Sprint announced Wednesday that it had demonstrated 1 Gbps over-the-air speed on its new Spark network at a Sprint lab near Silicon Valley, Calif.The company is just beginning to roll out the super-high-speed network, targeting customers who run data-intensive applications.It will start by offering peak speeds of 50-60 Mbps in five markets and will increase those speeds over time as it builds out the network.Sprint began deploying Spark with limited availability in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami this week. Over the next three years, it expects to make the network available in about 100 of the largest cities nationwide. At least to 100 million Americans are expected to have access to Sprint Spark or 2.5 GHz coverage by the end of next year.Sprint's 4G LTE service will be available to about 250 million Americans by the middle of 2014. Sprint will be launching a number of tri-band phones to run on the Spark network starting Nov. 8 with the Nexus 5 by LG and the LG G2. … [Read more...] about Sprint’s Spark Starts Flying
There has been a lot of activity related to the issue of Net neutrality in recent weeks, but none of it seems to be leading to a resolution of the central question of who -- if anybody -- ultimately will regulate broadband Internet service providers.The latest developments in this ongoing saga occurred Wednesday, when Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski appeared before the financial services subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to defend his plans for imposing regulations on broadband ISPs despite a recent court ruling saying the commission lacked such authority. Genachowski's plan calls for classifying broadband Internet as a common carrier service, putting in the same category as telephone service, which the FCC does have authority to regulate.That argument didn't sit well with at least one committee member, Representative John Culberson, a Texas Republican, who chastised Genachowski for attempting to overstep the bounds of his authority.While the FCC … [Read more...] about Net Neutrality Sparks Lots of Talk, Very Little Action
Informatics Solar and Hydrogen Car Races Spark ImaginationsThe call to advance America's energy research and development continues to make headlines across the nation. From President Barack Obama's state of the union speech touting American innovation, to a recent visit to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) by Vice President Joe Biden where he declared "Science is back," NREL and DOE are leading the charge to bring meaningful math and science activities to students through events such as the recent Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions.The Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions are just a couple of the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to teachers to help them educate students in scientific principles with an atmosphere of fun and excitement.According to NREL's Education Coordinator Linda Lung, one of NREL's major education goals is to get renewable energy technologies such as solar panels … [Read more...] about Solar and Hydrogen Car Races Spark Imaginations
The European Commission (EC) said Thursday that the refusal of German publishers to sell books to certain Internet booksellers amounts to "illegal collusion."As a result of the preliminary finding, the EC has opened formal proceedings against Boersenverein des Deutschen Buschhandels e.V, the German book publishers trade association, and two publishers, Bertelsmann unit Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH and Koch, Neff & Oteinger & Co.The EC said it would not tolerate restrictive practices which have effects on trade between members of the European Union (EU), especially when those practices preclude consumers in the EU community "from enjoying the benefits of new technologies and new ways of distribution offered in particular by the Internet."Complaints from Internet bookstores in Austria and Belgium sparked the EC's investigation into bookselling practices by German publishers and book wholesalers.The EC said that in July 2000, Austrian book e-tailer Libro began selling German … [Read more...] about ‘Collusion’ Against Internet Book Selling Sparks EC Probe
In a move that could spark a price war in the emerging video download marketplace, Guba Tuesday slashed prices for purchasing and renting newly released films and television show episodes.Guba cut prices on new release movies from US$19.99 to $9.99, said it would make older movies from its catalog available for $4.99 instead of $9.99, and reduced prices on TV show episode downloads to 49 cents -- compared to the previous price of $1.79. It also said it would offer movie rental downloads for 99 cents.Content being put up for download includes films and shows from major studios such as Warner Bros., NBC and Sony Pictures.Guba did not say how long the discounts would last, beyond saying the offer was for a "limited time."The films can be viewed immediately after download on PCs equipped with Windows Media players. The site uses Microsoft's Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.The promotion is an audience-grabbing move, one designed to cut off at the pass a growing number of new … [Read more...] about Will Guba Price Cuts Spark Download Discount War?
