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  • Snowden: “We Are Like Tagged Animals”

    05/04/2016 5:03:38 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    In a new piece out in The Intercept, whistleblower Edward Snowden has summed up what smart phones really are: By preying on the modern necessity to stay connected, governments can reduce our dignity to something like that of tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they’re in our pockets. It sounds like fantasist paranoia, but on the technical level it’s so trivial to implement that I cannot imagine a future in which it won’t be attempted. It will be limited to the war zones at first, in accordance with our customs, but surveillance technology...
  • NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program on Sunday-two and a half years after it was exposed

    The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement agencies can no longer collect telephone-calling records in bulk in an effort to sniff out suspicious activity. Such records, known as 'metadata,' reveal which numbers Americans are calling and what time they place those calls, but not the content of the conversations. Instead analysts must now get a court order to ask telecommunications companies like Verizon Communications to enable monitoring of call records...
  • Make Hashtag, Not War

    11/20/2015 5:21:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | November 20, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    The "hashtag" is the pound, or number, sign on a keyboard. Many on social medial place the symbol before words, allowing those words to be tracked as keywords on social media. Listeners to my radio show, for example, often tweet with #EERS at the end for "Erick Erickson Radio Show," making it easy for listeners to see each other's tweets. In 2014, State Department spokes child Jen Psaki held up a sign for twitter showing the #UnitedForUkraine hashtag. She then followed it up a month later tweeting, "The world stands #UnitedforUkraine. Let's hope that the #Kremlin & @mfa_Russia will live...
  • How a Jailbird Con Artist Uncovered a Secret FBI Surveillance Tool

    06/20/2015 8:32:42 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 50 replies ^ | Filed to: Stingrays 6/19/15 2:30pm | Kate Knibbs
    How a Jailbird Con Artist Uncovered a Secret FBI Surveillance Tool 43,960 7 Kate KnibbsFiled to: Stingrays 6/19/15 2:30pm A convict lawyer, sitting in jail, obsessed with a wacky theory that the government tracked him by sending secret rays into his house... ends up discovering a secret government cell phone tracking program. Sounds like bizarre noir, right? But it’s true.It happened to Daniel Rigmaiden, who found out that the government had used Stingrays—covert surveillance devices that act like a fake cell phone towers—to catch him running a fake tax return scheme. He’s the guy who brought Stingrays to light. Rigmaiden...
  • Why I Ditched My Smartphone And You Should Too

    06/04/2015 9:42:45 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 50 replies
    Thomas Dishaw ^ | 6-4-15 | Thomas Dishaw
    (Thomas Dishaw) As a blogger and concerned citizen I try to put my money where my mouth is. I believe voting with my dollars is a way of life, therefore I do my best to only support companies, products, and people who I truly stand behind morally and politically. I came to an understanding long ago that the only way to get a point across criminal corporations is to affect their bottom line. Over the last few months I have been having discussions with friends and family about getting rid of my smartphone and downgrading to a cheaper, less traceable...
  • Ericsson helps Iran telecoms, letter reveals long-term deal (No US action-Clinton $750K speech)

    05/10/2015 9:05:13 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2011 | Steve Stecklow
    The Swedish firm Ericsson is working with Iran's largest mobile telecom operator to expand its network and has promised to support another Iranian mobile carrier until 2021, according to interviews and an internal company document. The involvement of Ericsson, the world's largest mobile network equipment maker, comes at a time when many Western companies have stopped doing business in Iran because of international sanctions or concerns about damage to their reputations. While Ericsson argues in the internal document that telecommunications are a "basic humanitarian service," Iranian human rights groups say Iran's regime has used the country's mobile-phone networks to track...
  • FBI Hands Over 5000 Pages Of Stingray Info To MuckRock, Redacts Nearly All Of It

    05/03/2015 8:20:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies ^ | 3 May 2015
    MuckRock has obtained a whole stack of Stingray-related documents from the FBI. As is to be expected, there's not much left unsaid by the agency, which is at least as protective of its own Stingray secrecy as it is with that of law enforcement agencies all over the US. There's nearly 5,000 pages of "material" here, most of which contains only some intriguing words and phrases surrounded by page after page of redactions. Want to know [REDACTED]'s thoughts on the possible legal implications of Triggerfish? Just close your eyes and allow your imagination to run free. Here's a quick reference...
  • Quantum gravity: The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellit

