New wireless auction approved by administration

Here’s some good news for the wireless industry and for the economy.

The Obama administration gave a major boost to the wireless industry Monday by announcing plans to make available for commercial use a huge swath of spectrum.

Obama signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government and private companies to identify unused airwaves that could be auctioned off, or at least shared, to expand mobile broadband for consumers over the next decade. The goal is to free up some 500 megahertz — almost double the current amount of spectrum available for commercial use — by reallocating airwaves now operated by companies, broadcasters and government agencies.

This is welcome news to those of us who believe that the wireless industries provides one of the largest areas of potential economic growth over the next 10 years.

Wi-Fi access expands on domestic flights

Here’s some good news for travelers.

In-flight Wi-Fi is not yet a commodity, but it is no longer a rarity. Most domestic airlines have been upgrading their fleets to offer the service more widely, to the point where nearly one-third of the roughly 2,800 aircraft in the nation’s passenger fleet are equipped with Wi-Fi, according to Aircell, the company that equips most of the Wi-Fi-enabled planes in the United States.

If you travel on planes a lot and plan to use Wi-Fi frequently, you can shave some expense from the process if you have a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device like an iPhone or Droid, which incur lower charges than the fees charged by airlines if you use a smartphone or laptop without Wi-Fi. If you don’t have your own device, airlines are not yet providing one.

But no matter what device you use, the connection process is fast and usually pain free.

On the other hand, an airplane has been one of the few areas where you were forced to go without a connection for a period of time. Wi-Fi can certainly come in handy to kill time or deal with issues that can’t wait, but we’re learning that putting away your phone and laptop can be important for your long-term sanity. I guess we now at least have a choice.

CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new iPhone 4

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs poses with the new iPhone 4 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new features are quite impressive as Apple builds upon the momentum from the iPad.

Meanwhile, many app developers are worried as AT&T will no longer be offering unlimited data plans. I can see the concern, as users don’t want to worry about what they are consuming. The beauty of many apps is that they are free, or they are so cheap that the decision to purchase is insignificant. This may upset the balance, no matter how good the iPhone gets.

Work and Play Have Never Been Bigger or Faster

Many people who love a fast paced life are serious about work and play. There are numerous new and different ways of living, from working in a traditional office space to freelancing as a contractor to owning and managing your own business from the comfort of your home. The Internet has made the exchange of ideas profitable and capitalizing on the flow of ideas has never been more exciting or a bigger part of culture and business.

Mobile web access from laptops and smart phones (like the Blackberry and the iPhone) have made doing business on the go a part of our every day life. Sending and receiving emails and messages in the grocery store and on the commuter train make life and work efficient. Never missing a beat has made business move at the speed of light. Services like exchange hosting optimize our ability to receive, process, sort, and respond to the multitude of communications that are constantly flowing that enable this exchange to thrive. Staying on top of the latest updates, minute to minute helps to increase our profitability and success.

With the benefits that come along with success, play has gotten bigger and better too. With extreme sports like sky diving, ice climbing, and wave jumping, we are finding ways to push ourselves harder and farther than ever before, even in our recreational time. The best at juggling these two worlds have even found it possible to make their work fit around their play time with the cutting edge assets available. Doing a few hours of work as the stock exchange opens and closes, completing artistic commissions like writing or photography and emailing the submissions from a distance, and video conference calling are all ways that commerce is being played with, to accommodate physical challenges or to just improve the quality of life of those who want to do it all.

Convenient spending with Prepaid Credit Cards

Our society is using less and less cash; credit cards can now be used for everything from buying a Maserati to going to McDonald’s. However, not everyone can take advantage of the benefits of credit cards. Some people, for one reason or another, have poor credit, and cannot be approved for loans or credit cards. Teenagers often do not have enough credit history to justify being approved for a credit card, and sometimes their parents would prefer to avoid the possibility that their children will misuse the card. And, some people just don’t like to borrow money because of the interest rates involved.

Prepaid credit cards can be useful for these situations. For people that have poor credit, prepaid credit cards do not require a credit check; approval is automatic. Younger people or people without sufficient credit history do not have to worry about the approval process, either, and people who eschew interest-bearing credit cards can use prepaid cards without paying interest. The way these cards work is very similar to gift cards: money is loaded onto the card, and then the card can be used virtually wherever a normal debit or credit card would be used – ATMs, the grocery store, the movie theater, etc.

The advantages are many. Prepaid credit cards provide fraud protection like traditional credit cards, and can be a safer alternative to carrying cash around. If the card is stolen, for instance, the consumer has much greater protection than if his or her cash was taken. These cards can also be used like credit cards when purchasing things online. Additionally, direct deposit is an option with these cards, making it easy to refill them with money. So in today’s world where paper money is fading away, prepaid credit cards can be a useful way of managing your money.

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