Nova media on Friday introduced Mobile High Speed 3G, which adds the ability for Macs to connect to online services through mobile phones using the UMTS protocol. UMTS is gaining traction in Europe and provides the ability to download up to 384Kbps. In addition to UMTS, Mobile High Speed 3G provides support for GPRS, EDGE, HSCSD and GSM-based cell phone networks worldwide.
The Billund, Denmark, Legoland uses KidSpotter to track children in the park, if parents want: For a rental fee, parents can Wi-Fi enable their children preventing their unintentional loss across the 10-hectare (25 acre) theme park. If your child disappears, the parent uses SMS with their child’s number, and they’re providing with exact location information in response. It’s the largest location-based Wi-Fi network in the world, the release says, meaning it’s the largest network of its kind in which you can track items within it. Bluesoft’s technology is behind Kidspotter. They separately announced today that their Wi-Fi/radio frequency ID (RFID) tracking technology AeroScout WLAN Location is available for tracking all kinds of valuable assets (not just children) with precise location information across Wi-Fi networks. Because of the high per-unit cost, the company lists applications like tracking people, cars, and containers….
Sounds better and better… but it is web based… I must say that I prefer reading my mail in an e-mail client.
When Internet search engine giant Google launched its free 1GB email service, Gmail on April 1, 2004, they did so without support for Apple Computer Inc.’s Safari Web browser. The browser requirement page on the company’s Web site lists several compatible browsers for the beta of Gmail, but Safari is still not among them. All of that will change before Gmail is available to the public, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
O’Reilly has an excellent article about using a BT headset with iChat AV – and your BT-enabled phone. Apparently, the problems are solved with the release of Bluetooth version 1.5. for the Mac. Also a note on the reason why you have to set the sound prefs in System prefs and in iChat AV.
BT headset is on my wish list now. Listening to Bluetooth (or at least trying to):
“They gave the impression that this is a threat, but it isn’t,” said Dave Schroeder, a systems engineer with the University of Wisconsin. “It is a benign proof of concept that was posted to a newsgroup. It isn’t in the wild, and can’t be spread in the wild. It’s a non-issue.”