Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Verizon likely to end offering unlimited data “in the not too distant future”

March 2nd, 2011 No comments

Rumors emerged in January that not only would Verizon begin to carry a new CDMA version of the iPhone 4, but that it would be offered with an unlimited data plan, something that AT&T had stopped doing for their version of the iPhone 4. This caused AT&T to quietly resume offering unlimited data to customers that asked about this option, but now even Verizon seems likely to end unlimited data offerings as soon as this summer.

I think offering unlimited data was a way that Verizon chose to differentiate their iPhone 4 offering from the existing AT&T one, to try to lure customers to Verizon’s version of the handset. Since it is likely that Apple will release the next ‘iPhone 5’ in the June/July timeframe, Verizon could choose to move swiftly to capped data plans before that product becomes available on their network. Having the iPhone 4 halfway through the product cycle may have been a good way for Verizon to test the waters to know what to expect going forward. If the demand for the Verizon iPhone is lower than Verizon would like, they could continue to offer unlimited data in a continuing effort to lure customers to their network.


Gmail may be accidentally deleting emails from Gmail accounts

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, I assume its accidental anyway 😉

Reports indicate that many users of Google’s web based email service Gmail have been been unable to access their accounts recently. Google has issued an official statement estimating a little under 1% of users are effected, but is being very vague as to how many accounts have actually been effected, and how many have already been fixed (Google says about one third of accounts have been brought back up). The official statement is “Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”

I didn’t realize Google gave a time frame to expect a fix in that statement. If you read the Nexus One story, you would know that Google has said the Nexus One would get the Gingerbread update in the near future. Based on that, “the near future” could be 3 months, or even more. However, I seriously doubt it will be much more than a couple of days, I’m just being mean :P.


NTT Docomo testing LTE Advanced networks capable of 1Gbps down and 200Mbps up!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Taken straight from their press release:

“TOKYO, JAPAN, February 7, 2011 — NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that on January 27 it was pre-licensed by the Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for field experiments of LTE-Advanced, a true fourth-generation (4G) mobile communication technology that provides data rates much faster than currently possible with LTE.

Once the license is issued, DOCOMO will begin field experiments of LTE-Advanced in real radio environments in the cities of Yokosuka and Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

In the field experiments, the performance of key technologies for LTE-Advanced implemented in the experimental equipment (see attachment) will be evaluated in indoor and outdoor environments.

DOCOMO has already confirmed the performance of LTE-Advanced technologies using radio environment simulators in its R&D center, achieving transmission data rates of approximately 1 Gbps in the downlink and 200 Mbps in the uplink.

LTE-Advanced, as the name suggests, is an evolved version of LTE, which DOCOMO currently offers on a commercial basis under the Xiâ„¢ (“Crossy”) brand in Japan. LTE-Advanced is backward compatible with LTE, which will enable a smooth migration from DOCOMO’s existing LTE network.”

Notice the text above in bold. 1Gbps downloads mean 100 megabytes per second! And 20 megabytes per second upload! You’ll need an SSD in your device for the network to be the bottleneck in downloads, since 100 megabytes a second is the speed at which modern harddrives read local data! Wow, just wow to have this kind of speed ANYWHERE is amazing. And if they are testing it now, its probably not far off from primetime.

I mean, at least in Japan. Doh.

Click here for the official NTT Docomo press release

Flash 10.2 declared ‘stable’. Gets GPU hardware acceleration.

February 9th, 2011 No comments

A small but noteworthy update to Adobe Flash

Very recently Abode released Flash 10.2 stable, taking the software out of its beta state. Although a small jump from Adobe 10.1 to 10.2 seems insignificant, they added what I consider one major new feature, which is hardware acceleration using the GPU. In my own tests, I have confirmed that flash videos on youtube now use far less CPU compared to 10.1. In one example, I used the one of the Adobe suggested examples to test CPU usage. The video is embedded after the cut:

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At what point is a screen too big to be ‘mobile’?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Screen Sizes: How big is too big?

At what point is a screen too big to be portable? The old PSP had a 4.3 inch screen, and while I felt it was generous, I never felt like it was too big to not be portable. The popular HTC EVO phone also sports a 4.3 inch touchscreen, and I felt it was the perfect size. Big enough to comfortably browse the internet or watch videos on, yet still manageable to carry around without a second thought. At some point though, it becomes too big to be a handheld, not to mention weight may start to become a concern at a certain size. The perfect guinea pig for the 5 inch screen size is the Dell Streak, which I hear was not marketed as a phone, but more of a tablet. Well, at least to me, hardware with a tablet interface (touchscreen), tablet OS (Android…), and phone functionality included IS A PHONE! Reviews I have seen or read have said the Dell pushes the size just a pinch too far, making it too big to be portable, yet too small to be useful or comfortable as a tablet. On the other hand, I’m sure Sony have done the research and feel this is what they need in their next portable console to duke it out with the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the current market leader, the Nintendo DSi.


LinkedIn files for IPO

January 29th, 2011 No comments

LinkedIn files for IPO

In other market news, the social networking site Linked In filed for IPO as it was expected to do soon. This is significant in that it is apparently one of the first major social networks to IPO, and will become the ruler to measure current private social networks that may IPO in the future (Facebook is feeling the pressure to IPO and is expected to do so within roughly 700 days). Apparently, Linked In is profitable, and reported over $10 million in profits in the first 9 months of 2010 on the papers it handed over to the SEC.


Egypt offline

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Egypt pulls the plug on the Internet

Did you guys hear that Egypt shut down their internet!? And from what I understand, they shut down ALL of it…as in over 90% at least. They apparently are trying to control public outrage by stopping the spread of information that…well, makes the people angry (or allows them to organize). I hear now they are using older “20th century” techniques like radios to communicate and organize. Anyway, this whole Egypt internet shutdown thing is apparently huge news that is causing uncertainty, and the market does not like uncertainty. If you recall, the uncertain outcome of the 2000 presidential election triggered a stock market slide…


Is it the right time to buy Youku stocks?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Youku stock opportunity?

I’ve been eyeing this one stock called YOKU which recently IPOed. Basically, its the Youtube of China in a word, much in the same way Baidu is the Google of China. It is the biggest streaming video site in China with a roughly 20% share, but unlike Youtube which is a clear leader with 40% share, has a close competitor in Tudou, which commands roughly 16% of the market according to estimates within the last 6 months. Anyway, I’ve been looking to get into YOKU for around the $30 mark, as I feel it has quite a bit of support around that level, and today in the morning I saw it at around ~$29.5! I hesitated, and it went back over $30 for a while. But at the end of the day it revisited the $29.5 level, so I decided to buy. I am now partial owner of Youku haha.