SK Telecom to start 4G LTE commercial service in July

"Mobile carriers are making aggressive moves to get ahead in the long-term evolution (LTE) platform, which is expected to open up a whole new world of possibilities.

LTE Signaling: Troubleshooting and Optimization
Ralf Kreher, Karsten Gaenger (Hardcover - Feb 22, 2011)
What is LTE?

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency regulating information and communication technology issues, has set requirements for each generation of wireless technology. What matters here most is speed. To satisfy fourth-generation (4G) requirements, the download speed should be 1 Gbps for stationary use and 100 Mbps for mobility communication."

Maine Learning and Telemedicine Initiatives Get Federal Boost

,Maine Learning and Telemedicine Initiatives Get Federal Boost

Telemedicine Technologies: Information Technologies in Medicine and Telehealth

Telemedicine Technologies: Information Technologies in Medicine and Telehealth

Bernard Fong (Author), A.C.M. Fong (Author), C.K. Li (Author)
Ten healthcare and educational institutions in Maine are sharing more than $3 million in federal funds to advance distance learning and telemedicine programs designed to benefit the state's rural communities.

Maine received the most money of any state in what is described as a highly competitive grant program, and had the largest number of award recipients. Jonathan Adelstein of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the funds will give residents of rural areas access to world-class educational and health care opportunities.

Among the award recipients is the Rangeley School Department, which is getting just over $440,000 to provide 23 schools with video conference equipment to aid the department's special education program.

FTRC Fuel Cell

CES 2011

Samsung Blu-ray Cube

Samsung Blu-ray Cube - Blu-ray Home Theater Receiver Combo - Slim Blu-ray Player

UNVEILED: Dual-Screen Acer Iconia Laptop

CES 2011


The World's 4G Wireless Conference!

February 2-4, 2011
Miami Beach Convention Center
in Miami Florida

Welcome to the 4GWE Conference in Miami

"4GWE focuses on the tipping point where 4G deployments expose the key issues. As consumers choose devices, operators choose partners and applications drive markets; adjustments to 4G deployments are inevitable. 4GWE will help attendees understand how to adjust to changing variables and deliver on the promise of 4G."


Social media in healthcare

Hospitals have increasingly turned to social media over the past few years to connect with patients and get their messages out, a trend that’s virtually certain to grow.

Here, are a few — though certainly not comprehensive — examples of innovative uses of social media in healthcare.Last summer, Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center, which along with Mayo Clinic is generally regarded as among the top healthcare social media innovators among hospitals, drew attention for hosting what it called the first-ever “Sleep up.” The event, which consisted of an all-night live stream following a patient undergoing sleep disorder testing and a Twitter Q&A session with physician sleep specialists, drew 10,000 visitors. “Our goal is to reach people with information when they need it,” said Dana Lewis, Swedish’s interactive marketing specialist. For those suffering from sleep disorders, that time was when most of the rest of us were in bed.


Shadow & Substance - Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010

Well... the sky is looking pretty cloudy with some drizzle here in Kentucky right now. How is the weather for you? Below are a couple of sites that will broadcast the eclipse live later tonight:
http://www.astronomylive.com/ or http://www.ccssc.org/webcast.html
Total Eclipse of the Moon (animated) for December 21, 2010

You can read more here through NASA's press release.
Do you need a graphic for YOUR time zone for this month's lunar eclipse? Just click on one of the following:

This graphic is centered on mid-eclipse at 2:17am CST, Tuesday morning, on December 21st. The picture shows where the moon will be between the constellations of Taurus and Gemini at that time. (The moon is exaggerated in size.)
Interested in contributing your observations of this lunar eclipse?

Sky & Telescope is seeking crater immersion and exit timings during the upcoming total eclipse.
This has to do with "enlargement of the umbra" which isn't fully understood. The umbral shadow varies in size about 2% from eclipse to eclipse. So... they would like for you to take your telescopes out and watch and time the Earth's shadow crossing the above craters. You can read more about this here and where to send your observation to. (The above map is from Sky & Telescope.)
entrance UT
Grimaldi 6:38
Kepler 6:52
Tycho 6:53
Aristarchus 6:56
Copernicus 7:00
Pytheas 7:05
Timocharis 7:10
Manilius 7:16
Menelaus 7:19
Plinius 7:22
Plato 7:23
Eudoxus 7:28
Taruntius 7:28
Aristoteles 7:30
Proclus 7:30
exits UT
Grimaldi 9:03
Aristarchus 9:04
Kepler 9:11
Plato 9:14
Pytheas 9:17
Copernicus 9:19
Timocharis 9:19
Aristoteles 9:24
Eudoxus 9:26
Tycho 9:31
Manilius 9:34
Menelaus 9:37
Plinius 9:41
Proclus 9:50
Taruntius 9:53

(The red arc is part of the circle that makes up the umbra that you see going across the graphic above. Use the green buttons to stop or reverse the animation. The graphic is an approximation based on the timings above.)
Next total eclipse of the Moon will be on December 10, 2011 for the western half of USA (for the total phase), and the one following can be seen anywhere in the USA on April 15, 2014!
Our Full Cold Moon, for Monday evening, December 20th, one hour after sunset.
(This is how the moon looks several hours before total eclipse... of course!)

