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AAPC Wireless Messaging News

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FRIDAY - JANUARY 8, 2010 - ISSUE NO. 389

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

Well, it's back to work for all of us. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday.

It's snowing and very cold here in Southern Illinois — but it does that every winter. (ha) I have been working on frozen pipes — intermittently for several days, I think I have everything fixed up for the rest of the winter. I even have a stand-by electric generator in case of a power failure. So, I am ready — I think.

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Marty Cooper Receives Prestigious Award

A reader told me that Arlene Harris and Marty Cooper just returned from Spain where Marty was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award (Technical and Scientific Research). I have to admit that I have never heard of this award, but it does appear to be quite an achievement.

The Prince of Asturias Awards (Spanish: Premios Príncipe de Asturias) is a series of annual prizes given in Spain by the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias to individuals, entities and/or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, or public affairs. Established in 1981, the awards are presented in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias at a ceremony presided by Felipe, Prince of Asturias. A sculpture expressly created by Spanish sculptor Joan Miró is presented to the yearly recipients.

Source: Prince of Asturias Awards. (2009, December 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:49, January 8, 2010.

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This is the AAPC's weekly newsletter about Wireless Messaging. You are receiving this because you have either communicated with me in the past about a wireless topic, or your address was included in another e-mail that I received on the same subject. This is not a SPAM. If you have received this message in error, or you are not interested in these topics, please click here, then click on "send" and you will be promptly removed from the mailing list.

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A new issue of The Wireless Messaging Newsletter gets posted on the web each week. A notification goes out by e-mail to subscribers on most Fridays around noon central US time. The notification message has a link to the actual newsletter on the Internet. That way it doesn't fill up your incoming e-mail account.

There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.


Editorial Opinion pieces present the opinions of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of AAPC, its publisher, or its sponsors.

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Thank you for your membership and continued support of the American Association of Paging Carriers (AAPC). Our strength as an industry association is dependent on our members and over the past few years we have made significant progress with increased participation of both carriers and vendors. We strongly believe that the value of an AAPC membership relative to its cost has never been greater. In particular, we note just some of the benefits of membership:

  • Regular e-mail reminders and updates from Ken Hardman, AAPC counsel, regarding various regulatory and other required FCC filings;
  • As required filings with the FCC and/or meetings with FCC commissioners or regulatory personnel in response to various initiatives or potential rule making detrimental to our members, such as the proposed “Numbers”-based USF contribution methodology;
  • Access to a discussion forum that enables our members to ask questions and solicit immediate input from fellow members;
  • Access to the AAPC/EMMA Trading Post where members list available equipment for sale; o Listing as a local AAPC paging provider on the interactive online map to assist potential customers;
  • A significant registration discount for events such as the 2010 Global Paging Convention; and,
  • Exclusive access to committee protocols, presentations, and the U.S. Carriers Directory as well as FCC updates in the “Members Only” area of our comprehensive web site,

We are also working on initiatives that would allow our members to effectively offset some, if not all of the cost of membership by negotiating bulk purchasing arrangements. For example, we may negotiate a bulk rate for battery purchases where the rate paid by our largest member is significantly lower than the rate paid by our smaller members, thus providing a significant discount by consolidating member demand.

We would also like to let you know that this year’s Global Paging Convention is currently scheduled for June 16 -18 in Charleston, SC. If you participated in last year’s convention in Montreal, Canada, I am sure you will agree it was a tremendous success and we hope you seriously consider attending this outstanding event.

As a unified industry association it is our intent to advance both our industry and the business prospects and realities of our members. We hope you agree that the benefits of membership far outweigh the cost and with your continued involvement and support, AAPC will continue to be on the front line promoting your business and our industry.


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Pager Technology - Dead or Alive? PagePlus Leads the Way

January 8, 2110

In a world full of iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerry's, where do pagers fit in? PagePlus in Glendale, Arizona shows that pagers are still very much alive and well, and shows how customer service paves the way in the industry.

Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) January 8, 2010 — While the rest of the world is busy selling the latest iPhone or BlackBerry, PagePlus is continuing to witness unrivaled growth in business providing a wireless service that many might have dismissed years ago — pagers.

The wireless industry has witnessed an explosion in popularity that has only been rivaled by the advent of Internet technology. Wireless, however, has recently come to mean almost exclusively mobile phones and other mobile computing devices, like netbooks. So where do pagers fit into this wireless mix today?

