Sep
2
2014

Connected Car: Built in Versus Docking

According to the AutoTECHCAST findings, nearly two-thirds of car owners (65%) say they want built-in connectivity, compared to slightly more than one third (35%) who prefer brought-in connectivity using their smart phone. That reminds me of the days of dedicated "car phones." Maybe it will be different this time around. But why isn't it simpler to dock a smartphone? More than half of car owners say they are less likely to buy a vehicle that […]

Sep
2
2014

Enhancing Your Browsing Privacy and Security With Tor -

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard the various horror stories about how your web browsing activities are being spied upon and stored. This has included government agencies, web site trackers, and possibly even your ISP. Recent stories in the news have confirmed that the FBI has been involved in tracking users web browsing activities, and that they have even gone so far as to install malware on some systems in order to enhance their […]

Sep
2
2014

Boost Mobile (Sprint) Counters T-Mobile US Prepaid Promotion

Sprint is offering new and existing Boost Mobile customers prepaid plans with unlimited calling, text messaging and one gigabyte of data for $35 a month, an offer evidently meant to be a response to T-Mobile US promotions for prepaid users offering a gigabyte of data for $40 a month, as well as a $40 a month, 500-MB plan offered by AT&T. The Bloomberg report also notes that Sprint also is cutting the cost and doubling […]

Sep
2
2014

Cox Speed Upgrade Schedule Leaked -

Back in May Cox Communications tried to jump on the 1 Gbps excitement bandwagon by announcing they would offer 1 Gbps service to all users — in a few years or more. As part of that announcement Cox announced something more immediate: a bump in Preferred & Premier tier speeds to 50Mbs & 100Mbs respectively. Those upgrades started back in July on a market by market basis, with parts of Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma and […]

Sep
2
2014

ISPs Rush to Defend Protectionist State Broadband Laws -

As we noted recently, two different cities with their own broadband networks (Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, Tennessee) have formally asked the FCC to declare that laws in their states hindering community broadband aren’t enforceable, giving FCC boss Tom Wheeler the perfect opportunity to back up claims that he’d take action. Such bills are written and lobbied for by companies like Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, and often restrict local citizen rights to determine for […]

Sep
2
2014

Regulators Balk at Frontier's Acquisition of AT&T's CT Network -

Frontier’s $2 billion attempt to acquire AT&T s local wireline, broadband and video operations in Connecticut (originally announced last December) seemed to have been going swimmingly, recently gaining approval by the FCC and even union leaders that had originally opposed the deal. But the deal appears to have hit a snag in the form of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), which has denied a deal settlement the companies reached with state officials. PURA […]

Sep
2
2014

Raycom Channels Go Dark for DirecTV Users -

Retrans season is apparently heating up, and with it the now-all-too-familiar channel outages that plague consumers when broadcasters and cable operators can’t agree on price. DirecTV users are the latest to face missing channels, as the company has reached a retrans fee negotiations impasse with Raycom Communications, which owns 53 stations (predominately local network affiliates) in 37 markets across 18 states. “Raycom Media is denying DirecTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers […]

Sep
2
2014

SoftBank to Use Sprint Stores to Sell….Robots? -

SoftBank will take advantage of their new Sprint ownership stake by selling robots at Sprint stores sometime next year, notes Bloomberg. SoftBank’s “Pepper” robot, available in Japan for 198,000 yen ($1,900), is about four feet tall, dances, makes jokes, and “estimates human emotions based on expressions” according to the report. “We will sell Pepper in the United States within a year after gathering information in Japan,” insists SoftBank robotics CEO Fumihide Tomizawa. “I won t […]

Sep
2
2014

Thailand Incumbent Telcos Face Revenue Shortfall

New Thailand Information and Telecommunications Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said his priority will be finding new revenue for his two state telcos, CAT Telecom and TOT Corporation, which are facing a cash crunch. Nearly everywhere,  it seems, Telco revenue models are threatened.

Sep
2
2014

Verizon Preps Launch of New FiOS Gateway -

Verizon’s ActionTec routers have never been what you’d call cutting edge, the company taking an extraordinarily long time to even offer 802.11N Wi-Fi functionality (and when they finally did, only offering 2.4Ghz). Now Dave Zatz has noticed that Verizon FiOS customers will finally be getting newer gear, some FiOS Quantum customers getting the new Greenwave G1100. The G1100 offers everything up to 802.11ac, and looks to have integrated Zigbee home automation support. Users in our […]

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