Nov 21, 2012

Marketplace Tech Report for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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24 million people are expected to board airplanes this week, and all relying on complex computer systems to keep everything sorted out. As United Airlines combines with Continental, it has been struggling with its computer foul ups, including one last week that delayed more than 600 flights. If you think about it, flying is like factory logistics: everyone's hoping for just-in-time delivery. The widget you hope gets there "just in time" is yourself.

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Glitch-prone airline computer systems, Nokia's new maps app

Nov 21, 2012
Nokia's new maps app could give Apple a run for its mobile money, and understanding why airline computer systems are prone to massive crashes.

24 million people are expected to board airplanes this week, and all relying on complex computer systems to keep everything sorted out. As United Airlines combines with Continental, it has been struggling with its computer foul ups, including one last week that delayed more than 600 flights. If you think about it, flying is like factory logistics: everyone’s hoping for just-in-time delivery. The widget you hope gets there “just in time” is yourself.

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