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02.24
12

4 Varying Kinds Of Mobile Computer Gadgets

by IT Trainer ·

Varying types of portable computer gadgets include the following: smartphones, laptop computers, netbook computers, and tablet PCs.

Technology has provided us with an array of choices in mobile computer gadgets. These devices may have computer operations that are similar to each other, but they also have numerous other aspects that make each one unique. If you are planning to get yourself one of these gadgets, read this article to find out more about each kind so that you can figure out which is perfect for you.

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Smartphones

A smartphone is a combination of a personal organizer and a cellular phone. It is a small device that looks a lot more like a PDA than an ordinary cellular phone, but it has a complex systems program to enable its “smart” functions. Moreover, it also provides simplicity of use to its owners. The user interface of smartphones is also better than regular cellular phones, with larger screens and QWERTY keyboards. There are also many programs and work productivity applications that can be used on these devices, such as mailers, organizers, spreadsheets, text editors, and web browsers, among many others. Additionally, these gadgets boast 1 or 2 cameras and allow users take and view photos or videos in several file formats. In contrast to ordinary cellphones, smartphones can be connected in numerous ways, like through Wi-Fi, 3G, and also WiMax. Even a LAN network is easily done with these devices. If you have to send files from or to your smartphone, you can either do it through USB cables or its Bluetooth feature.

Laptop computers

Also known to manufacturers as notebook computers, a laptop is a pc that can be brought around to such places as libraries, airplanes, meetings and temporary offices. This is because, as opposed to desktop computers, laptops are normally smaller than a briefcase and can be powered both by battery or AC. They also generally weigh less than 5 pounds and have a thickness of three inches or less. This device, though, is more costly than a desktop computer with the same features because of the complexity involved in trying to fit all the same properties into a much more compact device. But what also make them more useful desktop computers is that they can be utilized either as a laptop or desktop computer.

Netbook computers

Netbook computers are new versions of laptop computers that are defined by their size, price and a couple of other properties. These new computers are small, inexpensive, with low horsepower, and run on an operating system that is either old or unfamiliar. The dimension of the monitors range from 9-10 inches, and they have a keyboard that is somewhat similar to that of laptops. They also weigh only about 2 to 3 pounds. This kind of computer is very handy, indeed. Yet, one certain attribute that this gadget doesn’t have is the optical drive of laptop computers. CD and DVD drives have been taken out from this types of device to allow for its small size and weight.

Tablet PC

A tablet PC is yet another type of computer that you can bring anywhere with you. With its wireless network card, you can conveniently connect to the Internet to check your email, chat with friends, update your social network status, or look for ipad support. What makes this device unique, though, is that it doesn’t fold or have a keyboard like that of a laptop. This device is just a single tablet that you work either by making use of a stylus or the tips of your fingers.

Because these gadgets are available in various prices and with different features, it is essential that you ascertain your needs first and then find the device that is closest to the price you can afford, as well as offers the most valuable functions for you. Be well informed before making a decision

11.12
11

Minuscule Mobile Presence Puts IE Market Share Below 50 Percent

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If you look at the numbers a certain way, it appears that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser has fallen to below 50 percent of the overall browser market, according to figures from Net Applications. That figure, however, takes into account mobile market share, and mobile is area in which Microsoft could soon grow thanks to its ties with Nokia.

Net Applications’ browser market report for October continues to track Internet Explorer’s steady decline, from 60.99 percent in October 2010 to 53.39 percent in September 2011 to 52.63 percent in October 2011.

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Some caveats must be included in these numbers, though. For starters, these figures just refer to desktop use. Some 6 percent of the browser marketplace is now mobile — where Internet Explorer doesn’t have much of a presence at all.

Here, Safari reigns, holding a 62.17 percent share of the mobile market. Android’s browser follows with 18.65 percent.

Add these numbers together and the end figure is not pretty for Microsoft: It holds just under 50 percent of the total browser market.

Two Different Beasts

That is not how Net Applications calculates it though, EVP Vince Vizzaccaro told the E-Commerce Times.

