This week in tech stories….

Quick video roundup of good tech stories for the week of July 23rd…
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Samsung scores FCC approval for first LTE phone
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Testing this out.  The audio didn’t work how I would’ve liked but I think its how I’ll do my commentary (thanks iPhone4 🙂



Samsung appears to have won the race to be the first device manufacturer to gain approval from the Federal Communications Commission for a phone based on the 4G LTE standard.

The state of 4G in 2010

Currently known as the Samsung R900, the device will have LTE connectivity as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G EV-DO Rev. A connectivity. The FCC tested the phone in a lab in Columbia, Md., last month and found that it complied with the appropriate FCC rules. Although the FCC’s test results didn’t specifically mention which carrier will get the phone, Phone Scoop reports that the spectrum used in the tests matches up with prepaid wireless carrier MetroPCS, which had already announced plans to launch an LTE device in certain markets by year-end.

4G technologies such as LTE and WiMAX represent the next stage in the evolution of wireless data technologies and generally deliver average download rates of 3Mbps or higher. In contrast, today’s 3G networks typically deliver average download speeds about one-tenth of that rate. Verizon will be the first major U.S. carrier to offer LTE services, as it will have its LTE network up and running in as many as 30 major markets with many more to come in 2011.

By the end of 2013, Verizon plans to have its entire current 3G footprint covered by its 4G technology and to also expand its 4G services into areas that don’t currently have 3G. The carrier will primarily be using the 22MHz chunk of spectrum it obtained during the 700MHz auction in 2008 to build out its LTE network nationwide.

AT&T and T-Mobile are planning to follow Verizon with commercial LTE launches of their own in 2011. Sprint is the only major U.S. wireless carrier to utilize WiMAX and it is currently on track to have its WiMAX services up and running in all major U.S. markets by year-end.

Read more about wireless & mobile in Network World’s Wireless & Mobile section.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Appear on “The Simpsons”


Well…I had previously thought Zuckerberg was just a lucky little prick who needs to get punched in the face because people who fall ass-backwards into a great thing then call themselves “role models” and “entreprenuers” all need to get punched in the face…

But this actually makes me jealous. Billions of dollars of net worth? Don’t care. Worldwide recognition and fame? Good for him, needs a punch in the face… Getting a Simpsons character of himself in an actual episode? Son of a B*****!!

Skype released for iOS 4, receives calls in background

Skype released for iOS 4, receives calls in background

by Andrew Munchbach on July 21st, 2010 at 3:06pm
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Apple, Mobile, Software, iOS


Skype 2.1

Here is a little ray of sunshine for all you iOS 4 Skype users out there. Skype has just released a new version of their iPhone application, and it supports multitasking! The build is officially listed as 2.0.1 in the App Store, however the release notes read:

Version 2.1

  • Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked.You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
  • Sadly, there is no support for video chat with the iPhone 4’s front facing camera. Maybe next time. Hit up the read link to open up iTunes and grab the new bits.Read (iTunes Link)

    Finally! Man this will rock…I am also looking forward to the video chat if it happens. I doubt it though since it would be directly replicating FaceTime…we’ll see…

    Death-grip on another Nokia – Guess they shoulda kept their mouths shut…

    Dear Nokia,

    Do you know nothing about PR? Do you not know that Apple Fanboi nation will target you with videos like this because you came out and insulted their demi-god?

    No matter how long I’ve been in product marketing I will never understand why people publicly focus on their competition so much. Of course you need paranoid focus on any and all competitors but don’t make that paranoia public. Focus on making great products that speak for themselves. You said Apple shouldn’t drag you into their media debacle but you just did the dragging yourself…dumb…

    Gmail Notes (Beta) – Google Chrome extension

    This alone almost makes Chrome worth it. Now you can annotate conversations in your GMAil or Google Apps account with information to remind you of stuff.

    Its basically a Post-it note system for your GMail which makes it ideal for me since Post-It has been my memory mapping and organization system for the past….well forever!

    Give it a try. Really useful.