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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: Which Small Tablet Is For You?

Posted on August 8, 2013
by Travis Williams

Two of the best tablets on the market at the moment are the Google Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini. If you are trying to choose between the two then you could have a hard time doing so. You would have to choose between iOS and Android, the display, the battery life and how much it costs.

The 16GB of the Wi-Fi version of the iPad Mini costs $329. It is lighter than the iPad 4 with retina display. The Google Nexus 7 is best for personalisation and it is cheaper. The Wi-Fi version is $199. They both have displays that are sharp and good.

If you have to watch your money you should go for the Google Nexus 7. The only tablets with the same price tag are the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire HD. Google likes to keep to the prices down, while Apple do like to make profits.

Out of the two the more stable is the iPad Mini. However you could save $129 if you choose the Google Nexus 7. You can get the 3G version for $299, while you have to pay $459 for the LTE of the iPad Mini.

The Apple iPad Mini has a quality design and it is the best in the range of iPads. It is aluminum. The Google Nexus 7 comes with a soft touch and it is thin. However Apple cannot be beaten for a premium look and it is the winner here.

You would think that the display of the Google Nexus 7 would beat that of the iPad Mini if you take a look at the spec sheet. However it doesn't as calibration is off and the colours are not the best and neither is sharpness, even though it has the 216ppi. The iPad Mini comes with 163ppi but the colours are better and so is the contrast. Movies and photos look better on the display.

Your next choice is iOS or Android. The Google Nexus tablet runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and so it has Project Butter. It did get an update to 4.2 but this slows the tablet down a lot and Google will fix this. Android is great for customisation as there are widgets, custom ROMs, keyboards and launchers. If you choose iOS you can only change the wallpaper and the ringtone, if not you would have to jailbreak the device.

The Google Nexus 7 is better for flexibility but then you do have to take apps into account. Therefore the iPad Mini is in front thanks to it having more apps that are meant for tablets in the Google Play Store.

When it comes to hardware the Google Nexus 7 has the 1.7GHz processor which is quad core. The iPad Mini has the dual core A5 processor. Geekbench tests revealed that the Google Nexus 7 was twice as fast as the iPad Mini, however the tablet from Apple does come with more than enough speed to run iOS and the GPU is superb. The Google Nexus 7 is the winner for performance.

Both tablets have batteries that are good and you may get 8 hours from the Google Nexus 7. With the iPad Mini this is about 10 hours, which means it just wins.

They are both great tablets and there is not much to choose between the two of them. The deciding factor could be the OS, how much you have to spend and whether or not you want LTE.

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American Messaging Services, LLC acquires the paging assets of Cook Telecom, Inc.

LEWISVILLE, TX — August 5, 2013 — American Messaging Services, LLC ("American Messaging") is pleased to announce it has acquired the wireless messaging assets of Pacific Northwest based Cook Telecom, Inc. (“Cook”).

The transaction brings together two of the most respected critical messaging companies in the United States. Together, the companies serve approximately 900,000 critical messaging subscribers providing the most dependable networks and customer support in the industry. Both companies excel at service delivery making the combination of Cook and American Messaging a natural fit. “Rest assured that service delivery will remain our singular focus.” said J. Roy Pottle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Messaging.

Tom Cook, President of Cook said, “Customers should feel very comfortable that there will be little to no change in their overall service as our primary goal is to make certain the acquisition has minimal impact on service delivery. American Messaging has an excellent reputation and takes the responsibility of supporting each and every customer very seriously.”

From a technology perspective, American Messaging and its subsidiaries provide critical messaging services throughout the United States. Using proprietary and third party wireless messaging networks together with its suite of mobile and desktop applications it simultaneously delivers critical messages to pagers, smart phones, tablets and personal computers. It also constructs and operates dedicated messaging networks for individual customers that operate in conjunction with other third party networks, including its proprietary messaging networks, providing redundancy and more rapid message delivery. Message delivery and review is easily initiated, monitored and archived using the Company's mobile and desktop applications or through customer supporting software that is included as part of its overall service offering. Pottle closed by saying “We look forward to introducing these services to the customers of Cook Paging.”

About Cook

Cook is the largest independently owned paging carrier on the West Coast with support offices conveniently located in Washington, Oregon and California. It is a privately owned corporation that provides wireless paging equipment and specified services within the states of California, Washington and Oregon. With few exceptions, Cook owns, operates and maintains the majority of the transmitters, equipment and terminals necessary to the operation of the overall system.

