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Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

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When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around  at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn’t seem typical at all. It was high and dome shaped and at the top [...]

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Samsung Readies Tizen, a New Mobile Competitor to Google Android and Apple iOS

Samsung,smartphone,mobile

When Samsung hinted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few months ago that there is more to the world of smartphones and tablets than Apple’s iOS, it was also referring to Google’s Android operating system, which runs on Samsung’s most popular devices. Now, just days after introducing its newest marquee Android smartphone—the Galaxy S4—Samsung [...]

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Data Gluttony Scuttles Unlimited Mobile Download Plans

All-you-can-eat data downloads seemed like a good way to sell fancy smart phones at first, but now wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are slowing down the buffet line. A minority of customers who keep refilling their digital dinner plates (while others are still working on the first course) have helped the wireless providers realize [...]

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Observations

How Do You Hack Into Someone’s Voice Mail?

phone hack, mobil, wireless, security, privacy

The scandal that helped shutter Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid and left at least nine News International journalists facing possible criminal charges has brought phone hacking into the spotlight as a means of subversively gathering information for news articles. As investigators study the scope of the problem, including the role phone hacking played [...]

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Obama stops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to push his National Wireless Initiative

wireless, government

President Obama spent some time on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Thursday to promote his administration’s National Wireless Initiative, a project first mentioned in last month’s State of the Union address to make available high-speed wireless services to at least 98 percent of U.S. residents. The president’s speech at Northern Michigan University in Marquette revealed few [...]

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Observations

Portable, personal 3G base stations to shrink, play a big role in 4G LTE network rollouts

communications, wireless, Picochip

Over the past two years, telecommunications carriers have come to endorse, and even sell, portable base stations called femtocells (or, depending up on the vendor, picocells or microcells) used to boost wireless 3G signals to smart phones and other wireless devices in areas where network coverage is poor. New developments in femtocells—essentially desktop cell phone [...]

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Observations

Verizon gets its iPhone, but 4G will have to wait

Verizon, Apple, iPhone

Verizon Wireless confirmed Tuesday one of the worst-kept secrets in the tech industry–as of February 10, the company is adding Apple’s iPhone 4 to the lineup of smart phones supported by the Verizon network. Verizon will offer online ordering of iPhone 4 as of February 3, subsidizing the phone’s cost for customers signing a two-year [...]

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Verizon CEO: Stay online, we’ll just build a faster network

Verizon chairman Ivan Seidenberg

LAS VEGAS—It’s easy to poke fun at people so absorbed in their smart phones, tablets and other mobile technology that they’re oblivious to anything outside the virtual world (stop signs, theater etiquette, live sporting events, children etc.). Yet some of those whose ads poke the most fun—Verizon and Microsoft, to name a few—are planning for [...]

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Observations

Wireless tech taking a toll on Earth science and astronomy

FCC,wireless,radio, astronomy

Nearly lost amidst the breathless anticipation of all things wireless—whether it’s the latest smart phone, free Internet hot spot or GPS navigation system—is the potential impact these gadgets may have on scientific instruments that likewise need access to the electromagnetic spectrum. Yet the proliferation of wireless technologies, licensed and otherwise, grabbing increasingly more spectrum bandwidth [...]

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Plugged In

Wireless EV Charging: But It Still Won’t Fit in Your Pocket

One of my first posts for Plugged In involved the electric car. Now, remember: it’s hard to get too worked up about electric cars. They’re better than gas burners, to be sure, but that’s setting the bar pretty low: electric cars are basically coal-burners that continue to enable sprawl and all its problems while being [...]

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