After a special court made a secret ruling sometime in the last few months limiting the government's authority to eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mails, the Bush administration and Congressional Democrats are now at odds on how best to protect the privacy of Americans while maintaining national security.Citing a heightened terrorist threat, President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have both spoken in recent weeks about the need to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 to reflect changes in technology, such as the ubiquity of cell phones.FISA dictates procedures for authorizing electronic surveillance and physical search of suspected terrorists or spies working on behalf of a foreign power. Decisions are made by the specially appointed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."Today we face sophisticated terrorists who use disposable cell phones and the Internet to communicate with each other, recruit operatives and plan attacks on our country," … [Read more...] about Secret Court Ruling Sparks Heated Government Surveillance Debate
The recently announced Spark tablet might prove to be the first Linux-running open source tablet fully capable of being modded by users.It has an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware, and it will come with an open content and services market.The Spark will come under the GNU General Public License (GPL) from its inception.Pricing will be about US$265, according to KDE developer Aaron Seigo. The Spark will be offered as a device made for customization and project-specific integration."This is an interesting project in the sense that it's changing the way individuals would interact with their device," Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research, told LinuxInsider."This type of solution may be useful for vertical case uses," Orr continued. "I think it's going to cater to the hobbyist, those who are going to maybe look to introduce computing into a system or a physical service people interact with."The Spark has two USB ports, a microSD slot, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a 7-inch … [Read more...] about Spark Tablet Coming for the FOSS Crowd
Now that webOS is making its merry way along the open road, there's no telling what tablets or other mobile devices it may inspire over the upcoming months.In the meantime, the Linux world is all abuzz over what promises to be the very first fully open tablet out there: the Spark, a device slated to ship in May from none other than the KDE Plasma Active community itself.The details have been coming fast and furious; preorder signup begins this week. Will FOSS fans jump at the chance? That, of course, is the million-dollar question ringing through the blogosphere, on Slashdot and beyond. "I'm still not sold on the tab format, but I bet it would work better as a full computing device than a scaled-up cell phone," ventured consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack.Indeed, "I'm really excited about the 'Spark' -- if it truly is fully open, it will be the first ARM tablet of its kind," enthused Thoughts on Technology blogger and Bodhi Linux lead developer Jeff Hoogland."I have high … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Will the Spark Tablet Ignite a FOSS Fire?
Marketo is taking aim at the smaller end of the business community with Spark, a stripped-down version of its revenue performance management application.The new offering is an entirely separate product; however, there is a tight migration path between it and other products in the Marketo family, Phil Fernandez, CEO and president, told CRM Buyer."The goal is that as the small business user grows to the point where it needs an application with greater scale and a more robust feature set, it can easily make the jump without fear of losing data," he said. Spark is designed and priced for small companies with five to 25 users -- but with a caveat, Fernandez said. "It is not really for a company with a sole proprietor who wears many hats. In other words, a company whose owner sends out invoices, say, in the morning and then focuses on marketing initiatives in the afternoon."Rather, Spark targets small companies with a full-time, professional marketing staff that are seeking a greater bang … [Read more...] about PRODUCT PROFILE Marketo’s Spark Ignites Small-Biz Marketing Efforts
Arduboy, a new pocket-sized 8-bit game device, has ignited a firestorm of interest on Kickstarter. With 27 days to go, the campaign already has drawn contributions of more than eight times its modest $25k goal.The rapid funding response could spark a miniature retro revolution. The handheld Arduboy has the potential to divert gamers from smartphones and tablets.Arduboy is a throwback to the Game Boy of yesteryear. However, it comes loaded with modern technology to make it relevant for today's pocket gamers and developers.The Arduboy game system is a credit card-sized console. It plays all the classic 8-bit games. It encourages programming skills and user game making and swapping."Sometimes simple, inexpensive and robust is very attractive, and that is showcased in the Arduboy," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.Arduboy is an open platform. The games are built upon the Arduino chipset.Users can simply play games, or create new games and share games. Arduboy will … [Read more...] about Arduboy Could Spark Retro Gaming Revolution