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The Telecom Digest for December 15, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 293 : "text" Format
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G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi (Monty Solomon)
Google lets iOS developers replace Apple map data with its own (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:25:27 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi Message-ID: <p06240872ccf084a7e8dd@[]> G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi By EDWARD WYATT December 12, 2012 WASHINGTON - House Republicans warned the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday against "giving away" scarce airwaves that they said could produce up to $19 billion in proceeds if they were instead auctioned to telecommunications companies for use in mobile broadband networks. The remarks, which came at a House communications subcommittee hearing, took aim at one of the top priorities of Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman: to make available more unlicensed airwaves, or spectrum, to open congested mobile broadband networks and to use in Wi-Fi hot spots. In September, the F.C.C. proposed freeing 12 to 20 megahertz of spectrum for those unlicensed uses. The unlicensed space on the electromagnetic spectrum would also be used as "guard bands." Those are areas that border segments of airwaves that are used by cellphone companies, broadcasters and other communications entities; their purpose is to limit interference from transmissions on nearby airwaves. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/business/republicans-tell-fcc-not-to-give-away-airwaves.html
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:29:44 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google lets iOS developers replace Apple map data with its own Message-ID: <p06240875ccf0858b1e3f@[]> Google lets iOS developers replace Apple map data with its own New SDK gives access to vector data, but not turn-by-turn navigation. by Chris Foresman Dec 13 2012 Ars Technica In addition to releasing its own Google Maps app for iOS, Google is now offering up its improved, vector-based maps to iOS developers looking for an alternative to Apple's at-times flawed data. Developers can essentially replace Apple's native MapKit APIs with the Google Maps SDK for iOS, though integrating turn-by-turn navigation is still verboten. Apple's native MapKit APIs originally gave iOS developers native access to the 2D map data supplied by Google in previous versions of iOS. However, Apple claimed that it needed to build its own mapping database in order to give iOS's Maps app improved features like efficient, high-resolution vector data, 3D "flyover" views, turn-by-turn navigation, and more. Apple replaced the backend mapping data in iOS 6 with its own data, and those changes were passed down to MapKit, and hence any app that used MapKit. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/12/google-lets-ios-developers-replace-apple-map-data-with-its-own/
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