Google's TV white space spectrum database system won approval for operation from the FCC over the summer, and now the company is encouraging developers and businesses to take advantage of it and the unlicensed airwaves it catalogues.
Interactive program guide vendor Rovi said it scored a deal with Microsoft Corp. to supply it with TV listings data for its new Xbox One gaming console, which hits retail stores on Nov. 22.
Microsoft has embarked on a global strategy to develop and promote TV white space technology as well as spread the news about the benefits of liberalized spectrum policies in conjunction with the use of dynamic spectrum-sharing technologies. Special report
Companies register a win-win when they not only generate profits but also improve the lives of their customers, sometimes quite dramatically. Microsoft has embarked on a global strategy to develop and promote TV white space technology.
One of my biggest pet peeves is use of the term "Super Wi-Fi" to describe TV white space because TVWS does not entail use of standardized Wi-Fi technology or even the same spectrum as Wi-Fi. So, I just had to ask Paul Garnett, director of Microsoft's technology policy group, why the company favors that moniker.
Microsoft knows it needs to do more to make potential Windows Phone developers happy, and last week the company took two big steps in that direction.
After years of reverse-engineering electronics gadgets and looking for infringing products, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry has filed a battery of lawsuits against Google and Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and others. The action opens another, major front in the patent-infringement war that has engulfed virtually all of the world's major mobile players.
Nokia reported record sales in the third quarter of its Lumia smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, and saw a sharp jump in its shipments in the North American market, signs that the company's strategy may be starting to take hold.
It's no secret that the vast majority of what wireless executives say in public is not surprising. Usually it's a recitation of phrases, talking points and ideas they have made in the past that they are simply reinforcing. However, every once in a while, in an interview or unguarded moment, wireless executives can let loose a whopper.
Microsoft's corporate VP of communications managed to generate more reaction than anything the company launched last week when he penned a blog post in reaction to Apple's decision to drop fees for its iWork suite of apps.