27 Jan, 2010 | Posted by: photosource
Do You Own The Airwaves In Your House?
The company (YMax Corp) behind the popular magicJack
thinks so. The magicJack is a small device that allows you to make free calls
in the U.S. and Canada using your high-speed Internet connection.
You plug your phone into the magicJack, and the magicJack into a USB port on your computer. More info, including pricing and hardware requirements, is available at magicJack.com.
That's the background. YMax will soon be marketing a similar device that works with your cell phone.
The idea is that you plug their device into your computer with a broadband Internet connection, and it connects wirelessly with your cell phone. As long as you are in range of their device, your phone stays connected to the device instead of connecting to your carrier's cell towers.
You get to make free calls using your cell phone routed over the Internet.
But there are some gotchas.
it only works with phones using the GSM standard (like AT&T and T-Mobile) and won=t work with phones from Verizon or Sprint/Nextel.
since the device is essentially a mini-cellular tower
in your home, it is using the same frequencies that the cellular companies have paid big bucks to use.
The cellular carriers aren't saying much right now
, and the FCC also had no comment but is looking into the issue. YMax says it's legal because cellular licenses do not extend into the home. Wonder who will win that one.
Portable File Cabinet
Not the kind on two (or four) wheels, but the electronic kind.
There's a free service called Evernote
(yeah, the free version has some limits and includes ads, but it's free
) that lets you store stuff in the "cloud"
and retrieve them seamlessly. You organize your stuff in a digital file cabinet containing notebooks, just like files and folders on your computer. It works with a variety of electronic devices, including PCs, Macs, and smart phones like iPhone
Use it to manage your photos, texts, documents, notes, web page snapshots, and more and have it all available on all your connected devices.
Evernote includes an email address, and anything you send to that email will go into your digital file cabinet. Twitter can also be used.
Unlimited access without ads and more features, including up to 500 Mb per month
upload costs $45 per year. Check it out at evernote.com. There's also an on-line video tutorial.
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