Written by Miami Today on March 8, 2001
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, Falls publicist.
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.
REEL LINES: 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.