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FRIDAY — AUGUST 30, 2013 — ISSUE NO. 570

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To our USA readers, please accept my best wishes for a safe and happy holiday over this extended weekend.

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Skype works on 3-D calling system

The Internet calling company Skype says 3-D calls are in the works.

By Katherine Jacobsen, Contributor
August 29, 2013

The exterior view of Skype offices in Palo Alto, Calif., are shown. The Internet calling company celebrated its 10th anniversary this month.
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The idea of being able to have a business partner, friend, or family member materialize in front of you, in a three-dimensional form, is appealing, if not frighteningly futuristic. But having a “body-double” materialize might be the next big thing in online calling.

The Internet communication company Skype has developed this kind of 3-D calling system, says Mark Gillett, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Skype.

Mr. Gillett’s announcement came just before Skype celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday and could be seen as an attempt by the company to keep consumers interested at a time when international callers have an increasingly wide range of options for making calls abroad.

“Today, companies like Whatsapp, Viber, and others are leaders in the mobile communication space—that’s something that Skype has to fight hard to get back,” Gillett told the BBC. A new type of online call might be a way to accomplish this.

There have been rumblings about this kind of technology for a while: back in April, Microsoft confirmed that it was working on a way to have a realistic physical proxy appear in remote meetings, but there wasn't any confirmation that the software was actually available until now.

In the BBC interview, Gillett warned that while this technology already exists, it would be years before placing 3-D calls would be readily available to consumers.

“As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle,” Gillett says. “We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”

While groups such as the BBC and ESPN have been abandoning the idea of 3-D channels, Skype is still pushing forward with this technology, he says. [ source ]

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The 10 moments that defined BlackBerry's rise and fall

IN DEPTH And it's not all about the keyboard

By Simon Hill August 24th

It's more like a jar of coins now...

Once a pioneer and leading light in the smartphone market, BlackBerry is in a potentially terminal downward spiral. The Canadian company, formerly known as RIM, established an iron grip on the enterprise and successfully bridged the gap from pager, to handheld computer, to smartphone.

In the last couple of years Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform have taken over with a combined market share that tops 90 percent. Struggling to arrest a declining user base, amid poor sales of its latest devices, we are now hearing that BlackBerry might sell up .

What better time to look back at the company's roller-coaster ride over the last three decades?

1984: The formative year.

A couple of engineering students, Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, founded Research In Motion in 1984 in Waterloo, Canada.

The first few years saw the company developing wireless data technology using the Mobitex standard.

RIM enabled wireless communication for point-of-sale terminal equipment, and worked on modems and pagers, paving the way for mobile devices in the future when they were still confined to the [text missing in the original]

1992: Jim Balsillie joins

Taking a 60 percent pay cut, mortgaging his house, and sinking £160,000 of his own money into RIM James Balsillie bet big on the company when he joined in 1992. He brought the hard-nosed business sense that would complement the engineering skills of Lazaridis. The two would go on to serve as co-CEOs of RIM for the next two decades.

1998: the first BlackBerry

The RIM 900 Inter@ctive Pager launched in 1996. It was a wireless two-way pager which flipped open to reveal a tiny keyboard and an even tinier display. It enabled peer-to-peer messaging, could send faxes, and provided delivery and read receipts.

It was also capable of sending and receiving email, but its successor in 1998, the RIM 950 Wireless Handheld was really the first BlackBerry.

Sporting a patented keyboard design that made it easy to type with your thumbs, the BlackBerry name came from the appearance of the angled keys.

Rave reviews helped RIM to establish a number of important partnerships with companies like IBM, BellSouth Wireless (later Cingular and then AT&T), and Rogers Cantel.

The BlackBerry email service followed in 1999, and then the company listed on the NASDAQ, raising over £150 million. Sales went through the roof and rapid growth followed.

2001: NTP sues RIM for millions

A major patent infringement lawsuit was brought against RIM by NTP and the jury initially ruled in NTP's favour and awarded £21 ($33) million damages.
RIM fought it, but would lose further ground in the battle and eventually have to settle for £390m ($612.5m) in 2006, although the legal case did highlight the growing popularity of the BlackBerry brand.

In fact, such was its power the The U.S. Justice Department decided to weigh in, warning against a network shutdown because of the government's reliance on BlackBerry.

It had a positive side too: the BlackBerry network provided backup communications in the aftermath of 9/11 after the phone systems in New York and Washington D.C. couldn't handle the demand.

By the time the case was settled in 2006 RIM had almost 5 million active BlackBerry subscribers and net income of £240 million for the year.

2006: The CrackBerry craze

Credit: AP Richard Drew

Initially popular with the business community, by 2006 RIM was attracting major mass market attention. The 7100 "Charm" series marked a new focus on consumers and more features followed in the "Electron" and "Pearl" releases, including cameras, navigation, and chat features.

Dubbed "CrackBerry" in the US because of its addictive nature, the BlackBerry brand was riding high and it looked like nothing could stop the keyboard revolution.

2007: The world at its feet

Apple launched the iPhone at the start of 2007 and it was set to compete with the BlackBerry Pearl, released the year before.

