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The Telecom Digest for December 18, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 294 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
The faster-than-fast Fourier transform (Monty Solomon)
Google phasing out ActiveSync push mail for free customers (Monty Solomon)
Re: Google phasing out ActiveSync push mail for free customers (David Scheidt)
The enduring Apple TV Fantasy (Monty Solomon)
Google Maps for iOS may violate European data protection law (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:33:17 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The faster-than-fast Fourier transform Message-ID: <p06240833ccf4da89b24f@[]> The faster-than-fast Fourier transform For a large range of practically useful cases, MIT researchers find a way to increase the speed of one of the most important algorithms in the information sciences. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/faster-fourier-transforms-0118.html Sparse Fast Fourier Transform http://groups.csail.mit.edu/netmit/sFFT/ Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform http://arxiv.org/abs/1201.2501v1 A Faster Fast Fourier Transform http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/a-faster-fast-fourier-transform How Speeding The "Most Important Algorithm Of Our Lifetime" Could Change This Modern World http://www.fastcompany.com/1810522/how-speeding-most-important-algorithm-our-lifetime-could-change-modern-world Faster-than-fast Fourier transform http://www.techandcomputer.com/computer-science/computer-graphics/14888-faster-than-fast-fourier-transform.html Explained: The Discrete Fourier Transform The theories of an early-19th-century French mathematician have emerged from obscurity to become part of the basic language of engineering. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/explained-fourier.html
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:47:30 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google phasing out ActiveSync push mail for free customers Message-ID: <p0624082dccf4623c7ff6@[]> Google phasing out ActiveSync push mail for free customers Business customers will be able to keep support, for $50 a year. by Peter Bright Dec 14 2012 Ars Technica Calling it "Winter cleaning," Google has announced that from January 30, 2013, users of Google Mail, Calendar, and Contacts will no longer receive Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) support on their accounts. EAS provides push mail and synchronization of contacts and calendars to a number of mobile platforms, including iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone. It's also one of the protocols that Windows 8's Metro Mail app uses, as does Outlook 2013. Currently, users of Google's services can enable EAS support to use their Google accounts with suitable devices. After the cut off, existing users will continue to be able to use EAS with their devices, but those users won't be able to add new devices. All future devices will have to use IMAP for their mail, CalDAV for calendar sync, and CardDAV for contact sync. Android and iOS users can use these protocols, but many others will be left high and dry. Push mail, in particular, could be left behind, as many platforms (including iOS) don't support the IMAP IDLE push mail feature. ... http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/12/google-phasing-out-activesync-push-mail-for-free-customers/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** This reminds me of Tom Paxton's lyric about losing the Americas Cup: "I didn't know we lost the cup, I'll tell you one thing more I didn't know we had the cup, or what the damned thing's for!" I didn't know that Google was/could push anything anywhere. Is this a feature without a home, or do some Google customers actually use it? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:09:40 +0000 (UTC) From: David Scheidt <dscheidt@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Google phasing out ActiveSync push mail for free customers Message-ID: <kanu64$7ds$2@reader1.panix.com> Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: : I didn't know that Google was/could push anything anywhere. Is this : a feature without a home, or do some Google customers actually use it? Absolutely! It lets your device know you have mail by sending the device a message immediately, instead of having to have the device poll "Is it here yet?". Push makes it easier to use a mobile device for real email, and improves battery life. -- sig 124
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:38:35 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The enduring Apple TV Fantasy Message-ID: <p0624082bccf45fbae966@[]> The enduring Apple TV Fantasy December 9, 201 Edited by Jean-Louis Gassée Monday Note We all want TV Done Right, free of the Soviet Era set-top box, UI and opaque contracts. We imagine Apple will put all the pieces together. But what's desirable and "obvious" might not be so simple or soon ... "When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NBC's Brian Williams "It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that." These words - and similar ones in a substantial Bloomberg interview - launched yet another round of frenzied speculation about the mythical Apple TV. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster insists that an Apple TV in 2013 is a sure thing. "It will be the biggest thing in consumer electronics since the smartphone". (Of course, Munster has been saying this every year for the last three years ...) Another analyst, Wells Fargo's Maynard Um, agrees that the device is inevitable, if only because a full-fledged television is "more in tune" with Apple than a simple set-top box. Hmmm? http://www.mondaynote.com/2012/12/09/5175/
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:44:57 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google Maps for iOS may violate European data protection law Message-ID: <p0624082cccf4619b5a31@[]> Google Maps for iOS may violate European data protection law German watchdog says the issue is turning location data sharing on by default. by Nathan Mattise Dec 15 2012 Ars Technica Not everyone was euphoric when Google Maps for iOS showed up earlier this week. Take the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for instance. Computerworld spoke to the organization's deputy privacy and information commissioner, Marit Hansen, who expressed concerns about the app's location data sharing. By having this option switched on by default, Hansen says, it violates European data protection law. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/google-maps-for-ios-may-violate-european-data-protection-law/
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