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White Space: the thrill is gone

Stacey Higginbotham reported recently on the progress being made in the UK on getting the White Space up and running for use by mobile operators looking to spread out the impact of so many devices.

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Presentation: Location-Based Services for Local Business

I was invited to give a presentation for the Alabama Social Media Association in July. It was a good turn out and I would like to thank Stacy Hood for the opportunity and all of the assistance at the event. Location based services, particularly delivered via mobile devices, offer local business an entirely new way to connect, service and monetize their relationships with their consumers.

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Why the war for the White Space matters

I have been following the White Space debate for a long time (2/23/06), in large part due to the reporting of Sam Churchill at Daily Wireless. Recently the gains made in releasing the White Space for unlicensed use came under fire from industry pressure. Through legislative maneuvering, the telcos are attempting to put barriers up so that the spectrum can’t be used for its intended purpose.

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Kevin Link: The connected car & Hughes Telematics

Kevin has a great interview up on Mashables today about the market dynamics around the connected car. Hughes Telematics is a leader in the telematics field and Kevin has been their from the beginning. Interestingly they are going to market with a new mobile health product later on this year called Lifecomm.

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White Space IEEE 802.22

The IEEE has published a standard for the White Space spectrum to utilize the former unused space between terrestrial television bands to transmit data. There is still a White Space scare after the DC crowd monkeyed with the rules around who can use the spectrum or how its allocated. I guess for now the geeks are undeterred and pushing ahead to try and make a go of it before the politicians and lobbyist carve it up for big business.

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Cisco Internet of things infographic

Its the summer of infographics! This time its from Cisco and its about the Internet of Things. As the internet and data connectivity expand to more and more devices the traffic from all of the connected devices is set to explode. Cisco wants to be at the center of that explosion and made this nice graphic to demonstrate the potential opportunity.

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Nexus S Enables the NFC Secure Element

Sprint watcher Sprintfeed has dug up an announcement flyer for a July 11th update for the Nexus S that includes enabling the secure features of the existing NFC capabilities on the phone. The new capabilities brings the world one step closer to the Google Wallet.

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Microsoft leads White Space consortium in UK

Microsoft and a group of companies including BBC, BT, Nokia, Samsung and BSkyB are set to begin trails this week of the White Space spectrum for mobile broadband services in the UK. In the US the White Space has been a favorite of tech companies and the ban of existence for traditional cellular and local broadcast providers. The FCC cleared the White Space for use back in the Fall of 2010 but its been slow going getting to a consumer ready offering.

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Ford migrates SYNC Applink to more cars

Ford announced that it will bring the SYNC Applink feature set to more vehicles this year and is expanding its developer network as it grow the number of apps available for in-car use. The current SYNC features main center around mobile integration and hands free calling but also offer some drive assist and entertainment offerings. As the developer community grows it will be interesting to see what other types of apps are allowed and become popular.

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Zoosh ultrasound payment transactions

If you want to do phone to phone or phone to POS transactions but you don’t have time to wait for NFC enabled devices and payment terminals then Zoosh by Naratte may be a good option for you. Zoosh uses the phone’s speaker and microphone to transmit an inaudible sound that carries the transaction information to another phone or POS device.

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