From the traveling businessman who still longs for the simplicity of on-demand message delivery without having to “take his own call” to the traditional on-call doctor, one would be surprised to see that pagers are still around, and quite alive! Perhaps not as glamorous or shiny as Apple’s latest touchscreen device, but leading pager manufacturers like Motorola or Apollo are still releasing new technologies in numerical and alphanumeric beepers, such as two-way capabilities (send and receive text messages) and built-in FM radios (for music and communication on the go).

“Why raise prices ever? That's a question everyone's asking their wireless providers.”

Most people have probably used a pager recently without knowing it, too. Most high volume restaurants now use in-house paging systems disguised as drink coasters that flash and vibrate when a seat becomes available. Not only is it an effective way to control long lines, but it has also become a great way for restaurants to create incremental revenue through advertising on the coaster.

In today’s paging industry it seems there are companies out there who raise their prices every year. There are companies who lure people in with insanely low prices or a free month or two for signing up with them. These are tactics that PagePlus does not practice.

PagePlus is America's largest paging master reseller and have a reputation for consistent customer satisfaction, known for having raised prices only once in the last 12 years. PagePlus has achieved number one status with consistent, fair and honest pricing. PagePlus prides itself on excellent customer service. As one of the last paging companies out there that has a full staff to answer phones, PagePlus is there when the customers need their provider. Other companies will leave customers listening to an automated answering machine — not good service.

PagePlus has acquired over 300 paging companies in the last two years alone. This is because a lot of these companies misled their customers by offering really low pricing and then disappearing with their money and the pagers were turned off. PagePlus stepped in to get the pagers reactivated and give the customer a chance to keep their number. Often times people are surprised that their pager was turned off and they had nowhere to turn to to get there service restored. PagePlus feels that this is a valuable service to the community and continues to maintain this level of customer dedication.

Why raise prices ever? That’s the question many people ask their wireless providers. PagePlus president Bob Beletz answers, “The reason for our last increase two years ago was because with less people using pagers and the same amount of infrastructure needed to maintain a solid network costs had to be increased. This includes rent for transmitters and tower space on mountains, technicians to service these sites, licenses, government fees, etc. are all entered into the equation. With less people using the facilities it is obvious the costs have to be recouped somewhere. We believe that with our volume of customers we can still afford to keep our costs low enough so they are reasonable and fair. Of course there are some people who have been spoiled by the low prices that their "old" company offered. We ask "where is your old company?" and the answer we hear the most is "They are out of business." If our prices don't get raised by the Carrier why would we raise our prices to our customers.”

Are pagers around for good? Quite possibly so. While the mainstream media might only hail droids and apples, PagePlus is showing Glendale, AZ and the rest of the United States that they’re going to stay around for the count. At the very least, it’s affordable, and that’s something anyone can relate to in this economy.

PagePlus welcomes you to shop around and see why PagePlus not only has excellent service but low, fair and competitive pricing while offering quality customer service. We offer Quarterly and Annual specials to save money and always have someone awaiting your call Monday - Friday 10 AM to 6 PM (MST) and Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM (MST). Call toll-free 1-866-724-3758 or visit their online superstore at today.


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January 8, 2010

exclusive Exclusive to the Wireless Messaging Newsletter

Death of the PSTN

By Vic Jackson, Interconnection Services

On December 21, 2009, AT&T, Inc. filed comments1 with the Federal Communications Commission requesting the FCC to issue a Notice of Inquiry on how to expeditiously “phase-out” the analog Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) in the USA in favor of the fast growing broadband network generally known as the Internet. This surprising development, if implemented, would obviously have profound effects on the paging industry. Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) and the ever evolving PSTN have been in existence for more than a century. In their filing, AT&T has described POTS and PSTN as "relics of a by-gone era." In addition, AT&T makes some startling claims in its comments. “Today, less than 20% of Americans rely exclusively on POTS for voice service. Approximately 25% of households have abandoned POTS altogether, and another 700,000 lines are being cut every month.” Interestingly, AT&T also claims that, “…there are probably now more broadband connections than telephone lines in the United States.”

