By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
10/02/2014

Before the Federal Communications Commission can hold auctions to sell mobile service providers licenses to use former TV broadcast spectrum, the FCC has to convince TV broadcasters to give up their licenses to use the spectrum themselves.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
10/01/2014

Content and application providers like Google, Spotify and Amazon are investing billions of dollars annually in a combination of facilities (such as data centers), fiber networks, servers and routers—to the tune of $33 billion annually on average.

According to a report from Analysys Mason, the level of investment has grown from $28 billion to $36 billion annually in the last three years, a spike of 13 percent between 2011 and 2013. This includes investment from pure online players such as those mentioned above, as well as the online element of multi-platform content providers such as the BBC or the New York Times.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/30/2014

Microsoft has been in something of a less than pleasant position lately. With the PC market—desktops and laptops alike—in something of a decline in favor of mobile devices, and the mobile device market largely dominated by Apple and Google, this has left Microsoft to stage a come-from-behind fight in the mobile markets. While reports suggest Microsoft is currently taking the third place slot, there's no reason to think that Microsoft isn't planning to make a run at the top, and an unlikely ally has stepped in to help in the form of HP's new line of Stream tablets and laptops.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/30/2014

Just a few days ago, the researchers at consultancy Capgemini released a report that showed how social media is growing in importance in terms of customer engagement. Watermark Consulting revealed the results of analysis illustrating companies that have embraced technology for enhancing customer experiences stocks out-perform companies that do not. In his keynote address on the third day of Oracle’s massive OpenWorld 2014 gathering now going on in San Francisco, Dr. Didier Bonnet, senior vice president and global practice leader at Capgemini Consulting (and executive sponsor for Capgemini's digital transformation offering, which includes a five-year joint research collaboration with the MIT Center for Digital Business at the Sloan School of Management), connected the dots.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/30/2014

“The U.K. should target nationwide access to 1 Gbps broadband in homes, businesses and public buildings, with 10Gbps services for tech-clusters, as early possible in the next parliament,” a new position paper by Labor Digital, a group affiliated with the U.K. Labour Party argues.

Separately, Conservative Party Sajid Javid talking at the Conservative Party Conference pushes the previous ambition from when Jeremy Hunt was Culture Secretary to be best of the major countries in Europe much further wanting the U.K. to compete with Japan and South Korea in the global digital economy.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/29/2014

It's not even a close race for the best HD voice service in the U.S. T-Mobile US is the clear winner because it has HD voice everywhere, and it just works. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon all have work ahead of them.

Start with four basic questions when looking at who has the best HD voice service: Does the carrier offer HD voice service on its 3G and 4G networks? Can the carrier seamlessly move calls between 3G and 4G networks without dropping them? Can the carrier make HD voice calls between 3G and 4G networks? Does the carrier lose significant calling features when making HD voice calls in a 4G environment (i.e., VoLTE)?

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
09/29/2014

Facebook today announced it has rebuilt Atlas and is leveraging the technology to enable advertisers to reach people with personalized messages across devices, and use information about both online impressions and offline purchases to figure out what ads and offers are the best match for each individual. This kind of personalized targeting and use of both online and offline information is the wave of the future.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
09/29/2014

Over the past couple of years Apple and Samsung have sued each other, and been sued by other companies over patent infringements. This is a reasonably normal event. Most companies want to keep control over what they feel was developed under their roof.

Straight Path Communications is an intangible asset monetization company, which specializes in maximizing the value of assets such as Intellectual Property. It is also the latest company to file a lawsuit against Apple over patent infringement in the California Northern District Court, San Francisco office. What makes this one interesting is that it involves patents originally owned by a company called NetSpeak, which developed a product in the 1990s called WebPhone.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/26/2014

Netflix as an alternative to cable has gained a lot of ground over the last couple years, and with good reason. There's enough content for anybody's tastes, it's available at a bargain price over cable, and there isn't even any kind of commercial interruption. That adds up to a “what's not to like?” scenario, and indeed, the user base is responding in grand style, bringing up an average use of around 93 minutes a day, or about 45 gigabytes' worth of streaming video data every month.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
09/26/2014

“The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is...42.” So said Deep Thought, the fictional supercomputer in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Back to real life in 2014: enter IBM’s Watson. Everyone from Google to the government is investing in the cognitive technology that will redefine what it means to be human. While we’re a far cry from the advent of robot dominion, machine intelligence is already driving a Darwinistic effect in business—and we should all be paying attention.

