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iPhone 4S: Fast On AT&T, Reliable On Verizon iPhone 4S: Fast On AT&T, Reliable On Verizon

The iPhone 4S, launched in October and has been a success for Apple. It completely shattered opening weekend sales records and continues to experience high demand as it is launched in more and more locations. And the sales of the …

Flying Planes With An iPhone Flying Planes With An iPhone

I guess all that time spent playing Cube Runner could prove useful after all. An associate professor of aeronautics and her students at MIT have developed a system for controlling small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with your basic iPhone. Professor …

AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Is Necessary for U.S. Economy & Obama’s Broadband Plan, Says Former Congressman AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Is Necessary for U.S. Economy & Obama’s Broadband Plan, Says Former Congressman
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As the hearing date for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger draws closer, it seems the controversies surrounding it are only getting more complex. From the initial announcement back in March, consumer groups have spoken out against the deal. But the opposition has gotten much more intense recently with both the U.S. Department of Justice and Sprint filing lawsuits to block AT&T’s $39 billion planned takeover of T-Mobile.

Telecom Companies Offering Free Communication To Japan

For those who have friends or family in Japan, this past week has been stressful, and worrisome. Lines of communication have been hard to come by, specifically with calls and text. To help in this regard, AT&T is allowing for …

Web’s Inventor “Disturbed” By Current State of Creation
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The inventor of the web is not thrilled with the current state of his creation or the direction it’s taking. Tim Berners-Lee has released a new report at Scientific American, entitled Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality, with the subtitle: "The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty. Like democracy itself, it needs defending."

White Spaces, Verizon Tiered Data Plans & Facebook Troubles

The FCC voted today on rules that will enable the use of TV white spaces to provide wireless broadband connectivity. Google and Microsoft both issued updates applauding the ruling. 

Walmart Family Mobile Offers Service With No Contracts
Walmart has announced its own new wireless service brand, placing an emphasis on faimly savings. Walmart will launch Walmart Family Mobile as a post-paid plan available without a contract or multi-year commitment. 
 
The company says it offers a family of three savings of up to $1,200 a year when compared to leading unlimited talk and text plans. T-Mobile’s network is being used, but the service will be sold exclusively through Walmart. 

AT&T Sells Centennial Comm. Assets to Verizon

AT&T announced that it has completed the sale of certain wireless assets of Centennial Communications to Verizon Wireless. The release says:

AT&T Expands myWireless Mobile App to More Android Devices

AT&T is expanding the availability of its myWireless Mobile app to a couple of new Android devices – the Samsung Captivate and the HTC Aria. The app lets wireless subscribers manage their accounts from their mobile devices.

The app give users access to bill payment, voice and data usage information, the ability to add or remove features and plans, and paperless billing. 

AT&T: Yep, Wireless is Different
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The net neutrality debate sparked (most recently) by Google and Verizon earlier this week continues. Now AT&T has weighed in, and unsurprisingly it appears to agree with the companies.

One of the biggest controversies of the Google/Verizon policy proposal is that wireless is being treated differently. AT&T says, "Wireless is different." In a post on the company’s public policy blog, they write:

Google and Compete Reveal Data About How People Research and Buy Phones

Google and Compete teamed up on a study on consumers’ shopping habits as they relate to purchases of wireless devices and smartphones.

Verizon Diving Deeper Into Online Relationships With New Ad Campaign

  An often quoted stat about the new reality we lives in today points out that 20 years ago the average American had less than 25 friends. Today the average American has more than 200. Of course, we all realize on some level that this blossoming of friendship doesn’t equate to having 200 best friends. In fact, the ties we have to the outer fringes of our social network may be very thin indeed. That’s the subject that an interesting campaign launched by Verizon is trying to explore.

Google Shares Proposal for White Spaces Database
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Last night, Google announced that it filed a submission to the FCC, asking it to designate Google as one of potentially several administrators of a "white spaces" geolocation database. Back in November of 2008, the FCC approved the use of these White Spaces, or unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels, for public wireless broadband service.

On Google’s Public Policy Blog, Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, writes:

Ford Turning Cars Into Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots

Next year, Ford will be introducing it’s new version of SYNC, a technology it partnered with Microsoft on. This technology will allow you to have constant Wi-Fi in your car.

All an owner of a SYNC-ready car would have to do is plug in a compatible USB mobile broadband modem (or air card), and they will create a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle.

November Showed Significant Growth for Android

AdMob, which is in the process of being acquired by Google (regulators are still eyeing the deal), has released its Novemeber Mobile Metrics report. The themes for this one are that the Launch of new devices drove Android growth and the rise of smartphones resulted in a sharp increase in WiFi usage.

Baidu Goes Wireless in Japan
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Baidu announced that it has launched a new mobile search service in Japan. The company says Baidu Japan wireless search will build upon the existing Baidu.jp services, which include web search, image search, and video search, and have special features tailored to Japanese users.

The company has already been offering wireless search in its home country China. There, it has partnerships with carriers and all of the major handset manufacturers.

Wireless Revenue Reached $32 Billion In 2008

Wireless revenues showed solid year-to-year gains, as wireless data service revenues for 2008 rose to more than $32 billion, according to a survey from CTIA-The Wireless Association.

This represents a 39 percent increase over 2007, when data revenues totaled $23.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for 2008 amounted to nearly 22 percent of all wireless service revenues, and represent what consumers spend on non-voice services.

Intel Gets Educational with Classmate PCs
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Intel recently began showing off its Learning Series, PCs designed specifically for educational purposes. The series includes the Clamshell Classmate PC and the Convertible Classmate PC, both of which were created with students, parents, teachers, and schools in mind.

Mike McDonald spoke with Intel’s Holly Bourne about the machines at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas earlier this month. She was kind enough to demonstrate them:

iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped
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Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.

GiiNii Movit Mini Aims to Make Cell Phone Contracts Obsolete
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GiiNii introduced a pretty cool mobile device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the Movit Mini. It looks like a great way to access the mobile Internet and social networks as well as any number of applications one decides to put on it.

1.4 lb. Sony VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC Introduced at CES
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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony introduced its new convenient and lightweight laptop computer the VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC. This looks like the perfect device for business travel.

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