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From: Bill Wolf6/28/2010 3:12:06 PM
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Obama to Nearly Double Spectrum for Wireless Devices

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday directed the federal government to nearly double the amount of federal and commercial spectrum available for smart phones and wireless Internet devices.

Mr. Obama's action effectively endorses a plan put forward in March by the Federal Communications Commission to free up 500 megahertz of airwaves as part of a broader strategy for improving the U.S.'s broadband infrastructure. FCC officials are concerned that usage of smart phones, such as the iPhone, is expanding faster than the amount of airwaves now available to wireless carriers.

The FCC's plan for reallocating spectrum could take several years and any auctions of the spectrum to wireless carriers would require congressional approval. The White House is calling for billions of dollars in proceeds from the auctions to be used for building a new public safety network for police and firemen and to help pay for other "growth enhancing infrastructure," like high speed rail projects.

Congress has also already been focusing on the spectrum issue and is close to passing legislation that would required the FCC and Commerce Department to come up with an inventory of airwaves and how they are being used.

Mr. Obama portrayed the move as an economic-development issue. "Few technological developments hold as much potential to enhance America's economic competitiveness, create jobs, and improve the quality of our lives as wireless high-speed access to the Internet," he said in a statement.

Administration officials are targeting federal spectrum held by agencies such as the Defense Department, and airwaves that are being used by TV stations. One agency that has spectrum that could easily be available is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to an administration official.

Some broadcasters have complained about the plan, worried that it may not be as voluntary as the administration says it is. The FCC has proposed taking back some airwaves from TV stations in metro markets in exchange for an unspecified fee.

"We appreciate FCC assurances that further reclamation of broadcast television spectrum will be completely voluntary, and we're convinced that America can have both the finest broadband and broadcasting system in the world without jeopardizing the future of free and local TV service to tens of millions of viewers," said Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters in a statement.

The FCC periodically auctions off airwaves and this proposal would require the agency to embark on a multiyear effort to sell the airwaves licenses. The last major FCC airwaves auction—of spectrum previously used by TV stations —raised almost $20 billion a few years ago. Proceeds from airwaves auctions usually go directly to the U.S. Treasury but the White House has proposed giving the FCC authority to pay back TV stations for their loss of airwaves and other uses.

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To: benhorseman who wrote (92800)6/28/2010 4:45:56 PM
From: SirWalterRalegh
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<<I would like to have a special dividend of $1.00 per share before 01/01/2011. since the dividend tax rate will increase in the top tax rate on dividends to 39.6% from the current 15%, JMHO.>>

I would settle for them prepaying the 2011 dividend in the current year.

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From: Bill Wolf6/28/2010 6:18:13 PM
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Mobile TV Wherever You Go


Twenty-five years ago, the phrase "portable TV" was an oxymoron. The first TV in my memory was a huge wooden box that sat on the living room floor and could only swivel a little, with a good strong push.

But now television content is offered on a variety of portable mobile devices, from cell phones to iPads. Some of this is available through downloading or streaming web video; other content is transmitted just like TV, via one signal to many devices simultaneously.

That's where Qualcomm's FLO Personal Television comes in, which aims to offer "real" TV on the go.

FLO TV's service, which transmits mobile feeds of broadcast content, has been offered on mobile phone partners since 2007. Now, the company has launched its own pocket-sized TV device, the FLO PTV 350.

The device itself costs $199 and comes with a basic four-channel package that includes the major networks: CBS Mobile, ABC Mobile, Fox Mobile, and NBC2Go. An extra $15 a month – or $150 for a year – will get you 16 channels including the four major networks, as well as cable channels like MTV, CNN and Comedy Central.

The PTV 350 is not as sleek as an iPhone; it has the square look of a portable navigation device. At 3 by 4 inches, it's solid but lightweight, and it fit easily in my bag. You hold it upright to view the 3.5-inch touch screen. (The PTV does not come with a case; you can purchase one from outside retailers like for $15 to $40.)

The PTV has power, volume, and channel buttons on the top and side of the device. It comes with an external headphone jack for when you don't want to annoy other people with the audio. There were scan lines as I swiped through channels on the touchscreen, but once I selected a channel, the picture was clear.

I took the PTV with me to Manhattan's Highline Park one sunny Saturday afternoon. It was fun to catch World Cup highlights and CNBC while I was away from a real TV set. But I found it difficult to get engrossed in an entire program on the PTV while out in public. Also, in full sunlight, I couldn't see the screen that well.

Despite the small screen, the FLO PTV compared favorably to watching videos via the Web on the iPad. Although the iPad is a larger, slicker device, the videos I watched paused frequently to buffer, and when I was watching videos on the iPad in direct sunlight, it powered off after about 15 minutes due to the high temperature outside. I didn't have that problem with the PTV; the battery lasted six hours and never shut off while I was watching.

On the other hand, the FLO PTV's signal wasn't as robust as some cell phone signals. I got good reception in the city, but lost service completely in a remote part of the suburbs.

Also, the channels offered on FLO TV are special mobile versions of networks, so the program lineups aren't exactly the same as what's on regular TV.

One afternoon I compared the ESPN channel on the FLO PTV with the ESPN Mobile content through MobiTV on an iPhone, while watching ESPN on a TV set. The ESPN on PTV showed a repeat of the Germany vs. Ghana World Cup game. The other two showed news highlights.