“We track desktop market share versus mobile market share, and on the desktop Internet Explore is still at 52 percent.”

It is not wise to count Internet Explorer out even though its market share is in a decline, Vizzaccaro added, for several reasons, starting with the fact that the mobile market is still very much in play.

“With Windows Phone starting to get out there, especially with the deal with Nokia (NYSE: NOK), I believe there is significant room for growth for Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) IE.”
Business Versus Consumers

Another reason why Internet Explorer has staying power, he added, is that it is a staple of the business community.

“The browser market is still very much a dual-user community, divided between consumers and businesses.”

Oftentimes the same user who wouldn’t think of deploying Internet Explorer at home — preferring instead to use Firefox or Chrome — can’t use anything else but IE at work.

The reason for consumers’ preference for Chrome and Firefox are obvious, Vizzaccaro did acknowledge: Both Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Mozilla have taken a rapid upgrade, rapid feature-enhancement approach to their respective products.

“That plays wonderfully at home but in the corporate world it falls flat,” he said.

Businesses want to see a much longer deployment cycle, want to know that there was a lot of testing done, want to make sure that the browser is completely safe for business machines, he said.
Usability on Par

Internet Explorer does suffer from a perception problem, Vizzaccaro added, which is unfortunate because all of the browsers are on par with each other in terms of usability and features.

“Because Chrome is the new kid on block, it is gaining some mind share but I don’t see a big difference in usability in any of the browsers,” he concluded.

Not that Net Applications is reflective of that. Besides Internet Explorer’s decline, the research firm’s monthly stats also chronicles Google’s Chrome Web browser ascending star. It has cracked 17.6 percent market share after jumping 1.4 percent month-over-month from September and is closely gaining on Firefox’s 22.5 percent. Indeed, Chrome could well pass Firefox by early 2012.

11.2
11

Google unveils Gmail app for the iPhone

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iPhone users with Gmail accounts now have a dedicated app to help them manage their mail.

Out today, the free Gmail iOS app is geared toward iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners. Though Gmail users can already access their mail via the Web, through a mobile site, and by setting up an account on their iOS device, the new app tries to borrow from all those sources to offer a host of helpful features in one single place.

Like its web-based counterpart, the new app helps you organize your email by offering a priority inbox, which acts as home to what it considers important messages. You can follow a full trail of related e-mails by viewing conversation threads. And you can manage your mail by starring or labeling individual messages so that Gmail knows what’s important and what’s not.

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You can set up push notifications so that you’re alerted each time a new email comes through. A search option lets you find e-mail by key terms, though unlike the new Gmail Web page, the app offers no advanced search option.

Typing the first few characters of your recipient’s name or address brings up an autocomplete list where you can select the right person. You can also upload and attach any photo stored on your mobile device.

The app takes nice advantage of your device’s touchscreen. You can swipe down on your inbox to retrieve new mail and swipe to the right to view and navigate to the various labels and folders for your mail. iPad users can also view both the labels and emails at the same time through a splitscreen view.

Since Gmail is available in several other ways, many users may see no reason for a dedicated app. But this one is well designed and easy to use. Google said that it built the app with speed and efficiency in mind. And of course it’s free. iOS users who rely on Gmail should consider giving the app a spin.

10.31
11

Every Android device now infringes Apple patent: Slide to unlock

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Whatever your position is on patent infringement and the never-ending lawsuits in the mobile space, the fact is until the system is overhauled it is the law. I hate that design elements can be patented, instead of actual devices which makes more sense. Apple has been riding the patentability of design elements for a while, and has a number of Android device makers on the ropes as a result. A U. S. patent awarded today to Apple guarantees that every Android phone and tablet ever made infringes Apple’s design.

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Anyone who has touched an Android device has come face-to-face with the slide to unlock feature. The device is inaccessible until a slider or similar control is touched and slid to a boundary, unlocking the gadget. This simple control has now been patented by Apple, removing it from the available design pool to anyone else.

Apple has been picking and choosing its targets for patent infringement litigation carefully, using various patents it owns to go after infringers. This new patent over the simple slide to unlock feature means the company can go after any Android device maker it wants, and likely have success in the courts.

