Comcast Rolls the Dice With Xfinity Instant TV


Comcast has led the way in cable television ever since it acquired AT&T Broadband a decade ago. However, in recent years, new technologies — like IPTV and wireless TV from new competitors like AT&T and DirecTV Now — have been eating away at Comcast’s growth. That’s why Comcast not only has introduced Xfinity Mobile, which is its new wireless service, but also is getting ready to launch its own IPTV service, Xfinity Instant TV. I congratulate Comcast on this forward thinking, but there are no guarantees that IPTV will work for Comcast.

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Intertwining Artificial Intelligence With Blockchain


Most everyone knows about or at least has heard of bitcoin. However, not everyone understands the technology of bitcoin, which extends well beyond Internet-based currency. For the rock people, bitcoin is an Internet-based currency that allows for transparency with respect to each transfer of the currency. Each transaction is locked in a block, and blocks are connected to form a “blockchain.” Blockchain is an open source technology that facilitates creating each block, locking each block, and connecting the resulting string of blocks.

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Federal First Responder Project Presents Juicy Telecom Opportunity


Competition in telecom price and service packages has been getting a lot of attention lately. However, network providers also have been pursuing other opportunities that consumers might miss if they’re exposed only to traditional advertising. AT&T’s cooperation with the U.S. government in developing a national emergency responder network is a case in point. AT&T moved quickly to take the first steps toward launching the network since late March, when the Commerce Department chose it to be the government’s partner for establishing the system.

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Samsung Poised to Overtake Intel as World’s Largest Chip Maker

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Samsung makes and sells a phenomenal number of phones, computers, and other electronics. However, many devices that don’t bear the Samsung brand still have parts manufactured by Samsung in them.

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FTC flouts conventional wisdom, says changing passwords often can do harm

Conventional computer security wisdom has been to change passwords often. It turns out, however, that most people make changes in detectable patterns. It’s safer to have one long, complex password that you don’t change.

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Cybersecurity Goals to Guide Federal Software Spending


The U.S. government is on track to significantly boost spending on cybersecurity solutions. However, evolving requirements to greatly improve federal protection of information technology resources will shape that spending. In fact, federal cyberprotection goals should be augmented and significantly modified, according to recent studies of the federal market. The linkage between increased federal investing in cybersecurity and the requirements for bolstering IT protection are portrayed in two newly released reports.

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The Year of Connected and Self-Driving Cars


Connected cars and self-driving cars are two of the hottest and fastest-growing segments in the marketplace today. However, they are often confused. Connected cars are here today. Self-driving cars are not yet, but they are coming. They both mean advancements in automotive. They both use wireless networks, wireless technology, satellite technology, ground-based sensors and more. As workers, investors and customers, what can we expect in the next few years from connected and self-driving cars — and what’s coming next?

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Surprise Success: What to Do When Sales Go Through the Roof


Success is a good thing. Sometimes, however, surges in orders and sales cause headaches for e-commerce companies. The key is to expect the unexpected. Planning ahead can help ensure that sales spikes are handled as smoothly as possible. “It’s never too early to start planning for growth,” said Marg Hyland, founder of Pegeen. “Make sure your server can handle 10 times the traffic, that you are in an area where the rents are reasonable. You need to be prepared.”

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Surveys Reveal Lax Mobile Security Among Federal Workers


The use of mobile devices provides significant benefits in convenience and workplace productivity. However, two recent reports indicate that, in the enthusiasm for using mobile technologies, U.S. government workers too often ignore security protocols associated with mobile IT. The Office of Personnel Management hack revealed earlier this year, which affected more than 20 million people, drove an immediate effort to address federal IT security. That effort largely has focused on IT systems and bypassed mobile device security.

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The Wireless Industry Is Changing Again


Wireless is one of the strongest industries today. However, it continues to change. Every few years, the focus changes and the industry goes in new directions. It happened a few years ago with the iPhone and Android. Now change is happening once again. The wireless industry growth wave is changing. It is cresting. That is not a problem for the network and handset companies that are creating the next growth waves to ride. The problem is for companies that don’t recognize what is happening.

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4 video chat alternatives that beat Skype

Skype is the kingpin of the videoconferencing world. There are, however, several competing technologies and hardware products that can make a video call much smoother for everyone involved.

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Sprint Sinks to 4th Place, T-Mobile's Legere Gloats


Sprint continued to make progress in its turnaround during Q1. However, it apparently wasn’t enough to keep the company from slipping to fourth place among major wireless carriers, exchanging places with T-Mobile, which climbed up to third. Among other things, Sprint cut postpaid customer losses in the quarter to 12,000 — the lowest ever. It had total net additions of 675,000 customers compared with the Q1, 2014, loss of 220,000. It also earned 180 RootScore awards in the first half of 2015, compared with 27 in the same period last year.

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Independent testing confirms the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has a heat problem

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The Snapdragon 810 has been rumored to run hot and tests have demonstrated it’s no lie. The problem, however, isn’t just with Qualcomm’s chip — it’s the entire design philosophy behind thinner, lighter devices.

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Reports: Federal IT Managers Should Look Forward, Not Back


The dynamic world of information technology calls for a future-oriented approach to IT management. However, government agencies too often may be looking backward rather than forward with respect to how they operate IT systems, especially when it comes to investing huge sums of taxpayer money into those resources. Two recent assessments of government IT make the point. While each report focuses on a different aspect of IT management, the reports reinforce each other in stressing the need for government IT staffs to break with past practices.

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Don't Look Now, but Ads Are Coming to Snapchat


Ads soon will arrive on Snapchat. However, they will not target individual users. Rather, they’ll appear in a more generalized fashion within the service’s Snapchat Stories feature among shared photos and videos, CEO Evan Spiegel said Wednesday.
A new service for disappearing content and ads, called “Snapchat Discovery,” reportedly also is in the works for launch this year. For three-year-old Snapchat, recently valued at $10 billion, reportedly has drawn funding interest from Yahoo, among others. Ads will represent its first source of revenue.

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Leveling the Monetization Playing Field on the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things is expected to be a $7 trillion market in six years. However, many small to medium-sized IT firms that do not have the capital to acquire the Nests of the world are left to wonder how they can benefit from this lucrative trend. SMBs with little or no IT in-house support can monetize this new market without reinventing the wheel. The IoT calls for the kind of less sexy resources many SMBs already have available. It opens up an entirely new revenue stream.

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Pulling Google Back to the Right Side of the Privacy Line


I don’t usually agree with the European Union. However, it has demanded that Google help to protect the privacy of citizens rather than exposing everything, and I tend to agree. The latest EU ruling doesn’t solve the whole problem, though. In fact, it raises more questions. Remember a few years ago, in the very early days of Google, when we were having the raging debate about how Google was violating privacy? Well, this week’s EU court decision is all about privacy. We have been losing our privacy bit by bit over the last few decades.

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