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Brave New World of Data via the Cloud

February 29, 2012 - By

The frightening thing about the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the bloody awful frightening thing is the sheer amount of data talked about, enthusiastically envisioned, planned for. Planned for in the sense of throwing up business cases and wheeling and dealing new products and services for millions and billions of users that will pump vast amounts of data, countless numbers... read more

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Our Man in Barcelona

February 28, 2012 - By

Smartphones are taking over the world, and not just modern industrialized societies. A Broadcom executive predicted today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that, with costs going down for less expensive models, smartphones will not only be the first phone of any kind for many people in India and other developing nations, it will constitute their first Internet experience.... read more

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FCC Begins GPS Receiver Design Discussions with Workshop

February 28, 2012 - By

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Engineering and Technology will host a workshop on spectrum efficiency and receivers on Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting is part of the FCC’s efforts to enhance the use of spectrum for mobile broadband — including LightSquared — and... read more

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Gakstatter to Discuss LightSquared on America’s Web Radio February 27

February 24, 2012 - By

Eric Gakstatter, Survey Scene and GIS editor, along with Gavin Schrock and Laurence Socci will be guests on America's Web Radio on Monday, February 27, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the latest developments in the LightSquared/GPS interference debate as well as other GPS/GNSS issues. read more

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Never Again? Oh, Again and Again.

February 22, 2012 - By

When the last English inhabitant of Virginia’s Lost Colony succumbed to hunger or swamp fever or local assimilation in 1588, Chesapeake chief Powhatan may have turned to his council and said, “Well, that’s the last of that. No more will we be troubled by outsiders infringing on our territory. Let’s get back to doing what we do best.” read more

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LightSquared Snuffed by NITA, FCC

February 16, 2012 - By

The more than year-long battle between wireless start-up LightSquared and the GPS industry peaked earlier this week when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), tasked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the potential interference problem between LightSquared’s mobile wireless proposal and GPS receivers, issued a statement and report with the following conclusion: “The federal agencies and LightSquared... read more

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Privacy and the Devil Pact

February 15, 2012 - By

In the public dialogue about mobile privacy concerns, I’ve yet to hear a plea to turn back the clock to when mobile apps were supported by subscription fees. Surprisingly, many consumers don’t understand the devil pact that free services come with a loss of privacy. With the exception of enterprise offerings, subscription fees have shrunk or disappeared for most location-based services. At the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California, Allison Cera of Lucent-Alcatel talked about the intersection of technology and identity. More than half of the people in her study felt they shouldn’t have to provide information about themselves just to get the most out of online services. Among the most connected technology users, the expectation of privacy was lower. read more

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The World of GNSS: What’s Next?

February 15, 2012 - By

As the world of GNSS moves forward and begins to absorb the new signals which are coming on line, it might be helpful to consider where we are going with all this. Maybe its time to ask ourselves to hold on a second — where is this all leading and what do we actually need? Let’s take a quick look at where we’ve been with GPS and GLONASS and what’s in store for these systems and what the impact might be for us users. Then if we consider the changes coming with Galileo, COMPASS, QZSS and the augmentation and regional system around the world, how can we as consumers cope with what’s coming and what impact will these things have on us? And what direction should manufacturers take to accommodate and lead consumers? read more

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