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Microsoft adds weight to AllSeen Alliance

July 2, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The group address a major challenge facing the Internet of Everything: there is no common way for ostensibly connected devices to autonomously discover and interact with nearby products. Alliance members are collaborating on a universal software framework which would enable that to happen.

Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 2, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc., which ended March with $59 billion in cash.

US board: NSA's Internet monitoring is legal

July 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States are constitutional and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found. In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board largely endorsed a set of NSA surveillance programs.

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The Continuing Evolution of Video Codecs

July 1, 2014 6:39 pm | by Stephen Wright, Software Architect, Openwave Mobility | Articles | Comments

The current dominant codec for Internet video is H.264, but there are influential companies dedicated to alternatives. With the advent of 4K (aka Ultra HD), new codecs will be useful. H.265 (aka HEVC) and VP9 could split the market, and another approach from Mozilla, called Daala, may prove to be a wild card.

EU cuts mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

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

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season.

VeEX nabs Agizer, Optixsoft

July 1, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Test and measurement vendor VeEX announced this morning that it had completed a deal to buy Optixsoft and Agizer, which are respectively based in Belarus and Lithuania. Optixsoft is a software company that focuses on system and mobile software for OTDR analysis and cloud-based solutions for the management of fiber optic testing activities. Agizer is a developer and manufacturer of fiber optic test and measurement solutions.

San Fran, San Jose, connect public Wi-Fi networks

June 30, 2014 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two cities are working with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach Technology to create a service based on HotSpot 2.0, which will visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and roam – seamlessly when moving from adjacent public access points.

Lightpath adds managed videoconferencing service

June 30, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cloud-based service provides virtual meeting rooms and managed video services that enable mid-market and large businesses to conference and connect with up to 25 attendees worldwide from nearly any device. Lightpath will design and install videoconferencing systems for their customers.

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Charter teams with Recruit Military to hire more veterans

June 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has broadened its outreach to the nation’s military veterans through a new partnership with Recruit Military. Recruit Military is a full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm for all branches and ranks of the armed forces. Its services are provided for free to veterans.

SCTE hires Stoneback as senior director of engineering

June 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that it had hired cable industry veteran Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering. Before joining the SCTE, Stoneback served as senior technical marketing manager at Arris, and as senior manager, systems engineering, at Motorola prior to its acquisition by Arris.

LG names Coopmans as new Ziggo CEO

June 27, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced this morning that it had made its formal bid on Ziggo and that Baptiest Coopmans will be Ziggo’s new CEO once the deal is done. Liberty also said that Bert Groenewegen would continue as Ziggo’s CFO. Coopmans won’t assume his new position until after the deal closes, which could take place later this year.

Suddenlink’s Sonne new SVP of operation in N.C.

June 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has named Jared Sonne as its senior vice president of operations for its North Carolina region, which is based in Greenville. Sonne will replace Phil Ahlschlager, who is retiring on July 1. Sonne most recently served as vice president of operations for Suddenlink in East Texas and Oklahoma, based in Tyler, Texas.

Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Articles | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

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2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

Google previews Android “L” update, announces Android TV

June 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android TV, an extension of the Android SDK designed to fit bigger screens. The UI compiles streaming services, games and relevant information while enabling voice controls, search, and Google Cast support.  Android TV can leverage an Android Wear device as a directional pad for navigating the screen.

What's next for Aereo after Supreme Court ruling?

June 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the Supreme Court expressed its thinking on the law, it's the lower court that must issue a preliminary injunction stopping the service, as requested by broadcasters. That could take a few weeks. It's not guaranteed that the lower court will halt Aereo's operations, but it's very likely.

SCTE announces new, wide-ranging energy program

June 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning a new power and energy program that was designed to insure that cable operators remain competitive over the coming years. The new program is called “Energy 2020” and it’s under the auspice of the SCTE Energy Management program. Energy 2020 replaces the SCTE’s SEMI with a much more inclusive energy management program.

Google Fiber’s greatest success -- In Perspective

June 25, 2014 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Google’s biggest success was getting customers to redline themselves, while inducing cities that want Google Fiber to compete with each other to see who will go farthest to weaken and/or jettison regulations that involve providing services, and building and operating infrastructure.

Investment opportunity -- Memory Lane

June 25, 2014 9:09 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

The fair disclosure law propelled the streaming media marketplace. For the first time, a ready source of funds was available and eager to flow toward a nascent medium that had struggled to find a working monetization model. Corporate America was about to inject serious money into a media delivery platform that badly needed funding.

Tuesdays with Terry -- Engineering-Wise

June 25, 2014 8:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Suddenlink CTO Terry Cordova was elected chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors at the end of 2013. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A. "We have large, complex networks that have evolved from stand-alone systems to centralized platforms riding on highly capable, efficient networks. Customers have high expectations that we must meet and exceed."

Google said to be prepping another set-top

June 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google is working with several OEMs to create a market of Android-based set-top boxes to compete with other retail devices such as the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple's Apple TV. The success these other boxes suggests there is a basis for building a business for versatile home gateways.

Another former Cablevision exec joins Charter’s management team

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

James Nuzzo is the latest former Cablevision executive to join his former Cablevision boss, Tom Rutledge, at Charter Communications. Nuzzo has boarded Charter as executive vice president, business planning and will report to Charter COO John Bickham, who is also another former Cablevision executive.

Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's CEO has told Congress that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees Tuesday to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

AT&T promises to wire 15M if DirecTV deal okayed

June 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation. The combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

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