Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Saga of AT&T

So I found this really good picture about the deconstruction and slow reconstruction of what we know as AT&T wireless from this informative Boy Genius Report article, and I thought I would share it. As far as we can tell it looks like the merger will go through, and as I had already predicted speculation has begun on who will most likely acquire Sprint Wireless. The front runner on the rumor mill seems to be Century Link. Century Link is the largest company in telecommunications without a wireless unit.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Google I/O Event

So the time has come folks. It is time for Google's annual tech extravaganza and this year's is shaping up to be a good one. Google has had a few things in the pipeline for a while and I can not wait for more juicy details. One of the main features of the show will probably be Google Music, which is Google's cloud based music player. As I already predicted Amazon cloud music player was just the first in a long line of cloud based services. Another hot topic for this years I/O could be the Chrome Operating System, which is Google's own home brewed computer operating system. Maybe they will announce the Nexus Two, or we might even hear about Android 4.0! the possibilities are exciting. Even though we cannot be at the event we can be as close as possible thanks to's Live Blog.


If you have not heard by now then you might be surprised to know that AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile US for $39 billion dollars. I don't know how to feel about this one. When it comes to current T-Mobile customers they have two potential scenarios. On one hand T-Mobile customers will benefit from having a stronger network backbone, which should lead to less dropped calls, and missed messages. However this will also result in an increased cost of current customers mobile plans, and increased traffic on AT&T's already suspect network. But aside from the effect that this will have on T-Mobile customers the US consumer market as a whole will be affected by this deal. Currently there are four major cellphone companies in the United States; I will list them in order of revenue: Verizon WirelessAT&TSprint, and T-Mobile. If AT&T were to succeed in buying T-Mobile then that would reduce the number of wireless companies to three. However the size of AT&T would become so large after the acquisition that only Verizon would be capable of competing with them. This means that eventually Sprint will cease to exist, or be bought up. Effectively creating a wireless duopoly in the United States.

I Found The Weirdest Thing In My Dresser

The Palm Pilot. Some would argue that this was the beginning of wireless computing. Now that consumers have a myriad of digital technologies to choose from it is easy to forget the devices that led to this digital age that we now find ourselves in. Upon finding my Palm I am flushed with images of my glory days. In my high school the first person to get a Palm Pilot was Chris. Man was I jealous of that guy. Everybody else in the school had either a Samsung flip phone or a Samsung candy bar, The lucky ones had Motorola Razr's and this guy Chris had a Palm Pilot. Thinking back I am not sure why I wanted one so badly. I had no email to check, no business partners to keep in contact with, and no important presentations to prepare. Somewhere between 10th and 11th grade I lost interest in the device and moved on to the next fad.

When I was in middle school I was obsessed with having the latest gadgets and clothes and of course I had no money to support my expensive tastes. But I just knew that I had to have this device. I had never seen anything like this before. I had to wait until high school before I finally got one of theses devices. Its surprising to think of how rare smartphones and personal computers were just about 10 years ago, where now it would be surprising if someone did not own a smartphone.