Say goodbye to unlimited data transfers. AT&T is now testing the idea of implementing monthly data caps for its broadband users and could result in a more widespread rollout in the near future.
The trail run is being put to the test in the city of Reno, Nevada. Beginning November 1st, 2008 users will be capped at a monthly rate between 20GB – 150GB depending on your DSL service speed. Any data transferred above this limit will be bill at $1 per gigabyte, following a one-month grace period.
CNN brought all the tricks out of the bag this year during the presidential Election Day. On Tuesday, they “beamed” CNN’s Jessica Yellin to the CNN studios hundreds of miles away and made it appear as though she was in the room talking with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper.
They called this “Holographic” technology, and in reality it was not. While it was very interesting to watch and will probably be used more in the future by studio’s, it’s far from holographic technology.
This fancy trick involved over 44 HD cameras and nearly 20 computers to produce. The HD cameras shoot at all different angles of the body to produce an entire image of the body, similar to motion pictures like The Matrix. This entire system is hooked up in trailers outside the HQ’s of Obama and McCain.
Tony Fadell, someone you may not know, but has been over division of Apple that almost every one of us knows about – Apple’s iPod Division. Tony has been with Apple since the beginning of the iPod and is now leaving the company at the end of 2008. His replacement, Mark Papermaster is resuming role as Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering and is reporting to Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs.
The “white space” spectrum that large tech giants like Google and Microsoft state would be best used for portable devices is now available to the Public. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a major milestone yesterday as it approved the new airwaves to be opened to the public. The new airwaves will be used by the public for cheap high-speed wireless Internet access.
The much anticipated tethering option for the Apple iPhone is coming, very soon according to AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph De La Vega. The CEO has confirmed rumors in an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit that it is indeed coming, but he would not release specifics such as a timescale or any pricing. Tethering has been around for awhile, it involves connecting your cellphone, in this case the iPhone, either wirelessly or with a cable to your laptop or PC to take advantage of its mobile internet connection.
The unlimited data access which iPhone users currently have on their handhelds, will more than likely not carry over for tethering use.
According to leaked reports, foreign hackers broken into computers of both John McCain’s group as well as Barack Obama’s group during the presidential campaign. While the feds have not disclosed the foreign location that broken into the networks, they did successfully make it in and attempted to acquire information.
The hackers apparently were interested in documents outlining the candidates’ policy proposals. The feds have a very good idea of which country is responsible for this break-in, but have not released further information regarding the incident. “You have a problem way bigger than what you understand,” an agent told Obama’s team. “You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system.”