Basically, AT&T wants the FCC to de-regulate the legacy, incumbent telephone industry, especially those obligations for reciprocal compensation and inter-carrier payments for Access created under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Section 251. The AT&T comments also request that the FCC change the current Universal Service funding mechanism so that all carriers (presumably including paging) would pay a fee based on telephone numbers. With respect to paging companies, a most worrisome part of this proposal involves interconnection and interconnection agreements, especially the facilities used by the LEC’s to deliver call traffic to the paging carrier Point of Interconnection. “Second, the Commission should solicit comment on the proper role of state commission approved interconnection agreements in connection with the transition from the PSTN to broadband. Those agreements establish terms and conditions for access to legacy facilities and services that will be retired as the industry transitions to broadband. The Commission should seek comment on how best to ensure that the existence of these agreements does not serve to impede the transition by preventing providers from retiring legacy facilities and services.”

Clearly, AT&T is correct in it’s assessment that the legacy switched voice telephone network is fast becoming irrelevant in the age of the Internet and wireless telecommunications. Likely the more imperative question facing the FCC is whether AT&T should be allowed to build a privately owned broadband network financed by Universal Service assessments and taxpayer subsidies. There are many facets to this debate and we will undoubtedly see many more comments from other major players in this business in the near future regarding AT&T’s proposal. Stay tuned.


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International Comparison and Consumer Survey Requirements in the Broadband Data Improvement Act. GN Docket No. 09-47
A National Broadband Plan for Our Future GN Docket No. 09-51
Inquiry Concerning the Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion GN Docket No. 09-137
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Intel's Otellini Talks Up 'Westmere' Chips, WiDi


By Chloe Albanesius

LAS VEGAS – Intel on Thursday officially unveiled its new, 32-nanometer family of processors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here, including the Core i7, i5, and i3 processors, the Intel 5 Series chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and Wimax adapters.

Intel chief executive Paul Otellini took the stage at a CES keynote to discuss how computing is no longer confined to the PC and is becoming increasingly mobile – an advance made possible via Intel processors, of course.

"These advances are bringing us into a new era of computing where we have many devices per person and computing is increasingly [integrated]," Otellini said during a keynote address. "We're focused on making all computing personal."

Overall, Intel introduced 25 new products. The new processors will be manufactured in 2010 using the 32-nanometer process, which is intended to improve computer speed and decrease energy consumption. Intel first announced plans for these microprocessors, known as "Westmere," in February 2009. Dell, among others, has already announced its first products based on the technology.

The company released 11 mobile processors, six desktop processors, and four wireless adapters.

On the mobile front, prices range from $225 for a 2.4-GHz Core i5 520M to $332 for a 2.66-GHz Core i7 620M or a 2.13-GHz Core i7 640LM. Desktop versions range from $113 for a 2.9 GHz Core i5 530 to $284 for a 3.46 GHz Core i5 670. Pricing was not provided for the wireless adapters.

The Core i7 and i5 processors will include Intel's Turbo Boost technology, which promises to accelerate performance and adjust to a user's workload as needed. It "gives you better performance when you need it and lower power when you don't," Otellini said.

Meanwhile, a technology known as "Hyper Threading" – which allows each processing core to run multiple threads, will be available on the Core i7, i5, and i3.

Technology that was available three years ago only to major Hollywood studios is now "in the hands over everyday consumers," Otellini said.

The Intel 5 Series chipset, meanwhile, is Intel's first single-chip chipset. It includes power-saving techniques, all based on a principle Intel calls "HUGI," or "Hurry Up and Get Idle".

The 2010 Core family is the first to include graphics within the processor. The Intel HD Graphics support will let computer users access mainstream and casual 3D gaming without an additional video card.

For those gamers with very graphics-intense games, the Intel Switchable Graphics will let users automatically switch between Intel's integrated graphics to a discrete version that promises optimal battery life and performance – without having to reboot.

On the wireless front, Intel's new wireless adapters include 802.11n multi-streaming capabilities and dual-band support for Wi-Fi, which Intel says will offer up to eight times greater speed. The integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi adapter supports the 2.3-, 2.5-, and 3.5-GHz WiMAX bands, which can produce up to 20 Mbit/s.

During his keynote, Otellini demonstrated Intel Wireless Display, or WiDi, which will stream high-definition video from your PC to the TV. The technology works on computers with Core i7, i5, and i3 processors and a separate adapter box, priced around $100. Intel used a box from Netgear and streamed an episode of "Lost" via Netflix from a PC to an HDTV using WiDi.

