July 31, 2010 |
In the United States, Google Inc. is defending itself against lawsuits, a congressional probe and a 37-state investigation over personal information the Internet giant collected from unsecured wireless networks while assembling photos and data for its Street View mapping service. But Great Britain's data protection watchdog says that its review of the information collected by Google found that it included only fragments and no "meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable person."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 |
Cellphone providers would have to apply for a permit to place wireless transmitters atop utility poles on sidewalks, roadways and other locations in the public right of way under language adopted Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Under federal law, cities have limited authority to regulate where a transmitter is located as long as it's in a public right of way. In the past, Los Angeles officials have interpreted this to mean that wireless providers don't need a permit to place their structures atop utility and light poles.
June 11, 2008 |
When Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced the new price of the iPhone 3G on Monday, the number $199 fell from the top of the screen behind him. It bounced with a satisfying "boing" sound, akin to those old ads on daytime TV: "This set of knives can be yours for only $19.99!" Apple's marketing slogan for the new iPhone, which runs on a faster wireless network, is "twice the speed at half the price." But, as usual, there's a catch. People are starting to do the math and realizing that the new iPhone will actually cost more than the current versions -- but the payments are spread out. It's like an iPhone financing plan, sponsored by AT&T Inc. Yes, the new iPhone, which goes on sale July 11, will cost $200 less than the current version.
September 7, 2008 |
What if locking the front door of your home while you're away were as easy as hopping onto the Internet? At the CEDIA Expo in Denver last week, Ingersoll-Rand Co.'s Schlage unit showed off door locks that can be wirelessly activated or opened via the Internet, from a mobile phone or from a computer. The battery-operated locks have keypads that are accessed with four-digit codes (or old-fashioned keys, as a backup). Users who forget to lock a door and want to enter their code remotely can do so via the Internet or an application added to their mobile phones.
April 23, 2010 |
CenturyTel Inc. on Thursday said it will buy Qwest Communications International Inc. for $10.6 billion in stock, making it the third-largest provider of traditional local-phone service in the United States. The deal values Qwest at $6.02 a share and represents a 15% premium above Qwest's closing price on Wednesday. The proposed merger is the latest in a series of deals that have consolidated a splintered local-phone industry. The landline business has been shrinking for years as customers switch to cable phone service or rely entirely on wireless, forcing local carriers to bulk up to avoid a slow death.
December 29, 2013 |
Is it time to say goodbye to the hotel minibar? A recent survey by the travel website TripAdvisor.com found that the hotel minibar was the least important amenity for U.S. travelers. Only 21% of travelers ranked the mini-bar as an important amenity, compared to 89% who called free in-room wireless Internet the most important. There is little financial reason to keep minibars. Hotel consulting firms estimate that minibars generate no more than 0.24% of total hotel revenue, with much of that eaten up by the cost to check and restock the bars.
September 1, 2011
Top wireless phone providers and number of employees. AT&T: 258,870 Verizon Wireless: 83,000 T-Mobile: 42,000 Sprint Nextel: 40,000 MetroPCS: 3,600 Leap: 4,360 U.S. Cellular: 9,000 Source: Companies
July 28, 2009 |
Could this be the end of electric power cords? A Massachusetts company said that within 18 months it will have on the market a wireless electricity system to power -- through the air -- lights, computers, televisions and even the chargers for electric cars. The announcement was made at the TEDGlobal conference, a gathering of technologists and scientists, that wrapped up Friday in Oxford, England. The company, WiTricity of Watertown, Mass.