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Notion Ink Adam Tablet Ready to Ship

Notion Ink Adam Tablet has finally overcome, what seemed to be, a long list of hiccups that proved to be major obstacles in its path of the device being made available to the consumers, an eager lot of tech-savvy people, who have already pre-ordered for the same. Its shipment has been cleared by FCC (Federal Communications Commission). It appears that those who waited so long just to hold the gadget in their hands will finally see their patience bearing fruits.  Notion Ink to is a brilliant attempt at making the Smartphone operating system function all the more smoothly on tablets.

For now the Notion Ink Adam Tablet will be shipped across all corners of the globe with the option of having a Pixel Qi low power transflective display, which I’m sure is material enough to tempt anyone and feel it as the most coveted gadget. A simple fact that is self-explanatory is that this 10.1 inch device is one of the first gadgets to have offered this option. The gadget is fully loaded with a host of attractive features including: 1GB memory, a storage space of 8+GB, SLC flash memory of 1GB, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor with dual core Cortex-A9 and ULP (Ultra-low Power) GPU. (Graphic Processing Unit). If you feel this is not enough to tempt your tech-buds this is not all. To add to it you also have a 3.2 megapixel swivel camera with auto-focus, two 2.0 USB ports, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output, ambient light sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, stereo speakers, a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-cell battery that would allow you to enjoy the luxury of 16 hours uninterrupted power supply.

What might seem a speed-breaker in the smooth run of desires being fulfilled is that you might not be immediately able to lay your hands on this device (costing $375) right away. This is because advance orders have been placed since more than a month ago.

Four versions of Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet will be available. Out of these two of the versions will have the striking feature of Pixel Qi screen and the other two will come bundled with LCD, which has a resolution of 1024×758. The price tag will vary in accordance with the features available. While the lower limit for the LCD/WiFi featured version would be $375.33, for the LCD/WiFi+3G feature version it is $425.33.

The situation seems to have stabilized now, with the company claiming the delivery date would be sometime at the month of January for the orders that earlier carried date of delivery set in February. So it is finally good to know that Notion Ink is all set to ship the orders. So all those who had pre-ordered this seemingly perfect kind of device, keep your fingers crossed with hearts full of hope, because you might receive your order any day now.

U.S. authorities to look into Verizon Refund Issue-Seriously

If you are an existing Verizon customer and feel that for some reasons this month’s bill has been “flabbergasted” by extra charges, then there is no reason for you to worry, as most Verizon customers were charged extra due to a software glitch and you will be refunded.

However the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not let Verizon get away with this that easily. According to FCC an estimated amount of $50million has been charged as “mystery fees”

The main culprit to the overcharging of these fees has mainly been blamed to a software defect and not human error.  This defect alone has cost more than 15 million customers in overcharged false charges of up to $2 to $6. However Verizon has assured that all customers that have been affected will get a full refund of the charges.

According to Verizon “The majority of the data sessions involved minor data exchanges caused by software built into their phones; others included accessing certain Web links, which should not have incurred charges, we have addressed these issues to avoid unintended data charges in the future.”

However the surprising part of this entire saga is that FCC has also previously known such overcharging cases of Verizon where it had overcharged its customers in January as well. Verizon has not been able to refund customers since then.

According to FCC chairman “We’re gratified to see Verizon agree to finally repay its customers. But questions remain as to why it took Verizon two years to reimburse its customers and why greater disclosure and other corrective actions did not come much, much sooner.”

Let’s hope now we don’t get to see these overcharges in our next month’s bill.

Google and FCC arguments on regulations of Internet access

On July,2010 it is reported that as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission started searching the means to control Internet access as a result Google Inc. augmented its expenditure on lobbying by 50 percent.

This step has been taken by FCC on the report that fifteen to twenty four million Americans still lack the access to the internet due to which they are still living in rural areas with low income. The FCC in the matter of facilitating the rural people and providing them with the broad band services and providing the rural telephone based companies with the opportunities to deliver spectrum based services has made this decision.

Last year in the period from January 2009 to June 2009 Google spent $1.8 million on lobbying activities but this year this expense jumped to $2.7 million which is 0.9 million higher as compared to the last year. The main reason outspoken is FCC action to regulate internet access.

