Tagged: telecommunication

GaN is changing the WORLD

Gallium nitride or more popularly known as GaN is a wide band gap semiconductor material generally used in bright light-emitting diodes ever since the 90s. GaN is developing rapidly around the globe to transform many aspects of modern day life. The material has special properties that are also been tested and used by the defense and military of many countries around the world.

We might not know but we do come in contact with GaN in our day-to-day lives. A simple instance is the answer to the typical mobile user “Can you hear me now?” The efficiency and resistance to heat and electronic interference of microwave amplifiers built with GaN enables broader and far more reliable cellular coverage, while reducing the need for cooling fans required by older cell phone tower technologies. In fact according to a South Korean company that makes GaN-based radio frequency and microwave components, U.S. carriers could save approximately $2 billion per year by using GaN technology for their wireless infrastructures.

Another popular example is the Blu-ray disc: As we all know Blu-ray discs can hold more video and audio data in comparison to the traditional DVDs. The data packed into the Blu-ray discs are in the form of tiny groves or pits. The tiny, highly accurate Blu-ray laser beam – powered by GaN-based violet laser diodes – can accurately read these hyperfine pits or groves. GaN technology enables higher resolution for the crystal clear imagery modern movie viewers have come to expect.

GaN is rapidly propelling innovation across numerous industries around the world. Product manufacturing start-ups and large enterprises looking to innovate and conceptualize new products would be way ahead of the game if they understand the true potential of using GaN within their development and business model. We are heading towards an era where future innovators, investors, engineers and scientists will be finding new ways to apply GaN technology into our iPhones, iPads and other digital devices, bringing the networked world to consumers’ fingertips more quickly and effortlessly.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Business

In Kubrick’ film Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb there is a very important recurring theme i.e. Communication and Technology.

Much of the films dialog takes place over the telephone or radio and the major conflicts revolve around the shortcomings of both. Over emphasis and reliability on technology and communication could hinder creative thinking and intuitive decision making.

Analysis and learning from the film:

Systems and Technology: Dependability on Systems sometimes causes dramatic malfunctions of business and processes. Ex. The Doomsday Machine in the Film is essentially imperfect because it is unable to differentiate between nuclear explosions caused by external attack and those caused by accident. Elsewhere in the film we find malfunctions in the bomber plane that eventually triggers the Doomsday Machine.

Over Regulations and blind subordination: In the film there’s a comical moment in which the President, on his way to the War Room, has forgotten his security pass. A Captain guarding a door entrance requests to see identification. The President responds, “You do recognize me, I take it, Captain?” Despite admitting that he recognizes the President and despite the President explaining the grave urgency of the situation, the Captain repeatedly asserts “Security regulation one thirty-four-B Section seven Sub-Section D item six, state definitely that White House I.D. pass will be surrendered by all personnel entering the War Room. There may be no exception to this regulation, sir”. Although the scene was edited out of the film, the concepts of over-regulation and blind subordination, either to command chain hierarchies or paper regulations, is clearly evident.

Identity Politics: The perception of one’s own country (or business) as divinely good natured and an “enemy” country (or business) as inherently evil or immoral is central to the psychology of the film. It’s true at the lowest ranks of foot soldier and at the highest ranks of politicians and military commanders. At a business level the same psychology continues, which eventually creates blockades and hampers productivity and growth.

LAMP – open source software stack

LAMP is an acronym for a solution stack of free, open source software – Linux (operating system), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL (database software) and Perl/PHP/Python, principal components to build a viable general purpose web server.
When used together, they form a solution stack of technologies that support application servers.
The LAMP stack offers a great number of advantages for developers:

– Easy to code: Novices can build something and get it up and running very quickly with PHP and MySQL.
– Easy to deploy: Since PHP is a standard Apache module, it is easy to deploy LAMP web applications by uploading .php files to an Apache server and connecting to a MySQL database.
– Develop locally: LAMP can be set up so an app can be built locally, then deployed to the Web.
– Cheap and ubiquitous hosting: Many inexpensive web hosts provide PHP and MySQL services.

iPhone, Blackberry, Android app development

Mobile applications are transforming the way small businesses acquire new customers, service their clients and manage their operation. The new generation of iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile devices offer an unmatched level of flexibility and ease-of-use. Irrespective of the size of your company or which industry you operate in, mobile apps enhance your market presence and grow your top line:

Mobile Apps can be categorized:

• Multimedia applications
• Utility applications
• Security applications
• Enterprise applications
• Travel applications
• Internet applications
• Entertainment applications
• Communication applications

Cloud computing for Small Businesses

Cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online that are accessed from another Web service or software like a Web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers.

The term “cloud” is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used in the past to represent the telephone network, and later to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents. It is a computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services.

Cloud computing for small businesses is a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on Internet protocols, and it typically involves provisioning of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources. It is a byproduct and consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet. This frequently takes the form of web-based tools or applications that users can access and use through a web browser as if it were a program installed locally on their own computer.

Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architecture, autonomic and utility computing. Details are abstracted from end-users, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them.

Most cloud computing infrastructures consist of services delivered through common centers and built on servers. Clouds often appear as single points of access for consumers’ computing needs.

CPR: Chatr Perks up Rogers

The launch of discount mobile phone brand ‘chatr’ arms the telecommunication champion with a counter for the rookies.

Rogers Communications Inc. announced the launch of its discount cellular phone brand ‘chatr’ a while back and upon its release, July 27th it became available in major urban centers in Canada. It is crystal clear that the company is aiming to regain its previously enjoyed market share which was notably hurt after the new competitors such as Wind Mobile and Mobilicity entered the market. Since late 2009, the new entrants have been focusing on the world of cheap, unlimited talk-and-text, cleverly finding its niche. Rogers’ launch of chatr will bring a new balance to this market.
Rogers announced chatr will be launching in major cities in Canada such as Toronto,Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal, with a $35 unlimited talk plan and a $45 unlimited talk and text plan. Not only it offers cheap plans but also it provides consumers with cheap phones that are as low as $60.
‘Cheap’ is a relative term and it is true in Rogers’ case as well: although chatr is offered in wide variety and range, it is still slightly above the prices ranges of other new companies. In an attempt to compensate this factor, chatr will be provided in Rogers’ national network, bringing an edge over the competitors, which are trying to build wireless network as large as Roger’s.
Some analysts frown upon this yet another new brand of the telecommunication giant: the new brand is supposed to bolster the existing brands such as Fido and Rogers Wireless by competing in a lower end of the market, however, it is speculated that Rogers is trying to overcrowd the market by adding another brand.
In light of launching of chatr, Wind Mobile acted quickly by offering chatr and Rogers customers $150 credit upon switching to Wind, and by holding a promotional event on the day of the launch. Mobilicity also reacted as well, perhaps a bit more aggressively, by threatening to file a complaint with the Competition Bureau. Chairman John Bitove explained that Rogers is trying to eliminate the new competition by implementing low price range of chatr.
Overall, while the well-timed launching of new brand chatr still needs some time to assess its full potential and data, it seems that Rogers have managed to find a way to prevail over its competitors.