FCC warns of looming mobile spectrum crunch

FCC warns of looming mobile spectrum crunch (www.cnn.com)

The Federal Communication Commission predicts a “looming spectrum crunch” in a recently published paper, Mobile Broadband: The Benefits of Additional Spectrum. The agency predicts that U.S. mobile data users will start feeling the spectrum crunch within five years. Users of smartphones, tablets, PC aircards and MiFi-style routers, and even feature phones will feel this pinch. It will hinder the speed, quality, performance and reliability of wireless broadband connections. Users of iPhones in California’s Bay Area and several other metro regions have found out in the last several years what a spectrum crunch feels like. When a carrier like AT&T faces a far greater demand for data than its network hardware can deliver, users end up waiting and waiting for Web pages, maps, apps and more to update. E-mails take a long time to download, and sending photos or video slows to a snail’s pace. (Continue reading at www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: Here in New York City I have experienced this spectrum crunch during the New York Philharmonic Concerts in Central Park. When you have close to a Million people on the lawn for the concert all calling, texting, and emailing at the same time, the spectrum is over-loaded, your mobile device does not work. So we take colored balloons for everyone to find us at the concert. So what needs to happen in the future is the FCC will need to permit more spectrum frequencies to carriers or hand out balloons. Of course cleaning the noise on existing spectrum frequencies can help and mobile devices can be re-engineered not to waste bandwidth. There are a lot of ways to fix this problem. Which makes this field exciting.

Apple Blocks Siri On Jailbroken Non-iPhone 4S Devices

Apple Blocks Siri On Jailbroken Non-iPhone 4S Devices (www.mobilemag.com)

Many believe that Appleā€™s decision to keep Siri away from non-4S iOS devices is part of their marketing strategy, while some believe that the company is simply unable to provide the service to the whole iOS population. But whatever the reason is behind it, it appears like Apple will always be deciding on who all will be playing with the voice assistant. They have killed Siri on jailbroken iOS devices other than the iPhone 4S. (Continue reading at www.mobilemag.com)

My Two Cents: Last week I upgraded to the Apple iPhone 4S. I am very surprised on how much I like Siri, and how well it works. Being a business partner with Sprint since 2004 I am so happy they offer the iPhone 4s. Our Adept applications in the field run very well on the Apple iPhone including the 4S, and using Siri to talk instead of write text is just amazing. So I can see why Apple is making sure it only operates on their devices. The value added is huge.

Google knows too much about you

Google knows too much about you (www.cnn.com)

If you use Google, It has every e-mail you ever sent or received on Gmail. It has every search you ever made, the contents of every chat you ever had over Google Talk. Google holds a record of every telephone conversation you had using Google Voice, it knows every Google Alert you’ve set up. It has your Google Calendar with all content going back as far as you’ve used it, including everything you’ve done every day since then. It knows your contact list with all the information you may have included about yourself and the people you know. It has your pictures, your news page configuration, indicating what topics you’re most interested in. And so on.
If you ever used Google while logged in to your account to search for a person, a symptom, a medical side effect, a political idea; if you ever gossiped using one of Google’s services, all of this is on Google’s servers. And thanks to the magic of Google’s algorithms, it is easy to sift through the information because Google search works like a charm. Google can even track searches on your computer when you’re not logged in for up to six months. (Continue reading at www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: Yes, Google tracks you and stores your information. People tend to forget that Google is not a personal private service that for free allows you all these services. The masses have value in search trends and information, Google leverages this value. You have the option NOT to use their services, or if you don’t care about your privacy use their services. I personally use these services as public domain, if I don’t want the world to know what color of underwear I have on, I will not use google services or facebook about this personal information. I am sure Google knows what the most common and uncommon underwear color is used along with other personal data that really should not be known. So remember Google is Public, Facebook is Public!!