As Internet turns 40, barriers threaten its growth: "NEW YORK (AP) -- Goofy videos weren't on the minds of Len Kleinrock and his team at UCLA when they began tests 40 years ago on what would become the Internet. Neither was social networking, for that matter, nor were most of the other easy-to-use applications that have drawn more than a billion people online...."
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the momentous decision late in 2008 to allow unlicensed broadcasting devices access to 'white spaces' in the television spectrum, backers hailed the move as a major step forward for US wireless networking. 'WiFi on steroids,' was how one engineer put it during the debate.
But for white space devices to move from laboratory concept to store shelves, they would need more than steroids; they would need some sophisticated engineering. That's because the FCC imposed two critical conditions: whitespace devices must sense local transmissions from televisions and wireless microphones in order to avoid transmitting on those frequencies, and the devices must also access a geolocation database of known transmitters as a backup solution in case spectrum sensing failed.
The long-awaited 3.0 update to the Facebook iPhone app has finally been released on the App Store. The third major iteration of the app sports a shiny new interface and additional features that were requested by users, including the ability to 'like' people's updates, upload photos directly to albums, and customize the Facebook home screen.
Facebook has been teasing users with this update for weeks, which has been waiting for Apple's seal of approval for about 10 days now. In addition to the above features, developer Joe Hewitt has added other tidbits that users have been requesting, such as the ability to RSVP to events and an improved news feed layout. According to Hewitt's post on Twitter, users should be able to download the 3.0 version on their iPhones (or iPod touches) even if the store says the current version is 2.5 if they delete the existing application first.
Your Guide To Music On The Web - Part #1: "I’m a Web fanatic, I admit. But you probably already knew that… My work environment has been completely web based for years now. The same applies to my music. Like many people, I used to download music from Kazaa or eMule (Yeah, I know some of you still do). Most of the time now, I listen to music on the web and don’t have any need to download it. My laptop benefits the most from this inclination since it’s not weighed down by music files, thus saving me tons of space and virus headaches (you eMule users know what I’m talking about). Anyhow, if I do choose to download music, I can always do it over at iTunes or my favorite place in the web: Jamendo. Music plays a large role in our lives. Since the web now plays an even bigger part, combining the two together has become unavoidable. The greatest thing about this powerful duo is that you don’t need to spend a lot of time searching for music you like — just use this nifty guide list and y…
SocialToo Launches App That Allows You To Publish From Facebook To Twitter: " SocialToo, a startup that lets you manage your personal connections on Twitter and Facebook, has launched a new Facebook application that lets you post updates to your Facebook wall, to Twitter, and any Facebook Fan Page you manage. This feature is particularly interesting after Facebook just released a feature that will allow Facebook Page owners to syndicate their updates from Facebook to Twitter — something that users have been asking for for ages. At the moment, it’s unclear whether Facebook will be extending this feature to Facebook Profiles. Here’s how it works: after installing the application on your Facebook profile, you will be given a prompt in the Publisher’s drop down menu to publish via SocialToo Status. After authorizing your (via oAuth) Twitter accounts, you will be able to select a publish to Twitter option each time you post an update on your Facebook feed via the SocialToo Status optio…