About American Messaging

American Messaging is one of the largest critical messaging companies in the United States delivering more than 5 million critical messages per day. American Messaging provides service to approximately 900,000 customers, including more than 650 major healthcare and first responder clients across the United States.

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Teaching seniors the art of texting and other tasks they can perform with a cell phone

Free monthly classes were brainchild of Emblem Health Neighborhood Care Center in Cambria Heights, where workers realized that seniors who didn't know how to use their phones could not take advantage of their benefits.


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Alice Anderson, 69, learns new cell phones skills at a class in Cambria Heights, Queens, being offered by Emblem Health.

Watch out, kids; Grandma may be texting you soon.

With the help of a local walk-in community health center, seniors in Cambria Heights are learning how to text, send picture messages and use the smiley faces and slang abbreviations usually associated with teens

Their families' reaction: OMG!

"Their children say, 'Is this a text from my mother or has she been abducted by aliens?'" said Patricia McDonald, community liaison for Emblem Health Neighborhood Care.

Since it opened in January, the center has been holding monthly workshops to give local seniors the lowdown about texting and other functions they can perform with their phones.

"If someone texts you a joke, you can write back 'LOL,'" instructor Allandro Pierre told a roomful of 20 eager seniors last month. "Or you can send a simple 'GM' for 'good morning.'"

Center employees decided to offer the classes, which are free and open to the public, after an elderly resident was locked out of her home and couldn't figure out how to use her cell phone to summon help.

The next class is scheduled for Thursday, and it's open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The seniors who attended a recent class came armed with their phones and a bevy of questions: What makes a phone "smart?" And, "Why are phones are talking to people now?"

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Instructor Allandro Pierre teaches Alice Anderson, 69, new cell phone skills. Center employees decided to offer the classes, which are free and open to the public, after an elderly resident was locked out of her home and couldn't figure out how to use her cell phone to summon help.

"My kids tell me to go to the 'app store,'" said Harold Anderson, 73. "Where is the app store?"

The seniors are learning quickly how to operate their newfangled devices, said instructor Emery Clark.

"They're beginning to realize now that cell phones are the future, and they need to catch up," said Clark.

"I feel so lost not knowing how to use this," said Ruby Thomas, 83, with a flip phone in her hand. "I knew it was time to do something about it."

The seniors seemed eager to learn, though some lamented the unintended effects of all this technology.

"Young people don't get what it is like for people our age," said Joyce Henry Lewis, 83. "We didn't grow up being attached to these things. People are talking to themselves now, and bumping right into you!"

For the most part, however, they were thrilled to acquire the knowledge.

Anderson used his newfound acumen to tap off a succinct missive to his wife Alice, 69, reminding her that despite all the progress some things never change:


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Critical Response Systems Provides Critical Messaging Solution to The Johns Hopkins Hospital

It was recently announced that Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained its No. 1 U.S. medical facility ranking for people with life-threatening and rare conditions. Johns Hopkins went live earlier this year on Critical Response Systems (CRS), critical messaging solution that utilizes the M1503 Pager.

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It was recently announced that Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained its No. 1 U.S. medical facility ranking for people with life-threatening and rare conditions. Johns Hopkins went live earlier this year on Critical Response Systems (CRS), critical messaging solution that utilizes the M1503 Pager. CRS provides a dedicated system for critical alerting, enterprise-wide, to Johns Hopkins that combines the best possible performance and reliability with low cost of ownership and a rapid ROI. A single rooftop antenna delivers urgent and critical messages to Johns Hopkins' staff members within the hospital as well as up to 20 square miles of surrounding area.

The CRS critical messaging solution is completely self-contained and does not rely on cellular towers, Internet coverage, external communication apps or email servers. Johns Hopkins message recipients can reply instantly with just a touch of a button, confirming receipt and how they will react. Also, the CRS system is easily managed and administered from a central location. All system maintenance, address additions, encryption keys, pager settings, etc. are automatically programmed into pagers over the air. The CRS system currently supports over 350 pagers at Johns Hopkins with the ability for unlimited growth.

The system is installed in the new Johns Hopkins Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center, a 1.6 million-square-foot facility that features two connected 12-story towers. Opened in early 2012, the facility incorporates the best ideas in modern health care. Johns Hopkins is among the nation's largest academic medical centers.

