United States is running out of one its most valuable technological resources: wireless spectrum. The wireless capacity for cellphones, data plans and the like is expected to hit a usage deficit by next year. Wireless carriers are blaming the deficit on the exponential increase in smartphone and tablet usage. In other news, Research in Motion released a major update to the Blackberry PlayBook tablet. The software update includes email functionality and the ability to install Android apps. Frankly, these are fairly basic features that should have been included in the PlayBook’s launch. Yes, BlackBerry is really playing catch-up. And finally, Barnes & Noble announced a cheaper version of the Nook Tablet. It’s goal is to better compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. For $200, Barnes & Noble is offering an 8GB version the Nook Tablet, which, as you know, runs a modified version of Google’s Android operating system. If you like to buy e-books from Barnes & Noble, the Nook Tablet is a good choice. If you prefer to buy your books from Amazon, it’s Kindle all the way.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – February 22, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).