The Pearl was the first BlackBerry with a camera and a media player and was seen by many as the right move to bring RIM's products closer to the consumer.

The BlackBerry 8800 series and the entry-level Curve would follow later in 2007 to further this claim, with RIM becoming the most valuable company in Canada.

With 10 million subscribers by the end of the year, there was no sign of concern about the iPhone's potential as a BlackBerry killer, with RIM clearly feeling that functionality was still the most important element to the smartphone buyer.

2008: A Storm begins to brew

Android launched quietly towards the end of 2008, and hot on its heels was RIM's first touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Storm.

It was up against the iPhone, the HTC Dream, and the Palm Pre. It would be fair to say that the Storm did not compare favourably, with reports of glitches, sluggish performance, and a poor touchscreen experience.

The hugely successful BlackBerry Bold launched the same year, and RIM hit its all-time highest estimated worth at £49 billion.

2011: Not from the 'how to make tablets' PlayBook

The iPad's success pointed to the potential of the tablet market and RIM decided to produce a tablet of its own.

Sadly, the PlayBook was doomed from the start, largely due to a lack of apps and a clunky interface, and at release it didn't even have an email or a calendar app.

The form factor, with a 7-inch display flanked by a large bezel, also came in for criticism, although it would prove successful for Amazon and Google in the months to come.

2011: The 'BlackBerry riots' and worldwide outages

In the summer of 2011 riots swept across England and BlackBerry Messenger was apparently used to organize them , with the televised media keen to highlight the role RIM's devices played in, with it transpiring that 37 per cent of the UK smartphone market in poor urban areas had BlackBerrys.

Worse was to come as severe outages for BlackBerry services hit in October 2011, leading to an unprecedented video apology from Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis.

This was small comfort to millions of BlackBerry subscribers who were left without internet access, email, or BlackBerry Messenger service. An offer of free apps as compensation for those affected was met with widespread derision.

2011: The BlackBerry 10 delays begin

Lay-offs, a high profile open letter from a BlackBerry insider criticizing the lack of strategy, the outages, and delays to the new platform all contributed to the pressure that saw Co-CEOs Lazaridis and Balsillie finally step down to make way for Thorsten Heins.

The last roll of the dice was BlackBerry 10 . Originally set to launch in 2011, it was delayed into 2012, and didn't actually arrive until January 2013, when BlackBerry subscriptions had started to decline as users got to the end of their two year contracts and PAYG options from other handset makers became more attractive options.

Launching on the touchscreen Z10 , which was soon followed by the more traditional keyboard-toting BlackBerry Q10 , the new platform invited an inevitable "too little, too late" verdict from many quarters.

The BlackBerry subscriber base peaked at 80 million in December 2012 and the new platform has not arrested its decline.

The company is now estimated to be worth less than £3.5 billion, which isn't an insubstantial amount by any means. With a special committee formed to find a buyer able to salvage the power of BB10, it could be that BlackBerry lives to fight another day—otherwise we'll have lost one of the innovators and drivers in the early smartphone market.


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2013 Preparedness Grants announced by the Department of Homeland Security

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has announced the final allocations for seven FY 2013 DHS preparedness grant programs, including the Homeland Security Grant Program. These allocations total more than $1.5 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector.

The FY 2013 grants focus on the United States’ highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats.

In FY 2013, DHS preparedness grants were subject to mandatory sequestration reductions, totaling $74 million.

The Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2013 are:

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP): provides more than $968 million for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.

State Homeland Security Program (SHSP): provides more than $354 million to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies to build and strengthen preparedness capabilities at all levels. The 9/11 Act requires states to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI): provides nearly $559 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 25 high-threat, high-density areas. The 9/11 Act requires states to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.

Operation Stonegarden (OPSG): provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program: provides more than $332 million to assist local, tribal, territorial, and state governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP): provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP): provides $10 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the 25 FY 2013 UASI-eligible urban areas.

Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program: provides more than $9 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP): provides more than $93 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP): provides more than $83 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

•Date: 27th August 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

Source: Continuity Central

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Third party Android stores host over 7000 malicious apps

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28 Aug 2013 by Tomas Jivanda

Unofficial Android stores host over 7000 malicious and dangerous apps, an investigation by non-profit cyber security organisation AV-Comparatives has found.

The research looked at 20 major third-party Android app stores between November 2012 and May 2013. 7,175 apps containing malware, adware and spyware were discovered inside the markets.

The vast majority of the malicious app were hosted in Chinese based stores, with the lowest malware presence found in European stores.

The research shows that the issue is a growing problem across Asia, with European and American consumers less widely affected; nearly 95 per cent of the dangerous apps were found in Asian stores.

A large volume of the infected apps were found to be in some of the most popular Chinese stores.

AV-Comparatives said the app stores have been informed of the finding and some have already removed the most dangerous apps from their servers. Others ignored the warnings however.

"While the mobile app stores try to limit the number of harmful apps by implementing certain regulations, some malicious/unwanted apps still escape filtering," the organisation said.

"The increasing popularity of smartphones in general, combined with the growth of the Android market share, means that Android-based systems are an increasingly popular target for cybercriminals."