FCC

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent organization established on the basis of Communications Act 1934 to regulate national and international radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. It covers fifty states, the District of Colombia and U.S possessions.

The FCC is functioning in the direction of achieving six objectives relating to broadband, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing the FCC

Google

Google head office is in Mountain View, California. As you all know it is the leading search engine providing a range of web services including web browsing, image browsing, searching for online book, Google translator, Font directory for web designers and many more. All these services are free and with out any charge.

Why FCC Tackles Regulating Internet Access

In June Google supported an FCC suggestion to look for plan on how the commission could regulate internet suppliers such as Comcast Corp founded in 1963 now country’s largest provider of cable services and Verizon Communications Inc formed in 1983.

The agency will use the same rules to regulate the Internet that it now uses to oversee telephone service proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg has said that this would “cause uncertainly in the marketplace, create disincentives for investment,” and make the telecommunications industry less competitive.

By a court verdict in April it was declared that the FCC didn’t have the power to criticize Comcast for blocking subscribers using peer-to-peer software frequently used to view videos.

At the outset Google demonstrated no response on the court’s decision to disregard FCC’s plan. But as the company has propped up FCC to drive common carrier status on ISP’s obscured as it was in the case and Google plunged into the defeat of network neutrality.

Because of the whole above story Google felt a need to increase its expenditure regarding lobbying and it showed a vigilant boost of 0.9 million.

So as a conclusion it can be said that Google by boosting lobbying expenditure has driven itself to a secure way.

Senators Limit FCC’s Regulation Ability

Net neutrality regulations are one of the upcoming plans that are in the pipeline from the Obama administration now. The administration is now trying to impose this even when it is one of the controversial issues in the United States. There were a total of six GOP senators who came up with the legislation that will limit the role of Federal Communications Commission’s ability to regulate broadband providers. The recent effort of FCC alarms the whole country as the takeover will cause serious unnecessary and antiquated regulation to be imposed on the internet.

The FCC Act:

The bill is termed as Freedom for Consumer Choice Act or the FCC ACT. The bill does not bring an end to the FCC’s power over broadband projects but it tends to narrow the scope in order to make the Act lie within the bounds of rules and regulations. There is a section that defines the authority of FCC to introduce unfair methods of competition and levy requirements on the industry only in case the market does not have sufficient competition between the service providers.

The bill is the response to the previous attempt of FCC that has kind of slapped net neutrality and the Act was not authorized by congress. In addition, the FCC claims are mostly flatly inconsistent with the laws and legislations. After the court’s ruling on this matter, FCC came up with plans in order to reclassify broadband services as a telecommunication service and effectively importing a subset of the regulations designed for the analog phone system to the internet.

Market opinion:

There are even people who are in favor of the net neutrality and they claim that there should be regulations and laws on the internet and broadband providers that will not let them restrict content neither will they be able to prioritize one type of traffic on another. The service providers as well as free market groups on the other hand come up with the justification that this will cut off further innovation in the internet market and it will give same preference to any content that has a proper justification as well as that is spam in nature. Once both of these will be of the same priority, there will be no security on the internet.

There were multiple views about the bill from all the numerous directions. The probable reason was that most people consider the FCC acts to be horrible that will let the internet be no safer place and there will be no real time regulation in the internet. The act needs to be reviewed in order to create some consumer interests and that will certainly help posing new regulations into the arena.

New regulations will only be implemented in case FCC can make a demonstration that the current market does not support healthy competition or is not providing the consumer with insufficient welfare opportunities. In case the imposition has been made without prior investigation or proof, the broadband company has an option to file a lawsuit in its defense.

Net neutrality has gained a number of different comments from all around the US but this certainly does not mean that FCC will be successful in getting the regulations made.

Obama Administration Promises Broadband to Have 500MHZ Spectrum

Anyone who has attempted to connect a whole office complex or a university campus to a wireless router will definitely know how difficult it can be getting a clear signal. Almost all the time, several routers that are close to one another, get tangled with one another, thereby reducing the quality and distance of each other’s signal. It is estimated that within the next 5-10 years, the number of people using wireless broadband (estimates range from 20x-45x) will become very much compared to that number now. Some cities are looking into developing an umbrella of service using metro areas. One can easily predict how wonderful plans like this can actually create digital traffic jams.

