Tech & The District » AT&T Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 D.C. Gets Touchy Feely with New Technologies at CES on the Hill Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:04:40 +0000 Vanessa Truskey This could be how we watch TV in the future - cool glasses and all.

This could be how we watch TV in the future - cool glasses and all.

Last night, a piece of the largest consumer tech show – the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES – came to Washington.  CES on the Hill, as last night’s event was dubbed, brought together companies including AT&T, Google, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Samsung and others to showcase some of the technology debuted this year in Las Vegas.  With the emergence of these new products also come new policy issues (top of mind is national broadband, about which the FCC released a new plan last month).

The event was held at Eastern Market – a venue which I wasn’t originally sure was up for the job, but after seeing the layout, I think it worked nicely.  Got a chance to demo Sony’s new 3D TV, which was pretty cool, but I’m no early adopter.  I love gadgets as much as anyone, but after the bugs are worked out and the price comes down a bit, I may consider investing in one.  Also cool was a demo by Kodak of its new camera on which you can tag photos to be emailed to Facebook, TwitPic or Aunt Rita once the camera is connected to your computer.  Finally, I stopped by the Qualcomm table to see the mirasol display technology demo.  Even though Qualcomm is a client, and I’ve seen mirasol before, I can’t help but marvel at how cool it is.  Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid, but thinking as an average consumer, I’d love a device with that type of full-color display.

The event wraps up tonight at the Digital Patriots Dinner where Internet icon Vint Cerf is being honored along with Rep. Mike Doyle and Rep. Fred Upton, for their collective impact on technology as we know it today.  I’m hoping the Consumer Electronics Association makes CES on the Hill an annual event, as it’s a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with some awesome new technology, right in our own backyard.

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To “Cell” with Blackouts! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:15:53 +0000 Andrew Cuneo

I’m sure, like me, many of you have experienced the “Metro Cell Struggle.”  Unless your carrier is Verizon, many of you have experienced the frustration of total blackouts when riding through Metro’s underground tunnels.  However the Washington Post reported this morning that as of midnight tonight, 20 Metro stations, nearly half of the underground locations, will be fully equipped with cell phone service meaning riders who use Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile or AT&T devices will be able to communicate at various stops, most notably Metro Center and other busy locations.

This initial rollout means you’ll be able to get reception on the platforms at these stations but will lose it once you step on the train and proceed down the track to the next station.  The hope is that by next fall, the remaining 27 stations will provide this service and that all stations will be “on-line” by 2012, both on platforms and in tunnels.

This is a great deal for Metro riders who, like me, have experienced underground delays and no way of communicating with people street level. On more than one occasion, I’ve been underground during a delay on the Orange line and have tried to send an email only to recognize the new found frustration of no service.

This is also a great deal for Metro. According to the Post report, the contract with the three carriers will generate at least $25 million of revenue over the next 15 years and $52 million over the next 25.  Maybe this will be enough to spare us a fare hike in the near future.

For a complete map of new locations, please click here. What other areas of cell phone outage should be improved?





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