Where's WiMAX?

By on June 4, 2009 at 5:16 PM.

Where's WiMAX?

With rumors of a Sprint-bound tri-mode CDMA/WiFi/WiMAX handset gaining traction, we thought it might be a good time to talk about what is as opposed to what could be. Sure, a tri-mode handset would be amazing but without official word from Sprint it’s still just speculation. 3G is so 2000 and late, Sprint is the only carrier with a live 4G network here in the US… So what’s up? Hit the jump for a full assessment of where Sprint 4G is at right now and where it’s confirmed to be going in the near future.

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Bye bye WiMAX, Nokia targets LTE in 2010

By on March 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM.

Bye bye WiMAX, Nokia targets LTE in 2010

Well folks, it was fun while it lasted — sort of. Back in January Nokia swiftly and quietly pulled the plug on its N810 WiMAX Edition, one of the first portable WiMAX devices to reach market. Speculation pointed to the ridiculously slow roll out of the US WiMAX network as one of the main factors behind the decision, though Nokia made no public statement regarding the matter. This left many wondering if the company had abandoned WiMAX development altogether and recent statements from a Nokia executive might suggest the Finnish manufacturer and WiMAX just aren’t going to happen. Specifically, “WiMAX has some place in the market, but we do believe it’s a niche play,” doesn’t exactly leave much open to interpretation. Instead, Nokia is looking at LTE as its future high-speed data technology of choice and seemingly already has compatible devices in the works. In fact, senior manager of technology marketing at Nokia James Harper stated that Nokia intends to release LTE devices as soon as next year. Mobile phones? Internet Tablets? Laptops perhaps? Your guess is as good as ours for the time being. As for Sprint and Clearwire, it’s safe to say that they will be looking elsewhere for WiMAX device partners because Nokia’s ship has sailed.

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Intel to use free energy to power mobile devices

By on December 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM.

Intel to use free energy to power mobile devices

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In a proposal that sounds like it is right out of Star Trek, Intel said on Friday that it is researching the potential use of free energy as a mobile power source. Intel is developing tiny sensors that can harvest ambient forms of energy, including body heat, sunlight and radiation. Movement, like that of moving a trackball or a scroll wheel, could even be used to provide small amounts of power to a mobile device. All you extreme BlackBerry users may never have to plug in your phone again! The research is still at the initial stage with Intel focusing on the development of the technology behind the sensors. It has already designed a self-charging neural implant that can send data about body systems via a wireless connection so Intel has made some progress in this area. Even though it is still in its infancy, you can’t help but think about the broader, long term applications. Imagine a world where you go indefinitely without having to charge your cell phone, bluetooth headset, or MP3 player. That is definitely a world in which we want to live!

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