Laptops from Dell, Sony, and Toshiba, as well as the Netgear adapter, with Intel WiDi will be available at Best Buy starting Jan. 17.

Intel will also take advantage of the apps craze with an apps store for netbooks called the Intel AppUp Center, available on Windows- and Linux-based devices.

"Netbooks have clearly created a new usage model in computing and that creates an opportunity for a new wave of software apps," Otellini said.

A beta version of the store is live now at Acer, Asus, Dell, and Samsung have "committed to build AppUp Center storefronts" in their devices in the coming months, Otellini said. While the initial focus will be netbooks, Otellini expected the store to eventually also appear on PCs, handheld devices, smartphones, TVs, and other devices.

Intel also unveiled a lineup of embedded devices intended to improve performance for enterprise devices like ticket kiosks, ATM machines, self-checkout systems, and medical equipment.

Otellini also demoed a device that works as a virtual storefront. Walk up to it and it will automatically detect your height for easy touch access, as well as your gender. The screen will show you items that are available in the store beyond the glass. If you see something you like have it sent to your phone.

Other demos included the upcoming LG GW990 smartphone as well as a combination phone-tablet from OpenPeak, both of which will include the "Moorestown" smartphone platform. Moorestown is scheduled to launch in the first half of the year, with products coming to market in the second half.

And then there's 3D. "I think 3D … is the next thing that's poised to explode in the home," Otellini said. "In 2010, there will be 50 3D movies released, versus 20 in 2009. Sports and video games and concerts are all being filmed and generated in 3D. The 2010 world cup will be recorded and broadcast in 3D."

That's good news for Intel, Otellini said, because "creating and managing 3D content requires a ton of computing" and "increasing quality requires more and more compute cycles."


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Bank Thieves Foiled by GPS-Spiked Cash

By Kim Zetter
January 7, 2010 | 3:50 pm

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Forget exploding dye packs. Three thieves who made off with about $9,000 in cash from an Illinois bank were thwarted by a GPS device inserted in the cash that led authorities straight to their door, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Timothy Rucker, 33, Phillip Griffen, 31, and Brandon Barnes, 25, entered a branch of the TCF Bank on Dec. 30 with their faces concealed and pointed a gun at a teller, demanding cash.

The three made off with a nylon bag full of money. But unknown to them, the bag contained two GPS-tracking devices hidden among the bills.

Signals from the devices led police to the home of one of the suspect’s parents, where the thieves were arrested about an hour after the robbery.

Threat Level was unable to reach the bank to determine the make of the device it used. But it could have been a system such as the one made by 3SI Security in Pennsylvania, a leader in currency protection systems.

The company wouldn't answer any questions about its security systems. But according to its website, the GPS currency tracker it sells, called Electronic Satellite Pursuit (ESP), has helped recover more than $3.1 million.

In 2008, 3SI acquired Geotrax Protection, which developed a GPS tracking system for currency in 2002. This appears to be the system 3SI is marketing as ESP.

According to a highly detailed paper written in 2006 by Geotrax’s founder, Richard Fuller and Phillip Grimm, the GPS tracking device had been deployed in more than 30 robberies (.pdf) as of November that year. Geotrax claimed at the time that the system had a recovery rate of more than 73 percent.

The device uses GPS, cell-tower tracking and RF beacons. It’s inactive while sitting in a bank teller’s cash drawer, with the power on low, and activates only when it moves outside of the reading field of a magnetic plate. At that point, it triggers an alert to security personnel and police by e-mail, pager or SMS to notify them that a pack is on the move.

In developing the currency tracker, the authors wrote that they needed a device that wouldn't be so obvious that it would be detected by the robbers within the first five to 10 minutes after a robbery.

“This 5-10 minute period is the crucial response time for the police to isolate the location of the criminal,” they wrote. “Therefore, precise location as soon as a minute or two after activation is necessary to support effective response by the law enforcement community.”

It also couldn't add significant weight to a stack of currency and needed to be flexible so that it would bend with the cash. And it needed to contain a battery that would last at least 45 minutes after activation, even after sitting in a teller’s drawer for 18 months.

There were other concerns as well. The device had to be precise enough to locate a pin in a haystack, so to speak. If a thief placed it in a car in a parking lot, police would need to know which car contained the cash to obtain a search warrant. So the device includes an RF direction-finding beacon to help isolate it.

