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Archive for June, 2008

NETGuard Mobilizes

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2008

The National Emergency Technology Guard (NETGuard) mobilizes a corps of volunteers with technology experience who could help out after a disaster. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon discusses the effort with NPR (audio). It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security. NET Guard teams may assist local communities in temporarily reconstituting voice, data, and other […]

Gates’ Last Day

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2008

An emotional Bill Gates said good-bye to Microsoft (audio) in a celebration this morning filled with memories and an assessment of his legacy. Today is Gates’ last day as a full-time Microsoft employee. He will focus most of his attention now on philanthropy at the helm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than […]

The World’s 10 Most Wired Countries

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2008

Forbes Magazine ranks The World’s 10 Most Wired Countries. Rankings are based on a combination of hard data from organizations like the International Telecommunications Union and responses to an Executive Opinion Survey by the World Economic Forum, on topics such as business adoption of technology and laws relating to ICT. About 11,000 business executives in […]

Helio, Goodbye

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2008

Virgin Mobile USA said on Friday it will buy SK Telecom’s money-losing Helio cellular service for $39 million in stock. South Korea’s SK Telecom will also invest an additional $25 million in Virgin Mobile, as will the Virgin Group, which jointly owns Virgin Mobile with Sprint Nextel. SK Telecom is South Korea’s top mobile operator […]

Chrysler Rolls Out U-connect

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 26th, 2008

Chrysler announced today that it will now bundle innovative consumer technologies under one umbrella name – “uconnect.” A bundle of high-tech applications, fashionably spelled with undercase lettering, are included under the uconnect umbrella. Perhaps the most unique is Chrysler’s in-car Wi-Fi access point, called uconnect Web, that allows passengers to e-mail, download music, play games, […]

Alltel + Boingo = National Wi-Fi

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 26th, 2008

Alltel and Boingo Wireless are teaming for nationwide hotspot access. The Alltel Wi-Fi plan is available for purchase by anyone in the United States as a stand alone offer. Unlimited Wi-Fi access costs $19.99 per month or $3.99 per day with no contract commitment. In the past year, more than 15,000 additional hotspots have been […]