Stories by Edward N. Albro

Twelve promising new web sites and services

This week saw the battle of the Web 2.0 conferences, with 70 entrepreneurs presenting their ideas at Demo Fall 2008 in San Diego and 50 more making their pitch at TechCrunch50 in San Francisco. Some of the ideas are little more than a glimmer in a coder's eye, but others are already doing business, are in private beta, or are soon to launch. Here's a selection of our favorites.

Wi-Fi maturing as other networking options emerge

After a rocky start, the latest flavor of wi-fi, 802.11n, should come into its own this year, with prices for new equipment coming down significantly and lots of options for sale to add 802.11n technology without getting rid of your older gear. And networks will start to move from the crowded 2.4 GHz spectrum to the 5 GHz spectrum, where there's less danger of interference.

Toshiba notebooks get a fix from UPS

When your laptop needs repairs, sending it through the United Parcel Service Inc. has always been a fast, reliable route to the manufacturer--but now, your Toshiba Corp. laptop can stay with UPS for a fix.