Posts Tagged "GSM"

A nuclear mushroom cloud

Why Apple should acquire Nokia

Making the case for Apple acquiring Nokia.

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Internet Atmosphere

The internet atmosphere is the infrastructure that makes the cloud possible.

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Points of Internet Control

Internet Lockdown

I examine the new points of lockdown to Internet access.

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10 Tech Deals that Defined the Decade – Part 2

Concluding our series on the tech deals that defined this first decade of the 21st century, here are my top 5.

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Apple

The iPhone is here

Apple unveils a revolutionary approach to mobile phones with the iPhone

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The Future - next exit

2007 Predictions

What will happen in 2007?

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Apple

Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

Apple could get the US to finally move to GSM

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DRM is not binary

Much of the discussion over Digital Rights Management has focused on the extremes, offering only and all or nothing approach. However, my own recent experience is that there is much more granularity to DRM than most people in the space want you to think. Freshness vs. Convenience vs. Value When watching movies, I have several options. I can Go to the movie theater Wait for the movie to be available on video or DVD and rent it Wait for the movie to be available on video or DVD and buy it Wait for a movie to show up on pay-per-view and rent it Wait for the movie to be available online legally and download it Wait for the movie to show up on free TV and watch it or record it then Download it illegally Those are basically all the options I have. Let’s examine what the drivers behind a particular choice my be: Freshness: I want access to the latest movie as soon as it’s viewable Convenience: I want to watch the movie where and when I decide Value: I want to pay a fair price for the entertainment value I get out of that movie If we start…

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Number Portability FAQ

Today is a great day in the USA. Wireless Number Portability has arrived! I wrote about this last year and am glad that we have finally arrived to the point where number portability is now doable. So what is number portability? Well, effective today, you can change mobile phone provider without having to worry about changing your phone number. For example, if your phone number is (646) 555 1212, you can still keep the same number but choose between different mobile phone providers. An added extra is that you can also take your land-line phone number and port it to a mobile phone line. What’s the catch? Mobile phone operators sometimes work on different networks: GSM, CDMA, or TDMA. If you are switching between companies that are using different networks, you might have to change phone. If you are switching between GSM providers, all you may have to do is change your SIM card. If you are using a CDMA or TDMA provider, you might have to go to the store to get your phone reprogrammed with the new number. If you are still under contract with a provider, some penalty fees will be assessed. Make sure that you are…

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Back from the Black-out

Some people will say that the black-out was no big deal and for most, it wasn’t but it belied a number of critical issues. Today, less than 24 hours after our electricity was restored (for the record, 28th street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue got its electricity back on Friday at 9:45pm), I am thinking about some of the scenes I witnessed in this historical event. First of all, I was impressed by how cool and collected everyone was. While there are many recollections of the black-out here’s mine. (granted, I’m posting this late but I just finished making sure that everyone was OK on this end and replugging and generally digging under from the madness of the past few days). Thursday was a regular day at the office… until about 4pm. At a few minutes ’til 4pm, something happened to the lights in our building. I was looking at my computer screen and noticed a slight dim. As I was wondering whether this was due to lack of coffee or a sugar low, or just general dizziness due to too many hours staring at the screen, the lights went out for a few seconds, and every computers went dead….

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