"We are pleased to play a small role in Johns Hopkins care delivery process," commented Brian Claise, CTO of Critical Response Systems. "Johns Hopkins healthcare professional understand that while cell phones and smart phones are good solutions for voice communications and web apps, they are not the best choice for critical alerting," Claise explained. "Phones rely on cellular service and the Internet, both of which are subject to dropped calls and other momentary outages. This is not acceptable for John Hopkins' life-critical situations. Additionally, cellular devices can be turned off, and they invite personal usage that hinders productivity."

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Wireless Emergency Alerts: Forcing Cell Phones to Emit Loud Noises Across California

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Did your cell phone produce an obscenely loud series of tones last night around 11:07? Did that same phone do it again this morning around 9:45?

If so, congratulations. You're phone is one amongst millions capable of receiving these notifications, which are transmitted to wireless phones across certain regions when emergency information needs to be disseminated to a large population quickly.

The alerts are part of a program known as the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which complements the traditional Emergency Alert System that runs through television and radio broadcasters. Both the WEA and the EAS are part of FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

The alert(s) you received last night and possibly this morning are in response to a potential child abduction case that originated in San Diego County. The alert marks the inaugural run for the WEA system in California.

The San Diego County Sheriff's office believes James Lee DiMaggio, 40, may have killed 42-year-old Christina Anderson, and then abducted one or both of her children: 8-year-old Ethan Anderson, and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. He is said to be driving a blue Nissan Versa with a California license plate, 6WCU986, according to authorities.

As the Federal Communications Commission puts it, the WEA system allows certain wireless phone models and other mobile devices "to receive-geographically targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area."

"Text-like" is an important part of the lexicon, as the system utilizes a technology that cellular carriers have implemented primarily for these alerts known as cell broadcast. The protocol avoids the pitfalls of text messaging, which is subject to delays both small and large when a network's towers are crowded with a large amount of text messages.

The alerts are broadcast nearly simultaneously to all of the WEA-capable phones within a specified geographic region. In the case of last night's alert, it went out to every cell phone in the state because the authorities have no specific details on where DiMaggio may be heading.

That means even tourists visiting California from other states had their phones alerted last night. In contrast, those with California area codes who were not in the state at the time of the alert did not receive it.

The messages are rather brief in scope, as they are limited to 90 characters, and usually only get sent out when there is a vehicle implicated in the alert, according to Bob Hoever, Director of Special Programs at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Last night's message was sent not only to cell phones, but to the electronic billboards across the state's highways, so it needed to be brief.

"The whole WEA system was designed as a trigger to get people to turn to media," Hoever says.

No specific numbers are available on how many people in California received the alert last night, says Brian Josef, the Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for CTIA-The Wireless Association.

"We just don't know who has WEA capable phones in their hands in a particular area," Josef said.

However, at the time of CTIA's last count, there were well over 200 devices in the country that are WEA capable, and Josef added that more are being manufactured and marketed every week as the technology spreads. There is no federal mandate that requires carriers and cell phone manufacturers to include the capability in their phones, though a large and growing majority do.

The alerts originate from the law enforcement agency that wishes to send out an Amber Alert, and then that message is vetted by FEMA before being passed on to the carriers for broadcast.

The three categories of emergencies that will qualify for a wireless alert, which will send your cell phone into a brief frenzy are Presidential alerts, Imminent threats (a man-made or natural disaster that poses imminent threat to property or life), and AMBER alerts, as was the case last night.

Cell phone users can opt out of both Amber Alert messages and imminent threat alerts, but Congress decided with the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act in 1996 that users cannot block the presidential alerts, which have been a part of the EAS, and its predecessors, since its inception during the Cold War. A federal alert has yet to be issued in over 40 years, so you may just want to hear it on your phone if one is actually sent out.

The CTIA and the FCC recommend checking with your carrier to find out details about which of their phones has the WEA capability.

Source: SF Weekly

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The Moto X From Google, iPhone's Latest Challenger

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60 Seconds With Pogue: The Moto X Phone : The Times's David Pogue examines the Moto X smartphone, Google's collaboration with Motorola.

Published: August 6, 2013
The New York Times

It's getting harder and harder to invent the iPhone Killer. Even for Apple.

The one truly huge, magnificent, radical idea of the iPhone, back when it was introduced in 2007, was to get rid of buttons. Make the whole phone a black rectangular touch screen.

