Posts Tagged ‘3g’

Man, the Falun Gong Protest in Front of the Chinese Consulate on Geary Will Freak You Out

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I don’t know, which would you rather see when you look outside in the morning? Would you rather see freaky Blair Witch evidence or bunch of Falun Gong holding this pose?

Geary at Laguna:

Click to expand

I could go either way.

But, attention cultists, achtung baby: Signals intelligence officers are inside this consulate, sniffing your cell phone data packets, so to speak. Like a giant Google Maps car.

So, Falun Gongers, take your cell phone batteries out of your mobiles, if you know what’s good for you, whenever you protest over there.

Just saying…

Harsh: San Francisco Apple Fanboys and Fangirls Get Cruelly Mocked in New Samsung Galaxy S II Phone Commercial

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Comments Camarografo:

“Dude, you’re a barista.”]

Dude, harsh:

Via bcasement 

Samsung 4EVR.

And HTC in the hiz-ouse.

Marin NIMBYs Tolerate a Verizon Cell Phone Tower Installation in Sausalito – Improved Service for Tennessee Valley – Hurray!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

I’ve never used the Verizon – I’m not sure what makes it so great, you know, the way people say it’s so great.

Or some people, anyway:

No matter. We all win when more cell towers go up, right? Hurray!

As here, with the news of a new cellie in the southern part of Marin County.

Of course it’s somewhat absurd to consider each installation a victory over the NIMBYs, but that’s what it’s come to. (When you’re participating in trench warfare, even moving the battle line forward 100 yards is cause for celebration.)

Here it is, a full-fledged press release for just one (1) tower going up.

Enjoy:

“New Cell Site Helps Sausalito, California, Residents and Visitors Make More Calls, Download More Apps and Stay Connected

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., July 28, 2011 – Calling, downloading apps and surfing the web on the Verizon Wireless 3G network is now easier and faster for residents and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to a new cell site, Sausalito, California. The site expands 3G wireless coverage and capacity along Highway 101, Highway 1 and Tennessee Valley Road.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $5.7 billion in its California network since being founded in 2000.  Nationally, the company has invested more than $65 billion over that same period to increase the coverage and capacity of its network, and to add new services.

In Northern California, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network covers more than five million people.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, 4G LTE coverage extends south to San Jose and east to Oakland.  In addition, Verizon’s 4G LTE footprint recently expanded in the Bay Area to include parts of Marin and Solano Counties, as well as Fresno and Sacramento. For more information, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/4G.

Verizon Wireless on Twitter

To stay up-to-date on Verizon Wireless news in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawai’i, follow @VZWheidi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWheidi.

For the latest network-related news, information and upgrades follow @VZWNetwork on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.”

Harsh: Apple’s iPhone Gets Pwned by T-Mobile – AT&T Service Personified in an Unfavorable Light

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Check out Laughing Squid for the latest critique of Apple and AT&T:

“T-Mobile goes after AT&T in their new myTouch 4G “Piggyback” commercial, which is a parody of Apple’s popular “Get a Mac” ads.”

Click to expand

Pwned.

How Consumer Reports Completely Missed the Point About Problems with Apple’s iPhone 4

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

While Consumer Reports monomaniacally jabbers on about the iPhone 4 antenna issue (Gee, didn’t everybody know about that already? And gee, didn’t everybody know about that, as well, already?), let’s review some real concerns:

1. You’re throwing away about $40 a some money (see Comments) each month by signing up for the iPhone/AT&T package as opposed to something else. That is, you’re paying a thousand dollar premium to use an iPhone over a two-year period. (That’s too expensive even for some quasi-billionaire nerds.) Which is fine, just as long as you know. If you’re on food stamps already, you don’t really need an expensive iPhone contract, right?   

2. AT&T continues to be overwhelmed, in certain areas of the country, it seems, so that leads to dropped calls and other bad tings. Didn’t the iPhone 3 also have “signal woes” as well?

Issue number one can’t be fixed by applying duct tape or buying a bumper case, right? Isn’t this a much bigger problem than the antenna issue? Yes. Can’t you fix the antenna issue for about a dollar a month (over two years, added up)? Yep. Don’t most people get bumpers anyway? Yep. So, why would CR pick this particular nit to pick?  

