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Boingo Awarded a Patent For Hotspot Access

Boingo has scored a patent for accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot by a mobile device. The patent, no. 7,483,984, was issued in January, but Boingo only started talking about it recently. The patent application was filed in December 2002. According to the company, the methods covered by the patent include: “…accessing wireless carrier networks by mobile computing devices, where a client software application hosted by the device accesses carrier networks using wireless access points. For example, when a computer — or netbook, smartphone or any other Wi-Fi-enabled device — is in a location where there are multiple signals, the patented technology looks at each signal and alerts the user which signal will work, showing the signal as an understandable name and ID for the user.The patent covers all wireless technologies and spectrums, as well as any mobile device that access wireless hotspots.” The company is not saying anything about whether or how they will attempt to wield this patent.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Boingo Awarded a Patent For Hotspot Access

Best Party Trick Ever: Multi-Device Wireless Broadband

It’s the length and width of a credit card. It’s the thickness of a couple nickels. It’ll let you and a few friends get an Internet connection just about anywhere with no wires whatsoever.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Best Party Trick Ever: Multi-Device Wireless Broadband

Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging

Al writes “Last Thursday researchers from Intel demonstrated a way to recharge electronics from about meter away using a ‘resonant’ magnetic field. At an event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the researchers showed off a pair of iPod speakers connected to a 30-centimeter-wide copper coil that received power from a similar, but larger, copper coil about a meter away. The recharging technique relies on a phenomenon called resonant coupling, in which objects can exchange energy when tuned to resonate at the same frequency. A similar approach was developed by researchers at MIT in 2007, and spun off into a company called WiTricity. This company has already developed a few products that use resonant coupling to recharge, including a car battery.”

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Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

FinalAnkleHealer sends along an IBTimes article proposing that 0 ultra-thin laptops, capable of multitasking and editing multimedia content, could be the next market contested by Intel and AMD. “AMD partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. in January to launch the Pavilion dv2. Intel launched its rival CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chip this month and Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc were among those that demonstrated laptops based on the new technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei. … With more people gravitating toward mobile and wireless technology, consumers want smaller laptops — and most of those people would prefer doing more than surfing the Web, which the no-frills netbooks now excel at. … Acer, the first company to introduce a cheap Intel-powered CULV laptop, expects revenue from that segment to account for 15 percent of its total sales by the end of 2009. Asustek, which pioneered the netbook in 2007, plans to launch five consumer-priced ultra-thins this year.”

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

Wireless power: Nokia phone recharges without wires

It harvests ambient radio waves from the air, and turns that energy into usable power. Enough, at least, to keep a cell phone from running out of juice.

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Nokia Powering Up Self-Charging Cell Phone

While Palm has created a wireless charger for the Pre, Nokia Research Labs is working on the technology for a self-charging cell phone that uses ambient radio waves.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Nokia Powering Up Self-Charging Cell Phone

Intel toots its research horn for chips–and more

The chipmaker struts its stuff for next-generation networking, processors, energy efficiency, and wireless power transmission at its research day.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Intel toots its research horn for chips–and more

Weather Balloons To Provide Broadband In Africa

An anonymous reader writes “Two African entrepreneurs have secured exclusive access to market near-space technology — developed by Space Data, an American telecommunications company — throughout Africa. The technology raises hydrogen-filled weather balloons to 80,000 — 100,000 feet, which individuals contact via modems. The balloons, in turn, serve as satellite substitutes which can connect Africans to broadband Internet. ‘Network operation centers are located close to a fiber optic cable — say, in Lagos or Accra — and a signal is sent back and forth to the [balloon] in near space,’ says one of the entrepreneurs, Timothy Anyasi. The technology will also allow mobile phone operators to offer wireless modems to customers.”

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Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

narramissic writes “Based on a request that a group of rural operators sent asking the FCC to examine the practice of handset exclusivity, four members of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet sent a letter to the FCC expressing their concern. Small operators, like U.S. Cellular argue (PDF) that ‘exclusive handset contracts divide wireless customers into haves and have nots.’ But nationwide operators, including Verizon, maintain (PDF) that ‘in the absence of exclusivity agreements, wireless carriers would have less incentive to develop and promote innovative handsets.’ The Commerce Committee expects to hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow.”

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Senators To Examine Exclusive Handset Deals

Canada Telecoms Launch Mobile Payment Service

GregDz11 writes to inform us that Canada’s three main wireless companies will be launching a service that allows customers to send, request, and receive money via their mobile phones. “The service, called Zoompass, will be managed by Enstream, a joint venture the three carriers first established in 2005, when it was called Wireless Payment Services, to investigate the potential of mobile commerce. […] Money can be drawn from an account the user sets up or from their credit card. Each withdrawal will cost 50 cents from the account, or 3.5 per cent of the transaction if from a credit card. (As a result, sending dollar amounts under are actually cheaper to do using a credit card.)”

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Canada Telecoms Launch Mobile Payment Service