By now, every company and its brother has done that. Everybody's added voice recognition, GPS and navigation. Everybody's sharpened up the screens to the point where you need a microscope to tell the difference.

So now what? How do you distinguish your phone from the more than 4,000 other touch-screen phones? (That's not a joke. There have actually been 3,997 different Android phone models so far. And six iPhones and a motley assortment of Windows and touch-screen BlackBerry phones. Heaven help the landfills.)

With much fanfare, Google proudly presents its answer: the Moto X.

This phone ($200 with contract, 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches) is the first that Motorola has produced since Google bought it a year ago for $12.5 billion.

By looking at it, you'd never guess that this is the Android phone that Motorola hopes will change everything. Its curved back is plasticky, not classy metal (like the HTC One) or glass (like the iPhone 4 and 4S). Its comfortable 4.7-inch screen looks great, but it isn't as big or sharp as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The phone is plenty fast, but its processor isn't the latest and greatest.

But the Moto X does offer five features that no phone has offered before.

Feature 1: You can design your own color scheme. You're offered a choice of 18 colors for the back panel, black or white for the front, and seven colors for the accents (the buttons and ring around the camera lens). The color choices are excellent; the odds of you and your frenemy showing up at a party with an identical Moto X phone are one in 252.

Later this year, you'll even be able to order a back panel made of real wood — in bamboo, teak, ebony or rosewood. Motorola's testing shows these beautiful panels to be just as tough as plastic (although more susceptible to termites, I'm guessing).

While you're online, you can also order color-matched cases and earbuds, specify the wallpaper you want or request an engraved message for the back. For now, only AT&T offers the color choices. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will offer only black or white until later this year.

You get your customized phone within four days, courtesy of Feature 2: it's assembled right here in these United States. The components are still made in Asia, but they're put together in Texas — you can lose less sleep worrying about underpaid Chinese workers.

Feature 3 is the most useful: touchless mode. As with Siri on the iPhone, you can command the phone to dial a number, send a text, open an app, set your alarm, look up a fact on the Web, and so on.

But unlike Siri, you don't hold down a button to speak. The phone is always listening, even when it's in your car's cup holder.

It works remarkably well, as long as you precede your command with the salutation, "O.K., Google Now." Without ever taking your eyes off the road, you can say, "O.K., Google Now. Give me directions to the Empire State Building." Or, "O.K., Google Now. Remind me at 8 p.m. to give the dog his pill." Or, "O.K., Google Now. Make an appointment for Thursday at noon with Bob."

This truly inspired idea is a leap forward in both safety and convenience. It owes its success to a special chip that does nothing but listen all day long. It does, however, come with fine print.

For example, you have to train the phone to recognize your voice. In a silent room, you have to say "O.K., Google Now" exactly the same way three times.

If you've password-protected your phone, this feature loses much of its power. It won't execute most commands until you first pick it up and unlock it. So much for touchless.

And Android's voice commands are still no match for Siri. The phone recognizes the basics, like "Wake me at 7:30 a.m," "Open Angry Birds," "What's Google's stock price?" and "Check the forecast for Memphis on Friday."

Unlike Siri, though, it can't speak answers to queries about movies, sports and restaurants. It doesn't recognize "Read my new text messages," "Add pickles to my grocery list" or "Tweet, 'I just saw a double rainbow.' " Android just doesn't have the smarts.

Or the personality. Try saying "Tell me a joke" or "Do you believe in love?" or "Open the pod bay doors, Hal" to Siri; you'll get hilarious replies. By comparison, the Moto X feels lobotomized.

But the Moto X does come with superb situational awareness. If you turn on the Assist feature, the phone changes modes according to the time and place: Driving, Meeting and Sleeping.

In Driving mode, the phone detects that you're in motion. It starts reading new text messages aloud, routing calls to the speakerphone and, if you like, responding to calls with an automatic text message: "I'm driving and will get back to you soon."

In Meeting mode, the phone knows when you're in a meeting or at a show by consulting your calendar. During those hours, the phone mutes itself and can respond with a text message. ("In a meeting. I'll get back to you soon.") Smart little software!

Sleeping mode, as the name implies, mutes the phone during bedtime hours that you specify. (In Meeting and Sleeping modes, you can choose to make exceptions for Favorites and when a caller urgently redials.)