Issue number two can’t be fixed by applying duct tape or buying a bumper case, right? Isn’t this a much bigger problem than the antenna issue? Yes. Maybe CR could have withheld endorsement until Apple officially permitted iPhone users use a different cellular service? Yep.

So the whole idea of withholding a strong recommendation of iP4 over who is going to pay for a bunch of bumper cases does indeed smack of a stunt from CR.

Now, CR, why don’t you get some ads going, so you wouldn’t need stunts to get attention to stay relevant, to stay in business? Or work on getting a massive endowment so your manifest money troubles don’t make you act they way you do?

After all, a little duct tape never hurt anybody, right? Like this passenger plane, for instance. I guess that Piedmont Airlines could have started cancelling flights when this plane had an issue. But instead, they slapped on some tape and kept going with no fuss.

See?

via MobileKenny

P.S. CR: Also, you don’t know much about cars. You think you’re the automotive guru, but you’re not. Why you waste your limited financial resources to buy a bunch of vehicles from dealerships is beyond me… So, yes, you have authority, but the question is whether the general public should have given you that authority.

RAND Corp: GPS Snitch Units in All Cars Could Enforce New Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Oh man, you drivers out there, you’re out on the road more and more every year* but the amount of gasoline and diesel ‘n stuff you buy isn’t keeping pace. So when people like you trade in their big old fuel-guzzling SUVs for Toyota Prius hybrids, the amount of gasoline they buy and the concomitant tax they pay to the Govmint goes down, let’s say by a half or two-thirds.

That’s good for Prius drivers but bad for the govmints. This chart from a big new report (free .pdf) out of California’s own RAND Corportation think tank ‘splains it all. See? You people are out there clogging up the roads and tearing up the streets 100% more than you were in 1980, but you’re only buying 50% more fuel:

You drivers are paying more in tax but not as much as if you would be paying if you were taxed by the mile. (That makes you a deadbeat in the eyes of the Powers That Be.)

And things are only going to get “worse” when Tesla Motors’ mainstream Model S hits the streets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, “late 2012,” right? Electric car drivers pay no gas tax at all, so how are we going to make sure that they pay their fair share to repave our streets ‘n stuff**?

The RANDian eggheads looked at these issues and, out of 15 ideas, decided that these three would be the most practicable: 

What if the authorities put a GPS unit in your car or motorcycle? Not the regular kind of GPS receiver, the good kind, the ones that use differentials or whatever to pinpoint your whereabouts down to a couple yards on a 24-7 basis. 

You don’t like that? Well how about a cell phone in your car next to the engine that would call the government on a regular basis to rat out how miles you’ve driven the past week?

You don’t like that neither? Well how about a system that ID’s your car when you buy gas and then computes your Miles Driven by looking at your particular model’s EPA rating?

And let’s say this all gets implemented in five years. 

Or instead, our electeds could simply raise gas taxes a bit, but that’s not something that they like talking about doing.

Of course they could make this new VMT proposal “revenue neutral” by getting rid of or lowering per-gallon fuel taxes that you pay today. Once a system like this is in place, taxes would correlate more directly with miles driven – it’s up to you if you like that or not.

Welcome to The Future.

Speaking of 1980:

My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about.
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law.
And on Sundays I elude the Eyes,
And hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire
Where my white-haired uncle waits.

See how this libertarian, Canadian Power Rock Trio story ends after the jump.

*Not so much this past year or two, but you’ll be out there in force again soon enough.

**And maybe that’s the way it should be. I know all the arguments you’re thinking about - this is a political question, of course.

(more…)

San Francisco Enjoys a Lunchtime Skydiving Demonstration, Courtesy of T-Mobile

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

As promised, our corporate overlords at T-Mobile put on a spectacle over Justin Herman Plaza yesterday afternoon. See some photos here and here.

The mise-en-scene:

IMG_7916 copy

Click to expand.

IMG_7992 copy

Ooh, doubles!

IMG_8022 copy

The San Francisco Bay Bridge:

IMG_8069 copy

In front of the Ferry Building. But why the codpiece?

