AT&T chose the 2014 CES event to introduce its new Sponsored Data program, which allows a 3rd party to partner with AT&T to offer content to consumers that will not impact their data usage.
Referring to it as “toll-free” data, AT&T believes this type of program will remove (or perhaps, lessen) the sensitivity to data usage which is prohibiting consumer’s consumption of certain content, while using mobile broadband. Read the full post
As faster Wi-Fi speeds seep into the enterprise space, I’m willing to bet the corporate LAN supporting all that new wireless kit will need a corresponding speed boost for faster overall throughput. How fast is an interesting question and I’m not sure there’s a right answer other than “As fast as possible and affordable.”
I have a love/hate relationship with Wi-Fi. The 2.4 Ghz band has given us “free” and low-cost roaming Internet access around the globe. Your cell phone may not work from country to country or region to region, but you can almost always count on finding at least an 802.11b or g signal anywhere you go. Moving upband, 802.11a in 5 GHz provides faster speeds with the trade-off of shorter distances. Read the full post
When I think of robots, the first thing that comes to my mind is Rosie the Robot maid from the Jetsons or R2-D2 and C3PO from Star Wars. In real life my experience has been with the iRobot line of cleaning solutions and its well know Roomba and Sony’s AIBO – the robotic pet – which was put down in 2006.
Robotics have been around for decades and are widely used in military, manufacturing and medical/healthcare applications. Think the Mars Exploration Rover or even the robots that are used for bomb disposal. Read the full post
Every time Ethernet increases by a factor of ten, or Fibre Channel accelerates by a factor of four, analysts carefully probe the pricing factors involved in determining the slope of user acceptance. The arrival of 10G Ethernet was slowed significantly by the price of some semiconductor logic components, and by the price of implementation in line cards. At other times, the shifting price differentials in multimode vs. single-mode fiber, or pricing of different laser types (VCSEL, DFB, Fabry-Perot) has been named as a key factor in determining how quickly fiber networks scale to a new speed grade, whether in LAN, SAN, MAN, or WAN. Read the full post
The coolest thing about wearable technology is the fact that so many of the devices we’ve seen in movies, televisions and comic books are coming to life, such as the Star Trek Communicator – a voice activated device that enabled a wide range of actions.
Voice recognition technology is nothing new – having been around since the 1950s when introduced by Bell Labs. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s when IVR systems (interactive voice response) systems became more widespread that the technology really began to solidify. Read the full post