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Mobile at the Inauguration

With millions of people expected in Washington D.C. tomorrow, the mobile companies are concerned about the potential peak load. Considering how much Obama’s campaign emphasized mobile technology, heavy usage by the crowd would not come as a surprise. My family visited Washington D.C. during the holidays, and we saw the inauguration platform under construction on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, and grandstands going up along Pennsylvania Avenue. I noticed cells-on-wheels already in place, ready for the extraordinary traffic from the upcoming event.This evening, the Disney Channel was showing its Kid’s Inaugural. They decided to celebrate with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers…what a surprise! Anyway, Michelle Obama attended with her two daughters, Malia and Sasha. One shot showed Sasha using a mobile phone to take a picture of the concert. Glad to see the First Family using mobile technology in such a visible way!

Mobile Epiphanies

New Yorker Cartoon by Arnie Levin:“œWe’re becoming an internet service provider!” observed a mobile operator during a recent visit to the Cisco briefing center. The comment stemmed from a discussion about how the mobile internet keeps growing more pervasive in their technical designs, business decisions, and even cultural approach. And as with any sweeping change, the epiphany comes with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.Wireless flirted with the internet since its beginning. In 1970, as the ARPANET (internet ancestor) first connected across the U.S., ALOHA packet radio emerged in Hawaii. But the ALOHA access techniques soon left the airwaves to form the foundation of Ethernet, and for the next two decades the internet grew as a fixed network. (For a fascinating review, check out Leonard Kleinrock’s recent IEEE Wireless Communications article,”History of the Internet and Its Flexible Future“.) Wireless and the internet reconnected in the 1990s, as WiFi and 3G started delivering IP packets at useful speeds. Faster radios, lower charges, and attractive devices have thrust the mobile internet onto center stage. Read More »

Trade a cell phone for a loaf of bread?

trade a cell phone for bread OK, it’s a little bit of gallows humor, but the idea is somewhat thought-provoking. Is technology now so embedded in the way we consumers go about our lives that we’d give up other more basic needs to get and keep it? What a difference a year makes…last Christmas, I shared some ideas for your holiday shopping, and the list was long and somewhat extravagant. 2008 brought a whole new host of gadgets and services into our lives, such as early versions of wireless HD TV’s, VoIP and Video-on-Demand for the Wii (taking advantage of the estimated 40% of the 35 million Wii consoles sold that are linked to the Internet); wireless SD cards for your digital camera for effortless photo-sharing with friends and family, streaming video from Netflix to Blu-ray disc players and Xbox 360 gaming consoles (and with CES starting today, there are clearly more new toys to come -- LG video wristphone, anyone?). Read More »

Looking to 2009: A Faster Internet?

Monique MorrowVideo, Cloud, Internet Mobility, Service Mash-ups, User Generated Content, Quantum , DNA, and Ambient computing add a bit of cybersecurity, and the list goes on!We will definitely have a lot to look for as we turn to 2009!I just read the December, 2008, IEEE Spectrum publication, an article entitled,”A Fairer, Faster Internet” by Bob Briscoe, Chief Researcher at BT’s Networks Research Centre also leads BT’s Future Communications Architecture programme, with expertise in engineering, economic and social control of computing networks. Read More »

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