Nokia 8208 appears on FCC website


One of the best sources of information on new handsets is often the US’s Federal Communications Commission, which has to approve any devices before they go on sale in the US. Today, it’s brought us word of a new handset from Nokia, called the 8208.

It shares a lot of cosmetic similarities with the N95 and N96, though it lacks the N-prefix itself. It’s got a 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot and a bi-directional slider. It’ll take 3G too, meaning that this device isn’t likely to be limited to the US.

Although it’s not going to knock the ball out of the park, to borrow an American expression, in terms of stats, this could be a solid handset for lower down in the market. It’ll be interesting to see if it packs niceties like an accelerometer and a GPS chip, too. A handset bringing that functionality to the masses could prove very popular indeed.

(via Tech Radar)

FCC Commissioner brands WoW as a leading cause of college dropouts


This is something that I’ve seen evidence of first-hand. The US Federal Communications Commissioner, Deborah Taylor Tate, has seen fit to label World of Warcraft as one of the biggest enemies of the education system:

“You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the U.S. is online gaming addiction – such as World of Warcraft – which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide”

Now it’s true that World of Warcraft, when taken to extremes, can annihilate everything else in your life. However, it’s not an addiction – the vast majority of players know how to get the work/play balance right. Don’t condemn the many for the actions of a few.

(via Kotaku)

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FCC votes to open up "white spaces" for better wireless broadband


The Federal Communications Commission has voted 5-0 in favour of opening up the “white space” of unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels to be used for enhanced wireless broadband and communications.

This “Wi-Fi on steroids”, as Google describes it, could offer a much larger range than current Wi-Fi technology, thus allowing greater broadband penetration in remote areas, and might also be used to set up local ad hoc networks directly between devices…