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Archive for June, 2012

Google Nixes Neighborhood Wireless

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2012

Google has turned down a Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood’s plan to tap into Google’s fiber network and create a kind of Wi-Fi cooperative. Michael Liimatta, co-founder of local nonprofit Connecting for Good, said Google told the groups involved that the idea wasn’t in line with planned licensing agreements for the new product, Google Fiber. Google […]

Adieu Minitel

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2012

The French Minitel system, a precursor to the internet, will be shut down tomorrow. When the French phone system was revamped in the 1980s, it required new phone numbers to all its citizens. Videotex services, it was said, would be cheaper than printing millions of new phone directories. The PTT rolled out Minitels throughout France […]

The iPhone: 5 Years

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2012

Five years ago today, the original iPhone went on sale in the United States on June 29, 2007. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display with 160-pixels per inch, a 2-megapixel camera and was running a mobile operating system that would later be come to be known as iOS. Apple filed over 200 patents related […]

Mobile Travel Apps

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 29th, 2012

ComputerWorld lists 11 mobile apps to enhance your travel experience. They suggest that you plan ahead and download apps with offline guides, maps and other databases beforehand. Then you may not even need an Internet connection. Airport Transit Guide (iOS). Provides information on how to get from an airport to the city center for numerous […]

Wireless Emergency Alert Available Now

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 28th, 2012

Millions of smartphone users will soon begin receiving text messages about severe weather from a sophisticated government system that can send a blanket warning to mobile devices in the path of a dangerous storm. Beginning today, the system will notify people about approaching tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other threats. Most messages are anticipated to be […]

Privately Owned Space Telescope Planned

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 28th, 2012

In a press conference at the California Academy of Sciences Thursday morning, the B612 Foundation unveiled its plans to build, launch, and operate the first privately funded deep space mission. Called SENTINEL, the infrared space telescope would be placed in orbit around the Sun in about 5 years. The B612 Foundation aims to build, launch, […]