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Roadpost and Blackberry

November 30, 2004

I meant to share this interesting news release a few days ago. As a Blackberry fan, this is good news for International travellers.

Roadpost Launches Full-Functional International Blackberry Short- and Long-Term Rental Services

Highly flexible and affordable new service creates seamless delivery of full range of BlackBerry voice and data services for travellers

Toronto, ON (November 8, 2004) – Roadpost Inc., a leader of global voice and data communications solutions for the international traveller, is pleased to announce the availability of a new range of short- and long-term international rental services for RIM (Research In Motion) BlackBerry services. This new offering from Roadpost is one of the most flexible and comprehensive in the market, providing existing BlackBerry users seamless delivery of unlimited roaming data services for over 55 countries and voice services for more than 200 countries at significantly less cost than other options.

Verizon Lobbies to Kill WiFi Hotspots

November 23, 2004

Important news story from MacWorld.

A proposed Pennsylvania law (supported by Verizon) is now on its way to the governor's desk that could pose a hurdle for the city of Philadelphia's ambitious plan to provide broadband service throughout the city via Wi-Fi.

One provision of House Bill 30 (HB30), a wide-ranging telecommunications regulation bill that earned final approval by the state House and Senate on Friday, would prohibit a government or any entity it creates from offering broadband for a fee.

Philadelphia's city government is studying plans to deploy Wi-Fi wireless LAN access points throughout the city, each offering IEEE 802.11b access and linked to others via a wireless mesh network, said Dinanah Neff, the city's chief information officer.

Electric Car

November 22, 2004

Eliica Electric Car

With oil and gas prices through the roof, the interest in electric cars has certainly increased. However, the knocks against electric vehicles is that they are not fast, have terrible range, and take a long time to recharge. Well, the Eliica, short for Electric Lithium-Ion battery Car boasts a 0-100kmh time of just four seconds and a 0-160kmh time of seven seconds, which means the Eliica accelerates faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo. While they haven't solved the recharging time or the range, since I'm a bit of a speed freak, this car certainly piqued my interest with its excellent performance numbers.

Presidential Election and Technology

November 3, 2004

Tim Russert with Tablet PC

I'm sure many of us were watching the presidential election coverage on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, or the traditional TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) last night. Well you probably noticed lots of technology being used by the news anchors and commentators. I thought I would share this news release since it is timely.

NBC Utilizes Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000 Tablet PC to Reveal Updates during Presidential Election Coverage 2004

Sunnyvale, Calif.

Damn Spammers!

October 26, 2004

Spammer or Innocent Victim?

I loathe spammers - they're below lawyers and tax collectors. Spammers are lower than 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea... lower the depths of hell... lower than the lowest cheap shot ever thrown.

Wi-LAN Launches Mobilis

October 25, 2004

Mobilis, apparently has a new mobile wireless solution for commuter trains using WiMAX. I've always read that WiMAX has problems with any sort of high velocity or movement. Though since velocity (or speed) is all relative (read Albert Einstein's theory of relativity), I suppose if the transmitters are installed on the train, then even though you are travelling at high-speed, the WiMAX transmission signals will be travelling "relative" to the passengers speed.

Of course, then the question becomes, how do they get high-speed wireless signals from off the train?

Broadband market numbers

October 19, 2004

Some broadband market numbers to share...

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., October 19, 2004 - Broadband is becoming a mainstream, must have residential service, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high-tech market research firm is projecting strong growth in both cable and DSL subscribers over the next several years, growing from a combined 24 million subscribers in 2003 to nearly 50 million subscribers in 2008. While growth will remain strong, it will be slowing as the market moves to maturity and the subscriber base becomes quite large.

Super Fast Samsung SATA Hard Drive

October 19, 2004

Spaceballs - "Ludicrous Speed!"

Wow, check out this news release! A super fast, ludicrous speed, whopping 3.0 GB/s Serial ATA hard drive for a desktop PC using SATA? Damn, I want one of those! Hey Samsung, can I have a review unit.

Download High-Definition Movies

October 19, 2004

I've been itching to buy a new Microsoft Media Center 2005 PC for the past week or so. Microsoft Media Center 2005 has support for multiple TV tuners and it supports PVR (personal video recording) functionality as well as pause/resume live TV.

Well, it also supports HDTV, so I was very intrigued when I came across mavromatic's blog about Microsoft Media Center 2005 and the ability to download HDTV films from the Internet to the Media Center PC for a really rich viewing experience. Already there exists the ability to download movies for a "fee", but the video is compressed with less quality than a DVD.

Flarion vs. WiMAX

October 18, 2004

This is the 3rd time today I'm come across the Flarion news about Flarion and Netgear. And I received a tip/email from someone else pointing it out.

Basically, Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM mobile broadband system, have entered into a strategic partnership to productize and deliver integrated FLASH-OFDM and Wi-Fi functionality to mobile operators worldwide through NETGEAR's line of 802.11b/g products. The first product integrating FLASH-OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and Wi-Fi is expected to be available this quarter for evaluation and trials by mobile operators worldwide.

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