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Civilization in decline: credit cards and the culture of auto-pay

April 9, 2015 8:21 pm | by Gene Hoffman, chairman and CEO, Vindicia | Articles | Comments

Subscription IQ: The pricing models that succeed do so because they bill you in a way that makes services feel free. You’re free-wheeling, free-dealing, free-riding until for some inane technicality, your credit card doesn’t go through.

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Have means, will steal: Memory Lane

April 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

The $500 million impact of signal theft in the early 80s ran all the way up to $4.7 billion by the early 90s. However, ambiguity reigned as no one was able to track the exact toll of . . . 

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Review: Trying on and ordering an Apple Watch

April 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations — more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping later. Even after the watch starts shipping on April 24, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.

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Sprint fires up Wi-Fi calling on iPhones

April 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity,” David Owens, Sprint’s SVP of product development, said in a statement.

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Maxx on its way to Charlotte

April 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable will continue to roll out TWC Maxx this summer in Charlotte, NC. The planned upgrade has been announced alongside the forthcoming deployment of Google Fiber and AT&T’s GigaPower in the city.

Malone, Risley invest in UXP

April 9, 2015 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

John Malone and John Risley have invested in UXP Systems, a company that has developed a platform that bridges disparate back office systems to provide a single view not only of customer accounts, but every user behind each account.

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Xfinity Home adds another smart lock

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with Kwikset for the release of the Kwikset SmartCode 914 smart lock. The doorlock was made available to Xfinity subscribers yesterday. The deadbolt lock can be purchased online for $219.99.

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Wave makes another aquisition.

April 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave Broadband said it has acquired ReallyFast, an ISP in Seattle that specializes in services for multi-unit housing and business customers. Separately, a Wave subsidiary that provides residential gigabit connectivity has expanded with its first clients in Everett, WA.

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DASH guidelines bring in live video and DAI

April 8, 2015 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The DASH Industry Forum published the third version of its Interoperability Implementation Guidelines, which include interoperability points for live, on-demand and time-shifted video streaming using AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 codecs.

ContentWise upgrades its recommendation engine

April 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ContentWise has upgraded its discovery and recommendation system to deliver context-based predictions for on-demand content. A new feature is real-time content activation, which enables the system to recommend content minutes after linear broadcast.

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 2:06 pm | by Anne Flaherty, AP writer | News | Comments

Consumer advocate groups are asking the FCC to require phone companies to block automated calls. However, phone companies are resistant to the possibility of strict rules due to . . .  

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Suddenlink accelerating broadband in TX, WV

April 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink plans to invest nearly $250 million over the course of three years to increase internet speeds for its consumers in Texas, and another $40 million investment this year to increase internet speeds in West Virginia, part of a rollout of upgrades announced last year.

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ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

April 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Armed with a new study showing a direct correlation between rising programming costs and diminished infrastructure investment, the organization has petitioned the FCC to rein in skyrocketing content costs, which would free capital for service improvements.

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Comcast bringing 10GigE to Denver

April 7, 2015 2:39 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is investing $2 million in Northern California and $10 million in Denver to provide 10 Gbps Ethernet service. Comcast’s portfolio of Ethernet options will be offered in the new Denver and Northern California networks as will “a cloud based voice and unified communications solution.”

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SCTE releases Cable-Tec session schedule

April 7, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Technologies that can help cable operators avoid costs, deploy new revenue-generating services and increase the quality and reliability of services throughout the evolving cable network will dominate the workshops agenda announced by the SCTE for Cable-Tec Expo this fall in New Orleans.

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