    11/28/2014 9:51:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    aeon ^ | 11/11/14 | Sidney Perkowitz
    Quantum gravity The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellites. Is a single theory of reality in sight? Kindle ESA’s Optical Ground Station in the Canary Islands has set a new distance world record in ‘quantum teleportation’ by reproducing the characteristics of a light particle across 143 km of open air. Photo courtesy ESA Sidney Perkowitz is professor of physics emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta. His latest books are Slow Light (2011) and Hollywood Chemistry (2014), and he is at work on a new edition of Universal Foam (2001). Watching a rocket as it...
  • Foxconn to invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania

    11/25/2013 9:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    DigiTimes ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ninelu Tu and Adam Hwang
    Taiwan-based Foxconn Group will invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania, the US, over two years, according to group president Terry Guo. The investment is in line with the US government's Advanced Manufacturing in America policy, Guo said. Foxconn will invest US$30 million in Foxconn East America, a subsidiary based in Harrisburg, to expand an existing R&D team to set up an advanced manufacturing facility for high value-added products for applications including automobiles, medical care and environmental production, Guo said. The expansion will recruit about 500 employees. In addition, Foxconn will invest US$10 million in Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh specifically for...
  • EU to push ahead on data protection despite UK opposition

    10/28/2013 12:02:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 28 October 2013 | Jeremy Fleming
    The European Commission is set to ignore attempts to delay the implementation of a proposed new data protection regulation (DPR) suggested at last week’s EU summit, claiming that the meeting’s conclusions have been misinterpreted. EurActiv has learned that the EU executive instead believes that a mandate to push forward with new rules by spring next year remains possible, and that this can be achieved even in the face of strong opposition from the UK. … The Parliament, and Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, have consistently tied the need for stronger data protection to acknowledge alleged privacy abuses arising from information leaked...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • Chinese Investment Threatens Security

    07/29/2002 4:03:55 PM PDT · by flamefront · 10 replies · 404+ views
    foxnews ^ | Friday, July 26, 2002 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    <p>One of the largest Chinese telecommunications equipment suppliers, Huawei Technologies Company, recently unveiled plans to establish Future Wei, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary with headquarters in Plano, Texas.</p> <p>Ordinarily, such a foreign investment in the United States would be welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce and others anticipating associated employment and revenue opportunities. As Americans learn more about the parent company and what Chinese enterprises like it are up to, however, patriots in Texas and elsewhere in this country are likely to say "No way, Huawei!"</p>
  • Mexico's lower house gives general approval for telecoms bill

    03/22/2013 1:12:03 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 22, 2013 | Dave Graham and Miguel Gutierrez
    <p>Mexico's lower house of Congress gave broad approval Thursday night to a telecommunications reform that threatens to loosen tycoon Carlos Slim's grip on the phone market and broadcaster Televisa's dominance of the airwaves.</p> <p>The proposal attracted overwhelming support, with 414 lawmakers in favor of the reform and only 50 opposed.</p>
  • Mexico's planned telecoms shake-up threatens Slim, Televisa

    03/20/2013 6:59:00 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 12, 2013 | Michael O'Boyle and Dave Graham
    Mexico's government has threatened the country's telecommunications giants with forced asset sales, unveiling a plan to loosen billionaire Carlos Slim's hold on the telephone market and curb broadcaster Televisa's dominance of the airwaves. The long-awaited bill seeks to shake up the telecoms sector by allowing increased foreign ownership of media and phone companies, and giving regulators the power to make players controlling more than 50 percent of the market sell assets. "The purpose of these measures is to free up the sector's potential, and do it as quickly as possible," President Enrique Pena Nieto said as he presented the plan...
  • White House inactive on attack dangers ('The threat is on nobody's radar screen')

    01/08/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States now is facing two serious national security challenges, but they aren’t expected to be addressed effectively because of the serious budgetary headaches Congress has created, and a virtually deadlocked legislature on just about every issue pending, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And the White House apparently isn’t paying attention. The first is the growing concern of the impact that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – either natural or manmade – could have on the national grid system, on which the Department of Defense has a 99 percent dependency. The other concern...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra

