AT&T buying T-Mobile

AT&T buying T-Mobile
Some of the various articles on this topic:

 

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Report: By 2015, Mobile Internet Usage Will Increase by Factor of 26

The Connected Life at Home — from Cisco

The connected life at home -- from Cisco

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From DSC:

How will these types of technologies affect what we can do with K-12 education/higher education/workplace training and development? I’d say they will open up a world of new applications and opportunities for those who are ready to innovate; and these types of technologies will move the “Forthcoming Walmart of Education” along.

Above item from:

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One-third of U.S. households lack broadband Web access

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There is no Plan B -- Why the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly.

My thanks to Mr. Robert Bender for this resource

Excerpt:

The Internet will soon be sailing in very rough seas, as it’s about to run out of addresses, needing to be gutted and reconfigured for continued growth in the second half of the 2010s and beyond. Originally, the idea was that this upgrade would happen quietly in the background, but over the past few years, it has become clear that the change from the current Internet Protocol version 4, which is quickly running out of addresses, to the new version 6 will be quite a messy affair.

Also see:

IP Address Block Size Equivalents in Classful Addressing, IPv4, and IPv6 — from American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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Five high-tech business trends — from Reuters

1. 4G Connectivity

2. Tablet Takeover

3. Apps Everywhere

4. Online Communications

5. Cloud Computing


High Speed Ahead– from CampusTechnology.com

Excerpt re: expanding WiFi coverage :

“WiFi is local; that’s the trouble with it,” said McCartney. “With the 4G network, users will have wireless coverage both indoors and while outside walking around between the buildings. That’s a whole lot of coverage that we didn’t have before.”

Besides the clear advantages of faster, more reliable Internet access, the 4G service helps Purdue’s faculty and staff deliver and use bandwidth-intensive applications and solutions to students in a more seamless fashion. Known for developing proprietary mobile technologies to enhance traditional college classroom experiences, the school’s latest developments include the Facebook academic application Mixable and a student discussion tool, HotSeat, which allows students to interact with their classmates and faculty using Twitter and text messages.

Another new application that was implemented in 2010 finds students making instructional use of video in the institution’s forensics classes, among others. The program and the material produced with it are bandwidth-intensive and difficult to manipulate on a traditional WiFi network. The new 4G access will help fill that gap. “To use this application solution, you have to be able to take video, deliver it and [watch] it,” said McCartney. “You can’t do that on 3G.”

With Purdue’s 4G tower activated since early-December, staff and students are already developing new applications that will have a “measurable and material impact on learning,” said McCartney, who added he expects more colleges to jump on the 4G bandwagon as the successful implementations are documented. “As a leading university, we have to keep up with the plumbing around here, and make sure that all of our services work as expected, and as advertised.”

How will technologies like AirPlay affect education? I suggest 24x7x365 access on any device may be one way. By Daniel S. Christian at Learning Ecosystems blog-- 1-17-11.

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Addendum on 1-20-11:
The future of the TV is online
— from telegraph.co.uk
Your television’s going to get connected, says Matt Warman


Verizon and the iPhone

Some articles on this announcement:

  • Apple’s iPhone 4 headed to Verizon network February 10http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/technology-live/2011/01/11/iphone-verizonx-large.jpg
  • From Apple:
    Beginning February 10, the phone that changed everything will be available on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will also have the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability. Whichever network you choose, you’ll get FaceTime video calling, the high-resolution Retina display, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording, long battery life, and all the other great features of iPhone 4.
  • Q&A: What we know about iPhone 4 on Verizon
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Gobles (Michigan, USA) third-graders get smartphones — from WoodTV8.com by Tony Tagliavi;  my thanks to Mr. L. Andrew Thorburn for this resource
Phone function disabled; used as handheld computer

GOBLES, Mich. (WOOD) – More than 60 Gobles Elementary School third-graders are spending at least part of their classroom time with their own smartphones.

“It’s amazing,” 8-year-old Halli Davidson said Tuesday before showing a reporter a diagram she drew to help understand multiplication. “You feel like you’re in your own little personal world in here.”

The phone function actually has been disabled, principal Terry Breen told 24 Hour News 8. The students are using the smartphones as handheld computers, complete with filtered wireless Internet, dubbed “mobile learning devices.”

Tuesday was the second day for the $44,000 Gobles pilot program, 75% of which Breen said was paid for with grant funds.

But these new devices, according to teacher Chris Quist, are “exciting and fun and engaging. And even in two days, I’ve noticed the amount of on-task time and the quiet time.”

Students could use the devices to watch videos to tie in with their Michigan history lessons, Breen said. And Quist said the simple fact that the phones can show photos and other presentations in color — unlike most classroom handouts — is significant.

West Michigan school systems including Allendale, Caledonia and Coopersville — along with Grand River Prep, and Holland Christian Schools — offer one-to-one laptops for at least some grades.

Hopkins Public Schools rolled it out this year with small Internet laptops called netbooks for middle and high school students.

If it is expanded, the principal said administrators will determine which device is best — from smartphones to tablet computers such as iPads or laptops — for the needs of students at each grade level.

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Challenges Seen in Moving to Multimedia Textbooks — from edweek.org by Katie Ash
Supporting the use of multimedia-rich and interactive textbooks in K-12 will require much more digital bandwidth

“Right now, as long as all we’re doing is PDF files, the bandwidth and infrastructure in Virginia isn’t going to be a problem,” says Lan W. Neugent, the assistant superintendent of technology, career, and adult education for the Virginia Department of Education.

“But we’re going to see books become multimedia extravaganzas,” he says, “and the minute that happens, then suddenly the bandwidth is going to be pitiful.”

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