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FCC Ruling Could Inject Politics into News Delivery

April 7, 2010

A major court just killed the idea of net neutrality. Where do we go from here?

Yesterday a three-judge panel unanimously tossed out the FCC's August 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast, which had taken measures to slow BitTorrent transfers but which had voluntarily discontinued the practice earlier in the year.

iPad: Fake Steve Jobs Says You're Welcome

April 4, 2010

A very funny thank you and you're welcome from Fake Steve Jobs really captures some of the hilarity of hundreds of thousands of people lining up to buy a device they don't need. BTW, count me in... At some point I am going to get one - after all I threatened to buy an Apple iPad at $1,000 and an entry level model is considerably cheaper.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

I'd also like to take a moment to thank all of the engineers and designers and programmers inside Apple who worked so tirelessly on this product, toiling way in total secrecy.

CradlePoint Turns Phones and 3G modems into Access Points

March 31, 2010

 


Two years back I hacked into my Verizon XV6800 - an HTC device so I could install WMWifiRouter software which turned the phone into a hotspot. I still remember getting it to work and marveling at how people in the TMC conference room could connect to my pseudo AP and work as usual. Sure, the phone got hot enough to melt concrete and the battery was depleted faster than the US treasury but still, it was an amazing achievement.

Qualcomm iMoD: Breakthrough Biomemetic Screen Technology

March 29, 2010

One of the more interesting items worth sharing from this past week's CTIA show last week in Las Vegas is an interview with Cheryl Goodman of Qualcomm who showed me a prototype of a revolutionary biomemetic screen technology called Mirasol which emulates nature. Specifically the display borrows from butterflies, mimicking the way the insect's wings reflect light.




Using a technology called Interferometric Modulation or iMoD, the system uses two plates (the top one is a reflective membrane) which are separated by a small distance. A small voltage applied to the bottom plate brings the two closer together via electrostatic attraction (think balloon rubbed on your hair).



Skype Founders To Fund Future Disruption

March 22, 2010

Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were no strangers to profiting from p2p-based software which went viral, making them rich in the process. Kazaa was their first blockbuster and the death of Napster's free music service boosted this p2p product tremendously. Their third attempt a blockbuster hit was Joost and this one didn't work out too well. Why?

Off to CTIA This Week in Vegas

March 21, 2010

Google Apps Marketplace Brings Walled Garden to the Desktop

March 10, 2010

Years back TMC launched a magazine titled IMS which stands for IP Multimedia Subsystem - and represented an architecture model allowing carriers to open up their networks to developers who would in turn take a revenue split in exchange for allowingtheir apps to run on the carrier's network. Customers of the service provider would be provided walled garden access to services - they would be pushed to use authorized apps. Fast forward some years and now the app stores are owned by Apple, RIM, Nokia and others. The carriers were just too slow to implement their models and perhaps they were the wrong class of company to be involved in the software business.

Israel VC Funds Down 92% from High

March 8, 2010

Some of the best technology in the world was invented in Israel. The VoIP market was launched in the country and the biblical land of milk and honey still leads the world in communications and technology. Many US-based companies do much of their R&D in Israel in fact because there is such a strong pool of talent and the Israelis seem to be very inventive.

With a strong track record and in a market where technology seems to be one of the more stable investment areas, it is a bit of a surprise to see that the amount of VC funds raised last year was less than one-tenth of the all-time high of $2.9 billion raised in 2000.

Pandora Increases Focus on Cars

March 5, 2010

One of the best places in need of Internet radio is in the car as you are not able to currently able to skip songs on regular or satellite radio. Pandora and Slacker have changed the paradigm of radio listening and I often find myself wanting to press the thumbs up or down buttons on songs I hear while driving.

The problem of course is that unless you are listening to Internet radio you can't skip a song. That is of course unless you have a smartphone with an Internet radio app which is connected to your car. Ford has strong syncing options with smartphones and BMW and others have done an OK job with cell phone interconnectivity.

A few months back, Pioneer announced a new automotive entertainment unit which integrates Pandora and costs $1,200.



Verizon Network Back, Voice not Affected

March 3, 2010

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