Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Are telecoms being overlooked in smart city deployments?

Communications and networking might be overlooked by smart cities, missing out on the potential capabilities of partnering with telecoms to build “heterogeneous networks” that deliver service to multiple platforms. The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) claims — in its latest report titled “The Central Role of Telecoms in the Smart City” — that emerging technologies […]

SMS Turns 20, Marches Towards Irrelevance

SMS Turns 20, Marches Towards Irrelevance

The marginalization of text messaging comes from smartphones, little computer in our pockets that act a lot more like computers than phones. SMS may never fully die, but it will decrease in importance as communication channels fundamentally change. 

Is Microsoft Challenging Google on HTTP 2.0 with WebSocket?

Is Microsoft Challenging Google on HTTP 2.0 with WebSocket?

Back in 2009, Google began an industry discussion about a prospective upgrade to HTTP protocol – the application that enables the Web over the Internet. The concept is called SPDY, and to date, conventional wisdom held that while some are skeptical of Google’s motives, as a concept, SPDY was running unopposed.

Maybe not any more. This week…

When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

The kerfuffle over employers asking for the passwords to workers’ and candidates’ private social media accounts just won’t go away. While it’s not clear exactly how widespread this practice is, lawmakers around the country are already drafting bills that would outlaw requiring facebook logins. Many people clearly find the very idea intensely creepy…

Netflix: No, We Don’t Advertise with Rush Limbaugh

Netflix: No, We Don’t Advertise with Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh’s statements against Sandra Fluke are causing Limbaugh no end of controversy and producing some blow-back for advertisers as well. There’s just one problem: Some of the companies being fingered as supporters aren’t signed on as sponsors for his show. Case in point, Netflix.

The problem is like the old saying: A lie can be halfway…

Did Anyone Prove AT&T + T-Mobile Would Create Jobs?

Did Anyone Prove AT&T + T-Mobile Would Create Jobs?

Since last August’s move by the U.S. Justice Dept. to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of competing wireless carrier T-Mobile from parent Deutsche Telekom (DT), there has been renewed debate in Congress and in the public discourse over the role of government in regulating the affairs of private enterprise. Last month, policy analysts — evidently…

Researcher: LTE Only 1/6 as Efficient as Carriers Promised

Researcher: LTE Only 1/6 as Efficient as Carriers Promised

If we’re going to have an Internet full of things so that we can friend our Coke machines and our refrigerators on Facebook, wireless carriers say there needs to be more wireless spectrum available to LTE and fourth-generation technologies than there currently is. Nonsense, said a group of Citi investment analysts last month, who provided…

Analysts: There’s No Spectrum Shortage

Analysts: There’s No Spectrum Shortage

The then-newly installed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, said in October 2009, “We are fast entering a world where mass-market mobile devices consume thousands of megabytes each month. So we must ask: What happens when every mobile user has an iPhone, a Palm Pre, a BlackBerry Tour or whatever the next device…

The Next Internet: What’s Holding Us Back?

The Next Internet: What’s Holding Us Back?

Tim Berners-Lee, to his credit, did not invent the Internet. He did have one good idea. He was not the first person or even the twelfth with the same idea, but he did make it work. Yet most of the underlying work – the bringing together of dozens of communications systems with slightly or wildly varying protocols – was done before him. He…

Setbacks for Google in Patent Cases Make Motorola Look Less Valuable

Setbacks for Google in Patent Cases Make Motorola Look Less Valuable

If the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) by Google announced on Monday truly is about the value of MMI’s patent portfolio, then mitigating circumstances over just the past few days may make the $12.5 billion bid seem a bit steep. The problem stems from an ongoing U.S. International Trade Commission investigation brought by…

Sell Tickets to Your Next Webinar With AnyMeeting

Sell Tickets to Your Next Webinar With AnyMeeting

There are lots of free or inexpensive Web conferencing services available, but how about this interesting twist from AnyMeeting.com where you can sell tickets to your participants? It seems like a nifty idea, especially if you run your own speaking business. As we wrote about them last month AnyMeeting is an otherwise free Web service that has a…

Is Voice Undergoing a Renaissance?

Is Voice Undergoing a Renaissance?

Remember when phones were used for, you know, phone calls? Janet Hall, senior consultant for TMNG, does. What’s more, Hall says that voice communications will rise again away from a commodity to a growth market.

Alcatel-Lucent’s New Collaboration Suite Goes Beyond Text

Alcatel-Lucent’s New Collaboration Suite Goes Beyond Text

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest company to throw its hat into the enterprise unified communications and collaboration ring with its announcement today of the Visual Collaboration suite. It features cross-platform video and virtual whiteboarding solutions.

The video conferencing aspect will work on desktop PCs as well as dedicated video…