Republic Wireless Offers $19 Unlimited Wireless Plan Per Month

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I can’t help myself for feeling giddy.  Republic Wireless has the best wireless deal in town?  I’ve never heard of Republic Wireless till today, because I’ve never read or heard anybody talks about them before.  I would have care less about Republic Wireless if they haven’t announced that they’re offering unlimited wireless plan for $19 per month.  Wait, what are the catches?

It seems that Republic Wireless relies on the probability of not everyone will hog the wireless network, therefore it would be OK for them to allow a Hybrid Calling technology where smartphones will hog WiFi network whenever WiFi is available.  This is one of the catches of Republic Wireless’s $19/month unlimited wireless plan.  This catch goes on dictating how users cannot abuse the wireless network.  Repeated abusers will be booted out of the wireless network or the service altogether.

So, how much bandwidth can one use on Republic Wireless’s wireless network?  Republic Wireless at now allows 400 minutes of talk, 600 MB of data, and 200 texts for each month.  In my opinion, WiFi does make a big different!  To tell the truth, 400 minutes of talk, 600 MB of data, and 200 texts for each month on wireless network seems to be very stingy.  It’s more of like for emergency usage.  With that being said, I don’t mind to piggyback ride my WiFi network for calling someone or surfing the web or send text messages at all.

Republic Wireless hints that they might roll out an application that will allow different types of smartphones to use their Hybrid Calling technology.  For now, it’s only possible for certain specific modified Android smartphones to tap into their Hybrid Calling technology.  It’s unclear to me what Android smartphones would that be!

Source:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/243389/republic_wireless_rolls_out_19_
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Another Net Neutrality Scare?

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I had heard a very smart person said this once, “Everything comes down to finance!”  Is that true?  Sure!  One can just take a look at a situation of an unknown writer.  He/she has to eat somehow, and his/her writing materials need to be published and brought in certain revenue or else there won’t be enough foods to fill a kitchen table.

The same goes for the Internet.  No matter how elusive the Internet appears, it still comes down to finance.  This is why net neutrality might not survive or might survive in only a comical form.  Net neutrality does not serve some big corporates and political parties well.  These entities might want to have more control over the Internet so it can be easily manipulated at will.  With net neutrality’s sensible regulations, certain situations at hand might be jeopardized, especially something has to do with financial matter.  The bottom line is utmost important to the people who care not for net neutrality.  Of course, we’re talking of a net neutrality that favors the small guys the same way it favors the big guys.

I’m not an expert on net neutrality at all.  In fact, I don’t know much about net neutrality, but I do know that net neutrality intends to treat all contents on the Internet equally.  By this, I mean the contents from a big corporation are not anymore important than the contents that I’m producing now in the context of making the contents available for the mass consumption.  This is so important for the open Internet, because nobody can unfairly have advantages in the presentations of certain contents.

Just imagine net neutrality works against the open Internet somehow and allows cable companies to throttle Netflix‘s Internet traffic, this would definitely work against the consumers and Netflix.  The consumers will not be able to use Netflix efficiently, and Netflix will not be able to stream movies at recommending data speeds which might prompt customers to look elsewhere for entertainments.  Consumers have less choices in entertainments, and Netflix will not be in business for long.  OK, this scenario is only hypothetical for now, but how do we know it isn’t so in the future?

This is why I think net neutrality should not give even one inch to whoever and whatever entity that want to manipulate net neutrality unfairly or destroy net neutrality’s most sensible form.  Well, it seems net neutrality is now under attack while we speak.  Huffingtonpost’s article “Net Neutrality Is Under Attack… Again,” points out that some politicians are working to manipulate net neutrality to favor big companies only.  Of course, I’m not going into the details, because you can read the article for yourself.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-franken/net-neutrality-is-under-a_b_1082225.html

Mozilla Releases Firefox 8 Today

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I don’t want to repeat what others have already wrote about the release of Firefox 8 today!  I just want to emphasize that Firefox 8 is safer for users, but will be a pain for some application developers.  I’m not sure if that even sounds about right, because some web developers might not care.  Nonetheless, it’s good to know that users don’t have to worry how certain third party software they install onto their computers might automatically install toolbars and extra Firefox extensions without the knowledge of the users, because Firefox 8 will notify the users if they want to allow third party software’s extensions or toolbars to be added to their Firefox browser or not.

Mac OS X Lion’s users might be disappointed with Firefox 8 in one aspect.  It is that Firefox 8 isn’t yet added an easy button to allow full screen mode.  Unlike Firefox 8, Google’s Chrome 15 has visibly displayed two slant arrow heads button (i.e., one arrow head slants up and the other slants down) at the uppermost right corner so when users hit on it, Google’s Chrome will go into full screen mode instantly.  Of course, users can go into full screen mode with Firefox 8 on Mac OS X Lion by go to View > Enter Full Screen or using shortcut keys, but somehow it seems these methods are somewhat cumbersome.  In case non-mac users have no idea, full screen mode isn’t a big deal to Windows at the moment, but this feature is a big deal for Mac OS X Lion.

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