Aug
1
2014

Senator Helps Comcast Sell Services, Confused By Backlash -

Comcast was forced to cancel a promotional event at a Senator’s home after the Kansas City Star pointed out the dubious ethics of a Senator directly helping sell Comcast services. According to the Kansas City Star, Comcast had planned to host an event at the home of Kansas Senator Julia Lynn to demonstrate Comcast’s home security and home automation services. “We can control everything remotely from our iPhone or iPad, even on the Senate floor! […]

Aug
1
2014

Apps find new ways to spark interest in music

Forget what you’ve heard about the music business. While it may be hard to feed a family of four on gigs, the market for musical gear and education is exploding. In 2014, new instruments and apps for learning how to play them are taking advantage of software and embedded technology. Take the fantastical circular keyboard called PianoArc. The donut-shaped keyboard is big enough for two grown men to stand inside it, back to back, and […]

Aug
1
2014

T-Mobile: VoLTE Now Available Nationwide -

T-Mobile has announced that the company’s implementation of higher-call-quality VoLTE services has been deployed nationwide. According to a company announcement, the nationwide availability comes just two months after T-Mobile announced their first VoLTE market (Seattle) in May. The company states it is also busy deploying LTE on spectrum acquired from Verizon Wireless earlier this year. “The team has also been aggressively rolling out Wideband LTE, upgrading our remaining 2G footprint to 4G LTE and starting […]

Aug
1
2014

Zeichick’s Take: Coding: Unleashing creativity, or managing complexity

Why did we become programmers? There may be many reasons, but I’ll bet that for most (or all!) developers, it’s because of a love of design and creation, and the joy of seeing something that we’ve built come alive. For many of us, particularly those who became managers or entrepreneurs, opportunities to code are few and far between. Getting to immerse yourself in a new technology? That’s a too-rare treat, because today’s interlocking and ever-changing […]

Aug
1
2014

Time Warner Cable Announces New 'Maxx' Markets -

Time Warner Cable says that the company’s “Maxx” upgrades, which provide top speeds of 300 Mbps, will be expanded to a significant number of new markets this year and next. According to the company’s announcement, the Maxx upgrades will soon be deployed in Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego — at different times over the next few years. Deployment of the faster speeds and improvements to TV services are […]

Aug
1
2014

Will Microsoft Cloud Revenues Pass Amazon Web Services Revenue?

Microsoft and IBM lead revenue growth in cloud infrastructure services, according to Synergy Research Group. Amazon Web Services was in the second quarter 2014 still the largest single provider, but Microsoft has a blistering 164 percent revenue growth rate. At such rates, if Microsoft can sustain it, Microsoft inevitably will pass AWS in cloud computing market share, as AWS is growing at perhaps a 49 percent rate. Synergy Research estimates that quarterly cloud infrastructure service […]

Aug
1
2014

Financial Implications of 30% Market Share and Triple Play

Municipally-owned U.S. access or telecommunication networks always have been contentious, for obvious reasons: these are instances where tax-supported non-profit institutions compete with private firms. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of such municipal telecommunications initiatives grew from about nine to 108, an order of magnitude expansion in a decade. Supporters might simply argue that “non-profits” compete with “for-profits” all the time. Museums, hospitals, gas, water and electrical utilities provide examples. Opponents say it is unfair […]

Aug
1
2014

Comcast Speed Upgrades Hit Houston, California -

Back in January we were the first to report that Comcast was again doubling speeds on many of its tiers, starting first with the company’s Midwest division. As noted then, upgraded Comcast users will see the company’s “Performance” tier bumped from 25/5 to 50/10 Mbps, their “Blast” tier from 50/10 to 105/10 Mbps, and their Extreme 105 speeds bumped from 105/20 Mbps to 150/20 Mbps. There’s a massive, ongoing thread in our Comcast forum where […]

Aug
1
2014

Comcast Speed Upgrades Hit Houston, California -

Back in January we were the first to report that Comcast was again doubling speeds on many of its tiers, starting first with the company’s Midwest division. As noted then, upgraded Comcast users will see the company’s “Performance” tier bumped from 25/5 to 50/10 Mbps, their “Blast” tier from 50/10 to 105/10 Mbps, and their Extreme 105 speeds bumped from 105/20 Mbps to 150/20 Mbps. There’s a massive, ongoing thread in our Comcast forum where […]

Aug
1
2014

Unshockingly, Apple's Dream of TV Disruption Held up By Cable -

I’ve talked repeatedly how broadcast and cable operators alike work tirelessly to protect the traditional cable TV cash cow and thwart the development of robust Internet video options, whether it’s the use of usage caps or restrictive content licensing. This has caused an endless list of companies to fall flat on their face when trying to revolutionize the TV sector, whether it’s Google, Microsoft, Sony, or most recently Intel. That hasn’t stopped pundits from believing […]

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