Those worried about malicious apps on Android OS can use AV-Comparatives' free online service that checks for unsafe apps, AVC UnDroid .

A recent US government internal memo revealed that 79 per cent of threats to mobile operating systems in the US last year were on Android , compared to just 0.7 per cent on iOS and 0.3 per cent on BlackBerry.

Source: ITProPortal

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Apple and Samsung to boost smartwatch shipments 36X in next 5 years

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August 27, 2013 7:19 AM
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Apple and Samsung are poised to blow up the smartwatch market in the next five years, driving shipments from just one million today to 36 million annually by 2018, a new Juniper Research report says.

And the two companies haven’t even shipped a single product yet.

The real pioneers in the smartwatch sector have been innovators like Sony and Pebble , the crowd-funded smartwatch that allows you to control your music, get messaging notifications and alerts, and monitor health-related activity. But Apple and Samsung’s entrance into the market will legitimize and validate existing players.

“By educating and publicising this device segment to the consumer, Apple and Samsung will indeed act as a catalyst to the market,” Juniper’s Nitin Bhas said in a statement. “In addition, being a key influencer, these players’ entry into the smartwatch segment will benefit existing smart watch players — providing an increase in awareness and adoption of other wearable devices.”

The massive market growth of smartwatches will have significant spinoff benefits, Juniper says.

First, the mobile wireless accessory market will hit 170 million in 2018, as device manufactures create tiny sensors for monitoring and reporting health, activity, and other data to smartwatches. And second, the nascent smartwatch app market will blossom, particularly in the health, fitness, sports, and communications segments.

There are two types of smartwatches: dashboard and multi-function.

The dashboard or monitor class of smartwatches simply act as more-accessible screens for alerts and updates from a connected smartphone. However, the multifunction class, consisting of higher-end devices, has more function and capability resident on the device. For instance, an iWatch might contain an accelerometer which measures physical activity and therefore generates and processes its own data. Other uses might be mobile wallet related — payment — and ticketing. The Kreyos smartwatch is a good example of a shipping multifunction smartwatch.

This newer segment, which Juniper says is more advanced than existing models from Pebble and Sony, will drive the bulk of the new market growth.

One caveat from Juniper on those expecting a new smartphone-like market boom in the new smartwatch category: Don’t hold your breath.

“Both smartwatch categories — dashboard/console and multi-function — will only appeal to a niche demographic when compared to tablet and smartphone, for example, and hence the market potential will be comparatively limited,” Juniper said.

Apple has been working on a smartwatch platform for some time, according to multiple rumors, and at least one report suggests that one-fifth of U.S. consumers would buy one , sight unseen. Samsung has also been working on smartwatch technology that would fit into its existing lineup of smartphones, laptops, and other devices.

Source: VentureBeat

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Brian Kirhagis: Salvador Dali Paintings in the Age of Technology

Aug 28, 2013 10:05 PM EDT | Michael Briggs

(Photo: Facebook/ HuffPost Arts & Culture)

How would a surrealist like Salvador Dali view the world we live in today? Painter Brian Kirhagis thinks he might have an idea.

For a new show at Sacred Gallery in New York, Kirhagis has transformed some of Dali's most famous works and turned them into better interpretations of our lives in the age of technology. The show, entitled "BK x Dali," is best characterized by Kirhagis' version of Dali's 1931 painting The Persistence of Memory, which includes an iPhone and a beeper inserted in place of melting clocks.

In another interpretation— Dali's Metamorphosis of Narcissus —Kirhagis placed a Facebook symbol where Dali placed an egg.

"People have often commented that my paintings remind them of Dalí, so I decided to take the concept one step further and imagine what type of work Dalí might produce if he had been born in the 1980s rather than the early 1900s," Kirhagis told The Huffington Post.

You can check out the artist's show from Sept. 5th to 30th.

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Low-cost hacked mobile devices can block incoming calls to nearby phones


A team of Berlin-based computer scientists have modified common mobile phones so that they can block incoming calls or text messages intended for nearby devices connected to the same mobile network.

The system exploits second-generation GSM networks, which are widely used for mobile communication systems. Later-generation systems such as UMTS and 4G systems like LTE are based on the same mechanism, so the attack could work on these too, although the team hasn't been able to test this.

"Paging" is the mechanism used by the mobile network to warn a phone that an incoming service is coming. Depending on where a mobile phone is, it will be registered to a particular cell tower. Once registered, the phone will listen into a paging channel, periodically checking to see whether it needs to receive a phone call or text message.

However, mobile base stations are generally grouped together within "location areas". When phones move within these location areas, they don't always register with a new base station — this only occurs if they change the location area. This means that all of the base stations within the location area will page all of the phones within that area (and there can be thousands of phones in a single area) when there is an incoming call. Within the paging request there will be the identity of a specific mobile phone. When the correct phone receives this request, it will request a channel, which the base station will then assign, and the phone will tune into that channel in order to receive the call or message.

