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Friday, February 28, 2003

What part of "satellite" did they not understand?

Amazing! The satellite cellular industry has known about these urban canyon shortcomings since Day One, and ignored the issue entirely in their blind march to the sea. Now that reality has set in, they want to add "filler" land-based towers. I say to the FCC that they should say "NO" to this... Sign in to see full entry.

Child Locator Company Gets Support

Remember the company I told you about a long time back in an early post? Wherify Wireless? The one that allows you to make children wear a wrist watch so that you can find them? Well, they just got more support from the proponents of CDMA technology—QUALCOMM. So, they should be around for a while, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 10, 2003

Go "blind" while using a cell-phone!

Here we go. Finally, a study that claims to be more exacting about the specific dangers of talking on a cell-phone while driving. I do not know whether they are right — I have to admit I am an occasional cell-phone user when driving — but it is only correct to watch out for such problems. They also... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Satellite Radio Still Not There Yet ...

It looks like satellite radio is appealing to some "wealthy baby boomers", but it still has a long way to go before it will succeed and survive. Restructuring of the companies has helped, but they are not out of the woods yet. Charging for service that has always been "free" to the vast majority of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Rest In Peace, Columbia ...

There are simply no words left in me to describe my feelings. I am as lost as on that other fateful day... in January 1986. Rest In Peace, Columbia and Challenger astronauts! Sign in to see full entry.

Okay ... So where is my bus now?

Here we go again. Another community tries to make our fast life-styles not have to wait for any more than necessary. It seems that we are always fussing about these things. Life is too short, people! Live it at a more relaxed pace! You can track your bus on the Internet Metro programs give riders a... Sign in to see full entry.

Have not written in a while! But I am back!

Hi, all. Due to unforeseen medical circumstances, I have not been an active writer or reader here for some months now. But I am back! So, you should start seeing articles from me again in the near future. I have to admit that my medical circumstances (quadruple bypasses in my heart) has changed my... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 25, 2002

Zap those pesky telemarketers!

All Right! This is the Way-To-Go™ for sure! Who hasn't been annoyed with those dinner time telemarketing calls? This is one way to make sure that you are not bothered. Automatically zap the telemarketer and make sure that they do not call you again, either! For more on tne story, see here.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 1, 2002

Telematics Gets The Treatment?

Somebody has to make sure that the Telematics industry does not sit around smoking its own hype for too long! Argh. Telematics Gets the Treatment WORLD CONGRESS, Oct. 15, 2002 - The Ninth World Congress on ITS today offered a high-profile look at exactly where the market is, or may be, for... Sign in to see full entry.

Big Brother is always watching!

If you think this is not possible, you are wrong. If you think this is advanced stuff, you are even more wrong! You ain't seen nuttin' yet! How mobile phones let spies see our every move Government's secret Celldar project will allow surveillance of anyone, at any time and anywhere there is a phone... Sign in to see full entry.

Along for the ride in "Telematics Valley"

Here is town that is transforming itself and getting ready for the next revolution. Telematics Valley may be a bit strong a term, but it ain't too far off! Along for the ride Tue Oct 15, 5:32 PM ET By Chana R. Schoenberger Göteborg is betting big on wireless services in cars. A city with a... Sign in to see full entry.

Do or die

Now OnStar isn't exactly one of the most wonderful success stories, or at least, one of the best repeat success stories (customers don't seem to wanna stay signed up after the first year...the cost is too prohibitive, I believe!), but here is one of the better articles I have seen on what OnStar can... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 25, 2002

Where am I now?

The next location service: tell me where I am, or at least, for emergency services, find me wherever I am. The whole E911 initiative has been a bit derailed, due to technical and other problems, but it is happening... slowly but surely. You are here Personal location technology tracks you down... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

So where is my child really? Story continues ...

Here is another child tracker device. (see an earlier post for the first such device I talked about.) The difference appears to be that this device is hidden away in a backpack and not strapped to the child's wrist, like the Wherify unit. My biggest concern with the Wherify unit was its highly... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

A wireless bar code for your bra

RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is going to be very ubiquitous in the near future. Tracking items in stores, etc., is going to be pervasive. In an article in MIT Technology Review, Simson has an interesting point... we need to have a bill of rights to make sure that the information that is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 14, 2002

Online mapmakers: Popular, prolific ... but not perfect

Online mapping has come a long way, but still has a few kinks to be worked out... we use it regularly now, though! Online mapmakers: Popular, prolific, not perfect Tue Oct 8, 7:53 AM ET Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Erin Douglass knows that when she expects visitors, they'll be late. ''I warn them,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 11, 2002

Defense tracking system proves crucial to port security

Asset tracking is going to be big... soon enough. Here is an example of what is on the horizon: Defense Tracking System Proves Crucial To Port Security WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 8, 2002 According to an article in govexec.com, the real-time tracking system developed years ago for the Defense Department is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

New signs next thing in bus travel

Here is another high-tech implementation of location services using GPS satellite and notification systems. These kind of service are going to become more main-stream, and people will wonder what life was like without the GPS system! New signs next thing in bus travel BY BRAD BENNETT... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

What do doctors and auto manufacturers have in common?

What do doctors and auto manufacters have in common? According to this story, an advocacy group is recommending that auto manufacturers should "seek and follow" the advice of doctors and emergency rescue workers in designing cars with high-tech equipment intended to save lives in crashes. Since many... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 7, 2002

Risky credit customers seen as growth area for wireless

One big problem for US cellular carriers is taking the next step to increase the number of users... till they are willing to take on customers with a bit more risk. The problem is that cell phones are very portable. Where do you send the bills for collection if the user does not have a residence,... Sign in to see full entry.

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