31 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for December 15, 2012
====== 31 years of TELECOM Digest -- Founded August 21, 1981 ======
Telecom and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Digest for the
Internet. All contents here are copyrighted by Bill Horne and
the individual writers/correspondents. Articles may be used in other
journals or newsgroups, provided the writer's name and the Digest are
included in the fair use quote. By using any name or email address
included herein for any reason other than responding to an article
herein, you agree to pay a hundred dollars to that person, or email address
Addresses herein are not to be added to any mailing list, nor to be sold or given away without the explicit written consent of the owner of that address. Chain letters, viruses, porn, spam, and miscellaneous junk are definitely unwelcome.
We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. - Geoffrey Welsh
See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest.
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:25:27 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi Message-ID: <email@example.com> G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi By EDWARD WYATT December 12, 2012 WASHINGTON - House Republicans warned the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday against "giving away" scarce airwaves that they said could produce up to $19 billion in proceeds if they were instead auctioned to telecommunications companies for use in mobile broadband networks. The remarks, which came at a House communications subcommittee hearing, took aim at one of the top priorities of Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman: to make available more unlicensed airwaves, or spectrum, to open congested mobile broadband networks and to use in Wi-Fi hot spots. In September, the F.C.C. proposed freeing 12 to 20 megahertz of spectrum for those unlicensed uses. The unlicensed space on the electromagnetic spectrum would also be used as "guard bands." Those are areas that border segments of airwaves that are used by cellphone companies, broadcasters and other communications entities; their purpose is to limit interference from transmissions on nearby airwaves. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/business/republicans-tell-fcc-not-to-give-away-airwaves.html
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:29:44 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Google lets iOS developers replace Apple map data with its own Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Google lets iOS developers replace Apple map data with its own New SDK gives access to vector data, but not turn-by-turn navigation. by Chris Foresman Dec 13 2012 Ars Technica In addition to releasing its own Google Maps app for iOS, Google is now offering up its improved, vector-based maps to iOS developers looking for an alternative to Apple's at-times flawed data. Developers can essentially replace Apple's native MapKit APIs with the Google Maps SDK for iOS, though integrating turn-by-turn navigation is still verboten. Apple's native MapKit APIs originally gave iOS developers native access to the 2D map data supplied by Google in previous versions of iOS. However, Apple claimed that it needed to build its own mapping database in order to give iOS's Maps app improved features like efficient, high-resolution vector data, 3D "flyover" views, turn-by-turn navigation, and more. Apple replaced the backend mapping data in iOS 6 with its own data, and those changes were passed down to MapKit, and hence any app that used MapKit. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/12/google-lets-ios-developers-replace-apple-map-data-with-its-own/
TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Bill Horne. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is moderated by Bill Horne.
43 Deerfield Road
Sharon MA 02067-2301
bill at horne dot net
This Digest is the oldest continuing e-journal about telecomm- unications on the Internet, having been founded in August, 1981 and published continuously since then. Our archives are available for your review/research. We believe we are the oldest e-zine/mailing list on the internet in any category! URL information: http://telecom-digest.org Copyright (C) 2012 TELECOM Digest. All rights reserved. Our attorney is Bill Levant, of Blue Bell, PA.
Finally, the Digest is funded by gifts from generous readers such as yourself who provide funding in amounts deemed appropriate. Your help is important and appreciated. A suggested donation of fifty dollars per year per reader is considered appropriate. See our address above. Please make at least a single donation to cover the cost of processing your name to the mailing list. All opinions expressed herein are deemed to be those of the author. Any organizations listed are for identification purposes only and messages should not be considered any official expression by the organization.