May 24, 2012
MUSIC Glenn Danzig is one of the most iconic names in punk and goth music, and he finally brings all of his ensembles (including Samhain, Danzig and, yes, a reunion with his legendary Misfits) into one workhorse night. You'll never see so many mono-bang haircuts in one place again. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7:15 p.m. Sat. $13.13-$69.50. livenation.com.
April 29, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — New revelations in a full report detailing the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into Google's Street View service are raising questions about whether the search giant escaped scrutiny for capturing personal information from millions of unknowing households across the nation. Chief among the new disclosures: The engineer who intentionally wrote the software code that made it possible for Street View cars to capture emails, passwords and other data from unprotected wireless networks told fellow engineers and a senior manager that he had done so, according to the report.
April 18, 2012 |
The great spectrum shortage is almost upon us. At least that's what some wireless companies are warning, perhaps in a bid to gain access to more bandwidth at cut-rate prices -- or jack up people's bills. The explosive growth of data-hungry smartphones and tablets means wireless service will be stretched thin within the next few years, the industry says, creating a potential spectrum crisis unless something is done to remedy things. Nonsense, counter some scientists and engineers, who argue that any shortage of bandwidth could be solved by wireless companies devoting more resources to development of new technologies, rather than spending billions of dollars buying each other out. "Somehow in the last 100 years, every time there is a problem of getting more spectrum, there is a technology that comes along that solves that problem," the inventor of the cellphone, Martin Cooper, told the New York Times.
April 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless plans to sell billions of dollars' worth of prime airwaves if regulators approve its planned purchases of new chunks of spectrum primarily from large cable companies. Verizon, which paid about $4.4 billion in 2008 in a government auction of coveted airwaves in the 700-megahertz band, said it no longer would need that spectrum to deploy its fourth-generation LTE network if the cable deals are approved. Among the spectrum Verizon plans to sell are swaths covering Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other major metropolitan areas.
April 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's largest wireless carriers are banding together with regulators and law enforcement officials to launch an effort to make stolen cellphones and other mobile devices as useless as an empty wallet. The goal is to cut down on increasing thefts of smartphones by making them less appealing to criminals. AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless,T-Mobile USA andSprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday they will create a central database to track stolen devices and prevent them from being reactivated.
April 2, 2012
Policymakers have long agreed that Washington needs to make more spectrum available for wireless services, but they've struggled to convince the federal agencies that control more than half of the usable frequencies. A new report from the Obama administration raised hopes last week, suggesting a way to squeeze more room for commercial networks out of some prime frequencies that are crowded with federal users. More than 20 agencies now have exclusive rights to the spectrum in question (1755 Mhz to 1850 Mhz)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2012 |
The rows of experiments at the Los Angeles County Science Fair began with a simple question: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's? Answer: It isn't. How about this: Is the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex a chicken? Not quite. It's the red junglefowl, a wild chicken. Or: Could a sixth-grader build a hovercraft? He could, capable of carrying both him and his mother. But he couldn't figure out how to propel his creation. "I read that some fire extinguishers would work," he wrote, "but my parents wouldn't let me try. " These results and many others were presented by more than 1,000 young scientists whose work for the 62nd annual science fair was on display at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday.
March 28, 2012 |
— With public airwaves getting crowded, the Defense Department and other federal agencies need to share a swath of valuable government spectrum with wireless companies to help meet rising demand from smartphones and other mobile devices, the Commerce Department says. Sharing the spectrum would be a new approach and would involve finding ways to prevent commercial systems from interfering with key government functions, according to a 155-page report released Tuesday by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
February 24, 2012 |
Shares of Clearwire Corp., the unprofitable wireless-broadband provider, fell the most in two months after Google Inc. said it planned to sell its stake in the company. Clearwire shares declined 16 cents, or 6.8%, to $2.11 for the biggest one-day slump since Dec. 20. The stock has tumbled 56% in the last 12 months. Google plans to sell its stake at $1.60 a share, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The sale of the stake, for less than a tenth of what Google paid for it, comes amid increasing obstacles for Clearwire's prospects, said Christopher King, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in Baltimore.