Heck, the control on Windows Phone devices, sliding the lock screen up to access the phone functions, may very well infringe on this patent too. That could extend to the upcoming Windows 8 as early preview versions use this same control to unlock devices.

Apple filed for the slide to unlock patent before the original iPhone was released, and just received confirmation of the patent. That puts every Android device ever made firmly in the infringing category, should Apple choose to get nasty.

08.27
11

Mobile device management

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Managing mobile devices entails a level of complexity unheard of in the traditional enterprise world of Windows desktops. MDM software needs to control devices from multiple manufacturers, running different versions of as many as five operating systems, tied to carrier networks with their own particular constraints.

This makes mobile device management a tough battle, but one that IT execs need to take on because mobile device users can lose important company data, potentially increase personal and organizational liability, and compromise systems security at levels that will frighten even the most jaded of IT administrators.

We set up a comprehensive test that included eight mobile devices, four operating systems, two service providers and five mobile management vendors (see How We Did It).

 

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08.1
11

Windows 7 smartphone is ‘world’s smallest PC’

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Fujitsu says an Intel Atom-powered smartphone that runs Windows 7 will be available in Japan July 23. Touted as the “world’s smallest PC,” the Loox F-07C includes a four-inch, 1,024 x 600 pixel touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk, dual cameras, a microSD slot, and an HDMI video output, according to the company.

 

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Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C runs Windows 7 on a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z600 processor, equipped with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of solid state disk storage. However, it wouldn’t quite be accurate to call the device a “Windows-based phone,” since the smartphone side of the operation runs the Symbian operating system. Rather, think of this as a very compact Windows 7 tablet that just happens to have a smartphone attached to it.

Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C

The Windows environment is apparently suspended when the Loox F-07C is being used as a phone. However, customers of the NTT DoCoMo network — where the device is initially being offered — will be able to receive calls when using the device as a computer).

In smartphone mode, the device offers up to 600 hours standby, 370 minutes talk time, and 170 minutes of video calling. However, Windows mode is good for just two hours of operation, according to Fujitsu.

The Loox F-07C’s cellular radio works as a modem for Windows data access at up to 7.2Mbps, according to Fujitsu. The device also includes 802.11b/g/n wireless networking and dual cameras — a five megapixel photo-taker, and a VGA-resolution sensor for videoconferencing.

In addition to its four-inch touchscreen (with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution) the Loox F-07C also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB of add-on storage,plus a stand for desktop use and recharging. An included Y-cable allows connecting a USB keyboard and mouse as well as an HDMI-interfaced monitor, Fujitsu says.

Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C in smartphone (left) and PC (right) modes

Fujitsu says the Loox F-07C measures 5.82 x 3.14 x 2.08 inches (148 x 80 x 53mm) and weighs approximately 7.76 ounces (220g). The device comes with a Japanese edition of the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, plus a two-year license for Word 2010, Excel 2010, and Outlook 2010, the company adds.

A demonstration of the Loox F-07C
Source: Akihabara News

Further information
More information may be found on the Fujitsu Loox F-07C product page.

07.5
11

The iPad’s victory in defining the tablet: What it means

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Apple’s view of the tablet is now the accepted model, but one that most commodity competitors still haven’t figured out

A commodity play struggles in an unformed market
Ironically, the fact that tablets are new should have given Samung, HP, RIM, Acer, Dell, and everyone else a shot at standing out in a meaningful way, by taking advantage of the creative crucible that’s forming the mobile market. Yet they didn’t. I believe it’s because these companies have largely lost their innovation and creative juices, and view the world as a sea of me-too products differentiated only by superficial attributes like color and the “message” of their marketing campaign.

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It’s true that PCs and cellphones are generic devices, so there’s not much you can do to distinguish them other than quality and image. And even those aren’t surefire strategies in a commodity world.

