Archive for June, 2010

Kindle’s 70% Solution

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2010

Amazon announced in January that it would introduce a new 70 percent royalty option to allow authors to earn a larger share of revenue from each Kindle book they sell using the Amazon Digital Text Platform. Well, it’s the middle of the year, and it has finally launched, notes TechCrunch. An $8.99 book would make […]

4G Microwave Backhaul

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2010

The bottleneck for mobile wireless, is now the backhaul, says RCR Wireless. Currently most cell towers are fed by 4-6, T-1 lines at 1.5 Mbps each. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile plan on running much more fiber to their towers and are eyeing microwave solutions. Cellular speed is limited by your distance from the tower, signal […]

LTE: Dongles and DAS

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2010

Network operator TeliaSonera announced today that it plans to start using the world’s first dual-mode modem for LTE and 3G dongle in its operational LTE network. TeliaSonera turned on the world’s first commercial LTE network in December last year. At the time it was only able to offer subscribers an LTE-only modem. The new Samsung […]

Cisco Announces Home Power Control

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2010

Cisco today introduced a home energy management system, which it will test with customers of utility Duke Energy. Cisco will offer it to other utilities, says C/Net. Cisco’s home energy controller is a countertop touch-screen device that allows people to monitor electricity usage and reduce waste by taking advantage of off-peak pricing. With hosted Energy […]

Aerohive: Free Wi-Fi Planner

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2010

Aerohive Networks has released a new version of its free Online Wi-Fi Planner for quick and easy Wi-Fi deployment. Users can upload a floor plan or draw the perimeter and walls using different wall types, and place any of a variety of different access points themselves or use Aerohive’s new auto placement feature to specify […]

Mobile Music Multiplies

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2010

The mobile music scene has become more competitive with the entrance of newcomers MOG, Rdio and mSpot. AP News reports that music blog site MOG and a startup called Rdio, backed by Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Frilis, are both entering a market already served by Rhapsody International and Thumbplay. They will offer applications […]