This is an answer the Obama administration is looking to tackle completely and, if possible, increase the current block of the spectrum that is meant for wireless devices. The White House is working with the FCC in trying to achieve this as the FCC has already made a similar suggestion in the past as part of its general national broadband plan. The White House’s plans are almost a carbon copy of the FCC’s plans. Before moving on in developing the incentive packages, the White House must first of all, establish and set aside parts of the spectrum that are currently in use.

Right now, most of the owners of the spectrum are not really excited about letting people buy their spectrum. 120MHz alone are owned by TV broadcast networks and they seem to be anxious on the issue of availability of free programming. This will be one of the reasons they would likely give for not selling. The government, on its own, doesn’t intend to force any company or business to sell or hand over their licenses. What the government intends to do is to create “incentive packages” which would offer various companies and businesses something of great importance.

From what White House economic advisor Larry Summers said, broadcasters can choose to take part in a voluntary program and receive payment for their airwaves. Summers said during a speech at the New America Foundation that “ultimately, government will not make these decisions”. He continues by saying “our role is simply to set up a mechanism to help shift spectrum to its highest value uses — as current licensees and prospective users see fit. This initiative will catalyze private sector investment, contribute to economic growth, make revenue available to the federal government, and help to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

Even though broadcasters wouldn’t agree to any arrangement, they however welcomed assurances that any revenue and deal on the issue would be voluntary.Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters said “we appreciate FCC assurances that further reclamation of broadcast television spectrum will be completely voluntary”. He further said that “we’re convinced that America can have both the finest broadband and broadcasting system in the world without jeopardizing the future of free and local TV service to tens of millions of viewers”.

Some people have warned the government to be wary of companies and groups that will try to buy spectrum they don’t intend using. They believe that if such deals go through there will be consequences when wavelength’s prices go up. The consequence being that those companies will auction out the wavelengths.

AM Radio Wattage Issue

Is a tenfold wattage zoom needed for AM radio to survive? Well, the Federal Communications Commission does not think so. However, in the opinion of some people, it still has some chance of getting the required boost and it will serve better if all the American AM radio stations can increase their signal power several times. According to Richard F. Arsenault from the commission, the AM stations need to improve their services and they must maintain the quality and usable benefits like in the past.

According to the statistical data of December 31, 2009, there are currently thousands of stations available in the United States. Of course their condition is not as good as before, due to the availability of online radio stations.

The drop in younger generation listening to AM

On the other hand, there are 6,479 commercial and 3,151 educational FM radio stations available in the United States, as surveyed on the same date. For the last couple of decades, more than 200 AM stations have stopped their service and the number of FM stations that have done similarly is twice the number. Before 1978, 50 percent of the listeners used the AM station which has now dropped down to only 17 percent. Well, this number is mainly because of older people. The young generation is fond of mp3 players or internet radio. Between 12 to 24 years of age, the AM listeners are only 4 percent and the rest 96 percent like the FM.

Quality decline in signal of AM

The problem with AM is the quality. The FM stations have better sound clarity than the AMs. To regain the lost customers, AM stations are trying very hard to develop their services. The Commission gave permission to the AM stations to broadcast their programs on the FM translators during night. Some of the AM stations shut down their services at night to resist the skywave propagation. This is the weakness in the ionosphere that sends the AM frequencies hundreds of miles from their original destinations. So without the permission from the Commission to broadcast signals to a long distance at night for a limited period of time, all AM stations must stop their service at night. The other option is to reduce the signal so that the frequency cannot go for a very long distance.

Voices against AM stations using FM translators

Some of the broadcasters do not like the FCC’s idea of letting the AM stations use the FM translators as this gives them more coverage. The translator observance guide has been published last month. However, the setup rules for an AM station were determined in 1991 and after about 20 years, things have not changed much. The major competitors of the AMs are not the other channels, but come from the other gadgets. Beside the single running audio player and online players, most of the gadgets support FM stations.

Whatever the problems and contradictions, AM is not going to close down in the near future. Necessary steps will be taken and they will continue their services in the coming years, in spite of the rejection of developing proposals by the Federal Communications Commission. They just need critical modifications. With the developed technology, it also needs to improve the number of listeners.

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