For example, higher quality means higher price, but the PC and cellphone industries have long been in a race to the bottom, and users have become unwilling to spend more than $50 on a cellphone or $600 on a PC that will need to be replaced every year or so rather than paying 50 percent more for an item that will last several years. Equipment makers thus can sell you more goods, so they happily support that mentality, no matter that most of it is junk. That’s the mind-set that companies like HP, Samsung, and RIM are coming from, and yet they charge as much as Apple — and it’s one reason they’re falling flat (HP and the Android makers) and even failing (RIM).

Image is a harder sell and usually settles into two camps. One camp involves tech specs, and sites like Gizmodo and Engadget blather on and on about the latest smartphone from HTC or “Sammy” (Samsung) because its processor is 5MHz faster than last week’s model or its screen is 0.1 inch larger. These details don’t matter. The other camp concerns itself with superficial fashion, such as having an “exclusive” white model at Sprint or removable faceplates at Verizon Wireless.

In the young tablet market, a lot of this superificial-image strategy falls on deaf ears. The PC and cellphone makers have long struggled with the image issue. A decade ago, Acer had very nice laptops that felt better in use, thanks to real ergonomic design. More recently, HP upped the design quotient on its laptops, without crossing the line into fashion for its own sake. But most electronics makers either produce bland boxes (like the PlayBook, Xoom, and TouchPad) or tastelessly styled boxes meant to get your attention in a crowded store but nothing you’d want to show off at work (fortunately, unlike the cellphone market, there aren’t any of these yet in the tablet market).

The gold standard for industrial design of course is Apple, whose series of usually aluminum-skinned devices — iPhones, iPads, MacBook Airs, and iMacs — have become the icon that represents their entire class of product. It’s the whole package, of course, that attracts and delights customers: hardware, software, and app/entertainment ecosystem (that is, iTunes).

Apple is also skilled at the fashion game, but it relies on having very few variations, so the attention is on Apple, not the carrier or store in which you bought the product. By having a few models that stick around for a year or more, the image takes hold in people’s minds, unlike the flood of “designs” from everyone else.

That strategy puts competitors in a position of copying Apple’s iconic products (as Dell has tried to do with its various MacBook Air-inspired laptops and Samsung has with its iPad-inspired Galaxy Tab 10.1) or trying to stake out a new look. If you ape Apple’s designs, it begs the question for a buyer: Why not buy the real thing? Apple is the only PC maker whose sales are growing as a percentage of the market, despite its higher price — and in the tablet market, its price is no higher. Indeed, why not buy the real thing?

Of course, if you strike out in your own design direction, you need to have a long-term design philosophy that resonates with users and works across products over a sustained period of time — exactly the opposite mentality of “churn them out every few months” manufacturers. HP, HTC, Motorola Mobility, and Samsung seem to recognize the need but are stumbling with the execution.

06.10
11

Microsoft hopes to draw Android developers to Windows Phone

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Microsoft is trying to woo Android application developers, offering them help in porting applications to Windows Phone.

The company has released a Windows Phone API mapping tool for Android developers to help them find their way around the Windows Phone platform. Developers should think of the tool as being like a translation dictionary, Senior Technical Evangelist for Interoperability Jean-Christophe Cimetiere wrote in a blog post.

 

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REVIEW: Developers find a lot to love in Windows Phone 7 Mango

It has also published a white paper, “Windows Phone 7 Guide for Android Application Developers,” describing the differences between the two platforms, including the way they handle inactive applications and multitasking.

For Windows Phone to become a success, Microsoft and partners like Nokia have to convince developers to add the operating system to the list of platforms they target.

Android and Apple’s iOS are the most popular operating systems among developers, according to a survey by VisionMobile published this week. It found that 67 percent of developers target Android, and 59 percent target iOS.

Windows Phone is the seventh most popular platform, with just 36 percent of developers working on apps for it: More still target Symbian, the OS that Nokia is abandoning in favor of Windows Phone, the survey found, although Symbian’s share fell to 38 percent in June from 46 percent a year earlier.

Microsoft has already reached out to iPhone app developers with specific Windows Phone guidance and an API mapping tool for iOS.

This summer, it plans to expand the scope of the API Mapping tools to include the features in Mango, the next major upgrade of Windows Phone.

