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No-Sweat Windows 8 Networking
November 15, 2012
Easy sharing and streaming of media and other assets among computers at home or in the workplace is a good reason to get networked. Other benefits include sharing Internet connections. If you've been using email as a method for distributing files among family members or a small business, or are simply taking the Windows 8 plunge, Microsoft has never made it easier.
US Is King of the 4G World
November 08, 2012
Perhaps the United States was not the first to get into the 4G LTE wireless data game, but today it may be the most aggressive in rolling it out. The U.S. has more miles of network, more devices, and more subscribers than any other place on Earth. If you listen to the advertising, it seems every carrier offers 4G, and every customer uses it. Do you? If so, great. If not, when?
AT&T to Plow More Billions Into Spectrum Hunt
November 07, 2012
AT&T on Wednesday announced that it will boost capital spending by as much as 16 percent to $22 billion a year for the next three years to upgrade its wireless and wireline networks. The increase is necessary to compete with Verizon Communications, which is currently upgrading its own network.
FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 2
November 02, 2012
The U.S. government's efforts to advance health technology include work taking place at two obvious agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, an unlikely player in the healthcare arena has emerged -- the Federal Communications Commission, which finds itself at the center of the mobile health, or mHealth, sector.
FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 1
October 30, 2012
Smartphones can perform all kinds of neat tasks, such as instantly directing owners to the nearest sushi bar, or providing inning-by-inning updates of the World Series. Beyond these eye-catching consumer conveniences, the potential for more substantive uses for mobile telecom is enormous. One such area is healthcare, including a wide range of services.
Can Apple Get By With 'Nobody's Perfect' Defense?
October 02, 2012
The new iPhone 5 has a bigger screen, a faster chip and a thinner display. It also has a share of problems, including complaints about WiFi performance. However, this weekend Apple reportedly fixed an iPhone 5 bug that had caused the handset to use Verizon mobile data when the phone should have been connected to a WiFi network.
FCC Chips Away at Spectrum Problem With Incentive Auction Plan
October 01, 2012
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved a notice of proposed rulemaking that will lay the groundwork for the agency to auction television spectrum to mobile carriers. The NPRM establishes proposed rules and asks for public comment on the auctions. Under the proposal, U.S. television stations would give up spectrum in exchange for proceeds from an "incentive" auction -- a world first.
iOS 6 Triggers Wonky WiFi Woes
September 28, 2012
Maps aren't the only thing causing grumbling among the Apple faithful these days. Complaints are piling up about WiFi performance, too. Customer grousing about WiFi problems has filled 93 pages at one Apple forum with beefs about disabled options, failure to link to corporate networks and logy connections.
Bump Up Your Carrier's Lousy Signal With a Femtocell
September 27, 2012
If you've been experiencing choppy voice quality or dropped calls from your mobile provider at your home or workplace, there are steps you can take to correct the problem. Cellular phones use radio signals to communicate, and like any other radio, signal propagation issues -- including topography, obstructions, distance to tower and interference -- affect quality.
When iPhone 5 Lands, Samsung's Ready to Pounce
September 12, 2012
The long-awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5 may not be the only Apple news in circulation. Also expected to make headlines Wednesday will be the news that Samsung is filing suit against Apple in Europe and the United States for infringing on several patents it holds relating to LTE. Samsung reportedly has decided to take immediate legal action.
Sprint Steps on the Gas With 4G Expansion
September 11, 2012
Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE high-speed services in more than 100 cities in the U.S., it said Monday. Included are major cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami and Washington, D.C., as well as small to medium-sized markets -- e.g., Clarksville, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lawrence, Kan. The service will go live in the coming months.
FAA Study May Loosen Restrictions on In-Flight Gadget Use
August 28, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it will study the use of portable electronic devices on airliners, potentially opening the door to allowing greater use of smartphones, tablets or e-readers during flights. Currently, the FAA requires airlines to determine which devices can safely be used in-flight.
Sony Mobile Plans Exodus to Japan
August 23, 2012
Today in international tech news: Sony plans to move its headquarters and slash yet more staff. Also: An Israeli park designed to give visitors a taste of biblical times equips its donkeys with WiFi routers; Google heads to Canada to map the North Pole; Spotify launches in Canada; Google finally has some success in China.
Why Verizon Was Allowed to Buy Wireless Spectrum and AT&T Wasn't
August 23, 2012
Why did Verizon Wireless just get regulator OK to acquire wireless spectrum from cable television companies, whereas AT&T got turned down in its attempt to acquire T-Mobile for the same reason? And why is it still important for regulators to solve the growing wireless data spectrum crunch? The truth is, we are running out of available wireless data spectrum.
Feds Roll Out Wireless Crash Avoidance Test Program
August 22, 2012
The Starship Enterprise has its deflector shields to defend itself from attacks by enemy weaponry, and if all goes well with a pilot program launched Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, road warriors will have wireless systems to defend themselves from collisions with other vehicles.
Watchdogs Howl Over AT&T's FaceTime Policy
August 22, 2012
AT&T is once again catching a fresh batch of grief over how it's dealing with iPhone users. This time, the carrier is drawing flak from advocacy groups for requiring users to sign up for one of the company's new Mobile Share data plans if they want to use iOS's FaceTime video chat app over AT&T's wireless network rather than WiFi.
IBM Kicks Tires of RIM's Enterprise Services Unit
August 13, 2012
IBM reportedly has expressed interest in acquiring the heart of Research In Motion's operations -- its enterprise services unit. This is not the first indication of a company's interest in acquiring part of the ailing BlackBerry maker, and RIM's executives have said they would consider "all options" as they struggle to right their listing ship.
AT&T Snatches More Spectrum With NextWave Buy
August 03, 2012
AT&T announced plans to buy NextWave Wireless in a $600 million deal aimed at boosting its spectrum holdings as the company attempts to meet skyrocketing demand from smartphone and other mobile device users. If the agreement is approved, AT&T will acquire NextWave's Wireless Communication Services and Advanced Wireless Service bands.
Twitter Breaks the Cycle
July 30, 2012
Today in international tech news: Twitter traffic gets the blame for Olympic cyclists' transmitters not sending signals, which forced one TV commentator to use his watch to estimate times. Also, Bloomberg is still in Internet timeout over its report on a Chinese politician's wealth; Korea is hit with anther round of hacking; Google admits to hoarding info in the UK, and more.
Pulling a Wireless Signal Out of Thin Air
July 26, 2012
A cruel fact of life is that mobile operators have a vested interest in building out their networks in areas where there are customers, not where there aren't any. Those towers are expensive, and they want a return. Unfortunately, that means those of us who enjoy puttering around the vast open spaces that make up most of the United States can't get a signal.

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