Ericsson’s new HSPA: Now with 3 times the upload oomph!

Ericsson is showing off a new network technology at Mobile World Congress that will boost uplink capacity on HSPA systems by three times, to a theoretical 12 Mbps. That’s ideally suited for the changing ways we’re consuming mobile broadband.

Cable is discovering the joys of Wi-Fi; why not mobile?

An alternate wireless network has been emerging in the U.S., one not built by the mobile operators but by cable providers. Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast have all launched reams of Wi-Fi hotspots in their MSO footprints, and last week Bright House joined the club.

Coping With the Loss of Hard Drive Space

Despite storage becoming so cheap, it is still a good practice to keep tabs on your hard drive’s capacity. I’ll help you to arm yourself with the tools to figure out where that space is going, and how to maintain and protect it in the future.

Toshiba Launches 64GB Flash Drive, Possibly Bound for an iPhone Near You

If you have a 64GB iPod touch and you read this headline, you might be thinking, “What gives? Isn’t this already a no-brainer?” but the fact is, before Toshiba announced its 64GB drive today, there was no way to cram that much storage into the iPhone in its existing configuration. The 64GB touch features two 32GB modules, whereas the iPhone can only support one, since it needs all the extra space for its various wireless radios.

The new chip is a single-package solution, comprised of 16 32Gbit (4GB) chips combined on a 32nm platform. In case anyone out there needs help with the math, this announcement also paves the way for a 128GB iPod touch, which would finally bring it almost up to par with its aging disc-based predecessor, the iPod classic. Read More about Toshiba Launches 64GB Flash Drive, Possibly Bound for an iPhone Near You

Some Basic Truths About Broadband (Economics)

walshI confess I have a rather odd hobby. I seek out and collect statements from broadband regulators and lobbyists that reveal a fundamental misconception about the networks they oversee. Stacey uncovered this gem in April from New York state’s CIO: Consumers should be able to “know the actual data transmission speeds” of their broadband services. And in July she noted that lobbyists, petitioning the NTIA over perceived shortcomings in the recent broadband stimulus package, complained service providers often “advertise speeds of up to 3Mbps while refusing to guarantee those speeds.”
Many believe that broadband service providers selling, say, a 5Mbps service should be required to set aside the same amount of capacity in order to fulfill that implicit service-level agreement (SLA). In other words, if you pay for 5Mbps, it’s there when you need it. But the reality is that networks, just like hotels and airplanes, are almost always oversubscribed — the owners of these assets sell more capacity than they have available. Read More about Some Basic Truths About Broadband (Economics)

240GB of iPod Storage, But Not From Apple

ipodIf you’re feeling cramped by the iPod Classic’s 120GB of storage space, and you’re willing to either get your hands dirty or let others do the work and reward them handsomely for it, then you can double that capacity and get an iPod with 240 gigs of music and video holding goodness. There is another catch, though. You have to have held on to an older model iPod Video to get this to work, which means I’m glad I resisted the urge to sell mine when I bought my 1G iPod Touch.

There is yet another catch. You’ll need to fork over nearly $300 for a new 1.8″ Toshiba hard drive, which makes it essentially like buying a brand new iPod. Still, it was an intriguing prospect, and I always like to try to refurbish or repurpose old hardware rather than throw it out or let it lie idle. The mod, offered by Rapid Repair, does involve some prodding and prying, though, something which I’m not often keen to take on myself, being all thumbs.

Adding the Rapid Repair installation option to the order didn’t seem to change the price, although I didn’t actually complete the purchase, so I can’t be sure that some kind of cost isn’t incurred. The drive actually comes with a free iPod disassembly tool, although I would have to pay an extra $10.00 to get the thicker backing, since my iPod Video is only a 30GB model. Rapid Repair plans to extend the mod to newer iPod Classic models as well.

If you’re a braver man or woman than me, and are planning on trying this, let us here at TAB know how things went.