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DEFINITION: An Internet appliance (sometimes called a Net appliance, a smart appliance or an information appliance) is a machine designed for a specific function that also has a built-in Web-enabled computer. Internet appliances include small devices created especially for e-mail and Web surfing, as well as such diverse products as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones, Web TV, and Web-enabled refrigerators  … 
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Proactive Service Assurance for Mobile Data Services
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WHITE PAPER: Until very recently, customer volume for data services was so low that service providers couldn't justify investment in robust, end-to-end service assurance solutions for mobile data services. Now, with the volume of data services on mobile networks growing, the business case for such an investment is clear. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 02 Mar 2009 | Published: 26 Feb 2009

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INTERNET APPLIANCES DEFINITION (continued): …  and microwaves. The proliferation of such devices is a crucial component of the anticipated development of pervasive computing. Experts predict that for specific Internet appliances to catch on, they must be easy to use and provide a practical solution to an every-day problem. One of the first Internet appliances was a Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s. A group of programmers, working several floors above the vending machine, wanted to ensure that they wouldn't make the long trip downstairs only to find the machine empty or receive a warm Coke. The enterprising programmers … 
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