    10/04/2012 12:41:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI - Boston - Press Release ^ | October 3, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra $50,000 Reward is Being Offered for Information Leading to His Arrest FBI Boston October 03, 2012 BOSTON—FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers announced today that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted terrorist Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who left the United States in 2006. He may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one child (a daughter), and extended family. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information...
  • Firm that paid Obama adviser in business with warlord-tied official

    08/11/2012 9:59:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/11/2012 | By Richard Cohen
    A South African company in the spotlight for paying $100,000 in speaking fees to White House adviser David Plouffe is also in business with a Liberian official under U.N. sanctions for his ties to convicted war criminal and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. That's among the latest details to emerge on the connections involving MTN Group, a subsidiary of which paid President Obama's former campaign manager for engagements in late 2010, shortly before he joined the White House. The ties to Liberia's bloody Taylor era center on Benoni Urey, who was commissioner of maritime affairs in Liberia during Taylor's reign....
  • The White House Now Controls All Private Communications in the United States

    07/11/2012 11:11:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | July 11, 2012 | Staff
    In a shocking revelation on, it has been reported that President Barack Obama’s White House has now quietly taken control over all private electronic communications in the United States. The move was made in the name of national security and has some civil liberties groups quite concerned. President Obama signed an Executive Order on Friday, July 6. The order was a statement provided as the “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.” This is considered to be the broadest move yet by the White House when it comes to expanding the power of the federal government. “The...
  • 'Twisted' waves could boost capacity of wi-fi and TV

    03/03/2012 1:04:12 AM PST · by csvset · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 march 2012 | Jason Palmer
    A striking demonstration of a means to boost the information-carrying capacity of radio waves has taken place across the lagoon in Venice, Italy. The technique exploits what is called the "orbital angular momentum" of the waves - imparting them with a "twist". Varying this twist permits many data streams to fit in the frequency spread currently used for just one. The approach, described in the New Journal of Physics, could be applied to radio, wi-fi, and television. The parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that are used for all three are split up in roughly the same way, with a spread...
  • New Year’s Resolution: Prevent the UN from Voting Itself Our Internet Overlord

    01/15/2012 4:39:58 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Big Government ^ | January 5th | Seton Motley
    The Barack Obama Administration has, since its inception, been moving the United States dramatically leftward, trying to (at the very least) make us a western European socialist entity. Ideologically, a full-on participant in – rather than a rational outlier of – the patently absurd United Nations (UN). Perhaps the greatest – and worst – example of President Obama’s UN-ing of America was his Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2010 illegal Network Neutrality Internet power grab. The Administration going to these unlawful lengths to commandeer control of the ‘Net makes it a little more difficult to persuade international autocrats and dictators...
  • New Depiction of Light Could Boost Telecommunications Channels

    08/26/2011 10:23:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | 8/26/11
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 26, 2011) — Physicists with the Institute of Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (IUSL) at The City College of New York have presented a new way to map spiraling light that could help harness untapped data channels in optical fibers. Increased bandwidth would ease the burden on fiber-optic telecommunications networks taxed by an ever-growing demand for audio, video and digital media. The new model, developed by graduate student Giovanni Milione, Professor Robert Alfano and colleagues, could even spur enhancements in quantum computing and other applications. "People now can detect (light in) the ground channel, but this gives us a...
  • Of aircrafts, friends and foes

    01/23/2011 10:43:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 1/24/2011 | TheTimes of India
    Ever wondered how to identify if an aircraft around you is a friend or a foe? How to determine its intent? Well, an electronic system that can detect an aircraft's intent is sure to enthuse electronic, computer science and electrical buffs. Such pin-point technologies are now coming from defence PSU Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL), which is all set to showcase Network Centric Warfare (NCW) technologies developed in-house during Aero India 2011. NCW makes use of computer processing power and networking communications technology to provide shared information of the battle space among defence forces. The shared awareness increases synergy for command...
  • After Giffords shooting, Credo Mobile issues petition against Sarah Palin's gun crosshairs

    01/11/2011 4:35:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Credo Mobile, a wireless service provider with an activist streak, has issued a petition calling out Sarah Palin's use of gun crosshairs to identify Democratic politicians. The petition, titled "Sarah Palin: Violent threats have consequences," comes partly in response to the shooting Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and injured 14 others, among them Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Before the shooting occurred, Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, posted a map of the United States with crosshairs over 20 House districts represented by Democrats. One of those crosshairs was over Giffords' district in Tucson. The map included text that...
  • Vonage Commercial (What is 'The Big Fetnini?' -- 'The Big Fetnee?')

