Category: Wireless

  • Verizon to introduce next-gen wireless data network

    Verzon has announced that they’re introducing a CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution Data Only) wireless data network in the San Diego and Washington, D.C. areas later this summer. 1xEV-DO is considered a 3G technology. During preliminary tests that Verizon Wireless conducted in an area from Falls Church [Virginia] to Rockville [Maryland], people could download files while…

  • First ARM-based, Palm-powered smartphone

    Late in January I posted an entry about Kyocera’s new Palm-powered smartphone, the 7135. I was hoping to upgrade to it from my 6035, but it’s still not carried by any major carrier, and now Samsung has a phone that looks a lot more interesting than the 7135. The SGH-i500 is a smart-looking smartphone with…

  • Ricochet's ricochet

    I’ve always dug the idea of Ricochet, which seemed like science fiction when I first heard about it years ago. As much as I like Wi-Fi, I’d prefer slightly-slower high-speed city-wide wireless WANs to “hot spots”, although a roamable combination of both would clearly be best. Aerie Networks, which bought Ricochet’s assets, is in the…

  • "Mastering Compression" class

    My friend and streaming expert Ben Waggoner will be holding his next two 5-day Mastering Compression classes on June 30 and August 11. These classes are held on the Stanford University campus. They’re part of Stanford’s Digital Media Academy program, so you get Stanford Continuing Education credits for taking the class — that means that…

  • Kyocera's new Palm-powered smartphone

    I’ve had a Kyocera 6035 Palm-powered smartphone for a couple of years. It has its quirks, but overall it’s the best phone and the best PDA I’ve ever had. The 6035 is tough (I give it a good drop at least once a month…you know, to seat the chips), syncs with all of my stuff,…

  • DoCoMo and MPEG-4 and QuickTime (oh my?)

    On Monday, DoCoMo will unveil three new 3G phones (made by Fujitsi, Mitsubishi and NEC) for its network. The bigest news from DoCoMo’s point of view (see the AP and Reuters articles below) seems to be that (1) all three phones support digital cameras as an opition, and (2) the phones’ battery life is much…

  • First 3G call made in live U.S. network

    Yesterday, AT&T Wireless and Ericsson completed the first WCDMA/UMTS call in a live network environment. The new 1900 MHz WCDMA/UMTS network they used for the test will have more than 100 cell sites in Dallas by the end of this year. All I want for Christmas is 802.11x most everywhere, 3G everywhere else, and phones…

  • "Open Spectrum: The New Wireless Paradigm"

    Kevin Werbach is a respected independent technology analyst and consultant. He was most recently the editor-in-chief of Release 1.0, and before that led internet policy for the FCC. And, as he puts it, “Almost everything you think you know about spectrum is wrong.” The assumptions underlying the dominant paradigm for spectrum management no longer hold.…

  • Sendo kills Z100, drops Microsoft for Nokia in future handsets

    Sendo was one of the earliest supporters of Microsoft’s “Windows Powered Smartphone Software” OS. (Microsoft marketing: You may want to work on that name thing.) However, today they announced that they’re dropping WPSS in favor of Nokia’s Symbian OS and killing the Z100 handset, which they announced just days ago. From Sendo’s UK home page:…

  • Nokia's 6 new phones: All color, all MMS

    At the Nokia Mobile Internet Conference (NMIC), Nokia introduced six new phones (bringing the total for the year to 30!). The important thing for digital media developers is not the phones per se (although I really dig the 6800 pictured above), but that all support color and MMS. MMS is Multimedia Messaging, which you’ll either…