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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

The key benefit of Ultra HD, or 4K, is that it offers twice the resolution of HD. However, this may not be as big of a deal as originally assumed. What may be considered the most impressive . . .

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Imagine devises single system for Linear and on-demand delivery

April 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

Imagine Communications now offers a cloud-based video platform for multi-screen video distribution. The CloudXtream enables the delivery of VOD, cloud DVR, and live video. Components of the modular . . .

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VeEX adds OTDR modules

April 14, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

OTDR modules have been added to VeEX's modular multiservice test and measurement system (RXT). The RXT-4100 and 4112 OTDR series modules feature several optical test functions, including an OTDR for . . .

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

April 13, 2015 5:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

Elemental Technologies has added statistical multiplexing to its bag of tricks with a software-based, multi-codec, multi-resolution statmuxer. The company is positioning the Elemental Statmux as a . . .

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Deviser bows line of cable, spectrum analyzers

April 13, 2015 4:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Deviser Instrument's Profiler line includes the E7000B and E7000L RF/Optic Cable & Antenna Analyzers, and the E8400B and E8600B Spectrum Analyzers. The cable and antenna analyzers can measure . . .

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Netgear 802.11ac router supports 10+ devices

April 13, 2015 4:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The AC1600 modem router by Netgear is for VDSL/ADSL networks, and is compatible with ADSL2+ connections. It can support more than ten devices including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray . . .

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Harmonic’s new IRD supports HEVC

April 13, 2015 4:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Harmonic's ProView 7100 is a multi-format integrated receiver-decoder, MPEG stream processor and transcoder that supports the HEVC standard. The new model offers MPEG-2 and AVC transcoding within . . .

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LTE-U – Wi-Fi Spectrum Grab?: Capital Currents

April 13, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy of Rockville, Maryland | Comments

LTE-Unlicensed is a standard being developed by 3GPP so that cell phone operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile will be able to use unlicensed spectrum around 5 GHz. The co-existence of Wi-Fi and . . . 

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Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

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Employee Retention – What are the Keys?: Open Mic

April 10, 2015 4:59 pm | by Stacey Slaughter, CEO and CFO of Jones/NCTI | Comments

A clearly defined career path, feeling proficient on the job, and compensation tied to professional certifications are the three most important things to employees who consider staying with their . . .  

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Adaptive Power Systems: Engineering-wise

April 10, 2015 3:44 pm | by Frank Sandoval, senior director of software engineering, Comcast | Comments

Energy management has been identified as a strategic concern within the cable industry. Key enablers of continued growth and increased reliability are access to reliable local power sources and an . . .

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Hybrid IP Gateways: Much More than Just a Set-Top Box: By The Numbers

April 10, 2015 2:03 pm | by Mike Paxton, senior analyst, SNL Kagan | Comments

Several high-profile hybrid IP gateway products, including Comcast’s X1, DirecTV’s Genie, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, shipped in record numbers last year. These products are projected to be in . . .

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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 | 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 | 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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What Gap? What the Generations Say About Learning and Technology in the Workplace

March 23, 2015 2:45 pm | by Wayne Applehans, president and chief product officer, Jones/NCTI | Comments

Strife in the workplace. Headlines about generations in the workforce play up the differences among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1965), Generation X (born 1966-1980) and Millennials (born 1981-2000) . . .

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Today in Engineering History: Cigar Rolling Machine Patented

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented his cigar rolling machine. As a young man, Hammerstein moved to New York City from the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) in 1864. He began working at a cigar factory and eventually worked his way to becoming a cigar maker.

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