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Archive for September, 2009

FCC and CTIA Agree: More Spectrum!

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2009

The CTIA Wireless Association has issued a statement to the FCC asking it to “find” an addition 800 Mhz of spectrum. The CTIA says commercial cellular operators need 800 MHz of spectrum by 2015. Currently, the entire cellular industry uses only about 410 MHz. The CTIA also asked the feds to immediately open up 50 […]

Google Earth Gets “Live” Overlay

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2009

Remember how you had to explain to everyone that Google Earth wasn’t “live”. Well forget that. Georgia Institute of Technology students have succeeded in mapping and animating the real time movements of cars, people and clouds as an integrated overlay on Google Earth (blog) and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth (blog). Their “real-time” views require a significant […]

Open Source: Moving Up

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2009

The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir Portland, Oregon, is adopting a resolution designed to officially make Portland a more open city, reports journalist Rick Turoczy. It will formalize the city’s commitment to open source — both with their data and with their computer systems. If the resolution passes, this Wednesday at […]

Certified “N”

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2009

The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun product testing for its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n program, updating its two-year-old Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 program. The updated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n program maintains the requirements of the draft 2.0 program and adds testing for some new optional features, including: Test support for simultaneous transmission of up to three spatial […]

AT&T/TerreStar: Dual-mode Satphone

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 30th, 2009

AT&T has announced a dual-mode satphone that will combine AT&T’s cellular connectivity with Terrestar’s satellite network, using one phone number and one device. The TerreStar Genus dual-mode smartphone, about the size and shape of a Blackberry, gives users the option to access the TerreStar satellite network when the AT&T cellular wireless network is unavailable. The […]

OLPC 1.5 Laptops: Free for 30 Developers

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 29th, 2009

The One Laptop Per Child folks in Cambridge, Massachusets, have about 30 Pre-release OLPC XO 1.5 laptops lying around, says Liliputing, which they’re willing to send out to developers working on hardware software for the XO. In order to apply, check out the official OLPC blog post. Suggested projects include developing a voice chat application, […]