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Comment Re:My prediction (Score 1) 392

Not really, tha name has just been announced and I assume this is meant to be used in a radically different way than the previous ones. Note that it's called "iPhone 4S".
Then again, some people might have been using it that way already.

Comment Re:doesn't MMS use the data channel anyway? (Score 1) 149

Check out the beginning of the "Technical Description" section:

MMS messages are delivered in a completely different way from SMS. The first step is for the sending device to encode the multimedia content in a fashion similar to sending a MIME e-mail (MIME content formats are defined in the MMS Message Encapsulation specification). The message is then forwarded to the carrier's MMS store and forward server, known as the MMSC. If the receiver is on another carrier, the relay forwards the message to the recipient's carrier using the Internet.
Once the MMSC has received a message, it first determines whether the receiver's handset is "MMS capable", that is it supports the standards for receiving MMS. If so, the content is extracted and sent to a temporary storage server with an HTTP front-end. An SMS "control message" containing the URL of the content is then sent to the recipient's handset to trigger the receiver's WAP browser to open and receive the content from the embedded URL.

AFAIK, the temporary storage server is on the carrier's premises and contain the images / media / whatever that the MMS carries. The data connection you do need to retrieve those attachments is therefore limited in scope and the carrier can safely establish a policy of not billing the recipient for accessing this temporary storage server. He has already charged the originated party (or the interconnect carrier) for delivering the message + attachments to the recipient.

Of course, this is entirely open for whatever policy the carrier chooses to apply; there are countries where you even pay a fee to receive calls on your mobile phone, and smaller fees are charged to whoever is originating the calls - since it's the recipient's choice to carry a mobile terminal instead of having a fixed landline, he's the one paying for that traffic.
That's not the most generalized behavior though; usually mobile subscribers do not pay for received calls, SMS or MMS (including attachments), except perhaps when roaming abroad - and even then, usually received SMS (and only those) are not charged at all.


Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Comment Hibernate still draining power (Score 1) 359

Another aspect claimed by the article is that even with Hibernate there is still some power drain, altough below 1W.
I do know that my laptop had Wake-on-LAN turned on in the BIOS. After disabling it, I stopped noticing 1% or 2% missing charge after being hibernated for a couple of days without being plugged in.

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