Communication Technology Update, 9/e (Paperback)

August E. Grant, Jennifer H. Meadows




New communication technologies are being introduced at an astonishing rate. Making sense of these technologies is increasingly difficult. Communication Technology Update is the single best source for the latest developments, trends, and issues in communication technology. Now in its ninth edition, Communication Technology Update has become an indispensable information resource for business, government, and academia.

As always, every chapter has been completely rewritten to reflect the latest developments and market statistics, and now covers mobile computing, digital photography, personal computers, digital television, and electronic games, in addition to the two dozen technologies explored in the previous edition.

The book's companion website ( offers updated information submitted by chapter authors and offers links to other Internet resources.


Table of Contents:

I INTRODUCTION: Umbrella Perspective, Communication Technology Timelines. II ELECTRONIC MASS MEDIA: Cable Television, Direct Broadcast Satellites, Pay Television Services, Interactive TV, Digital TV, Streaming Media, Radio Broadcasting. III COMPUTERS AND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS: Personal Computers, Mobile Computing, Video Games, The Internet, Internet Commerce, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Home Video, Digital Audio, Digital Photography. IV TELEPHONY AND SATELLITE TECHNOLOGIES: Local & Long Distance Telephony, Broadband Networks, Home Networks, Satellite Communications, Distance Learning Technologies, Wireless Telephony, Teleconferencing. V CONCLUSIONS: Media Convergence and Conclusions



I 引言:整體觀點,通訊技術時間軸。II 電子大眾媒體:有線電視,直播衛星,付費電視服務,互動電視,數碼電視,流媒體,廣播電台。III 電腦和消費電子產品:個人電腦,移動計算,視頻遊戲,互聯網,互聯網商業,虛擬現實和擴增現實,家庭視頻,數碼音頻,數碼攝影。IV 電話和衛星技術:本地和長途電話,寬帶網絡,家庭網絡,衛星通信,遠程學習技術,無線電話,電話會議。V 結論:媒體融合和結論。