Feature 4: Motorola observed that many people wake their phones many times a day just to check the time or missed messages. The Moto X displays this information briefly — the time and an icon for a missed event — every time you move it. You don't have to press a button; just pull it from your pocket or lift it from the desk. The company says that there's practically no penalty to the battery life (which is about the same as its rivals: you have to charge it every night).

If that screen shows an icon (text, e-mail or call, for example), you can hold down your finger on it to view the details. Or swipe upward to open the corresponding app to reply. Sadly, this feature shows you only one notification — the most recent.

Feature 5: You can fire up the Camera app by twitching your wrist a couple of times, as though trying to dislodge a mosquito; it works whether the phone is on or off. Within two seconds, you're ready to take a shot by tapping anywhere on the screen.

That's wonderful, and so is the streamlined app itself. But the camera leaves something to be desired. It does a ridiculous amount of focus hunting, so you get blurriness sometimes, and the videos are a bit soft.

It's nice that Motorola is focused on polishing up a few innovative features that you'll really use; this isn't the Samsung Galaxy S4, weighed down by a bunch of unreliable gimmickware. It's nice that the phone has a splash-resistant coating. It's also nice that, because this is a Google phone, you'll be able to upgrade it promptly to new Android versions as they come along. That's often untrue of the Android phones from other companies.

Unfortunately, the Moto X's five breakthroughs don't exactly shake the earth. It's a fine phone, but it has to compete with the deeply satisfying beauty (and superior speakers) of the HTC One, the seething power (and superior screen) of the Galaxy S4, and the infinite app-and-accessory ecosystem (and superior voice control) of the iPhone.

Moto XI, anyone?

Source: The New York Times

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Selected portions of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, and/or the BloostonLaw Private Users Update — newsletters from the Law Offices of Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP are reproduced in this section with the firm's permission.

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BloostonLaw Telecom Update Vol. 16, No. 29 August 7, 2013

The BloostonLaw Telecom Update newsletter will be on our traditional August recess, in light of the usual slowdown in the news cycle. We will resume publication on September 4. Meanwhile, we will keep clients apprised of significant developments via memos and special supplements.

Special Issue

FCC Establishes Deadlines for 2013 §54.313 Annual ETC Report

In a Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC has announced a filing deadline of Tuesday, October 15, 2013 for the Annual ETC Report required pursuant to §§ 54.313 and 54.422 of the FCC's rules. This information will be filed using the FCC's freshly-OMB-approved new Form 481 (see BloostonLaw Telecom Update of July 31, 2013). Certifications required by State governments pursuant to section 54.314, or ETCs not subject to the jurisdiction of a state, must be filed by December 16, 2013.

For 2013, ETCs that receive high-cost support must complete FCC Form 481 to include the following:

  • outage, unfulfilled service request, and complaint data information relating to voice telephony service in calendar year 2012 pursuant to section 54.313(a)(2) through (a)(6);
  • their holding company, operating companies, affiliates that are also designated as ETCs and/or that provide retail broadband Internet access to end-user customers, and any trade-name branding, pursuant to section 54.313(a)(8); and
  • for those ETCs that serve Tribal lands, a report on Tribal government engagement pursuant to section 54.313(a)(9).
  • Privately-owned rate-of return carriers must provide complete annual financial statements (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement) pursuant to section 54.313(f)(2) in the following alternative formats: (a) RUS Operating Report for Telecommunications Borrowers (for RUS borrowers); (2) audited financial statements (for non-RUS borrowers with audited financials); or (3) financial statements subject to review by a certified public accountant (for non-RUS borrowers without audited financials).
  • In order to receive low-income support, all ETCs must report their holding company, operating companies, affiliates that are also designated as ETCs, and any trade-name branding, pursuant to section 54.422(a)(1); and information describing the terms and conditions of any voice telephony service plans offered to Lifeline subscribers, pursuant to section 54.422(a)(2).
  • ETCs designated pursuant to section 214(e)(6) of the Act must also file certain information pursuant to section 54.422(b).

President Obama Nominates Michael O'Rielly to fill Republican FCC Commissioner Seat

On August 1, 2013, President Obama officially nominated Michael O'Rielly, presently a Congressional aide for Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), to fill the Republican seat at the Federal Communications Commission left vacant when Commissioner Robert McDowell stepped down.

