The Nexus 5 isn't what you'd call the best kept secret ever, given the device manual
and FCC filings
have already revealed many of the technical specifics (Android 4.4 KitKat, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, 4.95-inch display, in addition to a Google Play accidental leak showing a price tag of $349 for the base 16GB model.
Now EvLeaks has grabbed a hold of leaked images of the upcoming Nexus 5
, Google's flagship smartphone made my LG. All that appears left to know is which carriers will be getting it first. That obviously won't include Verizon given their love of locked devices, something the device's leaked specs (a lack of 700MHz LTE support) appears to confirm.
Back in December NASA announced
that the agency would be conducting a Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) they believe will someday be capable of delivering speeds up to 600 Mbps. The test was successfully conducted this week
, and involved communicating with the LADEE robotic probe orbiting the moon using telescopes that are just under one meter in diameter.
According to a new study by the NPD Group
and Connected Intelligence, 80% of the 60.8 million tablets currently estimated to be in use are Wi-Fi only. Of those tablets that do have an embedded 3G or 4G radio, only about half of them have an active data plan. Meanwhile, 83% of video viewing on tablets is done in the home. You'll recall that wireless carriers first got terribly excited about selling netbooks, then got terribly excited about selling tablets, but data continues to show that people aren't interested in shelling out the extra money for a device-specific data plan. However, shared data plans
that allow users to add a tablet to a plan for just an additional $10 each month could slowly change these numbers slightly.
The New Republic story continues..
notes that one of the cornerstones of the GOP's technology agenda being firmed up at the convention this week (aside from censoring porn
, opposing net neutrality and further eliminating consumer protections) is "spectrum reform." The New Republic
argues that spectrum reform in GOP parlance is really just code for taking any and all spectrum you can find and selling it to AT&T and Verizon, so they can squat on it and prevent additional competitors from entering the marketplace (aka protectionism).
In addition to just throwing money at the GOP
, the incumbents and the GOP sell the idea of further protecting the nation's duopoly from competition by insisting they're just super
concerned about bringing broadband to rural users.
Last month the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology sent the Obama Administration a new report
(pdf) requesting that the President make even more airwaves available for wireless services -- and that those airwaves be shared. The report gave a few vague suggestions for these shared spectrum trials, which could involve semi-exclusive licenses where carriers could share airwaves with government services, or some kind of unlicensed approach not unlike white space broadband.
Last month the National Preparedness Group released a report
stating that national U.S. emergency networks still aren't up to snuff a decade after the events of 9/11 and recommendations by the 9/11 Commission.
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by Revcb 09:19AM Thursday Sep 02 2010
For years, online radio outfits were worried that aggressive royalty payment structures designed by the entertainment industry could force them out of business. For now, at least, it appears that those worries are over. story continues..
Internet radio webcasters like Pandora have been struggling
to stay in business because exorbitant royalty revenues mandated by Congress last year are making it too difficult to keep on operating. However, they’ve gained a small victory
this weekend as the House of Representatives has approved a bill allowing them to negotiate a lower royalty rate with the entertainment industry. There had originally been strong opposition to this bill by the National Association of Broadcasters but that opposition has been dropped and it is believed
that the Senate will likely approve the bill without problems. If the Senate does quickly approve the bill, it is believed that a deal for lower royalty rates could be worked out as early as next month.
Internet radio webcasters are nearing their "last stand," according to a piece today in the Washington Post
. A company like Pandora
, which has roughly 1 million daily listeners, pays nearly 70% of their $25 million revenue on royalties -- an arrangement that could force the company out of business, according to the company's founder. "We're approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision," says founder Tim Westergren. "This is like a last stand for webcasting." While traditional and satellite radio pay far less (and in some cases virtually no) royalties, the Copyright Royalty Board drastically ramped up
the costs paid by Internet broadcasters after being pressured by the entertainment industry. Negotiations are still underway, but the Post suggests that things aren't looking good for Internet radio.
by KathrynV 09:48AM Saturday Jul 26 2008 story continues..
It has been nearly a year and a half since the nation’s only two satellite radio operators, XM and Sirius, announced their plans for a merger
. Throughout that time, the merger has been pending approval from the FCC.
At the end of 2005, the city of Princeton in Illinois began testing out
a municipal wireless system based on BPL technology. The rollout has been successful and the city announced that they will be completing the project
by the end of this month with rollout to the final quadrant of the city which had not yet been served. One of the biggest concerns at the start of this project was that BPL technology would interfere with local radio signals. However, there have been no reports of interference since the project began. Approximately 100 residential customers have subscribed to the BPL Internet option in the area so far.
by KathrynV 10:54AM Saturday Mar 01 2008 story continues..
More than a year ago, Sirius and XM Radio announced
their plans to merge into one company. Consumer groups with concerns about the monopoly this would create in the satellite radio market spoke out
against the merger and the FCC decided to seek comments
from the public to assist them in determining whether or not the deal should be allowed to move forward.
Tasmanian energy supplier Aurora Energy was boasting about the amazing powers of BPL back in March but rather quietly scrapped
the $2 million trial at the end of last month. Much of the opposition to the trial came from the Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania which details that opposition here
by KathrynV 10:20AM Saturday Dec 01 2007 story continues..
XM and Sirius stocks went up yesterday
after a prediction by an analyst that the DOJ will approve their merger
in the immediate future. Robert Peck says that he has Washington D.C.
As we near the date when the FCC will make a decision about the XM/Sirius merger
, people on both sides of the debate have stepped up their campaigns. The National Association of Broadcasters used a series of targeted pop-up ads placed on consumer websites to generate over 8,000 anti-merger e-mails to the FCC.
by robertfl 11:06AM Saturday Nov 10 2007 story continues..
Earlier this year we saw a big dispute
between SoundExchange (which collects recording royalties) and Internet radio broadcasters over rising royalty rates. The uneasy end to the dispute came when SoundExchange postponed the rate hike until a better deal could be worked out.
by KathrynV 10:56AM Thursday Aug 23 2007 story continues..
After much lobbying
and media coverage about the negative effect of higher royalty rates on small Internet radio broadcasters, SoundExchange put a halt
on realizing the rates until a better deal could be worked out. It’s now being reported
that SoundExchange will continue a discounted rate for small Internet radio broadcasters through 2010, giving them a couple more years to get a toehold before putting on the price brakes.
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