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Novatel MiFi gives you a personal 3G Wi-Fi hotspot

December 09th, 2008 | Category: cypher-sec.org,social network,technology

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this is cool and all, but personally, I use JoikuSpot (joikuspot.com) on my Nokia N95, and it provides me with exactly the same thing, no extra hardware. It’s available for many other devices as well.

Novatel MiFi

has just announced the future release of their new MiFi 3G portable hotspot, and we are officially excited. Using the MiFi, you’ll be able to grab the signal from your EV-DO Rev. A or HSPA account, and share it over Wi-Fi to a group. For example, you can hit up Starbucks with two buddies, break out the MiFi, and all three of you can hit the Internet without paying for Starbucks Wi-Fi three times. The MiFi device itself looks just as awesome as its usage scenarios, as it just as long and wide as a credit card, and isn’t really that tall. Novatel is also touting that the battery will last for 4 hours when used actively, and 40 hours when on standby. Nice.

Mark our words – we are going to be keeping an eye on the news leading up to the Novatel MiFi official release. Expect to see if available for purchase in for first half of 2009.


Novatel MiFi gives you a personal 3G Wi-Fi hotspot originally appeared on Gear Live on Tue, December 09, 2008 – 10:59:19

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Open Source Gets Huge Legal Boost

August 14th, 2008 | Category: John C Dvorak,tech5
Open Source breakthrough. Licensing deals binding to an extreme. You can be sued for copyright infringement even if the software is free. iPhone 3G gripes unheeded by Apple. USB 3.0 coming soon at 4.8 Gbps!! Cisco and Oracle spending a fortune on lobbyists. Text-messaging coming to regular phones. AT&T will spy on you and so will the UK government. News: blank DVD’s are cheap. tech5
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My experience with an airports Mobile Web Check-in (beta)…

July 24th, 2008 | Category: paperless ticket

So, this was possibly a first for an actual consumer using Mobile Web Check-in… I’m lucky enough to be in a test group since my fiancee works for one of the airlines.

I’m writing about what Mobile Web Check-in is, does and the experiences I had using it today.

Mobile Web Check-in is a fairly new manner of getting your boarding pass for an airline (flight).

To access (or obtain) your electronic boarding pass you have to request or are advised (somehow) of an airlines mobile url “the electronic boarding pass check-in site” or “paperless ticket”. It’s similar to your airport kiosk but directly from your handheld device (mobile web capable phone). Of course, you need web access (so you will use your mobile carriers data network or wi-fi (whichever you choose or have access to.)

Once you’ve logged into the airlines/airports paperless web check-in page on your device, you will be asked all the security questions you normally see when obtaining your boarding pass from your personal computer at home, your kiosk check-in or a representative at the counter. (i.e. do you have sharp objects, dangerous objects, explosives, etc.) the typical security check.

Once you have successfully navigated your way through all the standard security checks (again, very much like how you would do it at home or the airport kiosk) you are presented with your “paperless boarding pass”.

That paperless boarding pass will have the same information a (well) paper one does. The cool (e) part about it, is that the bar code that is displayed on paper boarding passes is also on your screen. ooh, the exciting part.

You ask, “what do I do with it now”… it’s on my tiny little screen.
Well, just take it up to the TSA rep (stand in line of course like everyone else). Once you get up there, be sure you have your ID out (like always) present them with the paperless ticket (your phone). ;) They will then scan the bar code (rather than stamp the paper version (like all those that are less techie) and (are suppose to) give you a confirmation card (kind of like stamping your paper boarding pass).