In one case in which the device was used, the currency was tracked for approximately five minutes through GPS before it stopped moving. The device remained stationary while two officers, using separate beacon receivers, walked through the neighborhood to isolate the signals. They eventually narrowed the location to a single house and then a paneled wall inside the house. The cash was sealed in the wall and was finally recovered about three and a half hours after the robbery.

Source: Wired

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Google Nexus Offers Little Competition to Apple iPhone

Why Google's New Smartphone Won't Knock Apple Off Its iPhone Throne

Jan. 1, 2010

Whether the marketplace is ready or not, the Big Guns in consumer electronics are about to make their move at the dawn of the New Year.

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Screenshots sent to Gizmodo from an anonymous source reveal the possible price and tariff details of the Nexus One Google phone, along with some extra hardware details. (Courtesy

Next Tuesday, Google is expected to announce its long-rumored Nexus One smartphone. It is undoubtedly designed to run the Google Android operating system for cellphones, which the search giant introduced more than a year ago. Android was envisioned as a major breakthrough in cellphones because it offered an "open" operating system – i.e., one that other companies could use and design applications for. At the time, this strategy was compared to that of Microsoft Windows, which broke the market hegemony of Apple's decidedly non-open OS in the mid-1980s and within a decade, turned Apple into a niche company. This time around, the new Android phones were supposed to break the hegemony of the Apple iPhone.

So far, it hasn't quite worked out that way with Android. A number of cell phone companies – notably Motorola, HTC, and Samsung – have adopted Android and seen impressive sales. However, this time around Apple, though still exhibiting much of its old "closed" and proprietary ways, has learned some important lessons over the last 20 years.

For one thing, Apple understands, better perhaps than any company on the planet, the importance of being not only perpetually innovative – but with a vast and loyal army of Apple fanatics behind it – to regularly take category-busting risks. Thus, the amazing run, beginning a decade ago, of the iMac, MacBook, iPod and iPhone. These landmark (and in the case of the iPod, historic) products not only were ambitious in their goals and beautifully designed, but they also exhibited multiple features that were so innovative that they forced the competition to spend years catching up – and by then, Apple had already moved on to the next breakthrough.

Military theorists like to say that the goal of combat is to get inside your opponent's "decision horizon" – that is, to move so quickly that the enemy can't respond in time before you have moved on to the next victory. That's exactly what Apple, at its best, has done to the consumer electronics world … and in the process has left competitors reeling, loyal customers thrilled, and not least, Apple regaining its lost market share and making its shareholders wealthy.

The Apple iPhone is a classic example of that. It has taken nearly two years for Apple's competitors to field products that are even close to the iPhone; to identify weaknesses in the device (such as the lack of a real keyboard for texters, its commitment to AT&T as service provider) and respond. Apple, meanwhile, has used that time to continuously improve the iPhone — the result being that the company now dominates the smartphone world to a degree Apple hasn't enjoyed since the early years of the Macintosh.

If that was the sum of Apple's advantage, the door might be wide open for Google and the rest to pull a Windows Redux strategy. Apple, after all, is still all about controlling the operating system and suing anyone who tries to copy it. This would seem to open the door for yet another Open Systems assault, pulling together the entire intellectual capital of the entire rest of the phone industry to simply overwhelm Apple's defenses.

But, as I said, even if Apple hasn't reformed its bad old ways, it has grown a whole lot wiser. And, in one of the most brilliant strategic moves in its history, the company opened the door more than a year ago to outside developers to create their own proprietary application programs for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) to be sold through the Apple Store. Here, too, serendipity has been Apple's friend: economic downturns are always times for a burst of entrepreneurial energy as the unemployed and underemployed use the downtime to start new enterprises and then give them a running start. But this crash has been unique in high tech history not only for its depth and duration, but also because, for the first, time, the venture capital industry (largely because of government regulation) is paralyzed and little investment money is available.

This entrepreneurial energy needs to go somewhere … and where much of it has headed is toward the design of iPhone apps. The sheer number of these apps that have been created in just 18 months is absolutely mind-boggling: more than 100,000 different programs, from guitar tuners to restaurant ratings to burp generators, and everything else you can imagine. It is one of the greatest outpourings of small, independent entrepreneurship in American business history, and all supported by the Apple Store. There have been more than 1 billion iPhone app downloads.