Enterprise software developers are starting to show an interest in having their applications running across a range of mobile devices. Last week, German company Software AG acquired Metismo, developer of a platform that can convert Java apps to run natively on Android, BlackBerryOS, Windows Phone and webOS.

06.7
11

My Fav Free Forensic Analysis Tools

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I was talking about colleges with my son the other day to see what he is interested in for a possible major. I was hoping and praying he wouldn’t say English since my guidance there would be like trying to divide by zero or philosophy because that meant he’d be living here until his late 30’s. He told me he was interested in being a detective. Well! I must say my ears perked right up! I have always thought the two best careers in IT are forensics and data center. But no…he wants to be a actual detective…like you know the ones that carry a badge and stuff. I’m not sure were that even came from to be honest. He doesn’t watch detective shows or read detective novels. Heck the closest I was to ever being a detective was looking for my pants and wondering why I was wearing moose antler horns and a eye patch after a blackout. Well I guess it could been worse. He could have wanted to go to Auburn…

 


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But that got me thinking about forensics itself and some of the tools I use. I believe that if someone is just getting into IT and they want a solid career path, it’s hard to beat forensic science or data center engineering. Understand to be good in forensics you really need to understand HOW data actually works and moves though a system. Forensics is a top level discipline that you work towards after you master PCs, servers, networking (especially networking) and coding. Sounds tough but man alive is it a lot of fun. I would not say I am a forensics expert. Not even close. I am more of a hobbyist in this area. Now some of the tools out there in forensics are VERY expensive due to their incredible speed and “court room” validation.

However, if you just wanting to mess around and practice on a few machines to see if this is a career path for you, here are a few of the freebie tools I use and have had a ton of success with.

Are your pants on fire yet? Web Browsers analysis
This most common use I see for forensic hobbyist is getting to a history file when the history has been erased. This is a browser specific function so the tools must use the browser API’s to accomplish this. Here are a few of my favs:
– From across the pond the folks at Forensics-software http://forensic-software.co.uk have two most excellent tools. Fox Analysis and Chrome Analysis
– If it’s IE your looking for then its really hard to beat Nirsoft http://www.nirsoft.net/ I absolutely love their IECookieViewer They have a bunch of other tools as well for you to mess around with but their IE stuff is really second to none. Honorable mention to their Skype Log View as well. Very cool tool!

Email Fun
Email is more difficult to find a freeware tool on the forensics side of the house. Email is really a database with a bunch of insane tables and procedures that can lead you down a path more dangerous then walking around Olongopo drunk with money falling out of your pockets. And before you ask No wasn’t me on the don’t do this poster… Email Detective is a proggy we used back in the AOL/Compuserv days to rebuild email. About the only game on the freeware side of the track is from MiTec http://www.mitec.cz/mailview.html out of the Czech Republic called Mail Viewer It’s lightweight and works good on Outlook Express, T-Bird and Windows Live email. See the commonality here? All of the email is cached or stored local and not on a server. For Outlook and other server based DB style systems, I just have not found a good freeware email tool I really like too much.

Lookin’ for a file in a haystack
There are so many attributes to look at with files. The good news here is there is no shortage of really good freebie tools that allow you dissect a file with the precision of a kid removing the vegetables out of Kung Pow Chicken. For stuff like reconstructing images to see if folks have been taking pictures of you eating a salad at a steakhouse (I was watching for my wife!) it’s hard to beat Forensic Image Viewer from Sanderson Forensics http://www.sandersonforensics.com also check out MFTview while your there. He requires you to register to download, but it is totally worth it!
– A tool I really love to mess around with is Memoryze from Mandiant http://www.mandiant.com/products/free_software/memoryze/ This digital bundle of awesomeness allows you to analyze live memory and even page files on a running system. It works great even on memory images. Oh man this tools digital foot must be hurtin’ from the ass it kicks!