Conventionally, only the phone with the right identity should request the channel. But it's possible for a phone that doesn't have the right identity to request the channel. If it does this quicker than the true phone, what happens? This was precisely the scope of the study , carried out by Nico Golde, Kevin Redon and Jean-Pierre Seifert from the Technical University in Berlin and Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

The team used a couple of Motorola C1 feature phones to carry out the test. The team modified the device's firmware on a chip called the baseband processor, which controls how a mobile phone communicates with a network's transmission towers. Usually the inner workings of baseband processors are kept secret by chipmakers, but a few years ago the baseband code for one phone leaked out, allowing researchers to understand how it worked and develop a number of open-source projects to study it.

The modification made the phone much faster at responding to a paging request than phones including the iPhone 4s, Sony Xperia U, Blackberry 9300 Curve and the Samsung Galaxy S2.

The team tested the super-quick paging response of their modified phone on the mobile networks of all German operators: Vodafone, O2, E-Plus and T-Mobile. They found that although their hacked phone wouldn't be able to receive the message or phone call, it could deprive the proper mobile phone from receiving a service. As a result, they have developed a system that could be used for selective denial of service attacks.

The team also wanted to check whether it could block all of the requests in a particular location area, which are on average 200-250 square kilometres, but much bigger in rural areas. They found that just 11 attack phones were needed to answer all of the paging requests within the location area of a small operator, such as E-plus. The authors explain: "A motivated attacker can interrupt communication on a large scale by merely utilising a set of inexpensive consumer devices that are available on the market. This is considerably more efficient compared to traditional radio jamming due to the broad frequency range of mobile carrier networks and the size of location areas."

A second threat is hijacking the mobile service altogether. This could only work on networks that didn't properly authenticate each service or use encryption. According GSMMap , 50 percent of networks only authenticate 10 percent of services.

In these networks, it's possible for the hacked phones to impersonate the victim. First the phones have to be the quickest to the page response, and then the phone can accept the call or SMS. Even if the network is configured to use encryption, an attacker can perform an additional step to crack the session key and intercept the call or message. The report says that the commonly used GSM cipher algorithms have been demonstrated to be cryptographically weak.

This sort of hijacking attack can be prevented by making sure that all mobile services use authentication. However, the targeted denial of service type of attack is really hard to prevent, although it could be done if mobile phones refreshed their Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity (a little like an IP address).

The researchers said that they have been in contact with German mobile operators and they were forced to admit that there is nothing that they can do about it — at least not without spending a huge amount of money upgrading base station infrastructure.

"The trust in the security of cellular networks and specifically the widely used GSM standard has been shattered several times. Yet, attacks against mobile terminated services are a minority. The undisturbed operation of telecommunication networks is traditionally based on trust. The inherent trust that each subscriber and participant in communication plays by the rules. Nonetheless, due to several available and modifiable software and hardware projects for telecommunication, this trust relationship has to be considered broken," conclude the authors.

You can read the full study here or watch the work presented in a video here .

Source: Wired

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BloostonLaw Private Users Update Vol. 14, No. 8 August 2013

FCC Freezes Acceptance of Certain Applications for 800 MHz NPSPAC Frequencies

Effective August 27, 2013, the FCC has announced that it is freezing the acceptance of facilities applications and equipment certifications as follows:

  • 800 MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) channels where the applicant has specified digitally modified equipment that does not conform to Emission Mask H
  • 800 MHz NPSPAC channels where the applicant has specified equipment that is not capable of analog FM modulation on the NPSPAC mutual aid channels
  • Certification of equipment capable of operating on 800 MHz NPSPAC public safety channels that do not conform to Emission Mask H when operating on the NPSPAC public safety channels
  • Certification of equipment capable of operating on 800 MHz NPSPAC public safety channels if the equipment is not capable of operating with analog FM modulation on the NPSPAC mutual aid channels.

The FCC has instituted this limited freeze in conjunction with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in order to maintain a stable frequency environment during the pendency of the rulemaking proceeding.

The Rulemaking proceeding is seeking comment on the following:

  • Only allowing the deployment of digital equipment on the 800 MHz NPSPAC channels that conforms to Emission Mask H;
  • Only allowing the deployment of equipment on the 800 MHz NPSPAC channels that is capable of operating in analog FM mode on mutual aid channels;
  • Applications for certification of digital equipment capable of operating on the 800 MHz NPSPAC channels to demonstrate compliance with Emission Mask H;
  • Applications for certification of equipment capable of operating on the 800 MHz NPSPAC channels to be capable of operating in the analog FM mode on mutual aid channels in that band.

Comments will be due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register and Reply Comments will be due 15 days thereafter.

Regulatory Fee Payments Increased; Commercial Service Fees Due September 20, 2013

The FCC has released its annual Regulatory Fee Order, with fee changes becoming effective on August 23, 2013. For most of our Private User clients, the order will only impact the amount of the fee that is paid, since the regulatory fee is collected as part of the filing fee associated with applications for new stations and license renewals.

