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Tracking Everything that Moves: Telespial's Trackstick Pro

December 7, 2006

I guess it was just a matter of time before the power of Google Earth leapt off the computer screen to become part of a real-world (as opposed to virtual world) tool. Recently various cell phone services have begun to create mash-ups of sorts with Google Maps. But Trackstick Pro, which I stumbled across the other day in my wireless wanderings, takes this idea to a whole new level.

What is Trackstick Pro? The manufacturer (Telespial Systems) describes it as “an advanced GPS data logger capable of continuously recording its own location histories for extended periods of time.” It can log months of travel histories, with user-configurable recording intervals.

Samsung Invests $320 Million in WiMAX R&D

December 7, 2006

If you’re among those closely following WiMAX developments in Asia, take note: WiMAX Day reported earlier this week that Samsung plans to invest more than $320 million in WiMAX development and research during 2007.

The money primarily will be funneled into R&D for mobile handsets and notebook computers (such as the SPH-P9000 MIT Device introduced in early November).

Motorola Canada Intros Portable Cell Phone Charger

December 4, 2006

In a way, its strange how grocery stores have turned into one-stop shops for running most of your errands. Some of the larger chains now incorporate pharmacies, banks, dry-cleaners, childcare rooms, and other non-food-related resources within their walls.

Recently I was meandering down the hardware aisle in a supermarket, and noticed that they were selling portable chargers for cell phones designed to give you a little bit more juice without having to plug the phone in.

Well, to me that proved that grocery stores now truly are “supermarkets.” I mean, if I can buy cell phone accessories there, the sky’s the limit.

SK Telecom Plans $125.8 Million Korean WiBro Investment

December 1, 2006

Recently, I blogged about KT’s plans to install wireless Internet service in the subway trains of Seoul, South Korea. Today I report on a related update: WiMAX day says that SK Telecom yesterday filed document with the Korean stock exchange announcing the company’s intention to invest $125.8 million to expand WiBro services in the country.

(In case you’re note familiar, WiBro is “the local brand name for mobile WiMAX in Korea,” WiMAX Day explains.)

The connection to the subway project, by the way, is that SK and KT are jointly working to install wireless Internet in the trains.

ABI Predicts Wibree Growth, If...

November 30, 2006

Yesterday in this blog, I wrote about the differences and similarities between established wireless standard Bluetooth and new-kid-on-the-block Wibree. Talk about good timing—guess what landed in my mailbox today? A report from ABI Research regarding the future of, you guessed it, Wibree.

Specifically, ABI is predicting that the market for Wibree products could be worth $513 million by 2011—if certain things happen.

Will Wibree Unseat the Bluetooth King?

November 29, 2006

A reader of this blog recently e-mailed me to ask what I know about the differences between Bluetooth and Wibree. I had to admit to myself that I really didn’t understand the differences and similarities much better than my reader. So I set out to educate myself.

First stop was Wikipedia, where I uncovered the follow definitions for the two technologies.

In-Stat: WiMAX Set for Growth, But Still Faces Challenges

November 28, 2006

So much news has been generated lately about WiFi that sometimes it seems as if the world has forgotten that technology’s younger, more powerful sibling, WiMAX.

But, market research firm In-Stat hasn’t forgotten. In a recent report, the firm predicted some significant growth in worldwide subscribers to WiMAX-based broadband.

In-Stat said it expects 2006 to yield 222,000 WiMAX subscribers, and that number should grow to 19.7 million by the end of 2010.

In-Stat: WiMAX Set for Growth, But Still Faces Challenges

November 28, 2006

So much news has been generated lately about WiFi that sometimes it seems as if the world has forgotten that technology’s younger, more powerful sibling, WiMAX.

But, market research firm In-Stat hasn’t forgotten. In a recent report, the firm predicted some significant growth in worldwide subscribers to WiMAX-based broadband.

In-Stat said it expects 2006 to yield 222,000 WiMAX subscribers, and that number should grow to 19.7 million by the end of 2010.

Fix a PDA Yourself

November 27, 2006

Well, Thanksgiving is over. You know what that means. If you’re someone who celebrates Christmas, it’s time to get started on your holiday shopping in earnest. And, if you’re a tech geek like me, you probably have at least a few gadgets on your list—to buy for friends and family, or that you are hoping they’ll buy for you.

More Than Half of Americans Still Using Dial-Up Internet Connections

November 22, 2006

If you’re a person who recalls not-so-fondly the days of dial-up Internet connections—when you’d start a download or begin checking your mail and then go off to do something else while the process took place—count yourself lucky.

It turns out that as few as 28 percent of American households today have access to broadband Internet. That’s according to reporter Richard Hoffman in a Nov. 20, 2006 Information Week article, citing data from Government Accountability Office.

Hoffman notes that The Pew Internet & American Life Project puts the number of American adults using broadband at 42 percent.