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Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar

Mark Bridge writes:

The Rockstar Consortium. That name sounds as though it could be promising more than it can deliver, doesn’t it?  Well, it’s not. It’s the group of mobile companies that picked up Nortel’s portfolio of several thousand tech patents for $4.5 billion. And now, its members – including Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony – have set some of those patents on their biggest competitors.

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FAA to allow electronic devices including smartphones to be used in 'airplane mode' during flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - part of the the US Department of Transportation - has told airlines they can allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during flights.

Individual airlines can choose how to implement the rules but it’s expected than many will allow devices to be used ‘gate to gate’ by the end of this year. Each airline needs to complete a safety assessment and obtain FAA approval before changing its policy for electronic devices.

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New report says business travellers want WiFi and a comfortable bed

International WiFi specialist iPass Inc. has published a new report that shows mobile workers rate having WiFi as the second most important factor when they visit a hotel.

It was only topped by the need for a comfortable bed.

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Selex ES avoids 4G LTE disruption by upgrading UK air traffic control radar systems

Aerospace technology company Selex ES has confirmed that it upgraded air traffic management radar in London and the south of England ahead of last week’s 2.6GHz 4G launches by Vodafone and O2.

Selex ES is responsible for a project that’ll see it upgrading more than half of the UK’s air traffic management S-band radar systems to avoid potential disruption from 4G mobile networks.

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Ofcom consults about the use of satellite-powered mobile broadband systems on aircraft, ships and trains

UK telecom regulator Ofcom has published a consultation about authorising satellite-powered broadband systems that can provide internet connections on moving vehicles, including aircraft, ships, coaches and trains.

These systems, which are known as Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs), can outperform cellular signals and current satellite-based internet connections on moving vehicles.

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