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ABC News app debuts on Xbox Live

February 19, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

This appears to be the first time a news app has been developed for a game console. Users will gain access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.

Cox partners with Cleveland Clinic on digital home health care services

February 19, 2015 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications has formed a joint venture with Cleveland Clinic to further develop in-home healthcare services. The new telehealth and home health services will be offered by the joint venture Vivre Health.

Malaysia sets up IoT lab for medical apps

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Kontron coordinated the establishment of the research facility in Penang, and enlisted Cisco, Dell, IBM, Intel, and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as participants. The new lab is part of Malaysia's  Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology program. 

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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 | Articles | 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.

Comcast reports TV Everywhere success data

February 18, 2015 12:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said that in the past year or so, it has more than doubled its catalog of live streaming networks on the Xfinity TV Go app, and more than 30 percent of Xfinity TV customers are using TV Everywhere monthly.

Comcast partners with Boulder-based Boomtown on IoT lab

February 18, 2015 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast Labs has forged a partnership with startup accelerator Boomtown to build an Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Boomtown’s hometown of Boulder, Colo. The companies said the IoT lab will be one of the first in nation when it launches during “Boulder Startup Week” in May.  

Frontier finishes phase 1 of broadband upgrade in Washington, North Idaho

February 18, 2015 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has wrapped up the first phase of its broadband network upgrade in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Frontier said the upgrade doubled the available bandwidth en route to enabling faster broadband speeds while also providing network redundancy for its commercial and residential subscribers in the area.

Time Warner Cable Internet speeds in San Antone rose

February 18, 2015 12:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TWC will gradually introduce faster broadband speeds throughout its entire system in and around San Antonio. The upgrade will also include an expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city, building on an existing constellation of hotspots in businesses.

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SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

AT&T’s GigaPower launches in parts of K.C.

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T is offering its GigaPower service to select areas of Kansas City where it now competes against Google Fiber’s 1-gig service. Time Warner Cable is also ramping up a 300 Mbps down, 20 Mbps tier in Kansas City via its all-digital TWC Maxx upgrade.

Virgin Media to boost broadband reach with $4.6 billion build out

February 13, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media has thrown down the gauntlet against BT by announcing a five-year, $4.62 billion build out of its broadband network. Virgin Media has generally topped BT’s speeds in cities and towns across the UK where they compete against each other, but BT has enjoyed a larger broadband footprint.

Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

Verizon pens letter to FCC on restricting network access

February 13, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon sought to clarify its intention to explore commercial arrangements that restrict network access. Verizon submitted a filing aimed at correcting comments FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made on the matter. Verizon's letter took issue with Wheeler’s alleged misunderstanding of “commercial arrangements.”

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Obama eyes cybersecurity in heart of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was participating in a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.

Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

Mediacom turbo charges speeds at Iowa race track

February 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway and Mediacom Business announced a renewed partnership that will help the racetrack address growing bandwidth demand, onsite high speed Internet in the Mediacom Media Center, and high definition video powered by Mediacom Business. 

FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyber attacks

February 12, 2015 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" — as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals. When big corporations like Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Target or Anthem suffered malicious hacks and data breaches that threatened their operations and reputations, they called in FireEye.

Time Warner Cable partners with BestBuy on smart home gear

February 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

By partnering with BestBuy, Time Warner Cable is providing an online retail route for users of its IntelligentHome monitoring and automation service. The deal with BestBuy allows IntelligentHome users to buy “smart” door locks, light bulbs and in-wall light switches that they can then self-install via a touchscreen.  

TWC performing DAI in multi-screen on-demand content

February 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to add the ability to perform DAI with on-demand content delivered to IP-based devices. TWC has set itself up to enable advertisers to run unified ad campaigns that could cut across all three platforms: traditional VOD, linear over IP, and on-demand over IP.

Wheeler: it'll be modernized Title II, not the hybrid approach

February 10, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC will use a modernized version of Title II with Section 706 as a “one-two” punch to keep the Internet fast, fair and open, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech last night, in which he provided a little more insight into his plans, which remain unpublished.

WOW! Business rolls 110 Mbps tier into 4 Southeast cities

February 10, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

With the addition of four cities in the Southeast, WOW! Business continues to roll out its 110 Mbps down, 15 Mbps up tier to more small businesses across its footprint. WOW! Business is now offering the 110 Mbps service in Augusta, Charleston, Knoxville and Panama City for a total of 10 Southeast markets.

Cogeco on track to open another data center this spring

February 10, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cogeco Data Centers said it was on track to open a new 100,000-square-foot data center this spring on the island of Montreal. The new facility, which is located in Kirkland, will be the fifth location in Cogeco Data Services’ growing data center fleet.

Connected cars have few safeguards against hackers

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information, according to a report from Sen. Edward Markey's office.

Netflix launching in Cuba

February 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users.

Concurrent software supports cloud-based video apps

February 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The software offers dynamic data replication, balancing of content across storage nodes, automatic data recovery, and other features useful to support the launch of IP video applications such as network-based digital video recording (DVR) or personal video lockers.

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