    12/16/2010 1:45:04 PM PST · by unspun · 42 replies · 28+ views
    Vonage and Vanity ^ | December 16, 2010 | Arlen Williams
    My chat, a few minutes ago with a live chat sales person at Connected to Session ID: 367003 In order to protect your privacy please do not give out your password or credit card number in a chat conversation. Ana has joined this session! Connected with Ana. Your reference number for this chat session is 367003. Ana: Thank you for choosing Vonage. I'm Ana, your chat sales agent. Before you start the signup process, what questions do you have? You: Hello Ana. You: I have to confess at the beginning here... Ana: hi You: I'm not interested in...
  • Things we shouldn't be doing with China

    10/21/2010 4:35:32 PM PDT · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 6 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 21 October 2010 | J.E. Dyer
    Four U.S. senators have registered concern about the proposal of a start-up company, Amerilink Telecom Corp., to upgrade Sprint Nextel’s national network to 4G data-rate capacity using Chinese-provided equipment from Huawei Shenzen Ltd., a company with longstanding ties to the Chinese military. The point made by the senators – Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, Jon Kyl, and Sue Myrick – is that China could install a surveillance or sabotage capability in a very large segment of the U.S. wireless infrastructure. The scope of the Sprint Nextel 4G upgrade reportedly encompasses about 35,000 transmission towers throughout the 50 states. Huawei has been...
  • Can you hear me now? Of course; I'm on a land line

    09/06/2010 7:28:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | September 6, 2010 | By Stephen Randall
    Sitting here in my den, I have two ways that I can call you and two ways that I can get a call from you. One of them has been around since the late 1800s and still does pretty much what it did when it was invented. The other is virtually magic in a box — and that box isn't much bigger than a deck of cards. One sits like a weird dusty antique on my desk. It's not pretty. No talented designer has ever bothered to make it museum-worthy. When it rings, I hear the same sound, no matter...
  • Saudi Arabia Announces BlackBerry Ban

    08/04/2010 2:30:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CNET ^ | August 3, 2010 | Steven Musil
    <p>Saudi Arabia has ordered the country's cell phone service providers to halt all BlackBerry services this week, the latest Mideast nation to announce moves to exercise greater control over data sent by the Research In Motion phones.</p> <p>The country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) on Tuesday asked Saudi Telecom, Mobily, and Zain Saudi Arabia to suspend service to BlackBerry phones on Friday, the Saudi state news agency SPA said in a report detailed by Al Jazeera. The suspension was being implemented because BlackBerry service "in its present state does not meet regulatory requirements," the SPA said.</p>
  • Motorola Droid Getting Android Froyo Update Next Week

    07/30/2010 5:30:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Maximumpc ^ | 07/30/10 at 04:57:06 PM | Ryan Whitwam
    Until now, only users of Google's tragically short lived Nexus One had access to Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo), but according to a communiqué from Verizon, the original Droid will be getting the update next week. This is big news for a large segment of the Android user base as the Droid was a very popular phone.  Android 2.2 brings some useful new features to the platform. For instance, Google's new Jun-in-time compiler speeds up applications dramatically, and the browsers new JavaScript V8 engine makes web pages render much faster. We're going to be very interested to see how Motorola handles...
  • Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed ( AnandTech goes deep under the cover for the details )

    07/21/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Anandtech ^ | 7/20/2010 4:27:00 PM | Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi
    You have to hand it to Motorola; as little as a year ago their future looked bleak. Android was still in its infancy and lacking polish, mainstream devices running it were few, and there weren’t public or visible signs of any forthcoming devices which would challenge the dominance of BlackBerry or iOS, especially from Motorola. A few months later, they launched the Motorola Droid, and a few months after the floodgates opened up - out has poured a steady stream of relatively polished devices running Android 2.x. It’s been breakneck almost, with new flagships every 3 months on average -...
  • Motorola Droid X Sold Out? Not Necessarily

