FCC “Fast Lanes” Already Killing Internet Startups
When net neutrality was struck down by a U.S. Appeals Court earlier this year, the rage and upset that the Internet responded with may have seemed like an overreaction to some. Bleak headlines seemed to herald the internet apocalypse, and non-techies took it with a grain of salt, like Harold Camping or the Mayan Apocalypse. But the truth is that the death of net neutrality has already begun to reshape the future of the Internet, and it will be the cable companies and ISPs, not the consumers, who reap the benefits.
4G is Nothing Next to “Mobile Fiber”
We’ve talked about small cell technology before, and how it could potentially change the wireless landscape, but newcomer Artemis’ pCell (short for “personal cell”) takes the cake. Promising speeds up to 1000x faster than 4G, mobile coverage areas, reduced infrastructure costs, and even longer battery life for your phone, it sounds like the Holy Grail of small cells.
Smartphone Kill Switch: A Solution or Just a New Problem?
Lawmakers believe they have a solution to the widespread dilemma of cell phone theft: a mandatory “kill switch” feature that can turn a hi-tech phone into an inoperative paperweight. What could possibly go wrong?
Sponsored Data: AT&T’s “Solution” to Data Caps
In the face of mounting data usage and data cap criticism, AT&T may have found a way to keep those caps in place while shifting resentment towards content providers…and turn over an additional profit at the same time. They call it “Sponsored Data.”
FBI Surveillance Hacks Android Devices, Laptops
In recent months, Americans were aghast to learn that their phone calls were secretly being recorded and collected by a government agency, the NSA, when the extent of their indiscriminate wiretapping program was leaked to the public. But if you think that’s an invasion of privacy, you’d better hope the NSA never gets its hands on FBI surveillance techniques and tactics…such as the ability to remotely turn on the microphones in laptops and Android devices without you knowing it. How’s that for Big Brother? (more…)
Wireless Spectrum: Obama Tells Agencies to Share their Blocks
As the burgeoning usage of smartphones and tablets continues to tax the airwaves and eat up available wireless broadband, the need for additional wireless spectrum becomes increasingly more evident. Even the White House recognizes that action must be taken to ensure that America’s broadband networks are future-proofed and to encourage unrelenting wireless innovation. To that effect, Obama has reminded federal agencies (in the form of a directive) to apply a lesson oft-taught on Sesame Street—sharing. (more…)
CTIA 2013 Wrap Up
Another CTIA Show has come and gone. The booths are boxed up, the speakers have gone home, and the Sands Expo & Convention Center is no doubt preparing for the next large event. But what an event it was! Tens of thousands of wireless industry veterans mingling with each other and checking out the latest technology, software, accessories, and ideas in the heart of Las Vegas—that’s what CTIA is all about. (more…)
Google I/O Keynote Highlight Reel
For those you who haven’t quite been living in a Google world as of late, you may have missed Google’s 3-hour keynote speech at their yearly developer conference titled Google I/O. Read on for a roundup of some of the key announcements we saw during the keynote. (more…)
New Xbox (Infinity? 720?) Reveal Coincides with CTIA Kickoff
Gamers have long speculated about the successor to the Xbox 360, nicknamed the “Xbox 720” by fans and codenamed “Durango” by developers, and it seems they’ll finally get some answers on May 21st at the Xbox Reveal event. But, as those in the wireless industry will have noticed, May 21st is also Day 1 of CTIA 2013. Coincidence? Maybe not. (more…)
Wireless “Bill Shock” Gets the Boot
Bill Shock: that startling, sinking, soul-sucking feeling you experience when you see your cellular phone bill and realize that it’s tens, hundreds, or even thousands of dollars more than you were expecting to pay.
“There must be some mistake,” you say, looking for a typo. (more…)