Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 2/26 including: examples of how brick-and-mortar retailer Walmart's reluctance for mobile advertising is hurting them, the FCC's app for iOS users to test mobile data speeds announced at Mobile World Congress, Almex's rugged tablet for hostile work environments, Sierra Wireless unveils Linux-based platform for M2M apps and BlackBerry's new handsets.
For those living in a cone of silence, the US Court of Appeals knocked over net neutrality on Tuesday.
Last week, AT&T announced its sponsored data program, which allows users to "browse websites, stream video and enjoy apps … without impacting [their] monthly data allowance" by permitting companies sponsoring data content to pick up the tab on customers' charges. But some are questioning whether the move is anti-competitive.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Wednesday 12/11 including: Nokia's plans for an Android-based low-end smartphone, biddings on FCC's wireless spectrum in first auction in 5 years, the slowdown of WLAN equipment, Broadcom's latest smart chip made for wearable technology and the bump of sales for corporate-owned smartphones may have people putting more stock in BYOD.
Following quickly (in bureaucratic terms) on the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to lift most of its restrictions on the use of mobile devices on airplanes, the Federal Communications Commission has put the issue of ending the ban on mobile phone use on planes on its December meeting agenda.
IT behemoth Cisco and automaker giant Toyota are locked in a struggle over a chunk of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz band. Cisco wants it for Wi-Fi, Toyota for auto safety technology. While there are strong arguments on both sides, it seems to me that the interference issue has to be studied by the FCC very closely because lives would be at stake.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to auction 10 megahertz of spectrum in the H block to wireless carriers for mobile broadband services on Jan. 14, the agency announced Friday.
The global land mobile radio system market is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent through 2016.
Amazon reportedly has tested a new Wi-Fi network using spectrum held by satellite communications firm Globalstar, Bloomberg reports.
Brace yourself. Cisco Systems says we'll be facing a nationwide airwave shortage by the end of the year that will affect mobile devices, including cellular phones and tablets. The good news is the FCC is looking at several ways to address the problem.