    07/21/2010 12:14:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    PC World ^ | Jul 20, 2010 2:45 pm | JR Raphael,
    Verizon's Motorola Droid X is a hot commodity these days. Despite what you may have read, though, the phone isn't too hot to get your hands on -- if you know where to look. Within a day of the Droid X launch last Thursday, Verizon's online store had to push its shipping date back to July 23 in order to keep up with demand. Now, Verizon appears to be extending that delay: Big Red has just bumped its Droid X shipping date to August 3 for all orders placed online. Verizon Wireless locations around the country are reporting the same...
  • Droid smartphone unveiled by Motorola, Verizon

    10/28/2009 12:47:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies · 1,470+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 28, 2009 9:44 a.m. CDT, | Wailin Wong
    Motorola and Verizon Wireless on Wednesday unveiled the Droid, a smartphone that will test whether the companies can use software from Google to chip away at the dominance of Apple's iPhone. The Droid, a svelte slider with a full keyboard and an expansive touchscreen, will be available at Verizon Wireless Nov. 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers have to sign up for a two-year contract and data plan. Success of the new phone, which is being launched in a competitive holiday season, is crucial for Motorola, where co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha has placed a heavy bet on...
  • Motorola DROID review

    11/03/2009 9:46:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 922+ views
    Engadget ^ | Oct 30th 2009 at 1:10PM | by Joshua Topolsky
    It's hard to look at the DROID without looking at the company which brought the device to life. Motorola: for years the name has been synonymous with... well, disappointment. While the industry-stalwart made cellphones sexy with the RAZR, the days which followed have not been especially fruitful or compelling. Over the past year or so, we've seen Motorola beating its way back into the mainstream through a series of smart plays: first embracing Android as a platform, then shucking off the weight of Windows Mobile and finally bringing some desirable (and high profile) devices to market. With the DROID, the...
  • Motorola Droid X in serious lockdown

    07/15/2010 12:15:47 AM PDT · by TeachableMoment · 21 replies · 1+ views
    TGDaily ^ | 14th Jul 2010 | AHARON ETENGOFF
    Motorola's eagerly anticipated Droid X smartphone is expected to hit the hot summer streets in just a few hours. But don't plan on hacking, rooting or modding the Android-powered device anytime soon. 
In addition to locking down the smartphone with an encrypted bootloader, Motorola has instructed its obedient Droid to brick itself if the kernel, bootloader or ROM becomes noticeably compromised.
  • Nokia, RIM, HTC, Samsung and Motorola: Shut Up, Apple

    07/19/2010 3:39:48 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 18 replies
    AllThingsDigital ^ | July 19, 2010 | John Paczkowski
    There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 4 that isn’t wrong with its rivals. That claim, made by Steve Jobs at the special iPhone 4 press conference Apple held last Friday, drew a loud round of catcalls from the smartphone industry, which clearly didn’t appreciate being tarred with the same brush that has smeared Cupertino these past few weeks. Nokia (NOK), Research in Motion (RIMM), HTC, Samsung and Motorola (MOT) have all issued statements taking issue with Apple’s claims and accusing it of unfairly trying to draw them into its death-grip drama. Here are their rebukes. -snip- Research in Motion: Apple’s...
  • Droid X: The five absolute best features

    06/26/2010 11:27:00 PM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 28 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2:03AM on Jun 25, 2010 | Kevin Hall
    For every iPhone, there's always a Verizon response. With the iPhone 4 out in the spotlight, Verizon has a new flagship device launching on July 15th: the Droid X. Like the iPhone 4, it's getting put through the paces, and the folks who have gotten to play with it are loving it just as much. How does it match up, though? Hit the link below to find out. The Odd Design The Droid X isn't shaped like other phones. It's got a fat top and a tapered bottom, yet it doesn't make it feel awkward. "The bottom is super...
  • Droid X Proves a Hit: Sold Out (Most retail stores reporting little to no stock left after)

