Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

FCC Approves White Space Device Rules

Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s hard to say if this is good news or bad; I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it works out …

White Space broadband would use unlicensed and partially vacated spectrum created by the shift to digital television to create a new broadband delivery system. As expected, the FCC today voted to approve rules governing devices that use these white spaces, issuing a press release (pdf) stating these rules would require that white space devices consult a frequently-updated geolocation database to avoid interference with nearby TV broadcasts or wireless microphone transmissions. Says the FCC:


“One App to Rule Them All” Move by Europe

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

It’s inevitable that some sort of standardization will eventually come to the world of Apps …

A new European project, kick-started by 22 European companies and organizations aims to develop an application development environment that will work across all platforms by providing a web-based approach, according to the BBC.

The move which is backed by €10M in funding, aims to create apps that would work on any device from Internet TVs to smartphones and tablets.


How to Create Custom RSS Feeds

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

If you’re interested in sharing or syndicating the articles that you write for your website, here’s how …

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) makes it a lot easier to keep up to date with the latest updates on Internet services and websites. Many websites nowadays offer RSS feeds to provide their readers with an alternative to visiting the site manually, or subscribing to an e-mail newsletter.


Facebook: We’re Not Building a Mobile Phone or Mobile OS

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The fact that Facebook needs to deny rumors like this, really says a lot about their growing prominence in the world of technology …

Co-founder of social network with more than 500 million users speaks about mobile phone plans

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old co-founder of Facebook who today overtook Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch on the Forbes rich list, has afforded TechCrunch a big interview to shed some light on the rumoured “Facebook phone”.


Google Translate Tooltip – Fast On Page Translations

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Translation programs in general can be a real life saver when it comes to accessing information on foreign language sites … but I can’t help laughing sometimes, when auto-translators mangle text to the point where it becomes absurd or surreal.

When it comes to online translations, it is Google Translate that gets the most attention from Internet users. The popular service is not only accessible through the official website, but thanks to its API also through third party tools like browser add-ons or desktop applications.


How to Speed Up Thunderbird by Archiving Emails

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Here’s an interesting tool for Thunderbird users …

Most desktop email clients have one big problem, that becomes apparent over time: They do not offer email archiving or backup options. This means that the email databases will increase with every email, which in turn can have an impact on the performance of the email software. It should be obvious that it takes longer to load an email folder with five thousand emails, than one with ten.


Email Client Thunderbird 3.1.4 Released

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Yet another update … I guess fall must be “update season.”

We have already seen lots of updates this week; From the first beta of Internet Explorer 9, to updates for the Firefox web browser and Google Chrome updates. Lots of downloading, updating and testing for a week.

An update for the desktop email client Thunderbird was just released, raising the version of the email software to 3.1.4.


Apple’s Bumper Case Improves Antenna Performance

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I wonder if a bumper case would improve reception on other cell phones too?

After the Antennagate affair of a few months ago where it was revealed that if you held the new iPhone 4 a certain way the signal would drop out, and the resulting storm that hit the international media when Apple supremo Steve Jobs reported sent an angry customer an email telling him not to hold it that way, it would appear that the free bumpers Apple has shipped to consumers are having quite the opposite effect for the handsets.


How Do You Make the Case for More Bandwidth?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

It seems inevitable that as the capabilities of the internet and reliance on technology grow, we’ll all need more bandwidth …

Organizations of all sizes deal with the challenge of trying to push more out of existing investments. One stopping point can be Internet connectivity or site-to-site bandwidth. Rick Vanover shares some thoughts and opens this discussion up to TechRepublic members.


Last week, I had the honor again to attend the VMworld conference in San Francisco. VMworld isn’t just about virtualization any more. If you haven’t heard, one of the key themes of many messages revolves around cloud technologies.


Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.3 Released

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I’ve never used Mozilla Thunderbird myself … but it sounds like this release eliminates a lot of former bugs …

A new version of the desktop email client Mozilla Thunderbird has been released, raising the version of the client to 3.1.3. The new release is currently distributed to mirror servers to guarantee a rapid deployment for all users once the update notifications are displayed in the email client and on the official website.