Archive for January, 2010

iPad Street View

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2010

C/Net says that Google maps on Apple’s iPad, with a large touch screen, integrated digital compass, and Wi-Fi triangulation is compelling. But you’ll need to invest in a 3G-capable model for the best location information. The 3G-enabled iPad pings nearby cell towers as an additional means to determine your location (along with Wi-Fi signal triangulation), […]

Handsfree Laws: Working?

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2010

Oregon drivers who hold their cell phones to talk now a $142 traffic ticket. But a new study says handsfree laws don’t do much to reduce crashes, reports The Oregonian. As Oregon motorists continue adjusting to the state’s month-old ban on handheld cell phones, a surprising new study (pdf) says hands-free phone laws don’t actually […]

Solar Powered RFID Tracks Bikes

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2010

The Dero Bike Rack Company has developed a system which enables employers and employees to keep track their pedaled commutes using a solar powered RFID system. Their Dero ZAP product, is a solar powered, Wi-Fi connected RFID system that records the number of times each commuter arrives by bike. The system is similar to the […]

Handsets: 1.132 Billion Sold in 09

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 29th, 2010

Global handset shipments reached 1.132 billion units worldwide in 2009 with 324 million handsets sold in the fourth quarter of 2009, 10 percent higher than a year earlier, according to new figures from Strategy Analytics. The research firm said the numbers represented the handset market’s first quarter of positive growth since Q3 2008, signaling an […]

White Spaces Heating Up

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 28th, 2010

Spectrum Bridge points out that the IEEE 802.19 Wireless Coexistence Working Group is launching a new project (802.19.1), to develop a standard for devices operating in the TV white space. TV white spaces are those not utilized by TV broadcasts or other licensed devices. For operation in the TV band, the FCC requires no interfere […]

Comix As Life

Posted by Sam Churchill on January 28th, 2010

I enjoy writing articles on wireless technology. I pursue my bliss. has been my sole source of income for nearly 8 years. While I often wonder how I’ll pay the rent, the upside is that I am (generally) pretty happy. I can afford this experiment. I have no dependents. The real downside is the […]