Some of these apps are superb, most are crap. But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that the sheer mass of all of these creations creates a gargantuan barrier to any competing smartphone initiative that wants to take it on. Apple, without surrendering much control, has nevertheless found an alternative way to harness the intellectual capital of thousands of its smartest and most ambitious supporters. So now, to compete with the iPhone you pretty much have to match the best of the iPhone App catalog – and even with a well-developed user community, that won't be easy to do. Android might be able to catch up – and I emphasize "might" – by building its own developer community. But it hasn't happened yet.

The only other ways to catch Apple right now is to either price bomb the iPhone with a super cheap, super powerful smart phone – easier said than done, especially since you're giving away all of your profits – or come out with your own, revolutionary, new design. But nobody's been able to end run Apple yet; revolutionary new design being what that company does better than anybody.

But if any could stun the phone world it would be Google. It, too, is full of smart, arrogant people, the company has lots of dough, and because phones are outside its core business, it can in theory take a big risk without worrying about legacy issues. For example, as many industry insiders have suggested, Google could stun the tech world – and hit Apple at its weakest point – by coming out with a "Webphone," a device that uses the Internet, a la Skype, as its transmission medium and thus escaping forever the tyranny of the phone companies. There's a lot of problems with that strategy, of course, but it would certainly shock the world and put Apple on the defensive.

Unfortunately, the early reports suggest that what Google will introduce next week, the Nexus One, will be a largely conventional smartphone. That's a pity because I suspect Google will never get this chance again. Meanwhile, strong on momentum and flush with cash, Apple isn't waiting around for the world to catch up with it. Two weeks from now, the company is expected to introduce yet another category-buster: this time it's rumored to be a tablet device – think of an oversized iPod Touch, but no doubt with much of the functionality of a personal computer (not to mention all of those iPhone apps). It will also no doubt, have one or two very cool and unexpected new features that will make it a gotta-have for Apple fanatics everywhere. Once again, Apple will have a new product that challenges convention, seemingly obsoletes an entire multibillion-dollar industry (in this case, handheld computers) while overwhelming a second, newer industry (netbooks, such as the Kindle) and yet is still stunning to look at. In other words, the Google phone will be a loser, even if it is a winner, because it will probably diminish Google's reputation as a tech juggernaut. Meanwhile, the Apple Tablet will be a winner, even if it is a loser, because (like those wacky iMac cubes and other designs of the last decade) it will continue to advance the company's reputation for risk-taking and cool.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us, at least after a miserable 2009 in tech, 2010 is starting out fun. It's as if the great consumer tech companies have been waiting to get last year over with and are now bouncing around at the starting line, waiting for the new year to begin so they can burst out of the gate. Despite everything else, the New Year in tech looks like fun.

This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000. His new book, written with Tom Hayes, is "No Size Fits All."

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LAS VEGAS— Motorola announced the Backflip at the CES show on Wednesday, a very unusual Google Android-powered smartphone that flips backwards, so its keyboard and screen are both facing out.

The Backflip is essentially a hacked Motorola CLIQ. Its specs are very similar: a 528-MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor, 320-by-480 screen, 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and Google Android 1.5 OS with Motorola's MOTOBLUR social-networking add-ons. (Both the CLIQ and the Backflip will receive upgrades to Android 2.1 eventually, Motorola representatives said.)

But the physical design of this phone is unique. Closed, the keyboard and screen both face out. You can flip it flat, or into a sort of V-shape to stand it on a table and watch a movie clip. Propped up in its V shape, it also works as a digital picture frame or alarm clock. It makes a very convincing alarm clock.

When the Backflip is "open," you can use a trackpad on the back of the phone to navigate much as you would with a trackball, without touching the screen.

I held the Backflip up to my head to talk on it. It's definitely odd to feel a big keyboard under your fingers with the phone closed. But the phone didn't feel large or awkward - that is, until I tried to flip it the wrong way like a traditional clamshell. The Backflip did suffer from one of the CLIQ's major faults, which is that MOTOBLUR's many windows look crowded on a 320-by-480 screen. But the screen appeared sharp and bright.

I'm worried that the 528-MHz processor won't stand up to the latest generation of Android phones such as the Motorola Droid, which by and large have faster processors. We'll see; I didn't get enough time with the phone to really get a feel for its responsiveness.

The Backflip's keyboard is very similar to the CLIQ's, but bigger. It's definitely more domed and clicky than the poor-quality Motorola DROID keyboard. The CLIQ's three physical buttons below the screen have been replaced by light-up touch buttons.

