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Is this the Droid you're looking for?

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/11/10 09:21 AM

Motorola rolls out the Droid 2.

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Cell phone trade group sues San Francisco over cell phone law

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/26/10 11:43 AM

The trade group CTIA represents Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Motorola, and Verizon is upset over a law passed in June in SF requiring any business selling a cell phone to display radiation levels emitted by a given device. The CTIA argues that the law oversteps the regulatory authority of the FCC, which does not require such disclosure. The FCC has said that all cell phones sold in the United States are safe. Some researchers say that the results are inconclusive.

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The coming data traffic jam

Posted: 07/23/10 09:35 AM

If you don’t own a smart phone now, you probably will soon.

Here’s the picture from Wall Street:  Nokia, which pretty much makes regular old cell phones, announced a 40 percent drop in revenues Thursday. On the same day, AT&T said they had a huge quarter with lots of new customers for the iPhone activated 3.2 million new iPhones last quarter. Meanwhile, research firm Strategy Analytics says smart phone shipments are up 43 percent worldwide.

Americans are ditching cell phones in favor of devices that can make calls AND check email AND update Facebook AND stream video AND you get the idea.  In the process, we’re flooding the data networks these smart phones rely on. It’s lots of fun now, but is it sustainable? Can the networks do what we’re asking of them?

We check in with industry analyst Cheetan Sharma, whose clients include both AT&T and Verizon, about this issue. We also talk to Glenn Fleishman of Wi-Fi Networking News.

Also in this program, Foxconn says it will raise prices for the technology companies it works with. Foxconn builds popular products for Apple, HP, Dell, and others. We’ve been watching the situation with Foxconn for a while. Here are some links to past coverage:

Suicides in China (May 21)

More suicides at Foxconn (May 28)

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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