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Archive for June, 2009

Webcasting on Batteries

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

Mike Boyd of Hillsboro WiFi and myself are providing free WiFi at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival again this year. I am running my Clear residential modem into a Meraki Outdoor repeater which automatically meshes to 3 nearby Meraki repeaters. That gives us blanket WiFi coverage at the festival. We are providing free WiFi access — […]

Europe Adopts Standardized Phone Charger

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

Top mobile telephone suppliers have agreed to back an EU-wide harmonization of phone chargers, the European Commission said on Monday. The agreement by Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others will mean phones compatible with standard charging devices are available in Europe from next year. “People will not have to throw away their charger whenever they buy […]

Sony PSP Phone?

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

Sony may combine a mobile phone with its Playstation Portable gaming platform, reports Reuters. It would combine functions of its portable game player with mobile phones made by Sony Ericsson. The development is seen as a way of better competing with Apple’s iPod and iPhone, as well as Nintendo’s DS. Sony announced greater integration between […]

China Mobile: Slow TD-SCDMA Sales

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

China Mobile says less than 3 percent of its new mobile customers are using their new 3G network, suggesting that their TD-SCDMA network is suffering from a lack of compatible devices. China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, reports subscribers grew from 457.3 million to 488.1 million during the first five months of 2009. […]

Cell Phone Gap: Divided by Age

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

From cell phones and texting to religion and manners, younger and older Americans see the world differently, creating the largest generation gap since the tumultuous years of the 1960s and the culture clashes over Vietnam, civil rights and women’s liberation. A new study released Monday by the Pew Research Center found Americans of different ages […]

O2 Adds Starbucks Hotspots

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2009

O2 UK, the largest cellular provider in the UK, has expanded its Wi-Fi deal to include BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots – adding some 3,000 hotspots, including most branches of Starbucks to its inventory. The partnership, which existing customers will see come into effect today, coincides with an upgrade to O2’s Mobile Broadband Connection Manager software, […]