Wi-fi more important than food, say air passengers

Gosh, you're a dedicated lot. According to a survey from American Airlines and HP, air passengers would rather go online than eat.

Intel to play WiMax vs. 3G game as capacity vs. coverage

From a consumer’s point of view, WiMax has been a huge disappointment so far. Yes we know, it was expensive and complicated to develop, and we had the Xohm financial debacle and reorganization, but it was late to launch to begin with and it is now almost two years behind the initial rollout schedule. While Clearwire will be driving the network rollout, companies such as Google and Intel have an interest in getting the technology out as quickly as possible to sell hardware and services into the market. The marketing strategy seems to be unfolding now.

Google grows its search score

Research firm Comscore revealed its April 2009 survey of US search engine rankings.

Clearwire to launch mobile WiMax in Atlanta

Clearwire stated that the company intends to launch its mobile WiMax service next month in Atlanta, even it reported a first-quarter loss of $71.1 million. This comes following the company’s announcement on Wednesday that an alliance had been formed with Cisco to expand the service in the United States utilizing Cisco provided infrastructure equipment and user devices.

Via pins hopes on China Telecom

Taiwanese chip firm Via said it had signed a deal to sell phone chips and chips for Netbook computers with China Telecom.

Brits too scared to shop online

Almost a third of British internet users are too nervous to shop online, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Even so, they are still more willing to do so than their European neighbours.

I'm not selling Twitter, Twit guy says

One of the founders of the incredible phenomenon called Twitter said that the outfit is not for sale. Not yet, anyway

Broadband in aircraft gets a lift

There's only 25 broadband aircraft in service right now, but that's set to soar this year to 800, according to a report from market research firm In-Stat.

Hacker-proof communications get one step closer

It's the dream of governments, banks and large businesses - quantum cryptography, a completely watertight means of communication.

George Orwell anticipated Twitter

Novelist and writer George Orwell was ahead of his time - not just with books like 1984 and Animal Farm, but in the way he wrote his diary.

Cablevision to offer 101 Mbps broadband

Cablevision Systems  unveiled plans to launch a new high-speed Internet and WiFi service that could quite possibly bring Verizon, which posted excellent quarterly earnings based solely on their wireless, Internet and TV division’s strength, a little competition.

Time Warner shelves metered Internet plans - for now

Opinion – The pressure on Time Warner Cable may have been too great, in the end: The company today announced that it would halt plans to run trials of consumption based billing for broadband access. Well, at least until there is “further consultation” with its customers and until they feel guilty enough about the bandwidth they use. So don’t’ hold your breath that all plans on metered Internet billing are shelved. 

High-bandwidth Bluetooth 3.0 expected for April 21

It seems we may be getting a much faster Bluetooth technology soon. Previously called Bluetooth UWB, the new Bluetooth 3.0 is expected to be at least 18 times faster that the current 2.0 + EDR version. In fact, it may be fast enough to be described as a broadband connection and it may have a shot to be integrated in consumer electronics devices to transfer media files.

Vandals in CA cut eight fiber optics cables, $100K reward offered

Tens of thousands were without cell phones, landline or Internet services following the cutting of four fiber optics cables by vandals early yesterday morning in San Jose, and then later four cables in San Carlos were also cut. AT&T is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Sprint unveils cities to receive 4G WiMax in 2009 and 2010

Sprint announced that it will be deploying WiMax services in then cities within the United States in 2009, and five additional cities in 2010. So far, WiMax access is only available in Baltimore.

Net neutrality proponents upset by stimulus broadband rules

On Monday, representatives of broadband providers stated that an agency overseeing the $4.7 billion in broadband deployment incentives will slow down the spread of Internet access to areas which are underserved and unserved. Consumer advocates say a mandate should come with this money, one insuring the Internet networks remain neutral and open to all traffic.

NEC to upgrade underwater PanAmerican cable

Yesterday, NEC announced it will be upgrading the underwater cable running from the west coast of South America through Panama to the Caribbean, a distance in excess of 2000 miles. Eleven telecom companies are involved in a consortium that is buying the PanAmerican cable.

Skype using open-standard SIP for business VoIP service

Skype Technologies announced today a beta business-based VoIP service to run on the open-standard SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). The eBay-owned communications company has increases its base to well over 15 million daily users, however eBay would like Skype to be a better financial performer on their balance sheets. As such, a business-class service began last month with 438,000 PBXes shipped, according to IDC.

The McCain Twitterview: Nice try, but no cigar

Yesterday, George Stephanopoulos, a reporter from ABC, conducted an interview with Senator John McCain -- only it was not your typical interview. It was a new type of interview, a short, 15 minute "Twitterview" conducted over 140 character "tweets" sent back and forth on the popular social networking and microblogging website Twitter.com. Though it was a major move in the face of journalism, it has been criticized for its lack of depth.

Internet Protocol TV World Forum coming later this month

The 2009 Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) conference will be held in London's Olympia Exhibition Centre on March 25-27, 2009. IPTV vendors on hand will demonstrate the latest in TV over the Internet, bringing the dream of software protocol access to all devices currently hard-wired one step closer to reality.