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Technology News Archive - October 22, 2005

By Lu, June; Yu, Chun-Sheng; Liu, Chang ABSTRACT For wireless Internet services via mobile technology (WIMT), are there any unique determinants for user acceptance of this technology innovation? Based on literature review, this paper proposes a model of three latent constructs: Facilitating Conditions, Wireless Trust, and intention to adopt WIMT, where Facilitating Conditions influences perceived trust in the wireless mobile environment which, in turn, influences user intention to adopt wireless mobile technology.

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Hollywood is gearing up for an ugly war over rival DVD formats, but the real battle may be in keeping customers hooked on physical discs at all. "The irony of this format war is that it comes at the tail end of the century-long era of physical media," said Ted Schadler, analyst with Forrester Research.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'