IMG_8050 copy

Elvis is Everywhere

IMG_8065 copy

A skillful landing…

IMG_7972 copy

…and a less skillful landing:

IMG_8019 copy

How will Radio Shack (aka “The Shack”) top this today? The Summer NetTogether starts today in Justin Herman, and New York, apparently. Let’s hope local ad firm Butler Shine and Stern doesn’t alienate people with their new campaign. (Remember the one they had before?)

Anyway, T Mobile promised a show and they delivered.

Our Corporate Overlords are Set to Launch 100 Parachutists Today at Noon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Birth, School, Work, Death – that’s what Life is about, can you dig, man. But our corporate overlords don’t want you to figure that out, so they’re always offering “free” fun events to distract you from the Truth, man. As today, when the T-Mobile phone company, the one with Catherine Zeta-Jones (once again) is providing a lunchtime spectacle over San Francisco that will keep you distracted and on the edge of your seat, so long as you are seated near Justin Herman Plaza, Marina Green Park, Pier 39, or the Moscone Recreation Center:

“Along with fly-by jets and skywriting, 100 skydivers dressed as “unique personalities” will parachute in synchronized formations over San Francisco as a promotion for T-Mobile. The 100 skydivers will land at four locations around The City.”

Here’s a look at preparations near the Ferry Building in Justin Herman Plaza. Everything’s going to be big big big:

IMG_7883 copy

Click to expand. But what looks like one giant monitor from the front is actually…

IMG_7876 copy

….a bunch of small monitors stacked on top of each other. What rip, man!

IMG_7875 copy

It’s the TR2010E TechnoRainbow indoor / outdoor monitor system from Toshiba. It’s mesmerizing. So clever, so tricksy. 

Enjoy the show, starting at 11:15 AM, but really getting going just after noon.

And maybe you can get a free MyTouch 3G phone from them today, somehow. It will keep you distracted for months and years, or a lifetime, really.

See you there!

Been turned around till I’m upside down
Been all at sea until I’ve drowned
And I’ve felt torture, I’ve felt pain
Just like that film with Michael Caine
I’ve been abused and I’ve been confused
And I’ve kissed Margaret Thatcher’s shoes
And I been high and I been low
And I don’t know where to go

Birth, school, work, death
Birth, school, work, death

Will You Be “iReady” for the New iPhone 3G This iFriday?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Of course Apple really wants you to buy their new iPhone3G, but are you game? Last year’s debut of the 1st generation iPhone (oddly refered to as the “2G” in this leaked memo) went well enough. But that was then and this is now.

You gots to get iReady before Good Friday, July 11, 2008, right? That’s what this gal from New Orleans thought, but she recently found a decided lack of southern hospitality at her local AT&T store (despite the fact that Central Pennsylvania is the Alabama of the North).

Unfortunately, this Southern belle’s experience is not unusual.

This is what it looked like year on the Streets of San Francisco:

667098443_0936873410_b-copy.jpg

From the Flickrstream of Jen SFO-BCN,mmmm…SFO bacon

Of course last year, the lines moved swiftly. So swiftly that employees were commanded to hit the sidewalks to start hawking the goods. This year? Not so much. And because of the expected hassles, you’ll be able to activate and buy just one iPhone on Opening Day at AT&T stores.   

All you can do at this point is to just be prepared.

So people get ready to spend a lot of time iWaiting in line on iFriday. If you want.

Apple Really Wants You to Buy Their New $700 iPhone 3G

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

$700? Yep, that’s what the 16GB model will run you if you don’t want to get the two-year contract from AT&T. But let’s say you play it safe and sign up for AT&T service – some people think that the second-generation iPhone will end up costing you more money. Or maybe you already signed up for the first iPhone – will you be able to easily upgrade? It’s hard to say. (At least you don’t live in Canada, where Rogers rules.)

So much for Twice as Fast, Half the Price. Consult your phone guru for advice here. Some people might actually stick with their existing brick. Good for them.

But not you. You want the latest details on the 3G models from a fake Steve Jobs who gesticulates as if he’s one-quarter Italian. Right? You’re in luck.

apple.jpg

Check out the new 3G here.

And if you’re already familiar with the existing iPhone, find out what’s new right here.

Excited? See you in line on July 11, 2008. Let’s hope we’ll get a greeting like this at opening time. But uh oh, are you iReady?  

 You bring the coffee, and I’ll bring the cupcakes.