The eclipse tonight happens during the fall season for winter does not begin until 5:38pm CST Tuesday evening. As mentioned above, mid-eclipse occurs some 15 hours earlier at 2:17am CST. (I know... I am splitting hairs!)

The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/.
What time is sunrise or sunset for you? Check this website out (time and date.com).

Partial Eclipse of the Sun on January 4, 2011 animated

This is the first of four partial solar eclipses next year. The first two will occur in the northern hemisphere, and the final two can be seen in the southern hemisphere. There are no total eclipses of the Sun next year.

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA

Click on the map to see the full animation
Past Animations

Click on the lunar eclipse graphic above for past animations of eclipses, meteor showers and more.

Jovian moons on the night of September 3, 2009

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Lunar Eclipse to Take Place December 21 - ABC News

ABI lists the full top 10 biggest handset makers in Q3
(For the first time, the firm is providing shipment numbers for all of the vendors listed).

Vendor Shipments (in millions)  
3Q 2009 2Q 2010 3Q 2010
108.5 111.1 110.4
QoQ (2Q10-3Q10) YoY(3Q09-3Q10)
-0.6% 1.8%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: Nokia handset shipments decreased slightly in Q3 while the overall market grew 5 percent sequentially. As a result Nokia's market share fell to 31.9 percent in the third quarter. The world's largest handset OEM has been losing market share in emerging markets where the low-cost handsets that make up 80 percent of its shipments are facing competition from small local OEMs. The silver lining to this trend is that the increasing proportion of smartphone shipments should raise Nokia's margins and average selling price per device.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
60.2 63.8 71.4
Growth 11.9% 18.6%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: In the last month of Q2 Samsung's newest smartphone platform the Galaxy S sold 500,000 units in its home market of South Korea. In Q3 Samsung released the Galaxy platform internationally and sold an additional 6.5 million. Along with the 1.5 million Bada smartphones sold in Q3 Samsung has made good on their promise to capture 10 percent of the smartphone market. While taking the smartphone world by storm, Samsung also maintained growth in the shrinking feature phone segment that makes up 80 percent of its shipments and outperformed the market as a whole. ABI Research believes that these across the board improvements signifies that Samsung has the potential to go toe-to-toe with Nokia in all but the lowest cost handset segments.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
31.6 30.6 28.4
Growth-7.2% -10.1%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: LG's shipments declined 7.2 percent from Q3 as the company continues to bleed market share, a trend that began in Q3 2009. Unsatisfied with the progress of its budding smartphone strategy, and slipping handset sales, LG's CEO stepped down in Q3. It is a shame that after the CEO resigned, the LG Optimus smartphone developed under his leadership finally delivered 1 million units in 40 days. ABI Research believes that LG will need to follow Samsung's lead and shift away from the shrinking feature phone segment that has hampered LG's ability to grow.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
7.4 8.4 14.1
Growth 67.9% 90.5%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: Driven by the global release of the iPhone 4, Apple skyrocketed to 14.1 million shipments in Q3 and delivered 68 percent growth over Q2. Even though Apple does not serve key market segments such as feature phones, low cost smartphones, CDMA phones, and Qwerty phones, Apple has still reached the top 5. The iPhone 4 has proven that Apple can continually deliver the features, style and magic that will drive consumers to pay top dollar for the privileged of ownership. ABI Research believes that Apple's loyal ownership base will provide stability while addressing new segments such as CDMA iPhones will deliver continued growth over coming couple of years for Apple.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
8.5 11.2 12.3
Growth 9.8% 44.7%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: From 2002 through 2009 RIM had sold 80 million handsets. At RIM's current pace, ABI Research estimates that 2010 will account for 30 percent of every handset ever sold by RIM. While Blackberry's have always been considered the hallmark device of the corporate world, RIM has also become a highly desired consumer product in both the youth segment and emerging international markets. In Q3 RIM delivered a new OS, BlackBerry 6 on the BlackBerry Torch. The latest OS offers greatly improved (and needed) web browsing and media capabilities to the already best in class messaging capabilities of the RIM product line. To maintain its growth and market share in today's hyper competitive market, RIM will need to walk a fine line to keep its stable enterprise customer happy while grabbing consumer's away from the onslaught of the iPhone and Android.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
13.1 11.0 10.4