By Alexandra Duggan, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
09/25/2014

There has been a lot of hype around Apple lately, and most of it has been well, quite embarrassing to the company. From iOS updates with multiple bugs, to the iPhone 6 bending in half in people’s pockets, Apple has a lot of work to do.

Many Apple users were very disappointed after downloading the iOS 8 to their iPhones and iPads. iOS 8 was meant to give Apple users features they have been waiting for and get rid of long standing issues with iOS’s notification system.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/25/2014

As if we all did not have enough to worry about these days, the blogosphere lit up with the news that a newly discovered bug in the widely used piece of Linux software known as “Bash” could pose a bigger threat to computers than the last bad boy Heartbleed.

In case you have not yet clicked on one of the slew of articles about this, here is a quick recap.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/25/2014

Michael Peeters, Alcatel-Lucent chief technology officer, argues 5G is not about the next generation of capacity and bandwidth, but an open, federated and “invisible” architecture able to support different platforms working together as a seamless whole.

In other words, the difference between fixed and mobile Wi-Fi and other local area communication methods would, from the standpoint of the user and the device, virtually disappear.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
09/24/2014

It is refreshing to see a phone come out that isn’t trying to be a better or cheaper iPhone. I like diversity in technology because we all don’t have exactly the same taste, needs, or jobs. The BlackBerry Passport isn’t for folks that fall into the ideal iPhone demographic but people who need a phone to get work done. This isn’t to say that the Passport won’t play music or games just that this isn’t the product’s strength. Let’s walk through what the Passport is.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/23/2014

It now seems a virtual certainty that new network neutrality rules will be created by the Federal Communications Commission. The only issue is how stringent and extensive those rules will be, and how far they might go.

And the rules could go quite far, indeed.

Is the Federal Communications Commission seriously looking at Title II common carrier rules as part of its open Internet proceeding? Judging by its language, common carrier regulation of Internet access is not off the table, by any means.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/23/2014

Last week, Verizon quietly announced it had launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. The event marks the availability of HD voice services on all four major U.S. carriers and may be the service with the most heartburn attached. Also, there's still a long way to go before HD voice is ubiquitous, with carriers yet to launch network interoperability for calls.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/22/2014

It wasn't long ago that some wondered if maybe Apple was on the way out, so to speak. After all, each new iPhone was starting to look remarkably similar to the previous iPhone, and even the stuff that was showing up wasn't all that impressive. Some wondered just how long Apple could keep this up, and new reports out around the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales suggest this was a record-breaking weekend even by Apple standards.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
09/19/2014

I think that it is safe to say that after last holiday season’s raid on credit and debit card information from stores such as Target made everyone wonder just how secure information is. You would also expect, at least I would, that after hearing about how many people were affected that all large retail stores would have ramped up security to the point where you would want to use cash simply because it is quicker.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/19/2014

Recently, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the second of what was described as “auction(s) of last resort.” Designed to offer up control of top-level domain names, the auction proved surprisingly brisk as three contention sets landed and were resolved at multi-million dollar prices, with Amazon landing perhaps one of the best and most relevant names: .buy.

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
09/19/2014

The Zen master is leaving his CEO post at Oracle.

Larry Ellison, one of Silicon Valley’s celebrity executives, revealed plans late Thursday to vacate the position, handing over the reins to co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will now report directly to the board.

Known for his love of Japanese style and sailing, Ellison will stay on as chairman and CTO. Meanwhile, Catz will oversee finance, legal, and manufacturing matters, and Hurd will focus on sales, service and Oracle’s vertical global business units.

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