Keep Fear Alive iPhone App

Going to The Rally To Restore Sanity or the March to Keep Fear Alive, this weekend in Washington DC? Don’t leave home without the official free iPhone app.

The iPhone App features a Foursquare check-in page, a portal to upload your photos from the Mall and connection to Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday’s DC field trip will feature Stephen Colbert (The Colber Report) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show).

Billed as “a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies”, on the Washington DC Mall, its stated purpose is to provide a venue for attendees to be heard above what Stewart describes as the more vocal and extreme 15–20 percent of Americans who “control the conversation” of United States politics

The rally is expected to kick off at 10 a.m., with videos and music entertaining the crowd on a Jumbotron until music group the Roots take the stage at noon. A comedian will join the fun at 12:40 pm, getting the audience ready for “The Daily Show” host, who will appear at 1:05 pm.

Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert arrives at 1:20 pm, bringing along actors Sam Waterston and Don Novello to perform readings. At 1:40 p.m., singers Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy take the spotlight for a 10-minute set. Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will follow with a five-minute gig at 2:15, followed by more unannounced speakers and singers.

Intel in Taiwan: Under The Cloud

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that Intel will continue its support for Taiwan’s development of WiMAX, after a meeting with Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini in Taipei.

Ma said the government has released six licenses for WiMAX operators and has invested US$220 million in developing related technologies and applications.

An apparent lack of communication between Intel and the Taiwan government over the closing of Intel’s WiMax Program Office in Taiwan erupted into a media shit storm this summer.

Intel insists it was all a misunderstanding. VMAX launched their commercial WiMAX network in Taiwan in March, and now covers more than 3 million people.

VMax expects to spend around $47 million to expand its wireless broadband services in Taipei through 2010. VMax is also offering mobile access through taxi fleet operators in the Taipei area. The number of taxis having a WiMax-enabled device from VMax may increase to 5,000 at the end of 2010 and to 20,000 a year later.

Five of Taiwan’s licensed WiMAX operatorsGlobal Mobile, First International Telecom (Fitel), Vmax Telecom, Tatung Telecom and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) are rolling out WiMAX services in Taiwan.

Global Mobile, Vmax and FITEL won licenses for northern Taiwan, while Far EasTone, Tatung and Vastar Cable TV System won licenses for the south. FITEL expected to have 52 Mobile WiMAX base stations operating in Taipei City by the beginning of June. The Fitel deployment is part of the massive M-Taiwan project to unwire the country. Fitel, headed by Charlie Wu, operates a Japanese-style PHS system — personal handyphone system.

VMax expects 40,000 subscribers to its service by end-2010, which may increase to 80,000 in 2011. VMax started its WiMax network on Jan. 26, 2010, covering 85% of Taipei City.

The WiMAX Forum hopes that Clear, in the United States, UQ in Japan, KT in South Korea, VMAX in Taiwan and Packet One of Indonesia, among others, will hang in there and that India will come around.

It may be an uphill battle.

The last, best hope of “4G” spectrum is now going up for auction. Available frequencies in the 2.5-2.7 Ghz band and the “digitial dividend” spectrum, using (now freed-up) broadcast television frequencies are the battle ground.

Traditional cellular carriers now see a TD-LTE standard emerging for the unpaired frequency slots, and appear to have the bucks and the motivation to bid and win TD-LTE solutions.

Separately this week, visiting Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini announced a series of new and expanded partnerships with Taiwan’s government.

Intel announced plans to team up with Taiwan on a cloud computing initiative, setting up a multi-million dollar Internet computing research laboratory there.

Intel said it will work with the island’s National Science Council and a leading Taiwanese university to establish a “cloud computing” research centre with an estimated cost of 23.5 million US dollars over the next three to five years. Intel did not specify the amount it plans to spend.

Intel’s cloud computing initiative uses Internet-based computing resources, sharing software and providing computer power on demand.

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision has three key elements: a “federated” cloud that allows enterprises to share data across internal and external clouds; an “automated” network that automatically allows the secure movement of applications and resources to significantly improve energy efficiency in data centers; and PC and device-savvy “client-aware” clouds that know what types of applications, commands and processing should take place in the cloud or on your notebook, smartphone or other device – thus taking a user and specific device’s unique features into account to fully optimize an online experience.

