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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.


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 . . . 


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) . . .


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.

Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 12:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Connectivity is great, perhaps especially for engineers and other scientists, but are we changed when we connect? And what could happen if people become connected themselves, through augmentations and implants?

Today in Engineering History: First American Orbits Earth

February 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

On this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn circled the globe three times in four hours and 56 minutes aboard the Mercury capsule friendship 7. He reached speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour.

What Operators Need to Know About RDK Development

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mark Johnson, senior global product and program manager, Alticast | Comments

RDK is continuing to mature with each release, but it’s important to understand the architecture and what other functionality an operator might need to complete the offering. A thoughtful approach to building an RDK solution will benefit the operator both during and after deployment, making future support and subsequent releases a much smoother process.


CED’s Persons of the Year: Time Warner Cable’s Mike and Mike take a curtain call

February 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

As of the end of last year, both Mike Hayashi and Mike LaJoie officially retired from Time Warner Cable, but over the course of 25 years or so, the two Mikes were cable’s own version of a dynamic duo. (Just don’t ask them which one was Batman and which was Robin.) For their long, distinguished careers at Time Warner Cable, Hayashi and LaJoie were named CED’s Persons of the Year.


The 2015 Broadband 50 (1-10)

February 17, 2015 8:09 pm | by Brian Santo, Michael Robuck, and Craig Kuhl | Comments

Money, ego, politics, and entertainment. The Broadband 50 surveys the companies, technologies, trends, and people who have had the most influence in the industry over the last year and are most likely to help shape the next.


Fearless predictions! Dude, where’s my flying car?

February 13, 2015 7:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Predicting the future is hard, and not for the faint of heart. But since CED is celebrating its 40th year, a number of friends graciously consented to help us out with our prognostications this year. Their contributions are herein.


TV Broke TV: In Perspective

February 13, 2015 7:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Everyone from Boomers to Millennials loves TV. Some complain about customer service, though. And some grumble about the expense. But what they all loathe? Ads.


Requiem for the PC: Memory Lane

February 13, 2015 6:56 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Comments

It wasn’t all that long ago that anybody starting a streaming video business had to presume users would generally be sitting in front of (mostly) stationery PCs, landlocked in home offices and living rooms.

Starting down a programmatic ad adoption path: Open Mic

February 13, 2015 6:51 pm | by Sarah Foss Vice president, product management, media business systems, Imagine Communications | Comments

It’s no surprise that MSOs and others are taking a long look before leaping onto the programmatic bandwagon, but if they haven’t already done so, MSOs and other MVPDs should start down a programmatic adoption path.

Energy 2020: Engineering-wise

February 13, 2015 6:44 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President, SCTE | Comments

Energy costs – already over $1 billion per year for the industry – could quadruple to $4 billion by the end of this decade. Throttling back that increase was the mission-critical objective that brought the industry together.

Eureka Park: Ciciora's Corner

February 13, 2015 6:36 pm | by Walt Ciciora | Comments

The innovations at CES ranged from naïve and crazy to remarkably clever. Most won’t be around next year, many won’t make it through this year. But that’s the nature of risk.


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