Private Radio Regulatory Fee Adjustments:

Part 90 PLMRS (Exclusive Use) – $40.00 per year (up from $35.00)
Part 90 PLMRS (Shared Use) – $15.00 per year – No Change
218 - 219 MHz – $75.00 per year (up from $70.00)
Marine Ship – $10.00 per year – No Change
Microwave – $20.00 per year – No Change
Marine Coast – $55.00 per year (up from $50.00)

However, many of our Private User clients hold license authorizations to provide for profit services ( e.g. , Private Carrier Paging, 800/900 MHz SMR) or other categories (such as Domestic Satellite Earth Stations) that are subject to the payment of annual regulatory fees.

The FCC has just announced that annual regulatory fee payments for such licensees will be due no later than on Friday, September 20, 2013 . However, as discussed below, the FCC's financial management software has been known to put licensees into "red light" status even when they have timely paid their regulatory fees, if the fee payment has not been processed by the deadline. Therefore, we recommend submitting the fee payment several days before the September 20, 2013 deadline.

New Developments

Starting this year, the FCC is phasing in changes to the its regulatory fee collection program that are designed to improve the collection and accounting of regulatory fees, and to attribute fees in a manner that is consistent with the allocation of the FCC's costs to regulate various industry areas. As a result of this reallocation, several fees will be increase while others will decrease.

BRS/LMDS: New this year, the FCC will be issuing invoices for regulatory fees associated with BRS and LMDS licenses. These invoices will not be mailed, but will be viewable in the FCC's Fee Filer system.

Allocation of Fee Burden: The FCC is in the process of updating its allocation of full-time equivalents (FTEs) for purposes of collecting regulatory fees. The current allocation is based upon data that was collected in FY1998 and is now 15 years out-of-date. As a result, the FCC is now using data from FY2012 in order to apportion the regulatory fee obligations against the different regulatory activities throughout the Commission. Additionally, the FCC has recognized that a significant portion of the International Bureau provides regulatory support to other industry areas, including wireless and wireline in issues involving international treaty obligations. As a result, there will be a change in the apportionment of fees, with Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers ("ITSPs") seeing a reduction and others seeing increases. For FY2013, the FCC is capping increases at 7.5% in order to prevent sudden and large changes in the amount of fees that are being paid by various classes of regulates.

No Payment by Check after Sept. 30: Beginning in FY2014 (October 1, 2013), the FCC will no longer accept paper checks as payment for regulatory fees. This initiative is part of the US Treasury's effort to operate in a paperless environment. This means that beginning with any regulatory fee payment made on or after October 1, 2013 (whether for the current year or a prior year), the FCC will require payments to be made electronically through the FCC's Fee Filer System in the form of an ACH payment from your bank account, a wire funds transfer or a credit card payment.

Also stating in FY2014, the FCC will expand its efforts to become paperless. As a result, it will no longer mail initial CMRS Assessments, and licensees will instead be required to review proposed assessments online. The FCC will provide more details as it modifies its computer systems to meet this initiative.

Fee Schedule for FY2013

CMRS Mobile/Cellular/Cellularized SMR — $0.18 per subscriber unit (as of December 31, 2012)
CMRS Messaging Services (Paging, IMTS, non-Cellularized SMR — $0.08 per subscriber unit (as of December 31, 2012)
Broadband Radio Service (formerly MDS/MMDS) — $510.00 per call sign (as of October 1, 2012)
Local Multipoint Distribution Service — $510.00 per call sign (as of October 1, 2012)
CARS stations — $475.00 (as of October 1, 2012)
Cable Television Systems — $1.02 per subscriber (as of December 31, 2012)
Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers — 0.00347 per revenue dollar
Earth Stations — $275.00 per call sign (as of October 1, 2012)

Payment Instructions for Annual Filers

Like last year, all regulatees that pay annually will be required to pay their regulatory fees via the Commission's online Fee Filer payment system. Certain Part 90 and Part 101 private radio licensees pay their regulatory fee every ten years with their license renewal application. Cellular, PCS, AWS, 700 MHz, Paging, SMR and most other CMRS/commercial licensees must pay annually. Regulatees will be required to access the Fee Filer system ( ) with their valid CORES FRN and password in order to initiate the process of filing their annual regulatory fees. For FY2013, payment may be made electronically through the Fee Filer system (ACH Payment or Credit Card) or by check or credit card information that is forwarded directly to the FCC's Lock Box at US Bank (although late payments after Sept. 30 cannot be by check). Additionally, you may also make payment by wire funds transfer directly to the US Treasury. Instructions for the wire transfer will be provided in our service-specific detailed memoranda.

It is important to note that the FCC no longer mails out pre-bills for regulatory fees associated with Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers ("ITSPs"), Satellite Space Stations, holders of Cable Television Relay Service ("CARS") licenses, Earth Stations or CATV Systems. Instead, the FCC has placed its pre-bill information for these services its Fee Filer system, where they may be viewed and paid.

If you chose to make payment by credit card, please note that the US Treasury permits a maximum charge of $99,999.99 from a single credit card per day. If your fee is greater than this amount, it will be necessary to pay by another method.

