The next version of the Bluetooth wireless technology is expected to transfer data 10 times faster than the current incarnation.Gadgets using it could be on the market by early next year.
The consortium behind the technology, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, said that it has united on a standard for Bluetooth 3.0, which will include an option for the faster data transfers. Those could be useful for moving music or movies from a PC to a cell phone or media player.
Welcome to the future. You still can not buy an airline ticket to the Mars, but you can now access the Internet nearly anywhere with wireless devices as small as your palm. Using a wireless connection and your notebook or handheld PC, you can e-mail from the couch, instant message from your patio, or do web research for a term paper at Starbucks.