Database could decrease crimes {2}

by Ricardo C
This article talks about how a database could reduce crimes. According to the article, an average of 40% of robberies involve cell phones. The majority of these robberies are violent and with serious injuries. The database promises that wireless providers will deactivate your mobile device if you report it stolen. The major wireless providers of USA sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are participating in this database with the purpose to decrease the desire of thieves for stealing mobile devices. Since after deactivating the devices they become as useless as an empty wallet, there is no incentive to steal them. Thieves steal these devices with the intention of reselling them, most likely overseas. According to the article, these four companies mentioned earlier account for the 90% of mobile devices in the USA which mean that this centralized database will cover the majority of the cell phones currently in use. This database will be in effect within six months in the USA and within 18 months globally.
Besides the centralized database, authorities are promoting customers to educate themselves about the use of personal data on mobile devices. Some of these advices are to keep your divides password protected, write down your device’s model and serial number, etc. The article did not disclose the cost of these initiative but certainly the concern here isn’t cost. read more...

AT&T Promotes HTML 5 Apps {Comments Off on AT&T Promotes HTML 5 Apps}

by Bach B
HTML 5 is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997) and as of January 2012 is still under development, and it has lot of potentials. Thus, to encourage developers to use HTML 5, AT&T releases a  new API(application programming interface) platform.  David Christopher, chief marketing officer at AT&T says “It’s essentially a rich set of APIs and tools aimed at furthering the HTML 5 appeal as an app development choice.” Furthermore, it also has the potential to address fragmentation.  HTML 5 simplifies things for developers by letting them build apps that are able to run in a browser accessible by any smartphone rather than different native apps for different smartphones. With this new API, Christopher hopes that 85 percent of smartphones will have browsers capable of running HTML 5 by 2016. Currently, the new APIs are hosted on cloud services including Heroku and Microsoft’s Azure. Developers must pay a US$99 registration fee to start using the APIs. read more...

Can Internet Stay Neutral? {4}

by ChihWei H
This article is about Net Neutrality, a principle that’s for internet equality and freedom. The internet’s basic concept was an open medium for user to connect and exchange information.  However, that might change since there are two camps that’s fighting over the issue. The content providers, companies like Netflix, Google, and Yahoo, are advocating Net Neutrality. Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are against it. As multimedia, content like video and music, becoming ever so popular on the net, network traffic becomes heavier every day. Yet the ISPs do not gain additional revenues for the growing traffic. That’s why they are advocating discrimination of network traffic. For example, if Netflix pays AT&T usage fees, AT&T will gives Netflix’s video streaming priority on their network. Content providers certainly don’t want that. They argue such idea will create a barrier for new internet startups who can’t afford to pay ISPs. Without net neutrality, ISPs could also slow down traffic of competing websites. Time Warner Cable could start video streaming services itself and throttle Amazon’s video service. However, with net neutrality, ISPs has little to no incentive to improve their network infrastructure. read more...

Internet Capacity, Network Traffic and Net Neutrality {2}

by Marco M
“Internet Capacity, Network Traffic
And Net Neutrality”

Some of the challenges facing the Internet, users and providers, are the ability to improve and expand the current infrastructure. Studies have shown that the Internet is reaching a critical point where demand is out pacing supply; consequently, the service providers need to work harder and quicker to keep-up with Internet growth by implementing faster and more efficient equipment, such as routers and fiber optics just to mention a few, so Internet traffic can continue to flow adequately. Another very important issue, right now, is Net Neutrality; this concerns Internet usage for individuals and organizations of all types, “In 2007, Comcast tried to control traffic over their network”; however, “The Federal Communications commission (FCC), by a 3-2 vote, determined that the move by Comcast was illegal”. Large service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Google, amongst others, are trying to unilaterally decide who they want to give preferential content treatment, just as Comcast did in 2007, therefore, that those companies would give traffic priority to those companies who pay more to the Service Providers and as a result of that practice, consumers would be force to limited choices and false advertisement. read more...