links for 2010-06-07

  • "Check out the competition: The four major carriers –AT&T (T, Fortune 500), Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500), Sprint (S, Fortune 500), and T-Mobile — have roughly 220 plans combined. BillShrink.com and Validas.com will help you wade through them to determine if you could get a better deal from a different carrier, based on your past usage.

    "Look beyond the big four. Regional carriers such as U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless offer savings of $20 a month over plans from the big four. You won't get a signal nationwide, so if you travel to a place where there's no coverage, you'll pay roaming charges. "But you can save serious money if you're a homebody," says Segan. BillShrink and Validas don't include these carriers, so compare some of them at wirelessadvisor.com."

  • "WiMax can offer peak download data speeds of up to 6 Mbps and up to 1 Mbps for uploading data. WiMax rival LTE says it can do much better. It has peak download speeds of 100 Mbps and can support uploads at the rate of up to 50 Mbps.

    "But remember, these are theoretical speeds conjured by lab rats. Add a million devices on the network, downloading Comedy Central clips on Flash-enabled phones, video chatting, streaming the next chapter in the Saw movie franchise and uploading parodies of the latest Lady Gaga release, and those speeds will drop.

    "For a better idea of what you can expect with your 4G device, take a look at what tests on the Sprint WiMax and Verizon LTE 4G networks have shown. PC World reports that the HTC EVO 4G phone never broke the 3 Mbps mark in its tests of the phone nationwide. And Verizon's tests showed in the real world, its download speeds ranged from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps and with upload speeds of 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps."

  • "BP’s decision to stream video live from the sea floor to show how they are managing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have seemed a good idea at the time: evidence that the company is technically committed to capping their spill. If all had gone well with the capping of the well, the video streaming might have been a PR coup. Instead the video has operated almost like a trojan horse undermining all their PR campaigns.

    "Problem 1: you only need to look at the oil “gushing” out to know that you are watching more than 5000 gallons a day entering the ocean. Combined with BP’s earlier refusal to allow researchers near the well, this live evidence has provided America with reality TV show from the ocean floor.

  • Both serving staff and newspaper journalists work at the specially equipped cafés. Thus, guests can just come to eat and drink or directly talk to the editorial staff about a specific concern, an idea or an article. The editorial staff of ‘NaÅ¡e adresa’ have a much more important role than at other media because they are not only journalists but also act as ‘community managers’ of sorts, connecting the local community with the (media) world. The Newsroom Cafés also serve as venues for various communal events, allowing those interested in the project to get in touch with it.

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