This was my experience when using it today:
After obtaining my paperless boarding pass (by using my Nokia N95-4 8GB), I presented it to the TSA security rep. This was her first time doing it, as she had the scanner there, but it was not on (and although excited) repeatedly pounded the Windows Mobile device wrapped in an ugly grey box with her finger trying to turn it on. With additional excitement once the screen came up, she pointed the red cross hairs at my screen. “bleep”, it scanned. (or so we think)… as she confirmed the information on her screen with my ID. “Yeah!”, we both exclaimed, as passengers behind us went “ooh, technology”. :)

This is where being “possibly” the first to run through this is the test. After she confirmed who I was, she let me through. Of course, I did not think about what else I might need to complete the security check, as it was my first time too. ;)

Once I walked up to the security scanning area, I mentioned I had a paperless boarding pass (the TSA rep was confused). It turns out, the first TSA rep was suppose to give me some sort of card to identify the fact that I had passed that first check point. Oh well, I brought a backup paper pass from the kiosk. (a word to the wise during it’s initial phase). Thankfully they were very helpful, took my phone from me to the first TSA rep to verify I was a good guy… :) and comparing it to my paper pass let me continue through to my gate). :) Yeah.

So far so good, yes?… well, here are a few issues I potentially see. Given that I was flying non-rev and being a beta user, I did not need to show my paperless boarding pass again (past the TSA security point)… ’cause I was just waiting for an available seat (did not already have a seat assignment like a paying passenger). The question mark is to identify the fact that a paying customer with a seat assignment will have to present that paperless boarding pass again (to get past the gate check point).

Short/Long story short… ;) it’s a cool feature, I love being at the forefront of technology and think it’s a great idea to actually go paperless, but, the process at TSA was a stumble (being the first of course) and having to obtain a “your ok” proof of pass card simply ruins the “paperless idea”. If you had a boarding pass, then you would only be “stamped” at the TSA line, and would not need to obtain any further piece of paper (as that one does it all, even gets you through the gate).

Lastly, and a potentially problematic point for those that really use their mobile devices, if you navigate away from the screen you end on with your paperless boarding pass, uh, you’ll lose it. That’s not good for a few reasons… sure, you might have passed TSA’s check point and maybe even security, but now what do you do? You’re up at the gate and need to present the boarding pass to enter. Granted I did not have this difficulty, I expect that one may have to either go through hoops to prove they have a seat on the plane, OR go back to square one, (obtain a paper (not less) boarding pass to get on, Argh. What happened to the paperless concept here.

One thought I had was (at least on the last part) to make the paperless ticket an image that is downloaded to your device allowing for the use of the phone, pda whatever and not losing the page you’re on to make a call, check email, shut down your device or any other interaction that forces you to leave the valuable ticket in the digital ether.  ;)

Feel free to check out my qik stream http://qik.com/thecolor about it (when I was actually there). Short, to the point stream (in comparison to this long explanation). :)

Thanks for reading, and let me know your thoughts.
~TC

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iphone 3G, pleeease.

July 11th, 2008 | Category: Apple,AT&T,ATT,GPS,HSDPA,iPhone,live stream,qik,voip,Wi-fi

This is silly, just silly.

I have to agree with Leo Laporte (of twitlive.tv) and many related to the industry when It’s said that you may be wasting your money if you let “At this time” screw you into a contract for a partially functional (based on definition) device!

Leo’s been online (live) since the first Apple store opened in New Zeland, on Friday July 11th, 2008 convering the launch of the 3G iPhone! And, although I don’t have his following, I have been re-streaming Leo’s audio for those that can’t view it, but want to stay connected via audio only. (my live stream on the right menu). This has been nice for those who only have their mobiles or capable of a .pls stream.

Just as a plug for me and Leo, (as it’s my site)… I re-stream Leo whenever he’s online, for those interested in a mobile version at a lower bit rate for ease of cellular streaming.

But…, the title of the post is really, “iPhone 3G, pleeease.”

So far this is what we’ve learned about the new iPhone 3G.