Mr. O'Rielly is a long-time denizen of the Hill; Variety reports that he was policy adviser to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) before Sen. Cornyn; worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010; worked as legislative director for Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) from 2007 to 2009; and as senior legislative assistant from 2003 to 2007; had been a staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1998 to 2003; and was a telecommunications policy analyst from 1995 to 1998.

When confirmed, Mr. O'Rielly would continue the remaining term of former Commissioner McDowell, which runs until July 1, 2014 (after which he will need to be re-nominated). As we reported in the July 31 edition of the Blooston Law Telecom Update, sources speculated that the absence of a Republican nominee would further delay the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as Chairman of the FCC. O'Rielly's nomination comes as the Senate is preparing to make its August break, however, making it unlikely that either he or Mr. Wheeler will be officially joining the FCC before fall.

Acting Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will continue in that capacity until Wheeler and O'Rielly are officially confirmed. Of the nomination, Acting Commissioner Clyburn said, "I congratulate Mike O'Rielly on his nomination as an FCC Commissioner, and look forward to his Senate confirmation. I am also excited about working with Mike on the many important issues facing the Commission as we continue our mission of service to the American people." In similarly congratulatory statements, Commissioner Pai said, "His expertise, experience, and fresh perspective will be a tremendous asset to the Commission as we confront the many challenging issues on our agenda," and Commissioner Rosenworcel said, "He is knowledgeable on communications policy matters and will have a lot to contribute to the work of this agency."

Decision by Employee to Install GPS Jammer in Company Vehicle Nets Reward for Achievement — $32K Fine from FCC.

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALF) to Gary Bojczak for installing and using a GPS jammer in his company issued vehicle. The FCC became aware of the GPS signal jammer when it received interference complaints from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the Port Authority) in connection with its new GPS ground-based augmentation system at Newark Liberty International Airport that was designed to increase the precision of GPS-based navigation at the airport — one of the busiest in the country.

Upon investigation, the FCC determined that the signal jamming was coming from Mr. Bojczak's pick-up truck. Mr. Bojczak explained that the GPS jammer had been installed for the purpose of jamming the GPS tracking device that his employer had installed in the truck to track employee whereabouts. In the United States, the marketing, sale and use of signal jamming equipment is illegal in virtually all circumstances, since there is rarely a legal purpose for such equipment outside the federal government or the military. The FCC notes that signal jammers are indiscriminant and can disrupt critical public safety communications — placing fire and rescue and law enforcement personnel in danger — as well as the public they protect. Additionally, signal jammers can also block wireless communications, thereby making it impossible for the public to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. GPS jammers have the potential to block navigation signals used by ships, aircraft and ground transportations systems as well as advanced vehicle locations systems used by public safety entities. As a result, signal jammers and GPS jammers cannot be certified for use by the FCC and are therefore illegal, since they are designed to block legal communications.

Mr. Bojczak's use of the GPS jammer resulted in three violations — unlawful operation of a communications device, use of illegal equipment and interference to authorized communications. The base amount for these violations was set at $39,000. However, because of the serious nature of the potential interference given the fact that the GPS jammer was installed in a moving vehicle, the FCC adjusted the proposed fine upwards to $42,500, but then adjusted it back down to $31,875 since Mr. Bojczak was cooperative. It is important to note that even though the GPS jammer was installed in an employer issued vehicle, the fine did not go to the employer. Rather, it was the employee who was rewarded by the FCC for his achievement in violating the FCC's Rules and the Communications Act. However, it is not clear that an employer would always escape FCC enforcement actions for their employees' violations; and more importantly, such violations may drag the employer into a law suit if, e.g., the jamming causes a plane crash, missed emergency response or other consequence.

Those clients that are interested in assistance in updating policies and procedures regarding the use of employee-owned telecommunications equipment may contact our office.

