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New bill could force carriers to tell the truth about 4G

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

4G is barely in its infancy and it has already been through so much. First it was fake, and then some solid lobbying on carriers’ parts convinced the International Telecommunication Union to sing a new tune that would allow telcos to call LTE, WiMAX and even certain 3G technologies “4G” without blatantly lying. Though 4G’s definition is now anything but clear, carrier marketing soon could be — new legislation currently in hands of the U.S. House of Representatives could potentially require U.S. wireless service providers to define guaranteed minimum data speeds that customers can expect of their networks. Since two tin cans and a piece of string can basically be called a 4G network according to the ITU’s loose guidelines, this bill — dubbed the Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act — would be a big step toward weaving through marketing tomfoolery and letting customers know just how 4G their 4G network really is. While the benefits to subscribers are fairly obvious, whether or not the proposition might become law depends largely on how much lobbying carriers are prepared to do.

[Via Macworld]

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From Tin Cans to Touchscreens: The 40 Most Important Phones in History [Phones]

Friday, March 26th, 2010

With due respect to Alexander Graham Bell, he couldn’t possibly have known that his patent for “the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically” would give birth to today’s smartphone. Here’s how we got there. More »


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Can Art Reveals Pac-Man’s Gruesome Reality [Pacman]

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

All this time you thought Pac-Man was a harmless game. This artist’s rendering, built entirely in tin cans, shows you the terrifying reality 8-bit graphics couldn’t.

Besides being an impressive structure, this can memorial reminds us of the horror Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde have faced daily for almost 30 years. Hopefully the day will come when they can stop running. [Walyou]



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