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The Telecom Digest for January 7, 2013
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Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:21:28 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: The State of Qualcomm's Modems - WTR1605 and MDM9x25 Message-ID: <email@example.com> The State of Qualcomm's Modems - WTR1605 and MDM9x25 by Brian Klug AnandTech 1/4/2013 A little over a month ago, Qualcomm flew me out to San Diego to talk all about cellular modem, specifically their baseband lineup, testing, and later their RF and transceiver in what would become their largest RF disclosure ever. In the past few years, we've made considerable headway getting SoC (System on Chip) vendors to disclose details on the CPU and GPU side of their products, and mobile enthusiasts now are starting to become increasingly cognizant of the SoC inside devices, and in turn the blocks inside that SoC. In a short term the industry as a whole went from smartphones largely being impenetrable black boxes to devices with understandable platforms inside. The days of an OEM not disclosing what SoC was inside a device at all are largely behind us, and for the most part vendors are open to discussing what's really inside most of their silicon quite publicly. The last real remaining black box from my point of view is the cellular connectivity side of things. So much of what drives smartphone design and OEM choice lately is, unsurprisingly, how the device gets connected to the cellular network, and baseband remains largely a black box by design for a number of reasons. The focus of this article is specifically about Qualcomm's newest transceiver, WTR1605L, and some more details about MDM9x25 and MDM9x15. ... http://www.anandtech.com/show/6541/the-state-of-qualcomms-modems-wtr1605-and-mdm9x25
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:32:38 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Life and Death Online: Who Controls a Digital Legacy? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Life and Death Online: Who Controls a Digital Legacy? By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER January 5, 2013 Alison Atkins died on July 27 at age 16. Online, her family is losing its hold on her memory. Three days after the Toronto teen lost a long battle with a colon disease, her sister Jaclyn Atkins had a technician crack Alison's password-protected MacBook Pro. Her family wanted access to Alison's digital remains: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo and Hotmail accounts that were her lifeline when illness isolated her at home. "Alison had pictures, messages and poems written that we wanted to keep to remember her," says Ms. Atkins, 20, an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. But using Alison's passwords violated some of those websites' terms of service, and possibly the law. None of the services allow the Atkins family-or any others-to retrieve the passwords of the deceased. Their argument is that it would violate Alison's privacy. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324677204578188220364231346.html
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:52:19 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Google Requires People to Use the Google+ Social Network, Gains Ground Against Facebook Message-ID: <email@example.com> There's No Avoiding Google+ By AMIR EFRATI Google Inc. is challenging Facebook Inc. by using a controversial tactic: requiring people to use the Google+ social network. The result is that people who create an account to use Gmail, YouTube and other Google services-including the Zagat restaurant-review website-are also being set up with public Google+ pages that can be viewed by anyone online. Google+ is a Facebook rival and one of the company's most important recent initiatives as it tries to snag more online advertising dollars. The impetus comes from the top. Google Chief Executive Larry Page has sought more aggressive measures to get people to use Google+, two people familiar with the matter say. Google created Google+ in large part to prevent Facebook from dominating the social-networking business. Both Facebook and Google make the vast bulk of their revenue from selling ads. But Facebook has something Google wants: Facebook can tie people's online activities to their real names, and it also knows who those people's friends are. Marketers say Google has told them that closer integration of Google+ across its many properties will allow Google to obtain this kind of information and target people with more relevant (and therefore, more profitable) ads. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324731304578193781852024980.html
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 18:37:39 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Centurylink restructuring Message-ID: <email@example.com> CenturyLink, one [of] the leading telecom companies in the U.S.,has a new organizational restructuring plan. The company is combining its new network services business sales and operations units into a one single unit. The network sales and business units were part of Enterprise Markets Group's Network Services and Regional Markets Group division. The organizational restructuring will enable the company to streamline operations and help investors to gain more clarity on the operational activities within the business. http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/89771/centurylink-restructuring-biz -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 19:01:38 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Life After The iPhone: How AT&T's Bet On Apple Mobilized The Company Message-ID: <email@example.com> Connie Guglielmo, Forbes Staff 1/2/2013 Steve Jobs needed some advice. It was 2006, and Apple was working on the design for its first smartphone. Jobs had questions about its radio. So he called up Ralph de la Vega, Cingular Wireless' chief operating officer, who had helped broker the exclusive deal between Jobs and the telco, soon to be part of AT&T Inc., to carry the phone. "How do you make this device be a really good phone?" de la Vega recalls Jobs asking. "I'm not talking about how to build a keyboard and things like that. But I'm saying the innards of a radio that worked well." http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2013/01/02/life-after-the-iphone-how-atts-bet-on-apple-mobilized-the-company/ -or- http://goo.gl/CS1zi -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 18:28:09 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: 'After launch' update for Verizon Galaxy S3 took six months Message-ID: <email@example.com> How long is too long to provide an update "after launch?" A half-year feels late for Verizon to finally deliver on its promise to enable global roaming for the Galaxy S3. by Danny Sullivan January 6, 2013 The good news is that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 through Verizon now have global roaming capabilities. The bad news is that Verizon apparently believes the "sometime after launch" promise it made equals a half-year wait. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57562260-94/after-launch-update-for-verizon-galaxy-s3-took-six-months/ -or- http://goo.gl/kUZvv -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 18:17:06 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Rural Proponents Come Out for Lightsquared Proposal Message-ID: <email@example.com> by Andrew Berg 01/04/2013 A number of comments were filed today with FCC, encouraging the commission to approve Lightsquared's most recent proposal to give up 10 MHz of spectrum located closest to the GPS band and instead share spectrum currently used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As part of the plan, Lightsquared would pair 5 MHz of spectrum at 1675-1680 MHz currently used for government weather balloons with its existing 5 MHz of spectrum at 1670-1675. http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/01/rural-proponents-come-out-lightsquared-proposal -or- http://goo.gl/uXDV6 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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