I’m sure many consumers are now conjecturing what will ‘technologically’ happen in 2015. Admittedly, I’m also guilty of this but, like most of us, I can only speculate and base my assumptions on the year gone by, with a smidgeon of gossip thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless, with CES in its final day, the highlights haven’t rocked my gadget-centric world! The excitement from the event so far, has largely been limited to wearable technology, 4K entertainment-driven SmartTVs, curved smartphones, more 3D printing, lighter and faster laptops, and the silicon that empowers them and, of course, the Internet of Things (IoT), along with a smattering of some of the other technologies we can expect in 2015 ...
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Once upon a time, there lived a network magician named Comnetix in the kingdom of Reticulo, but he was sad and desperate. His king wanted him to earn more gold coins with communication services, although increasing capacity requirements and stagnating revenue had killed profitability many years ago. And Comnetix had no idea how to prevent being thrown into the dungeon.
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I was reminiscing with the wife the other evening about my technology journey and, Sarah and I were both amazed at how technology has progressed so fast in such a relatively short period. So, this got me thinking: I conjectured that if, whilst at school, someone had told me that I would be using a small tablet device as thin as a rich tea biscuit to work on, to research on, to communicate with others across the globe and to play super-realistic graphic-intensive games, I would have deemed them completely insane and their notion to have been nothing more than science fiction. Today the fantasy has become a reality and the device in question? Well, naturally I’m referring to my Apple iPad Air 2 and its ever increasing capabilities.
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Media and broadcast companies are preparing for the introduction of ultra-high resolution video signals in their contribution networks. This is not such an easy task as the transport of native HD signals is very demanding on bandwidth. While HD-SDI (High-Definition Serial Digital Interface) and 3G-SDI are satisfied with 1.5 and 3 Gbit/s respectively, emerging ultra-high density interfaces such as UHDTV 4k and 8k (Ultra-High Definition TV) demand connection capacity of several tens of Gbit/s.
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