If you choose to submit a payment by check or money order (as opposed to paying electronically via Fee Filer), a Form 159-E voucher, which is generated by the Fee Filer System, must accompany your payment. Please note that FCC recommends against submitting multiple Form 159-Es with a single payment (e.g., check, wire transfer, credit card, etc.). This is because it will increase the chance of errors in the FCC's processing of your annual regulatory fee payments and increase the likelihood of being placed in a red light status after the regulatory fee payment due date even though the payment(s) had actually been made in a timely manner. This is significant because any company that is "red lighted" is presumed by the FCC to be delinquent on its debts to the Government and therefore will not receive any benefits from the FCC (such as application grants or USF payments) until the matter is resolved.

If you choose to send the payment and Form 159-E payment voucher via regular mail, the payment should be sent by certified mail, and the envelope should be addressed as follows:

Federal Communications Commission
Regulatory Fees
P.O. Box 979084
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

If, instead, you chose to send the payment and Form 159-E payment voucher by courier, two envelopes should be used. The outer envelope should be addressed, as follows:

Federal Communications Commission
Regulatory Fees
c/o US Bank — Government Lock Box 979084
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
Attention: FCC Government Lock Box

The inner envelope should be addressed as follows:

Federal Communications Commission
Regulatory Fees
P.O. Box 979084
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

We caution that all ANNUAL regulatory fees must be paid by the Friday, September 20, 2013 filing deadline. A failure to successfully make the payment by this deadline will result in the imposition of a 25 percent late payment fee . Additionally, it is important to note that the FCC has started the practice of immediately placing any regulatee whose payment has not been received and processed by the filing deadline in a "red light" status. Thus, even if the payment has been timely made, you could end up being "red-lighted" if the FCC has not completed the processing of your payment prior to the September 20, 2013 filing deadline. As discussed above, being placed in a red light status could have adverse consequences since you will not receive any benefits from the FCC (such as application grants or USF payments) until the matter is resolved.

The FCC has also indicated that immediately following the close of the regulatory fee payment window on Friday, September 20, 2013, it will transfer any unpaid regulatory fees to the US Treasury for collection. As a result, we anticipate that collection activities will be more aggressive, and that in addition to the 25% late fee imposed by the FCC for the late-payment of regulatory fees, that the US Treasury could impose additional penalties and interest as well.

Exemptions from Regulatory Fees

Governmental entities and non-profit entities under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code are exempt from the payment of regulatory fees. Any entity claiming exempt status must submit (or have on file with the Commission) a valid IRS Determination Letter documenting its non-profit status or a certification from a governmental authority attesting to its exempt status. Finally, a regulatee will also be exempt from the payment of regulatory fees if the sum total of all of its regulatory fees owed is less than $10.00.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with your regulatory fee payments.

FCC Announces New Spectrum Sharing Arrangements with Canada

The FCC and Industry Canada have agreed on three interim sharing arrangements involving (a) the 71-76, 81-86 and 94.1-95 GHz bands, (b) the 450 MHz Air-Ground services and (c) the 900 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio Services and the business industrial radio services.

Our clients will be interested in the frequency arrangement that involves the 900 MHz SMR band and industrial/business services pool, particularly between 896-901 MHz and 935-940 MHz. The new sharing arrangement, which governs the sharing and coordination of services within 100 kilometers of the US/Canadian border, simplifies the criteria for permitting secondary users in the band. The FCC has indicated that this will permit a more efficient use of the spectrum, while also protecting primary users. This arrangement is "interim" because it is expected to become part of a much larger treaty between the United States and Canada that will replace the current agreement that governs radio services operating above 30 MHz.

New Study Shows Patients Using Mobile Devices for Remote Healthcare are More Engaged

Wireless Week recently reported that a recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health shows that patients using wireless mobile devices to collect and transmit their data to the Center's secure database more frequently measured their blood pressure and uploaded their data, than patients using telephone modem-based devices.

"The results of this study show that data transmission technologies may potentially create barriers to patient engagement in remote monitoring programs, and that wireless devices are far more user-friendly than the older modem-based devices," said Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Corporate Manager, Research and Innovation, Center for Connected Health.

"We are learning how patients engage in remote monitoring programs based on the type of technology they use, which can impact program design, operational workflow and clinical outcomes," Jethwani said.

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Pain-free parking apps give you one less thing to whine about

Amber Bouman
@dameright Aug 21, 2013 9:00 AM

In addition to being a rather chaotic city to drive in, San Francisco can be a total pain in the ass to park in. Don’t believe it? If you need an example of exactly how premium a price the city's resident will pay for a solid spot, consider the parking space that recently sold for a reported $82,000 . But as gross as that sounds it's not even a record—earlier this year, two tandem parking spots were recently auctioned off in Boston for $560,000 . That would pay for over 7,567 parking tickets in San Francisco, which has the highest parking ticket fees in the country ($74 for a downtown violation).

Of course, the only way you'll get a ticket is if you can't find a nice, legal, available space. That's easier said than done—but it's also pretty easily done with the help of these handy parking apps for iOS and Android. And unlike a coveted big-city parking space, most of them are even free.

Park Circa—iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 (Free)

Check in to easy parking with Park Circa.

An app with a social component, Park Circa is designed to connect those who have under-used neighborhood spots with those who are really, really over-circling the same 10 blocks trying to find a spot after 6:30. A little bit Airbnb, a little bit Foursquare, Park Circa allows owners of parking spaces to register their spot, and the times it’s free, on the site and app.

