LightSquared Gets Off the Ground via Satellite Launch
LightSquared today successfully launched its first satellite to use with its planned satellite / terrestrial hybrid Long Term Evolution mobile broadband network. The Sky Terra 1 was hurled skyward by International Launch Services from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite is a Boeing 702HP and features a 22-meter L-band reflector antenna. The Sky Terra 1 will help LightSquared provide wholesale mobile broadband access nationwide. LightSquared is combining its planned satellite services with ground-based LTE network coverage, which has yet to launch.
Mar 31, 2020
Apple has acquired the popular weather app Dark Sky. Dark Sky announced that it is pulling its Android and Wear OS apps from app stores, and existing installations on those platforms will stop working on July 1st, 2020.
Feb 9, 2021
Qualcomm today introduced a suite of new modem and radio chips to power the next generation of higher-end 5G phones and devices. The company's new flagship 5G modem chip is the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System , which is the first in the world to support data rates of up to 10 Gbps.
Dec 20, 2019
InvisibleShield, a leading brand for transparent phone screen protectors, has expanded its offerings to include clear lens protectors for the three cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. GlassFusion Hybrid Glass Camera Lens Protection is made from a "hybrid" glass material that absorbs shock, disperses impact, and protects the lenses from scuffs and scratches.
Mar 18, 2020
Virginia startup Lynk Global has successfully demonstrated new technology that allows satellites in low-earth orbit to communicate directly with standard, unmodified mobile phones on the ground. In multiple verified tests starting February 24th, Lynk was able to broadcast an emergency alert containing a text message from one of its test platforms orbiting in space, using standard GSM technology, which was successfully received by an off-the-shelf Android phone in the Falkland Islands.
Jul 11, 2019
Qualcomm and T-Mobile have successfully completed the first data call using Qualcomm's X55 modem, the first 5G chip for phones to support all 5G networks to be launched in the US in 2019, including T-Mobile's band 71 (600 MHz). All 5G phones currently on the market in the US use the X50 chip, which only supports mmWave bands and TDD bands such as Sprint's band 41.
This is freaking cool!
Maybe I'm just dreaming but I'm definitely crossing my fingers!