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iPhone: Top 5 Global Smartphones

Apple has become a top-five global handset vendor off the back of its iPhone sales, as rivals LG Electronics and Nokia underperformed, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

Total unit shipments were 327 million. While Nokia remained in top place, Strategy Analytics noted that this was the ninth consecutive quarter in which it reported below-average growth, at just 2 percent annually.

Samsung’s growth was above average, at 19 percent, taking it the closest to Nokia it has ever been – at 22 percent and 34 percent market share, respectively. Samsung also increased the gap on third-placed LG, which saw a decline in shipments as a result of missing out on growth in the smartphone market.

Fierce Wireless reviews handset numbers from a variety of analysts.

Autonomous Cars Drive 8,000 Miles

Autonomous orange vans, built by a team from Italy’s Visilab, has arrived at the Shanghai World Expo after leaving Italy this in July. The driverless van relied solely on electricity and featured 12 sensors, including cameras, a carbon dioxide sensor, a GPS device and an off-road laser scanner.

The van topped out at 37 miles per hour and traveled about four hours a day to allow for adequate battery recharging. The three-month, 13,000km (8,078 miles) journey, took the van through Eastern Europe, Russia and Kazakhstan; across China through the Gobi Desert; and finally along the Great Wall, before arriving for a celebration at the expo.

“We had to intervene manually only on limited occasions, such as in the Moscow traffic jams and when passing toll stations,” said lead researcher Broggi, who also is a professor at Italy’s University of Parma.

Expo 2010, a World Expo, has the largest number of countries participating and is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world’s fairs. It is being held on both banks of the Huangpu River in the city of Shanghai, China, and closes Sunday.

While Shanghai World Expo 2010 closes on October 31st 2010, a virtual Expo, an initiative from Sweden and accepted by the Bureau of International Expos, is set to open in 2011.

Earlier this month, Google announced that its self-driving vehicle had successfully traveled about 350 miles from its headquarters in Mountain View, California, to Santa Monica, California. Google says its self-driving cars have logged more than 140,000 miles.

LTE in West Virginia

Verizon Wireless detailed its plans for LTE in West Virginia at an event on Wednesday that hailed the efforts of Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller, a key player in carrier regulation in Washington, D.C.

Verizon will roll out LTE service this year in a portion of downtown Charleston, the state’s capital and largest city, and across downtown Charleston by the middle of next year. By the end of 2013, Verizon will offer LTE in eight other cities in West Virginia, including some that have never even had 3G service.

Rockefeller, who joined Verizon executives at a press conference in Charleston on Wednesday, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which has overall jurisdiction over telecommunications and the Internet.

The carrier expects to reach about 110 million potential customers with its initial rollout this year, 200 million by the end of 2012 and 285 million — its entire current 3G map — by the end of 2013.

In West Virginia, a network-building initiative by Verizon is expected to deliver high-speed wireless data of some form to 65 percent of the state next year.

In other news, Verizon has announced new 3G data prices for mobile phones and laptops

  • 3G Feature Phones — $1.99 pay as you go or $15 monthly access for 150 or 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • 3G Smartphones Plans – $15 monthly access for 150 MB ($15/150 MB overage) or $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • 3G Tablet Plans – $20 monthly access for 1 GB ($20/1 GB overage), $35 monthly access for 3 GB ($10/ 1 GB overage); $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) and $80 for 10 GB ($10/1G overage).
  • 3G Netbooks/Notebooks Built-In Plans – $50 monthly access for 5 GB ($10/1 GB overage) or $80 monthly access for 10 GB ($10/1 GB overage).

Verizon Wireless will pay $25 million to end an investigation into complaints that it had charged 15 million cellphone customers unauthorized data fees over the last three years, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday. The $25 million settlement is the largest payment under a consent decree in the F.C.C’s history, said Michele Ellison, chief of the agency’s enforcement bureau.

Verizon announced this month that it intended to refund money to its customers for the unauthorized charges, and will pay a minimum of $52.8 million in refunds.