Rich’s Blog: Google plans for the 700MHz wireless spectrum

Obviously I feel a huge wireless broadband Internet enable network would be a GREAT thing for education and content providers in general… but what would the initial Google enable wireless communication device look like and cost? (Via wired.com) — [tinyurl.com] Rumor: Google Phone Will Be Linux-Powered, GPS-Loaded and Cheap UPDATE: [tinyurl.com] If done right, the Gphone and not the iPhone will be the one to change the face of the wireless industry.

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Rich’s Blog: Your PSP could get a whole lot more interesting – Google ready to invade telco turf, bid on 700MHz spectrum in 2009

Google ready to invade telco turf, bid on 700MHz spectrum. (via arstechnica.com) Because the 700MHz has such desirable spectrum propagation characteristics, it's also much cheaper and easier to roll out a network with excellent coverage than it is to do so with higher-frequency technology. Making broadband access cheap and affordable means more people come online, and more people are able to make use of Internet services-exactly the sort of thing Google offers. read the rest here: [urltea.com]

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Rich’s Blog: Technology’s quickly changing the work & learning space using telepresence and virtual environments !

_ Dawson and I were talking about just these types of virtual meeting/work/collaborative spaces the other day. Margaret Hooshmand worked as an executive assistant at a Cisco Systems (CSCO ) office in Silicon Valley until she decided to move to Texas. But her boss, Senior Vice-President Marthin De Beer, really wanted her to continue working for him. As it happened, Cisco also wanted to test its so-called telepresence systems, which feature life-size, is-it-real-or-is-it-Memorex (IMN ) videoconferencing. So today, Hooshmand sits in a Cisco office in Richardson, Tex., but also appears on a 65-inch high-definition plasma screen with full stereo sound that sits precisely where she did in her old office, facing De Beer’s. She fields his calls, rerouted via Cisco’s phone system; arranges meetings; and even can overhear his phone conversations to anticipate his needs. “Marthin and I haven’t missed…

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The two emerging service delivery platforms for Greenbush services – mobile media and virtual environments ! ****

_ Anyone who reads this blog would obviously conclude that I am convinced the future of how we can deliver services at Greenbush will rely on our ability to make our content mobile … and immersive My two main cases for this belief I tried to lay out in these posts: [rich.greenbush.us] [rich.greenbush.us] But the best case to be made might be what Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have to say .. their products literally more every tech market imaginable: Key Points: * Mobile Media Good for Contnet Providers! * 3D environments – rich experience for the user ! * Cameras do vision ! * Future school smart boards will be extremely functional (multi-touch)!

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Rich’s Blog: Business Week Reports: The Future of the 3D web

My $.02 — this article is a long one, a decent read, so Ill re-cap [tinyurl.com] "It feels like the early days of the Internet," says Steve Prentice, a vice-president at Gartner Research (IT ). Gartner estimates that by 2011, 80% of Internet users and major companies will have avatars, or digital replicas of themselves, for online work and play. I agree… very similar to 1994 Companies will need to agree on standards that would allow an open 3D world to exist. A 3D worlds version on Apache – Opensim? — Croquet? — Will SL open up their grid server in time to be a player in the open source 3D grid server space? Within 18 months, one of the standards groups, the Web3D Consortium, hopes to launch an avatar that can jump between sites. Its a start ! Researchers…

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Within ten years, virtual worlds will be bigger than the Web itself. So says Philip Rosedale

_ My $.02 is that there will always be a place for legacy web applications (for the more simple everyday functions that do not require interaction etc.). But when it comes to collaborative environments – like virtual meetings (think goto meeting), virtual classes (think Blackboard) its pretty clear that in time the 2D variety just will not provide the user experience users will expect. So my hunch is those services are looking very hard at ways to add the 3D virtual environment method to their business models (if they want to stick around that is)….. And with the emerging technologies like Croquet (http://www.croquetconsortium.org), OpenSim, and the possibility of the Secondlife grid server becoming opensource the writing may already be on the wall for them. As for Philip Rosedale’s complete remarks on the future of virtual environments – check them out…

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Google (kinda) gets its way with the open spectrum for wireless internet

As posted on July 22nd here .. and now being reports by almost every tech news site online [WSJ Story | New Scientist] yesterday the FCC did in fact “vote to shake up the US wireless market on Tuesday by approving rules for a big airwaves auction that would require the winner to make them accessible to any wireless device including cell-phones or laptop computers.” Read more here: “Old TV airwaves to be sold for wireless internet” [www.newscientisttech.com] Just one more big reason we believe so strongly the “trends” post here that Mobile media will be a sea change in how we and ANY content provider can directly access the customer, regardless of location (known as our mobile media initiative)!

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