Easy-to-use smartphone interfaces, like BlackBerry and iPhone, have given mobile social networking a big boost. A recent Nielsen survey showed social networking was the fastest growing sector of mobile Internet use from November 2007 to November 2008.
For years, GPS has played a role in helping solve one of the industry’s stickiest problems: fixing the location of phones for E911. But as location-based services (LBS) increasingly go commercial, engineers are looking for ways to improve the performance of GPS indoors.
Wireless observers and experts - from CEOs to analysts - are busy formulating their impressions of just how the new Obama administration is likely to treat the wireless industry. The initial reaction has been relatively positive, based on early indications
While the wireless industry is not immune to the troubles of the ailing economy, its future is not as bleak as, say, the auto manufacturing sector. Still, news at the start of year shows everyone from the top down is looking for ways to not only survive, but thrive.
Few people outside of the cellular industry are familiar with the three-letter acronym M2M as shorthand for machine-to-machine communications. But those in the know, when asked to characterize the focus of M2M applications, usually respond with just one word: industrial.
All men are equal, but some are more equal than others. This was the hypocrisy in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in communism and so it also will be with fixed and mobile Internet access if network neutrality regulation ensues.
It’s hard for a city to justify contributing a few million to achieve inter-agency communications compatibility when it is struggling to pay for basic operations of those police and fire departments. Thus was born the idea of the Shared Wide Band Network.
We have a new president, a new FCC chairman (pending Senate confirmation), the rest of the FCC commissioners will be named soon, and soon we will see exactly what our president has in mind for the next bailout and how it turns out once Congress has passed it.
The launch of Google’s open Android mobile platform will dramatically alter the mobile industry as we know it.
For the past few years, SMS traffic in the United States has been growing at a rate of over 125% annually.
Bug fixes and first-day glitches may be the exception today, but are likely to be the norm tomorrow, as the world’s pocket-sized communications devices become less phone and more computer.
While many analysts are combing their data for future prognostications, we decided to take a look back at some of the hot-button issues of 2008. Did the gloves finally come off in the LTE vs. WiMAX standoff? Did Android change the landscape of the handset market? Did femtocells make an impact?
Its push-to-talk (PTT) location app with Sprint was just announced this week, and Pacific DataVision already is hearing from some unexpected prospects.
As consumers demand ever-increasing amounts of content, device manufacturers must seek out new radio technologies.