High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses
the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.
E-FALLS: The Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136th
St., is offering free, weekly e-mail bulletins at shopthefalls.com that feature
coupons that can be downloaded and news about sales, special promotions and newly
arrived merchandise. Publicists say customers can opt out at any time after registering.
"This is all about saving time and money," said Danielle Spiegelman,
WIRELESS FALLS: Ms. Spiegelman said the site has wireless
applications that allow access to sales information on cell phones and personal
digital assistants such as a Palm Pilot. The wireless component, developed specifically
for The Falls owner and manager Taubman Co. by Dragonfly Wireless, is available
on any wireless application protocol, or WAP, cell phone with Phone.com and Nokia.com
browsers. It can also be accessed on a Palm VII with web browser and Palm V with
OmniSky modem and web browser.
MORE YAHOOS: Miami-based Yahoo! Latin America, a division
of Yahoo!, a leading global Internet communications, commerce and media company,
and Miami-based Despegar.com, an Ibero-American online travel site, have joined
forces to deliver online travel services to the Latin American market. Spanish-
and Portuguese-language customers can research travel plans, check flight availability,
compare prices and book airline, hotel and car rental reservations. Jupiter Research
estimates the dollar value of the online travel market in Latin America can reach
$1.4 billion by 2005.
HEALTH LINES: Navigy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary
of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Humana Inc. the two largest health
insurers in Florida is sponsoring a joint venture using the Internet to
streamline transactions with physicians, patients and other health care providers,
publicists say. The venture will include the creation of a single, secure web
portal that will, for example, allow physicians to file claims online. Patients
can use the portal for inquiries and information about coverage and benefits.
The web portal is expected to be available to physicians this year.
Miami-based Reelestates.com, a firm that produces streaming video content for
the real estate industry, has entered into a partnership with the Realtor Association
of Greater Miami & the Beaches. The dot-com is to provide association members
with video-based marketing tools and Internet web designs. Meanwhile, say publicists,
Reelestates is expanding operations to 30 cities nationwide.