The phone supports the new HSPA 7.2 network that AT&T is putting into place, according to Motorola representatives and the phone's spec sheet; the spec sheet says it only works on AT&T's 3G band, not T-Mobile's. Other specs include 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 2GB memory card included with up to 32GB. MicroSD cards are supported, according to the device spec sheet.

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President Barack Obama greets his new White House Cyber Security Chief Howard A. Schmidt in the Cross Hall of the White House. December 17, 2009. [Lawrence Jackson, official White House photo]

On Tuesday, December 22, President Barack Obama named Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. According to the White House, Schmidt — an ARRL member — is one of the world's leading authorities on computer security, with some 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement and "will have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff. He will also work closely with his economic team to ensure that our cybersecurity efforts keep the Nation secure and prosperous."

In a 2003 interview with The New Atlantis, Schmidt described cybersecurity as "the realization that computer systems affect our basic needs on a daily basis. Electricity, water, telephone — these things are all run by computers, and my job is to work with owners and operators and government agencies to make sure that they continue to function properly and are not disrupted because of security events that then, in turn, affect our daily lives."

Schmidt told the ARRL that he credits Amateur Radio with getting him involved with technology: "In high school, one of my friends was a ham and he got me interested in shortwave radio, which in turn got me into building shortwave radios and equipment, many from Heathkit. As I got older, I took courses from NRI and Bell and Howell in electronics and built a number of projects, preparing me for my first ham radio ticket. I love technology, and it was Amateur Radio that caused me to build my first computer — a Sinclair ZX-80 to use for EME calculations. I studied all about the OSCAR systems and would build equipment to monitor when they would pass within range of Arizona. Building these computers to support my ham radio hobby gave me the technical skills that I need to not only start doing computer crime investigations and work on the early stages of computer forensics, in turn enabling me to start working on cybersecurity issues."

Schmidt is no stranger to the White House — he served as a cyber-adviser in President George W. Bush's White House. After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush appointed Schmidt as the Vice Chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House. While at the White House, he assisted in the creation of the US National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, becoming Chairman in January 2003. In May 2003, Schmidt retired from the White House after 31 years of public service in local and federal government.

Schmidt as a Ham

Schmidt has been an Amateur Radio operator for more than 30 years. "I was first licensed in the late 1970s as a Technician class licensee with the call sign WB7NUV," he told the ARRL. "I did a lot on 2 meters, 70 cm and on Packet. The TAPR group out of Tucson was real inspiration to me as I found the work they were doing absolutely wonderful. I started as a part of the Arizona Repeater Association (ARA) and lived for our annual hamfest at Ft Tuthill in Flagstaff."

Back in the 1980s, Schmidt told the ARRL that he tried moonbounce and had "a full shack of RTTY machines — Teletype Corporation models 15 and 19 and even a model 21. I would spend weekends printing reams of pictures from Ricky, W0CKY, and all of the great TTY pictures he would transmit. I still have my Collins KWM 2A, 312B station console and accessories. While I have not used it for years, it is one of my treasured possessions. Through the years, I had about every type of HF radio made and even have my Collins R-388 and R-390 in a 19 inch rack. I will never forget the day we were able to talk to Southern California on a 2 meter handheld with the repeaters we had from Central Ariz. During the '100 year flood' in Arizona, the community of Rainbow Valley was essentially cut off from the rest of the state to the north when a bridge and power lines were washed away. Using ham radio equipment, we were able to coordinate moving in food, water, medical supplies and generators from the Air Force base I was working at (then Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field) and work with the county sheriff's office to coordinate support."

Schmidt said that as with many other things, his love for Amateur Radio took a back seat to work, family and life in general: "While I got rid of all of my RTTY equipment back in the early 90's, I have continued to follow all of the great advances of ham radio." He said that only just recently, he got back into the hobby after what he called "an administrative error."

"Someone with a call very similar to mine upgraded to Extra class and when the form was sent to FCC, they mistyped one letter and it was my call that was submitted," he explained. "You can imagine my surprise when I received my Extra class license and new call in the mail. When I tried to find out what happened I was told (wrongly) that I was probably 'grandfathered.' I went out and bought an all band/all mode rig, antennas, power supplies, batteries — everything I needed to outfit my shack. When all was said and done, we got the error fixed, but by that time, I was hooked on Amateur Radio all over again. I am now in the process of doing a room addition to be my new ham shack! I rejoined ARRL and now have room full of new gear waiting for the remodel to be done. Thanks to what I learned from the many hams on Web sites, I even built in PVC pipes through the walls to run my antennas."

