Posts Tagged: ‘cell phone’

Yesterday the U.S. Justice Department filed a suit to block telecommunications giant AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile USA based on concerns that the proposed deal would make the mobile telephone marketplace less competitive, according to Bloomberg’s Tom Schoenberg, Sara Forden and Jeff Bliss. CNET’s Don Reisinger quoted an AT&T spokesperson, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wayne Watts, who said that his company had worked with the Department of Justice to answer its questions and was surprised that the agency had filed suit.

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In the Brain household, for reasons that are not necessarily the best thought out in retrospect, the key rack hangs on the wall and the dog’s food and water bowls are on the floor underneath it. So one day, about 2 weeks ago, I was grabbing Leigh’s keys for her. I had a bunch of […]

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You asked: How do cell phones work from the ocean? — Cathy, Washington, Ill. Marshall Brain Answered: The thing about a cell phone is that it has to be inside a cell in order for it to work. In the middle of a cell is a cell phone tower, and it might provide coverage for […]

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You Asked: Why is there a need to convert analog signals to digital? — Ankit, Gwalior, India Marshall Brain Answers: One reason is to avoid degradation and corruption of the signal. This is one reason why CDs (which are digital) are preferred over vinyl records (which are analog). On a vinyl record, the pressure of […]

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Cell phone provider AT&T has a problem: The owners of Apple’s popular iPhone use lots of data. Some of them use more than lots. As a result, its network has been known to run slowly, especially in places where there are many iPhone owners. Yesterday, AT&T held an investor conference in New York.

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Wow. Rupert Neate and Jonathan Russell at the Telegraph are reporting that Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications giant that owns T-Mobile in the United States, is apparently considering an acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Keep an eye out for the bid within the next few weeks — Deutsche Telekom has called in advisors from Deutsche Bank to help prepare a bid, Neate and Russell wrote.

This is all part of a plan to boost T-Mobile’s market share in the United States and the United Kingdom. Just last week T-Mobile announced a partnership with U.K. provider Orange, which will push the pair to the top of the cell phone food chain. Apparently, as Russell and Neate said in their article, Deutsche Telekom feels that the United States and United Kingdom represent the biggest opportunities for improvement, as they pushed the German phone giant to a 1.1-billion Euro ($1.6 billion) loss in the first quarter.

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It must be a week for new tech announcements. CNET’s Tom Krazit’s been liveblogging Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha’s press conference at Mobilize ’09 today, and reports that the company’s coming out with some new handsets that might be very interesting if you’re a fan of the company’s products, and especially if you like social networking services.

The new CLIQ is a slider phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. It runs on Google’s Android operating system, which gives it access to lots of applications through the Android Market. It’ll have a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and it can record video. In addition, when it becomes available in the fourth quarter of this year, the CLIQ will be the first Motorola phone to offer the MOTOBLUR social networking software.

Motorola’s press release said that MOTOBLUR has widgets that help you manage your social networking accounts while on the go. It’ll support Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, multiple e-mail accounts and Internet radio accounts.

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Things are about to get a lot more interesting in the mobile phone business, and I don’t think the carriers are going to like how this one turns out. I was just reading an article in BusinessWeek by Olga Kharif, who said that in a hearing yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski called for comments from smartphone developers. The question is this: Are mobile phone carriers inhibiting smartphone application development?

That may seem frivolous to you. Why should the FCC get involved with smartphone applications? For years people have been complaining about wanting this or that cool phone that’s only available at another carrier. The ability to switch carriers and port your number over was one concession, but it’s very difficult for anyone to prove that just because the, oh, I don’t know, let’s say iPhone for example, is only available through AT&T, that the exclusive contract is anticompetitive.

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Priya Ganapati wrote yesterday that the smartphone‘s operating system, WebOS, sends a GPS signal back to Palm every day. A programmer, Joey Hess, discovered his Pre was doing that, and reporting which applications he had run and how much time he spent using each one.

He found the problem because he’d been using a wireless battery charger and was trying to determine why the Pre remained on while it was charging.

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These days, recycling goes way beyond glass and paper. How about old shoes? Prom dresses? Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss some of the surprising things you can recycle in this podcast from

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