But, isn’t there a ISO we can use like BackTrack instead of messin’ round and piece mailing all of these tools?
ISO are really awesome. Just like there are many different fishing lures to catch Bass, there’s also multiple ISO for different forensics needs. Of course you can just use the forensics mode on BT and it works good also. Here are a couple others I keep close at hand.
– Caine Live CD http://www.caine-live.net/ is one of my favs. Full featured with a ton of useful scripts built right in, this is a great general propose ISO with great support and really does Italy proud!
– Deft Linuxhttp://www.deftlinux.net/ another great ISO from Italy this is also another full featured ISO. It is very well documented and man alive is it fast! When I need speed, I turn to Deft!
– Plain Sight http://www.plainsight.info/ is a great ISO to get started on messing around with forensics and it has a lot horsepower too! The volatile memory examination tools are really the stuff!

Websites baby!
Some of my RSS locked forensics favs are:
– http://www.forensicfocus.com/ hardcore folks, news and training here!
– http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Tools Nice up to date tool wiki
– http://www.ciscoworkshops.com Great free geek workshops that cover all things computer geeks dig!

Forensics is a huge field and I believe folks can really make there mark here. It really overlays nearly every single piece of IT out there today and oh man are these folks in demand. Plus it a fun hobby to get into just to really improve your troubleshooting skills. Well, time for me to head off to a customer call. I just glad he likes to talk networking on a Bass boat….

Jimmy Ray Purser

Trivia File Transfer Protocol
Soon after the site was established MGM/UA set up a website for Hackers it was hacked! A group calling itself the Internet Liberation Front managed to draw all over the photo of Hackers stars Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller, and replaced verbiage, ‘this is going to be an entertaining, fun promotional site for a movie,’ with ‘this is going to be a lame, cheesy promotional site for a movie!’ The studio decided to maintain the site during the theatrical run of the movie in its altered form. At least their not Sony….

06.5
11

Will the carriers kill the mobile revolution?

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Opposition to AT&T’s T-Mobile land grab is growing
Meanwhile, opposition to the AT&T merger with T-Mobile is growing. The FCC has posted a list of 50 questions for the giant carrier, asking it to defend claims that the $39 billion acquisition, which would give the combined company about 130 million customers, is in the public interest and necessary to extend and improve wireless voice and data services.

 

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The FCC wants AT&T to produce “all plans, analyses, and reports discussing the relative network spectrum capacity constraints of the company and other mobile wireless service providers, including any relevant pricing, traffic, and spectrum-efficiency assumptions.”

Sprint, which would be the biggest loser if the deal goes through, has been beating the drums to kill it. Although it’s easy to be cynical about Sprint’s motives, it makes a concise argument that it is worth quoting:

It [the FCC] can reject AT&T’s bid to take over T-Mobile and extend the last two decades of robust competition in the wireless industry — competition that has promoted economic growth and advanced U.S. global leadership in mobile communications. Or the commission can approve the takeover and let the wireless industry regress inexorably toward a 1980s-style duopoly. A duopoly of the two vertically integrated Bell companies would result in less choice for consumers and higher prices. A twin-Bell duopoly would stunt investment and innovation. No divestitures or conditions can remedy these fundamental anti-consumer and anti-competitive harms. AT&T’s takeover of T- Mobile must be blocked.

For the record, here’s AT&T’s lengthy justification of the merger.

I don’t think the government should go back to the kind of stifling regulation that existed before the breakup of AT&T in the 1980s. But in an odd way, the carriers themselves want to turn back the clock. They’d like to have something akin to the monopoly enjoyed by Ma Bell (in this case, it would be a duopoly) in the decades following World War II — but without the regulation that at least protected businesses and consumers that depend on its service.

Such a shift to an essentially unregulated market couldn’t come at a worse time. The use of mobile devices is growing exponentially, a trend that will accelerate as new platforms appear and older ones get better. Just think about how much data users of devices like the new Google Chromebooks, which is almost entirely browser-centric, will consume. What’s more, new applications will move to the fore; it would be a disaster if the carriers become so powerful they could discriminate against apps or content that seem contrary to their business imperatives.

Letting AT&T and Verizon carriers get their way would be a huge blow to the mobile revolution.