People who want to park there can use the app (or the web browser) to find a spot, and then check in—for a small fee of course. The system is in private beta at the moment, so it’s only available in pretty limited areas. In San Francisco, for example, it only finds results in sections of the Inner Sunset, Cole Valley, the Haight, and North Beach. Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Sacramento all also show results, and there are scattered results through Texas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Washington, Virginia, Massachusetts and more.

Those are some lucky locations—the app is nicely designed. Once you're registered, Park Circa uses your phone's GPS to locate available spots. You can peruse a list of results or plot them on a map, and details on each spot include a photo, the type (for example, a carport or driveway), maximum size, fees, and a description. If one of them is to your liking you just tap the “Check In” button. The app will tell you how long the space is available for, how much the owner charges to park there (which may vary depending day or time), and will transfer the funds from your account to the owner's account automatically when you return to “Check Out.” You'll rack up some steep penalties if you overstay your welcome, however.

ParkMe—iOS, Android (Free)

Pull up ParkMe to find open spaces in nearby public lots and open metered spaces on city streets. The app generously covers more than 500 cities around the world, so it’s likely worth the download if you’re living anywhere near Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Austin, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Philly, Boston, or any of 487 other cities.

ParkMe not only shows you public spots, but also overlays fee information right on the map, so you know which spot is closest—and which is cheapest. It does the same thing for metered spaces on city streets, which are indicated with a square pop-up bubble (as opposed to the traditional round bubbles used for the lots). The results are even color-coded to show how easy it is to park in that location, with green being available, orange being partially occupied (and percentage below a parking lot's result lets you know just how full it is at the moment), and red being unavailable.

Results for street parking provide details on the location, times, and fees involved, and results for public lots contain additional details on rates, special pricing, hours of operation, payment options, and a phone number (if available). You can also share a result via SMS, email, or Twitter; copy the address; or open it in the Maps app.

While you can’t pay for your parking in-app, ParkMe does offer up other features such as allowing you to find parking results for a car, motorcycle, or oversized vehicle, choosing a preference between closer or cheaper parking, a parking timer feature to let you know when your time is up, and a Mark My Car feature to remind you exactly where you’ve parked. You can also filter the results to exclude lots or street parking and customize the duration of time you need parking for. It gets bonus points for showing results all over a city—not just in heavily populated downtown areas.

SFPark—iOS, Android (Free)

SFPark is part of the cities pilot program.

SFPark is noteworthy because it’s the first of its kind—developed by the Department of Transportation’s Urban Partnership Program and established by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority, SFPark is a parking management system that covers 7,000 metered spaces and 12,250 spots in city-owned parking garages. It uses parking sensors installed in each space to provide real-time data about occupancy levels at garages and at metered spots on the city streets.

So far, the program has covered eight pilot areas in the city: the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore, the Financial District, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, South of Market, and the Mission—all areas that are severely impacted by parking shortages.

The app itself is fairly straightforward: it displays results on a map, with street results indicated by colored lines, and parking garages by pinpoint letter P’s. Tapping on any result brings up more data—in the case of street parking, it will tell you how many spaces are estimated available at that location, rates for each time of day, and street sweeping info. In the case of lots, it will display the estimated number of spaces in addition to the address, hours of operation, special pricing info (for events, different vehicle sizes, and peak hours), and the phone number if available. Be warned, you will have to zoom into each neighborhood to make sense of the results, as they appear as a mess of colored dots if you’re zoomed out too far.

The results are color coded (a key appears in the top navigation) and can be toggled between displaying available spots, or showing results according to price. Other than a Refresh button, and a More Info icon, that’s it—short, sweet, and to the point. While the technology involved is pretty cool, we wouldn't mind seeing a few more features thrown in once the program progresses.

BestParking—iOS, Android (Free)

BestParking's simple search screen.

Much like the other apps here, Best Parking provides information on parking in lots and garages (but not streets) in 100 North American cities—and 115 airports as well. Another standout aspect: Because BestParking prides itself on providing the most accurate data of any parking app, it offers a $5 Starbucks eGift card to users who report inaccurate information.

It has an impressive number of results—pulling too far back in the map for downtown San Francisco produced a mess of results in a full array of colors indicating the lowest to highest rates, with yellow indicating the lowest rate, red the highest, and gray indicating the spot is unavailable. Prices are also overlaid onto the result pins so you can see if there’s a better deal around the next block.

You can't argue with the results.

The app interface itself is a bit plain, opening to a search page where you can use drop-down menus to select city or airport; then specific your location by neighborhood, address, attraction, or GPS; toggle between daily or monthly results; then select time of arrival and departure; and hit search. The results are shown on a map, and tapping on one produces information on the exact address, hours of operation, phone number, rate estimate, parking types (indoor garage, self park), rules (for example, no vehicles over 6'6"), and payment options.

An optional in-app upgrade lets you access additional features such as photos, navigation (unfortunately via Apple Maps), horizontal orientation, vehicle tracking in current location searches, and Pioneer AppRadio support—but they’re not really necessary. Even with just the basic features, it’s still a lot better than having your passenger yell “Oh! That was one right back there!”