Growth -5.5% -20.6%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: Q3 represents the eighth quarter in a row that Sony Ericsson has lost market share. Sony Ericsson handsets have historically focused on the feature phone segment and specialized in music or camera phones. Consumers have become more demanding, and they have demanded that a phone should do it all; making strength in one feature less desirable than mediocrity in all features. Sony Erisson has decided to answer this call through the development of a smartphone portfolio that leverages the momentum of the Android operating system. ABI Research believes that Sony Ericsson needs to help consumers understand what it stands for in the smartphone space and move beyond simply adding a custom UI to Android or else it may become another 'also ran' in today's smartphone boom.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
8.1 9.9 9.9
Growth 0.0% 22.2%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: ZTE has made a name for itself with low-cost handsets in emerging/developing markets such as India, China, Latin America and Africa. Leveraging manufacturing locations in 50 countries, ZTE is able to deliver low-cost handsets either under the ZTE brand or white-label devices for carrier branded handsets for large operators such as Vodafone. ZTEs focus on emerging markets has served it well as Nokia bleeds share in these segments, which are predicted to deliver the greatest number of new wireless customers in the coming years. ZTE is also intensifying its efforts to develop its brand strength and recognition in developed markets such as the US where it hopes to generate 50% of its US revenues from handset sales. ZTE is also beginning to show small wins with its low-cost smartphones which address the needs of prepaid consumers who have to pay full price for their handsets but want still want advanced features.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
13.8 8.3 9.1
GRowth 9.6% -34.1%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: Beginning in Q4 2009 and carrying through Q3, Motorola has delivered top-of-mind smartphones such as the Droid, and most recently the Droid X and Droid Pro. In Q3, 3.8 million of the 9.1 million handsets Motorola shipped were smartphones, and for the first time since Q3 2006 Motorola did not lose market share, which grew from 2.58 percent to 2.62 percent. While this may be represent the bottom of the slide for Motorola, the company will need more than just Verizon Wireless smartphone sales to keep things going. ABI Research believes that Motorola must focus on converting its feature phone sales to smartphone sales instead of bleeding feature phone sales and compensating with smartphone sales.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
3.9 6.7 6.9
Growth 3.0% 76.9%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: Much like ZTE, Huawei is one of China's leading telecom infrastructure companies, with a strong global reach in all regions. Huawei is also in the business of making low-cost and white-label devices along side their branded devices. Huawei has extended its low cost capabilities into the smartphone space with the T-Mobile Pulse, an Android-based entry-level smartphones for prepaid consumers. Huawei also carries aspirations of penetrating the U.S. market and is actively developing its portfolio to meet the tastes of U.S. carriers. T-Mobile USA began selling the Comet, a low-cost Android smartphone that Huawei developed as the Ideos. However there are often concerns around whether the U.S. will welcome Huawei's advances amid security concerns. In the meantime, Huawei will still be able to leverage its strong relationships in a Chinese market that is hungry for the type of low-cost smartphones it can provide.
Vendor Shipment (in Millions)
2.8 5.4 6.8
Growth 25.9% 142.9%
Analysis from ABI's Michael Morgan: The counter- point to Motorola's Android success is HTC and its Droid Incredible and EVO 4G smartphones. Unlike Motorola, HTC does not have to worry about maintaining a feature phone strategy as it focuses on highly innovative device designs for the smartphone segment. ABI Research believes that HTC shipments were slightly hindered in Q3 due to component shortages, however 143 oercent YoY growth is nothing to shake a stick at. HTC does not have the market presence of Samsung or as many Android models as Motorola, however ABI Research believes that HTC's smaller size and focused design efforts deliver a product portfolio that is ahead of the curve and nimble enough to keep up with rapidly shifting consumer desires.
Total top 10 257.9 266.4 279.7 5.0% 8.5%
Total Handsets 292.2 321.2 346.2 7.8% 18.5%
Top 10 % of market 88% 83% 81% - -

Read more: Analyzing the world's 10 biggest handset makers in Q3 - FierceWireless:Europe http://www.fiercewireless.com/europe/special-reports/analyzing-worlds-10-biggest-handset-makers-q3#ixzz168UCFngJ


For iPad the Nexaira Business Class 3G/4G Router ($189)

Shares a connection via Wi-Fi or a single Ethernet port. Yes, you can tether using this device without jailbreaking, though you’ll still need a $20 per month AT&T tethering account.


Airline WARS: Airlines are racing to install more in-flight wireless Internet service

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.

Wi-Fi Direct certified devices connect directly, form a Wi-Fi Direct Group.

