For airline passengers, the attempted Christmas Day attack and a directive by
President Obama to pursue advanced screening technology will certainly mean added security procedures at airports. So for high-tech companies, the increased focus on airport security means new opportunities to land hefty government contracts.
Even as Apple's iPad will likely energize electronic reading, the new device is undermining a painstakingly constructed effort by the publishing industry to make it possible to move e-books between different electronic readers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's much-anticipated iPad tablet computer Wednesday, calling it a new third category of mobile device that is neither smart phone nor laptop, but something in between.