FLO TV does offer a programming guide so consumers can see what's on.

A spokeswoman for FLO confirmed there's no guarantee that consumers will see the same content on the PTV that they'll see on regular TV, and said it's up to the content providers, such as the networks, to decide what's going to be allowed on the mobile stream. However, all 64 World Cup games are available live on ESPN Mobile and FLO TV, and the spokeswoman said the opening game (South Africa vs. Mexico) was FLO TV's most-watched sports telecast ever, and the third highest-rated event after the Michael Jackson memorial service and President Obama's inauguration.

Since I was unable to get a signal on the subway, I thought the ability to store videos and music on the PTV might be a good feature. But it's not possible yet. The PTV has 4GB of onboard memory, but it's part of a software launch that won't be available until later this year. And even then, it won't be compatible with iTunes initially.

So is FLO TV worth it? Mobile television is a great idea in theory. But in practice, FLO TV fails on its main potential selling point of allowing you to watch TV on the go. Since it doesn't offer the same content as regular TV, and it doesn't work in many locations, it kind of defeats the purpose of a portable television.

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To: engineer who wrote (92803)6/28/2010 8:54:55 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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The meat of the matter these days is 3g phones with 1Ghz processors, fast graphics with readable displays and good battery life. Qualcomm's offering on that front is no better than the rest of the crowd. In fact, according to these benchmarks it's inferior. Likely old news but those with better and available product dominate the handset roster.

Compared to the above market dual mode 3g/4g chipsets and dual snapdragon processors are nothing but a niche play and buyable product doesn't even exist. You might see differently but it's what the rest of the world is buying now (Apple Store, Best Buy, etc.) that matters.

I await for them to ... Show us the money !!!

Nokia ????
Smartbooks ????
HP ????
Windoos Phone 7 ????
Mirasol ????
Lenovo ????

The list of disappointments only gets longer as does the secrecy as to what is actually happening in each of these areas. It would be nice to see some changes on those fronts. All shareholders have is a stock price falling out of the low hanging clouds.

It's getting beyond sad and moving into the realm of dispicable.

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From: badger36/28/2010 9:55:38 PM
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So...Aapl, MOT, NOK & Samsung are all actively avoiding us at this point??

wth is going on down in SD??

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (92807)6/28/2010 10:18:06 PM
From: slacker711
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The meat of the matter these days is 3g phones with 1Ghz processors, fast graphics with readable displays and good battery life. Qualcomm's offering on that front is no better than the rest of the crowd. In fact, according to these benchmarks it's inferior.

Integrated offerings are nearly always inferior to discrete components from a performance standpoint. This has been true for as long as I have followed Q's competition with TI's OMAP line. It had been hoped that Snapdragon would allow Q to leapfrog the competition but the long sampling time erased that possibility. It looks like Q is now basically at parity with the competition. Not great, but not a disaster either. It is certainly better than the performance gap between the MSM7xxx series and OMAP2.


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To: slacker711 who wrote (92809)6/28/2010 10:35:05 PM
From: waitwatchwander
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The problem is that there is 4 (Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Apple) of them and 1 (HTC) of us. At this point, LG and the rest of the pack are nothing but wild cards. Given that the A4 is a fairly generic ARM core, we could see LG using that chip in their phones if windoos falls into the ranks of the disappointed. We could easily end up with a third of the market compared to the 50% for which they were shooting. That's why the stock is where it's at and it's likely not going anywhere until the vail of secrecy is lifted.

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To: waitwatchwander who wrote (92810)6/28/2010 10:43:29 PM
From: slacker711
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The problem is that there is 4 (Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Apple) of them and 1 (HTC) of us.

I would note that 2 of those 4 use Qualcomm's integrated offerings on the mid-tier and their basebands across their lineup. The current popularity of the ultra high-end wont last forever. The features will move towards the middle and towards Qualcomm's strengths. Yes, OMAP and A4 are doing well on the high-end but how many non-Q handsets sell into the mid-tier? Nokia does use the competition there, but virtually everybody else is using Qualcomm.

While Nokia is taking longer than expected (what doesnt?), I still expect Q to garner design wins with the company in 2011. Nothing I have read or seen has indicated that the relationship has gone off the rails, simply that projects have been delayed. Not much of a surprise considering the disaster that is Nokia's smartphone division. I also believe that Apple using Q's baseband is more a matter of when than if.


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To: slacker711 who wrote (92811)6/28/2010 10:50:57 PM
From: mindy1968
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Slacket that WHEN than IF is of MOST importance. Qualcomm will be in no man's land if they do NOT sign a deal with Steve Jobs for the CDMA Iphone imho. I can NOT believe that Steve Jobs would be so stupid to follow in the footsteps of Nokia and try to do his own CDMA ASIC. He is a visionary and either he should use Q's Asic or BUY Qualcomm.

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To: mindy1968 who wrote (92779)6/29/2010 6:19:59 AM
From: JeffreyHF
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According to Digitimes this morning, Lenovo will launch two Qualcomm powered smartbooks before the end of this year. They decided to upgrade from the 1GHz Snapdragon to the dual core 1.5GHz, and to change the UI to Android, thus resulting in the delay.

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