Wi-Fi Direct device connections can happen anywhere, anytime - even when you don't have access to a Wi-Fi network.  Your Wi-Fi Direct device will signal to other devices in the area that it can make a connection.  You can view available devices and ask them to connect, or you might receive an invitation to connect to another Wi-Fi Direct device.  When two or more Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices connect directly, they have formed a Wi-Fi Direct Group, using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ and the latest Wi-Fi security. Now you can get started doing all the exciting things that Wi-Fi Direct enables!

Best Tech Products 2010: Full List, 1-100 - PCWorld

Happy Halloween R. Scott

PC World scanned the entire universe of technology this year--HDTVs, phones, tablets, PCs, e-book readers, storage, software, services, apps, digital cameras, camcorders, printers, and more--and picked the 100 best.

1. Google Android 2.2
2. Apple iPad
3. Amazon Kindle (third-generation)
4. Netflix
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab
6. Sony Alpha NEX-5
7. HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
8. Samsung Epic 4G
9. Instapaper
10. Microsoft Security Essentials
11. Samsung UN55C8000
12. HP TouchSmart 600 Quad
13. Apple iPhone 4
14. Google Chrome
15. HTC HD7
16. Crucial RealSSD C300
17. Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft II
18. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
19. Microsoft Office 2010
20. Samsung LN46C650
21. Apple TV
22. Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
23. Canon Pixma MG8120
24. Blizzard Entertainment World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
25. Motorola Droid X
26. Adobe Creative Suite 5
27. Canon EOS 7D
28. Sony Handycam NEX-VG10
29. Alienware M11x (second revision)
30. Sonos ZonePlayer S5
31. Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350
32. nVidia GeForce GTX 460
33. Origin Genesis Midtower
34. Google Voice
35. Logitech C910
36. Bump
37. Norton Antivirus 2011
38. MOG
39. AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
40. Livescribe Echo Smartpen
41. Google Gmail
42. Western Digital 3TB My Book Essential
43. Clickfree Network CN2
44. Flipboard
45. Panasonic HDC-SDT750
46. Handcent SMS
47. HTC Droid Incredible
48. SlingPlayer Mobile
49. At Bat 2010 for iPad
50. XMind
51. PC Tools Internet Security 2011
52. Seagate Momentus XT
53. Cisco M20 Valet Plus
54. Rovio Angry Birds
55. Innergie mCube Mini
56. Lookout Mobile Security
57. Maingear F131
58. ATI Radeon HD 5870
59. iVina BulletScan S300
60. DimDim
61. Smartfish ErgoMotion Mouse
62. Lenovo ThinkPad x100e
63. Second Rotation Gazelle
64. Facebook
65. Plantronics K100
66. Taptrix Brushes
67. Alphonso Labs Pulse News Reader
68. Corsair 800D
69. Qnap TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS
70. Fuze Box Fuze Meeting
71. Evernote
72. Iomega eGo SuperSpeed USB 3.0
73. Gateway SX2840-01
74. Jabra Clipper
75. Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds
76. FitNow Lose It
77. Cisco Flip UltraHD 8GB with FlipPort
78. Samsung BD-C6500
79. PopCap Games Plants vs. Zombies HD
80. Asus Eee PC 1201n
81. Genieo
82. Jabra Extreme
83. Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk Plans
84. Dell UltraSharp U2711
85. Grooveshark for Android
86. Epson PictureMate Show PM 300
87. Polar WearLink+ Transmitter Nike+
88. RideCharge Taxi Magic
89. Belkin Conserve Insight
90. Bitalpha Taska
91. 3M MPro120
92. B&W P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones
93. Apple iPod Touch (2010 version)
94. TheFind.com
95. Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
96. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
97. Astro A30 Headset
98. Prezi
99. TomTom XXL 550-TM
100. Ubuntu 10.10

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The top 5 European smartphones for 2010 - FierceWireless:Europe

Apple iPhone 4

1.The top smartphone, and unassailable today. Its appeal is becoming wider within both consumer and enterprise segments, boosted by a growing number of enterprise apps.

Samsung Galaxy S
2. The Galaxy S is a real challenger to the iPhone, in some cases it's an improvement. Priced around a third less than the iPhone4, it will attract buyers wanting a smartphone very close to the Apple device.

HTC desire
3. Now challenging the Galaxy S for volumes, but prospects damaged by early component shortages. Competitively priced with many strong and appealing features.

RIM Blackberry 8520

4. Good brand appeal and low price has driven uptake by new segment. Prepaid has been key to uptake. Not the highest-selling device, but an important indicator for what is possible with BlackBerry devices.

Sony Ericsson x10 mini

5. Premium Android device for the budget-conscious brings Android and SE into a new, lower price. Great build quality.