    07/16/2010 1:48:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    PC WORLD ^ | 07/16/2010 | Daniel Ionescu
    The Motorola Droid X launched Thursday and is already sold out, exceeding Verizon's demand expectations. The carrier had said that there would be no Droid X shortage, but the initial online stock of the hot Android smartphone is now exhausted, with the next shipping date pushed back to July 23. Many Verizon Wireless retail stores and Best Buys around the U.S. are reporting low or no stock. The Droid X is this summer's flagship Google Android phone, selling for $200, after a $100 online discount on Verizon's site. It has a roomy 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED...
  • Cellphone inventor Marty Cooper uses a Droid.... and a Jitterbug

    05/23/2010 5:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 985+ views
    Engadget ^ | March 11, 2010 | Donald Melanson
    Sure, you read reviews and take recommendations from friends before you buy a new cellphone, but have you ever stopped to consider what the inventor of the cellphone uses on a daily basis? C-SPAN has, and recently took the opportunity to ask the man himself, Marty Cooper, that very question during a wide-ranging interview. While Cooper said that he has used an iPhone previously, he recently passed it on to his grandson in favor of a Motorola Droid, which he says he chose because he wanted to get more experience with Android. But that's not all, Cooper also revealed that...
  • Verizon to cut more than 10,000 workers

    01/26/2010 10:34:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 822+ views
    Providence Business News ^ | January 26, 2010 | PBN Staff
    Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it plans to cut more than 10,000 workers from its landline division this year as customers continue to get rid of home telephone service. The telecom giant made the disclosure the same day it reported a loss in the final quarter of last year as the company spent $3 billion on severance and other costs that stemmed from its decision to lay off thousands of workers last year. Verizon posted a net loss of $653 million, or 23 cents a share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $1.24 billion,...
  • Zoo Pelican Swallows Cell Phone

    08/06/2009 2:28:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 310+ views
    UPI ^ | Aug. 6, 2009
    Officials at an Idaho zoo said they nearly had to X-ray an entire flock of pelicans when visitors reported one of the birds had swallowed a cell phone. Zoo keepers at the Tauphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls said visitors reported seeing the pelicans tossing a cell phone back and forth until one of the birds eventually swallowed the object whole, KIDK-TV, Idaho Falls, reported Thursday. "Luckily the bird regurgitated it so it wouldn't harm him. We just need folks to be really cautious when they're in the zoo and remember that they're guests in the animals homes and they...
  • SUBJECT: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba

    04/18/2009 2:30:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 553+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | April 13, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secrectary _______________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release April 13, 2009 April 13, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE SUBJECT: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba The promotion of democracy and human rights in Cuba is in the national interest of the United States and is a key component of this Nation's foreign policy in the Americas. Measures that decrease dependency of the Cuban people on the Castro regime and that promote contacts between Cuban-Americans...
  • Illegal wire-tapping suit now in Obama's court

    01/19/2009 10:17:25 AM PST · by thecodont · 14 replies · 840+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Monday, January 19, 2009 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (01-18) 21:00 PST -- President-elect Barack Obama dismayed civil liberties groups last summer when he voted to authorize President Bush's clandestine wiretapping program after publicly denouncing it. Now, thanks to a ruling by a San Francisco federal judge, Obama must take a stand on whether the Bush administration violated Americans' rights when it intercepted their phone calls and e-mails without seeking a court's permission. The Jan. 5 decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker revived the last remaining lawsuit against the program Bush authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Without seeking congressional approval or court warrants,...
  • Stockholm to get 4G mobile network in 2010

    01/16/2009 12:28:05 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 5 replies · 471+ views ^ | 01/15/2009 | David Landes
    Mobile broadband users in Stockholm will soon be able to surf the internet on a new high speed 4G network, following the signing of a deal between Ericsson and TeliaSonera. The order from Finnish-Swedish telecom provider TeliaSonera marks the first commercial deployment of Ericsson’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology and will provide mobile internet users with data speeds up to ten times faster than those offered on current networks. "LTE brings the highest possible performance and network capacity, which is needed to meet the needs of the fast growing group of mobile broadband users around the world,” said Ericsson’s...
  • Mom Denied Cell Phone - For Being a Mom (w/Poll)

    12/20/2008 11:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies · 2,719+ views
    Parent Dish ^ | December, 18, 2008 | Roger Sinasohn
    Butcher, baker, candlestick maker -- all noble professions, indeed. Stay-at-home Mom? Well, get a real job. At least, that's what one Australian mom was told when she went to buy a cell phone. Lyndal Fair, a thirty-six-year-old mother of three, wanted to purchase a mobile phone, presumably to keep track of her brood, to call their schools and doctors and to be available in an emergency. Not good enough, said Vodafone -- they don't sell phones to moms. In fact, the store employees suggested she get her husband to purchase the phone under his name for her. Sound familiar? "I...
  • Why Do Businesses Pass on VoIP?

