Broadband Briefs for 07/16/09
• Windstream announces Online Backup
By CED staff
Windstream Corp. is offering a new online backup and file-sharing service to its residential and small business customers. Customers can bundle the product with Windstream’s Security Suite service.
“We chose Radialpoint’s comprehensive solution because it aligned with Windstream’s vision of providing services that customers want with simple, easy-to-use technology,” said Roger Woziwodzki, vice president of strategic business development at Windstream. “Providing customers with Windstream’s Online Backup service ensures that their digital media and files are safeguarded and preserved.”
Windstream’s Online Backup consists of two integrated components: The Backup Manager provides online storage of multiple users’ files, including photos, videos, music and documents, and allows for restoration in the event of data loss; another feature, the Personal Media Manager, allows Windstream broadband customers to access their files from anywhere they have an Internet connection and share that content.
• Belgium carrier signs with A-L
By Brian Santo
Telenet, a provider of media and telecommunications services in Flanders, Belgium, selected Alcatel-Lucent as its overall network integrator.
The vendor will supply, build, operate and maintain a new multi-core mobile network. The deal covers a seven-year period.
“We are excited to be working on this project together with Telenet. We notice a trend of fixed network operators evolving toward offering mobile services, but Telenet is aggressively implementing this strategy, making Telenet the first European cable operator to become a full MVNO,”said Paul Depuydt, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in the Benelux region.
• Apple disables iTunes sync feature on Palm Pre
By Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple Inc. has shut down one of the most compelling features on Palm Inc.'s rival Pre smartphone, crippling the Pre's ability to act like an iPod. Users of the recently released Pre had been able to put music on it by using Apple's free iTunes software – a unique twist for a device not made by Apple. But Apple updated iTunes on Wednesday to block this feature.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the update "disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre." Palm spokeswoman Leslie Letts said Apple's move is a "direct blow to their users, who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience." For a workaround, she noted, Pre owners can stick to the older version of iTunes, move music from computers to a Pre with a USB cable, or consider third-party music applications.
The iTunes software smack down is the latest example of tensions brewing between Apple and Palm, which since June has been led by the former executive behind the iPod, Jon Rubinstein. Rubinstein became Palm's executive chairman in October 2007. The $200 Pre includes a "multi-touch" screen like Apple's iPhone, letting users do things like pinch photos to zoom in and out. Apple was granted a patent in January related to certain multi-touch functions, though the effects on Palm are unclear.