1. It’s got GPS (but it seems to act more like triangulation) the kind that google maps uses for mobile devices. Hmm, not turn by turn… seems that’s what GPS is mainly used for.
2. It has 3G (thus the title). However, as it’s been repeated, 3G is really (At this time) only available in Major Metro cities (and not even all of them). In fact, there is more wi-fi coverage across the globe than 3G, so you decide which you’d rather use and (NOT) pay for?
3. Apps, Shmaps. Software is cool, but many other devices that have many other cooler and “completely functional” hardware have been open for development for a long time!

These seem to be the 3 most noted changes in the launch of this new device (and the apps don’t really count) since the software version 2.0 enables new apps on the old iPhone, and if you can install Google Maps on the old iPhone, then your “triangulated” GPS has been available since it was installed. Sooo… it seems 3G is the only enhancment. No?

Personally, I’d not get screwed into a contract, and rather have the immediate option to buy the device and plug my own/old sim to work. Sadly, Apple descided that was not a good idea (for who knows what reason)?

In addition to all this, with all the activation problems, (servers down, etc.) Apple and or AT&T “At this time” are sending people out of the stores with an inactive device. This may just lead to some never activating it “under contract”. Rumor has it, it only took approx 3 1/2 hours to unlock it yesterday (Via someone in New Zeland). This of course won’t take long to get into the wild for everyone to use, and thusly, if you have a device that is unactivated (opposed to activated forcefully in the store)… you may just be able to unlock it and pop in your existing sim.

Hmm, I’d love to know the numbers on that one.

If you don’t need the cellular, just get an iPod touch, install a VOIP client and use wi-fi for phone calls. :) Hey, at least your coverage would be greater with Wi-fi. ;)

One positive thing I can say, even though the new iPhone STILL does not have video recording (built in) (as I understand it), a company called qik.com will allow you to do just that, and live at the same time. So, if you’re one of the secondary “early adopters” of the newest iPhone, don’t fret completely, it has one improvement. (oh wait, the old iPhone can do qik too). DANG!

Thoughts, if Apple and At This Time are going to go into a shady @$$ deal like the last and this one, things really need to work, immediately! No? Or, was it your intention to have many unactivated devices in the wild?

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I’ve been Qiking like crazy…

I need to do a video comparison of the recordings my Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM does on it’s own (stored locally) and those that Qik.com allows me to stream at its highest quality.  I tell you, if the qualities are anywhere near the same, Qik will be most likely replace my local video storage all except for those moments I just can’t stream.  :)  I recently recorded my bike ride utilizing numerous functions of my phone to get a real good test of things.

I received my wind powered (solar backed up) charger and mounted it to my bike.  Once that was on, I turned on my devices GPS (using free.3dtracking.net) to record my ride, I turned on the music so I’d be have something to pedal too and utilized the front camera of my device to stream via Qik’s mobile audio/video streaming service!

I tell you, this just rocked!  Not only did I start off with less than a full battery, but, I road for an hour (recorded for 59.30 minutes) and used all those things the entire time.  Once I stopped, and unplugged my device from the wind powered charger I still had 4 bars.  The wind powered charger did exactly what it said it would, and streaming on the lower end of Qik’s service was great.  Using all those things without a charge station of some sort would really put the drain on your battery and it would be dead in less than an hour (I’ve tested this just by recording using qik.com (not playing music or using GPS, just recording on qik).)

I was most likely on AT&T’s 3G (HSDPA) service the whole time, and never saw a (delay indication).  Granted I was not always looking, I’ve managed to drive with it and have no delay indicator.

I streamed up to qik, recorded the entire time, (the screen stays lit while recording with qik) and as we all know, screen activity reall drains a battery.  I was constantly pulling a gps signal from a min of 9 sats, and uploading my position every 30 seconds to track using free.3dtracking.net and playing the music.

All in all, I’m very impressed with all the features mentioned above.  The Nokia N95-4 8GB NAM rocks, Qik.com rocks, free.3dtracking.net rocks, and so does thinkgeek.com’s solar and wind powered charger!

How will I ever make this “analog thing” work?  :(

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