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The Telecom Digest for July 06, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 182 : "text" Format

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  Thinner, Faster, Smarter iPhone Raises the Stakes          (Monty Solomon)
  Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity                    (Monty Solomon)
  Microsoft Calling. Anyone There?                           (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:28:10 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Thinner, Faster, Smarter iPhone Raises the Stakes Message-ID: <p0624089ac8570fcf436f@[]> PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY Thinner, Faster, Smarter iPhone Raises the Stakes By WALTER S. MOSSBERG JUNE 20, 2010 Just three years ago, Apple wasn't in the mobile-phone business at all. Since then, its game-changing iPhone has become the most influential smartphone in the world. Now, on June 24, the company will roll out the fourth generation of the device, called the iPhone 4. While attractive, capable new smartphones emerge regularly from competitors, a new iPhone deserves special attention for two reasons. First, the device lies at the center of a huge ecosystem of 225,000 apps, plus popular related gadgets like Apple's iPod Touch connected media player and iPad tablet, which collectively are approaching 100 million units sold. Second, the iPhone's multitouch, gesture-based interface; elegant Web browser; sophisticated music and video playback; and other features have been emulated on many competing devices, so what Apple does affects the whole industry. I've been testing the iPhone 4 for more than a week. In both hardware and software, it is a major leap over its already-excellent predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. It has some downsides and limitations-most important, the overwhelmed AT&T network in the U.S., which, in my tests, the new phone handled sometimes better and, unfortunately, sometimes worse than its predecessor. I'll get into that below. But, overall, Apple has delivered a big, well-designed update that, in my view, keeps it in the lead in the smartphone wars. The iPhone 4 is a dramatic redesign. It manages to pack a radically sharper screen; a second, front-facing camera; a larger battery; a better rear camera with flash; and a faster processor into a body that is 24% thinner, a bit narrower, and retains the same length and weight as its predecessor's. In fact, Apple claims that the iPhone 4 is the world's thinnest smartphone and sports the world's highest-resolution smartphone screen. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704853404575322951290405346.html http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20100622/apple-iphone4-review/
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:33:54 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity Message-ID: <p062408a0c8579da78263@[]> Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity By JOHN MARKOFF July 2, 2010 THE Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet's dog problem. The problem, as depicted in Peter Steiner's legendary 1993 New Yorker cartoon, is that on the Internet nobody knows you're a dog. And thus the enduring conundrum over who can be trusted in cyberspace. The Internet affords anonymity to its users - a boon to privacy and freedom of speech. But that very anonymity is also behind the explosion of cybercrime that has swept across the Web. Can privacy be preserved while bringing a semblance of safety and security to a world that seems increasingly lawless? Last month, Howard Schmidt, the nation's cyberczar, offered the Obama administration's proposal to make the Web a safer place - a "voluntary trusted identity" system that would be the high-tech equivalent of a physical key, a fingerprint and a photo ID card, all rolled into one. The system might use a smart identity card, or a digital credential linked to a specific computer, and would authenticate users at a range of online services. The idea is to create a federation of private online identity systems. Users could select which system to join, and only registered users whose identities have been authenticated could navigate those systems. The approach contrasts with one that would require a government-issued Internet driver's license. (Civil liberties groups oppose a government system, fearful that it could lead to national identity cards.) ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/weekinreview/04markoff.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** This is long overdue. The lack of any effective means of identification is what detroyed the Citizens Radio Service ("Citizen's Band") in the U.S., and Usenet isn't far behind. If I had to guess at the one big reason for the success of message boards hosted by Google and Yahoo, it would be that they are run by commercial companies with a stake in keeping the discussion civil and a vested interest in avoiding "the trajedy of the commons" that has affected Usenet. In the end, people grow up and the circus leaves town. It's time for those who use the Internet to be accountable for their actions. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:40:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Microsoft Calling. Anyone There? Message-ID: <p062408a1c8579f43e2f8@[]> Microsoft Calling. Anyone There? By ASHLEE VANCE July 4, 2010 Microsoft's engineers and executives spent two years creating a new line of smartphones with playful names that sounded like creatures straight out of "The Cat in the Hat" - Kin One and Kin Two. Stylish designs, an emphasis on flashy social-networking features and an all-out marketing blitz were meant to prove that Microsoft could build the right product at the right time for the finickiest customers - gossiping youngsters with gadget skills. But last week, less than two months after the Kins arrived in stores, Microsoft said it would kill the products. "That's a record-breaking quick end to a product, as far as I am concerned," said Michael Cronan, a designer who helped drive the branding of products like Kindle for Amazon and TiVo. "It did seem like a big mistake on their part." The Kins' flop adds to a long list of products - from watches to music players - that have plagued Microsoft's consumer division, while its business group has suffered as well through less-than-successful offerings like Windows Vista and Windows for tablet computers. In particular, the Kin debacle is a reflection of Microsoft's struggle to deliver what the younger generation of technology-obsessed consumers wants. From hand-held products to business software, Microsoft seems behind the times. Part of its problem may be that its ability to intrigue and attract software developers is also waning, which threatens its ability to steer markets over the long term. When it comes to electronic devices, people writing software have turned their attention to platforms from Apple and Google. Meanwhile, young technology companies today rely on free, open-source business software rather than Microsoft's products, so young students, soon to be looking for jobs, have embraced open-source software as well. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/technology/05soft.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** The Times' reporter is being kind to Microsoft: major colleges and universities have been distributing open-source software, mostly GNU/Linux, for years now. There wasn't anything noble about it: the schools found out the hard way that open-source didn't cause the rampant virus and spyware plagues that Microsoft's products were subject to. As for Microsoft's lack of success in consumer markets, that's also easy to explain: users are so frustrated with the Microsoft Method[tm] of price gauging and with its cavalier policies toward customers begging for support ("Go away, little man, you bother me...") that the company's infamous trademark is a liability in the consumer world. As with NYNEX and its ill-fated foray into Retail with the NYNEX stores, Microsoft is learning that customers have long memories. Bill Horne Moderator
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