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Research: Most smart home device owners willing to pay for tech support

December 16, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Internet of Things and connected consumer electronics devices are morphing the technical needs of consumers, according to a recent report. Park Associates' research found that more than 56 percent of smart home device owners were willing to pay extra for monthly tech support services.

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Verizon, Google ink patent agreement

December 16, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to forestall any future litigation, Verizon and Google announced today that they have entered into a long-term cross license agreement that covers a wide range of their respective products and technologies. With the agreement in hand, Verizon and Google said they could focus on running their businesses without the risk of future patent litigation between the two.

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Cox close to wrapping up Homelife roll out

December 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Baton Rouge, La. going live last week, Cox Communications is close to having its home automation and security service launched across its entire footprint. The Cox Homelife service, which was first trialed in Phoenix three years ago, will be completely launched once Cox deploys it in Florida and Georgia in early February.

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Deluxe expands 4K capabilities of on demand platform

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of a launch with a large North American cable operator, Deluxe announced today that it has added key 4K features and capabilities to its cloud-based content supply and video-on-demand (VOD) management platform. New 4K features for Deluxe OnDemand include digital re-mastering using High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) or H.265, and Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) displays, such as Dolby Vision.

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Orange, Ericsson hit 300 Mbps on LTE

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In a lab test, Orange and Ericsson achieved up to 300 Mbps using FDD technology, a version of LTE that aggregates bandwidth in two different frequency bands. The test confirms the potential of using 3.5 GHz FDD technology to increase mobile broadband capacity.   

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Kniffin joins Lightpath as SVP, chief admin officer

December 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

David Kniffin has joined Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, as its senior vice president and chief administration officer. In his new job, Kniffin is now in charge of all Lightpath’s finance and administrative functions. As senior vice president of financial planning at Cablevision, Kniffin worked on the financial reporting, budget and forecasting processes for Lightpath and other Cablevision business units.

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RCN nets carriage deal with One World Sports

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder RCN has scored a multiplatform carriage agreement with One World Sports. Starting Tuesday, current and new RCN digital subscribers will be able to access One World Sports’ video content in RCN’s New York market and in most of the other sustems in its footprint.

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ZTE floats Enablence with another $2.7M

December 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZTE will receive 18 million shares of newly-issued Enablence stock (15 cents a share). Enablence is a long-time supplier to ZTE, providing optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets. The vendor has been struggling for years to remain afloat. 

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FCC approves fee to connect schools, libraries

December 12, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

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Report: SoftBank downsizing U.S. operations, giving up on T-Mobile bid

December 12, 2014 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank is scaling down its Silicon Valley operations. Sources say SoftBank is now considering renting out one of two buildings it leased to accommodate a “T-Mobile driven expansion.” Most of SoftBank’s workforce on the west coast will be moved back to Tokyo or to Sprint’s headquarters near Kansas City.

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FCC ups broadband speed for Connect America

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC has decreed that broadband service providers receiving money from the Connect America Fund must deliver a minimum of 10 Mbps on the downstream, and 1 Mbps on the upstream, up from 4Mbps/1Mpbs. Up to $1.8 billion of funding is currently available each year in the Connect America Fund.

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Windstream appoints Thomas as new CEO

December 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream Holdings announced on Thursday that Tony Thomas was replacing Jeff Gardner as the company’s new president and CEO. In order to smooth over the transition, Gardner will stay on board as a senior adviser to Thomas and as a member of the company’s board through Feb. 1 of next year. Thomas was also named a director.

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CenturyLink beefs up Big Data with Cognilytics buy

December 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink announced it has bought Cognilytics, which provides Big Data and predictive analytics services to medium sized and enterprise level businesses. CenturyLink said that Cognilytics helped businesses convert "data to decisions" through its Big Data deployment, management, advanced decision sciences, predictive analytics and data visualization.

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Hearst forks out $81.3M for stake in AwesomenessTV

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hearst Corp. is betting $81.3 million that Internet video network AwesomenessTV will live up to its name. The investment announced Thursday gives Hearst a 25 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, which DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. acquired in May 2013.

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Today in Engineering History: a radio first and the Olds

December 12, 2014 11:42 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

On this day in 1901, Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean; the content of the signal was three dots -- the letter S in Morse code. In 2000, General Motors announced its plan to phase out the 103-year-old Oldsmobile, America’s oldest automobile brand.

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