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Calendar At-A-Glance

Aug. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Aug. 9 — FCC Open Meeting.
Aug. 12 — Reply comments on Separate Affiliate Requirements for Rate of Return Carriers are due.
Aug. 14 — Comments are due on Lifeline Reform 2.0 Coalition Petition for Rulemaking.
Aug. 14 — Comments are due on Proposed Changes to E-Rate Forms 500, 486, and 479.
Aug. 15 — Comments are due on CTI Petition for Reconsideration of FCC's Text-to-911 Order.
Aug. 16 — Reply Comments on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auction 96 (H Block Licenses in the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz Bands) are due.
Aug. 19 — Comments on reforms to protect VRS program are due.
Aug. 19 — Reply comments are due on E-Rate Draft Eligible Services list.
Aug. 26 — Reply comments are due on the FCC's Staff Report on Rate of Return Represcription.
Aug. 26 — Reply comments are due on CTI Petition for Reconsideration of FCC's Text-to-911 Order.
Aug. 28 — Reply comments are due on Proposed Changes to E-Rate Forms 500, 486, and 479.
Aug. 29 — Reply comments are due on Lifeline Reform 2.0 Coalition Petition for Rulemaking.
Sept. 3 — Comments are due on FCC's guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.
Sept. 3 — Paperwork Reduction Act comments are due on E-Rate Forms 470 and 471.
Sept. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Sept. 16 — Comments are due on FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on E-Rate 2.0.
Sept. 18 — Reply Comments on reforms to protect VRS program are due.
Sept. 18 — Comments are due on FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Advanced Wireless Services.
Oct. 8 — Electronic filing deadline for Form 497 for carriers seeking support for the preceding month and wishing to receive reimbursement by month's end.
Oct. 14 — Deadline to seek extension of CALM Act small provider grace period.
Oct. 15 — Filing deadline for FCC Form 481.
Oct. 16 — Reply Comments are due on FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on E-Rate 2.0.
Oct. 16 — Reply Comments are due on FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Advanced Wireless Services.
Nov. 1 — Reply Comments are due on FCC's guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.

This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice. Those interested in more information should contact the firm. For additional information, please contact Hal Mordkofsky at 202-828-5520 or

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has signed on to a smartphone anti-theft initiative recently launched by top law enforcement officials in New York and San Francisco. He is the first official outside of the U.S. to join the effort pushing for major smartphone makers to include technology that would render a smartphone useless if it's lost or stolen.

Like New York and San Francisco, smartphone thefts are a major problem in London and account for a large portion of serious street crime: Around 10,000 phones are stolen each month in the U.K. capital, while roughly half of all robberies in New York and San Francisco involve smartphones.

U.S. law enforcement officials are calling on smartphone makers to add technology that would render stolen phones useless. Now London Mayor Boris Johnson is joining their efforts.

In an effort to curb the thefts, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón formed the Secure Our Smartphones initiative .

It is pushing Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft to design systems into their phones that permanently disable a phone, or "brick" it, so that stolen handsets cannot be re-used and thus removing the incentive to steal them.

"It's important that we get as many behind us as we can," said Gascón in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "Having Mayor Johnson join us continues to build momentum and helps us communicate that this is an international problem."

Apple and Samsung have already responded .

Apple has built an activation lock into its upcoming iOS 7 operating system that requires a user ID and password to reset or reactivate a phone that has been locked, disabled or wiped. Samsung is installing "Lojack for Mobile Devices" on new models of its Galaxy S4.

Gascón had a chance to try out both features at his office last month, when representatives from the two companies demonstrated the technology.

But absent from the meeting were representatives of Google and Microsoft, which to date haven't proposed any technology to help solve the problem. Last month, Gascón criticized the two companies for failing to answer his call.

On Wednesday, Gascón said he remains critical of both, but especially Google.

"They control a large segment of the market. It's critical that Google come up with a solution and we want to make sure we continue this dialogue," he said. "We want to work in cooperation but we are prepared to take other measures. Too many people are getting injured and the cost to consumers is skyrocketing. This is one of the few areas where technology can help evade the problem."

Schneiderman hinted at possible legal measures when he first wrote to major cellphone makers asking for their help. His letters noted two parts of state law that deal with deceptive trade practices and referenced statements the companies had previously made regarding security of their phones.

Johnson wrote to the U.K. CEOs of the major manufacturers in July asking them to help tackle the problem and plans to convene a meeting with them in September.

"Residents and visitors to our city need better protection from the menace of smartphone theft," Johnson said in a statement. "Cities like London, New York and San Francisco all face the same challenge, and that is why London is joining the Secure Our Smartphones campaign to help find a global solution. We need the industry to take this issue seriously and come up with a technical solution that can squash the illegal smartphone market that is fueling this crime."

In an effort to curb smartphone thefts, the U.K. was one of the first countries to launch a register of stolen phones. The database should ensure that phones reported lost or stolen are blocked from re-activation, but it doesn't have global coverage so bypassing it can be as simple as taking or selling a phone overseas.

