Archive for July, 2011

Europe’s Digital Divide Auction

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 31st, 2011

Regulators across Europe are auctioning spectrum this year in the the 800MHz Digital Dividend spectrum and at the 2.6GHz frequency. Norway, Finland and Sweden auctioned their spectrum in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively, while Germany, Denmark, and Austria held auctions in 2010. France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium are all expected to have […]

PhoneGap: Open Source Mobile App Tool

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 29th, 2011

Nitobi, the creators of the PhoneGap mobile app development framework, today released PhoneGap 1.0 in Portland, Oregon, after O’Reilly’s Open Source (Oscon) conference. PhoneGap, an HTML5 platform, allows developers to use foundation web technology (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) to create native mobile applications. Developers can write their app once and deploy it to six major […]

Mobile Economy: Boom Town

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 29th, 2011

The second-quarter earnings season is over, reports Phil Goldstein in Fierce Wireless. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped the largest number of smartphones in the second quarter, followed by Samsung and then Nokia. Although Apple’s 142 percent year-on-year growth placed it as No. 1 this quarter, Samsung’s 500 percent year-on-year growth shows that going forward, […]

Apple Richer Than US Government

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 29th, 2011

Apple now has more cash than the U.S. government, the Financial Post reports. The operating balance for the United States is now at $73.768 billion and falling, according to the U.S. Treasury. Meanwhile, Apple has 75.876 billion in the bank – with more coming in every day (pdf). Earlier this week, shares of Apple began […]

Spectrum Debate Tied to Debt Ceiling

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 29th, 2011

Police and fire departments across the country are better coordinated when disaster strikes across municipal lines but serious gaps remain in public safety communications, according to remarks at a Senate hearing Wednesday on the state of emergency communications 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Several pending bills in Congress support giving first responders a dedicated […]

ARM Chips Simulate Brain

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2011

Up to a million ARM processor cores are going to be linked together to simulate the workings of the human brain, reports EE Times. Chips, designed at Manchester University in the U.K. and manufactured in Taiwan, will form the building blocks for a massively parallel computer called SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network architecture). SpiNNaker is a […]