Parkopedia—iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 ($2, Free, $2.50, respectively)

Windows users, I haven’t forgotten about you or your candy-colorful Nokia and HTC handsets! Parkopedia, intended to be the parking spot version of Wikipedia, is available for all three smartphone OSes. Parkopedia’s goal is to map and list every parking space in the world, so . . . they’re going to be pretty busy for a while.

So far, they’ve managed to cover more than 25 million spaces in 28 countries, thanks at least in part to information contributed from drivers. If you’re somehow in an area that isn't yet covered, they encourage you to send an email so they can keep you updated on their progress—or take matters into your own hands and add the space yourself by uploading a photo of a parking sign or price list.

Upon opening the app, you’re greeted with a simple search bar where you can enter in your location (or leave blank to default to your current location), and a big, red Find Parking button. Results appear in the Recents tab, in list form. Along the top navigation bar are options for Filter and Map view; results can be filtered by lots vs street parking, toggling to display height restrictions, and features such as electric car charging, covered, motorcycle spaces, disabled spaces, free, park and ride, and accepts credit cards.

Results in list form display the name of the lot or street location as well as the distance from you, the rate, and a rating out of five stars. Tapping on a result, either in list or in map view, will take you to a profile page for that result. Information in each parking profile page includes address, directions, a photo, and a phone number in addition to information on type of parking, features, payment options, number of spaces, hours of operation, and pricing info.

Parking Panda—iOS, Android (Free)

If you’d prefer to pay for parking within an app as well, give Parking Panda a shot—the app works with over 1.3 million parking spaces in over 12,000 garages, lots, and private spaces in 73 cities. So . . . that’s a lot of coverage.

You can use the app to find, reserve, and pay for parking in real time, something that's particularly handy for big events, like concerts and sports. This will, of course, require you to input your credit card information, but Parking Panda assures customers their parking purchases are safely and securely handled through the app. Additionally, the app will allow you to access confirmation of your spot, which you can use to show to parking attendants on your way out of the garage.

It works like this: Upon opening the app you’re presented with a search screen. At the top is a blue banner you can tap to default to parking near your GPS location, below that is a search box you can use to enter in other locations. There are fields to enter in a start and end date, but the app only offers two kinds of parking: daily or monthly. That's not really convenient if you’re looking for hourly parking, but since there are several other apps that handle that, it seems fair that one should focus on longer-term needs.

Once you’ve selected your criteria, simply tap the orange Search button and you’re treated to a spinning panda icon while you wait for your results to load. Results appear on the map as blue bubbles, with price information overlaid onto them. You can toggle between a list view and a map view using the buttons on the top navigation bar; the bottom nav has tabs for Search, Reservations, and Account. Account holds your name, email, phone number, password, and credit card information.

Tapping on a result displays a close-up of its location on a map, the address, the distance from you, as well as information about the fees, hours of operation, directions, and photos. Some of the results here don’t seem to have the tabs for Hours or Photos filled out; sometimes that information appears on the main details page. I’ll be honest, I would have liked to see more complete and organized information here. Still, it’s got to feel good to be able to present your confirmation on your phone at the gate and get waved through like a rock star.

Source: TechHive

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  • CDMA, GPRS, ReFLEX, conventional, and trunked radio interfaces

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WiPath Communications LLC
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
4845 Dumbbarton Court
Cumming, GA 30040
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WiPath Communications

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Hark Technologies

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  • Single channel up to eight zones
  • Connects to Linux computer via USB
  • Programmable timeouts and batch sizes
  • Supports 2-tone, 5/6-tone, POCSAG 512/1200/2400, GOLAY
  • Supports Tone Only, Voice, Numeric, and Alphanumeric
  • PURC or direct connect
  • Pictured version mounts in 5.25" drive bay
  • Other mounting options available
  • Available as a daughter board for our embedded Internet Paging Terminal (IPT)

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  • Frequency agile—only one receiver to stock
  • USB or RS-232 interface
  • Two contact closures
  • End-user programmable w/o requiring special hardware
  • 16 capcodes
  • Eight contact closure version also available
  • Product customization available

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  • Please see our web site for other products including Internet Messaging Gateways, Unified Messaging Servers, test equipment, and Paging Terminals.
Hark Technologies
717 Old Trolley Rd Ste 6 #163
Summerville, SC 29485
Tel: 843-821-6888
Fax: 843-821-6894
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hark David George and Bill Noyes
of Hark Technologies.

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Hark Technologies

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From:Curtis Rock
Subject:  FEMA Alert
Date:August 26, 2013 9:57:07 AM CDT
To:Brad Dye


Thanks for the info on the FEMA alert.  I don't know about timing of such events, but I am confident that humans have a pretty rough patch ahead.

As the last sentence in the article declares , I am trying to be better prepared than the government.


Curtis Rock
VP Engineering
WaveWare Technologies, Inc.
Phone: 1.800.373.1466
Fax: 972.479.1735

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Brad Dye, Editor
P.O. Box 266
Fairfield, IL 62837 USA


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