Major U.S. carriers launched a similar database late last year, but to date the information isn't universally shared domestically, let alone internationally.

Updated 8/7/2013 at 2 p.m. with additional comments from Gascón and Schneiderman.

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From:Jenna Richardson
Subject:  Cell Broadcast for higher ed article
Date:August 2, 2013 12:58 pm
To:Brad Dye

Hi Brad,

I was reading your newsletter and had to laugh (ok and roll my eyes) when I read this article . . .

We all know WEA is a great advancement for large scale broadcast. But for college campuses, NOT so much.

Colleges and universities must issue alerts through a government agency — such as a county or city emergency management agency — rather than sending them directly to mobile operators. That agency then sends the alert to FEMA, which issues it to participating operators in that area.

Let me get this straight, active shooter on campus, you only have seconds to dispense life-saving instructions to students, faculty and staff.

1. College notifies GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
3. FEMA sends out the alert.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster. If this process isn't riddled with issues and red tape, I don't know what is. . .

Until they give full authority and full access for College and University Directors of Campus Security and Chiefs of Police to send directly to mobile operators, then this is not a solution for College and University Campuses.

(btw, no one even mentioned that people can opt out of local alerts)

Have a great weekend!

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In Memory Of A Mentor: 'So Long,' William Maxwell

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Novelist and editor William Maxwell died in 2000. He was 91 years old. (AP)

(NPR) Apr 27, 2011 — As an aspiring writer, William Lychack was lucky enough to be mentored by his literary hero, longtime New Yorker editor, William Maxwell. Maxwell's novel, So Long, See You Tomorrow , is a meditation on loss and forgiveness; Lychack says every page is touched by care, like rooms of a beautiful house.

William Maxwell was in his 80s when I first wrote to him. An award-winning novelist and short story writer, he'd also been an editor at The New Yorker for 40 years, had worked with everyone from Nabokov to Welty, had once sat on the porch of his house as Salinger read a draft of The Catcher in the Rye to him. Thank goodness I never stopped to appreciate any of this at the time. I was in my early 20s, had just started to write, and I remember Maxwell's advanced age gave me a sense of urgency and permission to tell him everything I felt about his novel, So Long, See You Tomorrow .

I still feel it's the perfect book. A winter morning in the 1920s, a pistol shot on a farm in Illinois, a man named Lloyd Wilson killed while milking cows, and a pair of boys who lose each other as friends. Fifty years later, one of the boys tries to unfold the passions that led to the murder. He'll find himself drawn to his lost friend Cletus, who was the son of Wilson's killer, just as he'll find himself drawn to his own lost mother, who had died during the influenza pandemic of 1918.

The narrator of So Long, See You Tomorrow might want to make amends for the tragedy of another boy, and he might need to lay to rest the boyhood loss of his own mother, but it's the feeling underneath the novel that pulls me, the sense that something of great value is being offered by the author.

It's a story about loss and forgiveness — Maxwell lost his own mother when he was 10 — and every page is touched by care, like rooms of a beautiful house. I often think about the book the way the narrator describes a neighbor's home from childhood. "When I dream about it," he says, "the proportions are so satisfying to the eye and the rooms so bright, so charming and full of character that I feel I must somehow give up my present life and go live in that house: that nothing else will make me happy."

Maxwell and I exchanged a dozen letters over the last decade of his life. At some point I unloaded all the doubts and difficulties I was having with my novel. My parents separated when I was 2, my father died when I was 10, and I was writing a book in which a boy tries to find a place in his father's heart, only to find he's creating a place for a father in his own heart.

I told this to Maxwell, how the story kept disappearing on me, and he wrote that I should be more forgiving of myself, that there's really no model for what I was trying to do, and that makes me lose confidence. "Probably," he wrote, "you are thinking that you don't know enough about your father, about the facts of his life. This is not true, or if true, beside the point. There is so much that we know that we don't know we know. Try to listen to your feelings as you would to the sound in a seashell, and then put them down on paper."

So Long, See You Tomorrow might have showed me what I aspired to, but Maxwell, the man who spoke so vividly in those letters, taught me something much bigger than writing. He showed me what it is to be generous, to be forgiving, and to care and keep caring. Or at least what it's like to try.

You Must Read This is produced and edited by Ellen Silva with production assistance from Rose Friedman and Lena Moses-Schmitt.

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