
compatible comic book page, users
will be able to unlock free extra
content, including new footage and
commentary from creators.
Compatible comic book pages will
be tagged with an AR logo; they will
be featured in titles such as Iron
Man, Thor, Captain America, SpiderMan, Wolverine and Hulk.
Last year, 72.1 million comic
books were sold in North America.
That’s a step up from the 69.2 million copies sold in 2010, but well
below the 85.3 million sold in 2007.
Marvel said it hopes to enhance the
reading experience and add value.
— MIKAEL RICKNÄS,
IDG NEWS SERVICE