    11/19/2008 1:58:11 PM PST · by DanRoberts · 17 replies · 574+ views
    The Hosted VoIP Blog ^ | 11/14/08 | Dan Roberts
    Research has shown that many companies, both large and small are uncertain about the benefits to their organization that a VoIP telephone system offers. 55 percent of North American and European companies reported that they did not understand the value that a unified communications solution can deliver to their organization.
  • The Next High-Tech Threat to U.S. Security

    07/01/2008 10:12:56 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 54 replies · 219+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-1-08 | Paul M. Weyrich
    EMP is electromagnetic radiation from an explosion (especially a nuclear explosion). The worst of the pulse lasts for only a second but any unprotected electrical equipment - and anything connected to electrical cables, which act as giant lightning rods or antennas - are affected by it. If a nation with a nuclear bomb and the ability to explode it high above an American city were to do so, it would have a massive effect in all directions. Almost immediately all communications systems in the country would be disrupted completely. No radio. No television. No internet. Indeed no electricity at all....
  • John Edwards and Fred Thompson to Deliver CTIA WIRELESS 2008 Keynotes (4/3/07 Las Vegas)

    03/28/2008 12:27:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 642+ views
    Yahoo! Business News/Press Release ^ | March 27, 2008 | Cheryl Delgreco and Karen Blondell
    Former presidential candidates John Edwards and Fred Thompson will deliver keynote addresses on the final day of CTIA WIRELESS 2008®, Thursday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton, Barron Room. CTIA WIRELESS 2008 takes place April 1 – 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. John Edwards was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President. Edwards served as U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1999-2005 and was John Kerry’s vice presidential running mate in 2004. Fred Thompson was a candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for President. He served as U.S. Senator from Tennessee from...
  • Company's plan for Iran trade brings guilty plea

    03/18/2008 6:32:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 370+ views
    News&Observer ^ | Mar. 18, 2008
    Company's plan for Iran trade brings guilty plea Mar. 18, 2008 Allied Telesis Labs, a telecommunications research company with offices on NC State's Centennial Campus, entered a guilty plea today to conspiring to trade illegally with Iran. According to a federal court press release, the company conspired to land and carry out a $95 million contract to rebuild telecommunications systems in Iranian cities including Teheran. The guilty plea followed a written plea agreement and required the defendant to pay a fine of $500,000. The plea came in federal court in Raleigh to charges of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency...
  • India Unveils 'People's Phone' for £10 ($20)

    02/14/2008 2:28:36 PM PST · by webschooner · 47 replies · 1,183+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2-14-08
    India has already built the world's cheapest car – the £1,250 Tata Nano – now the country has unveiled the telecoms equivalent: the £10 "people's phone". The mobile handset, developed by Spice, the Indian telecoms group that is listed in Bombay and worth £1 billion, is angled at the very lowest end of the market. This means the phone has jettisoned all "non-essential" features – such as a screen. "It is just a phone," said Bhupendra Kumar Modi, the Spice chairman, who hopes to sell about 10 million in the next year. Mobile phones priced under about £20 account for...
  • Voicemail campaign ads: Would you use them?

    11/29/2007 5:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 115+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | November 29, 2007 | Monica Guzman
    In the coming months, you'll see campaign ads everywhere: On billboards, bumpers, lawns, Facebook profiles. But did you ever think you'd hear one on a friend's cell phone? Did you ever think you'd want to? A company called YouMail launched a page last week with nine campaign-related voicemail recordings available for free download. Fans of certain candidates can set their greetings so they play to their whole address book or assign them only to a few select contacts. The idea hasn't yet taken off in any big way; only greetings supporting Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani have been...