Schmidt's Rise to Cybersecurity Czar

Schmidt began his government service in 1967 — starting with a tour in the US Air Force -- both in active duty and in the civil service. After leaving the Air Force in 1983, he joined the Chandler (Arizona) Police Department, serving on the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Unit; he formed and led the Special Enforcement Team. In 11 years as a local first responder he dealt with numerous issues surrounding emergency response to local incidents. While on the police force, he was instrumental in selecting, designing and the operation of interoperable communications and a public safety response system. Schmidt left the police department in 1994 to join the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center to head up the Computer Exploitation Team.

Schmidt went on to become a Supervisory Special Agent and Director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations' (AFOSI) Computer Forensics Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. In 1996, while serving in that position, he established the first dedicated computer forensics lab in the government, which was the basis for the formation of the Defense Computer Forensic Laboratory (DCFL). In 1997, Schmidt joined Microsoft as the Director of Information Security, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Security Officer (CSO), leaving in 2001 to join the White House. When he retired from government service in May 2003, he joined the online auction site eBay as their Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist.

Throughout his industry career, Schmidt has served as a reservist in the National Guard and Army. He served in the Arizona Air National Guard as computer communications specialist from 1989-1998, then transferred to the US Army Reserves as a Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division where he continues to serve with the Computer Crime Investigations Unit at CID HQ. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet crime.

After Schmidt retired from eBay, he started his own consulting firm, R&H Security Consulting. In September 2008, he took over as President and CEO of Information Security Forum Ltd; he remains CEO until he begins his White House appointment in January 2010. He is also a board member of the Finnish security company Codenomicon, International President of the Information Systems Security Association and board member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, commonly known as (ISC). In October 2008, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in business IT by the readers and editors of Baseline Magazine.

Schmidt serves on the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Sector Coordination Council. He is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has testified before congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime and has been featured on BBC, ABC, CNN, CNBC and Fox TV discussing cybersecurity, investigations and technology. He is the author of Patrolling Cyberspace, Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Data Security and a contributor to The Black Book on Corporate Security.

Now that Schmidt has rediscovered how much fun Amateur Radio can be, he has no plans to let his enjoyment pass him by again. "I have my multi-band handheld transceiver next to my suitcase to take back to DC with me," he told the ARRL. "I hope to set up a station once I get settled. I do not plan on letting any more years slip by and not enjoying this great hobby."


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From: enrique llaca <>
Date: December 21, 2009 3:29:16 PM CST
To: Brad Dye
Subject: Felicidades

Sirva el presente correo para desearles una Feliz Navidad  para ustedes y sus seres queridos. Asi mismo, que el nuevo año este lleno de exitos.

Un Abrazo

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From: Diana Navarro Dücker <>
Date: January 4, 2010 11:54:49 AM CST

Un especial brindis, con mis mejores deseos para ustedes en este Nuevo Año 2010: amor, salud, estabilidad, armonía, felicidad, trabajo, y mucha, mucha alegría y esperanza, recordando que siempre en el aprendizaje llevamos ganancia.

Gracias por sus mensajes, su amistad y su cariño.


A special toast with my best wishes for this New Year 2010: love, health, stability, work, happiness, and of course, a lot of joy and hope, remembering that always in the act of learning we always be rewarded.

Thank you for all your messages, for your friendship and caring.


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Subject: Felicidades!
Date: December 23, 2009 11:44:00 PM CST
To: Brad Dye

Recibe un caluroso abrazo durante estas fiestas Decembrinas con mis mejores deseos de salud y bienestar para el proximo 2010.

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Ricardo Tatto.

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Date: December 31, 2009 1:12:48 PM CST
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I am pleased to announce that we have recently built a new 180" tower on Tug Mountain in Lunenburg, VT.

This tower & building is ready for immediate use by any company that would like to provide communications in the area. We will be putting a paging transmitter there soon.

The mountain is 2165' AMSL and the coordinates are 44 degrees, 30.9023 minutes & 071 degrees, 43.769 minutes.

Please let me know if you have any interest in using this tower.

Thank you.

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