LightSquared wants to operate a 4G network using radio spectrum next to the GPS band. Tests have shown interference between that proposed network and GPS, and under a conditional waiver from the FCC, LightSquared can’t launch until interference concerns have been resolved.
Rep. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, today released a discussion draft of “The Mobile Device Privacy Act,” legislation (pdf), that would require companies to disclose to consumers the capability to monitor telephone usage, as well as require express consent of the consumer prior to monitoring.
“Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information,” said Rep. Markey, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
The “Mobile Device Privacy Act” would protect consumers by requiring:
Disclosure of mobile telephone monitoring software, including when a consumer buys a mobile phone; after sale, if the carrier, manufacturer, or operating system later installs monitoring software; and if a consumer downloads an app and that app contains monitoring software.
Disclosure to include the fact that the monitoring software has been installed on the phone, the types of information that are collected, the identity of the third party to which the information is transmitted, and how such information will be used.
Consumer consent be obtained before monitoring software begins collecting and transmitting information.
Meanwhile, rumors abound for the iPad 3. Apple’s anticipated A6 processor may be a quad-core or a more power-efficient dual-core processor. Many are hoping for a “Retina” display, doubling the current iPad’s resolution to 2048-by-1536. DigiTimes says it’s scheduled to launch at the end of the first quarter (March).
The Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch screen straddles the line between smartphone and tablet. The Galaxy Note will be powered by a 1.5-Ghz, dual-core processor, with 16GB of built-in memory. It has a stylus for handwriting recognition and will run on AT&T’s 700 MHz LTE network. The device has proven popular overseas, especially in Europe and Korea.
China Mobile is driving TD-LTE in China. The company is testing TD-LTE in 6 cities, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen. Telecom giants such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and ZTE, have participated in technical trials of TD-LTE technology with China Mobile since the end of 2008.
The multi-vendor demonstration established Wi-Fi device connectivity to both Wi-Fi and ZigBee meters, reports Fierce Wireless. It was reportedly the first time that this kind of mixed technology has been publicly demonstrated.
Products to be certified with the Smart Energy Profile are expected to include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, electric vehicles, and countless other devices in the Smart Grid. Eight vendors: Aclara, Broadcom, Elbrys Networks, Gainspan, Grid2Home, Intwine Energy Networks, Qualcomm Atheros and Texas Instruments demonstrated interoperability.
Texas Instruments announced 2.4 GHz Zigbee radio, with an integrated ARM Cortex-M3 processor, Smart Energy 2.0 hardware security acceleration, enabling simplified, cost-effective, smart grid connectivity for electricity, gas or water smart meters and in-home displays.
ZigBee is a low-cost, low-power, wireless mesh network standard. It runs on the 915 MHz and 2.4 GHz band, but is cheaper and slower than Bluetooth with a defined rate of 250 kbps. It’s used for intermittent data from sensors or input devices.
The Wi-Fi Alliance said it is now working to develop a certification program for SEP 2.0 products. Interoperability with WiFi will allow appliances to “talk” to to each other and connect to the internet.