By Kayla Matthews, Contributing Writer
07/25/2014

Are you perplexed by the lack of viewership, comments or followers when it comes to your videos? While not every video is going to suddenly hit the Internet and become an overnight sensation, it is possible that the problem lies within some technical flaws related to the way that you're presenting your videos. Below are five of the most common mistakes made by companies along with the solutions to fix them.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/25/2014

Some are already referring to the younger set of Brits as the "gadget generation," and as is commonly the case, mom and dad are footing the bill. A new report from E.ON is showing just how far this development goes, and the available information shows that this particular bill is getting footed to a degree that some might not have envisioned before now, reaching a staggering combined annual total of 2.25 billion pounds sterling (about $3.82 billion U.S.).

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/24/2014

Even if AT&T second quarter earnings predictably were lead by mobile segment gains, what is happening in the fixed network segment might strike some as more significant, given the pressures that segment faces.

Total second-quarter fixed network revenues were $14.6 billion, down 0.9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014, but up 0.2 percent over the first quarter of 2014.

By Clayton Hamshar, Contributing Writer
07/24/2014

Hotel Wi-Fi Test is a company that specializes in collecting, analyzing, and distributing data about the quality of Wi-Fi in hotels around the world. Its main function is to perform comprehensive speed tests for various hotels and centralize this information in a database, which is then made available to travelers. However, the company has by no means managed to collect data for every hotel in the world so they have introduced a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm to provide the best estimate possible for those that have yet to be tested.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
07/24/2014

Hoping to put the costly and extended failed experiment of 3D TV in the rearview mirror, the video industry is working hard to make ultra HD (aka 4K TV) a reality—despite the high cost of capable TV sets and a dearth of programming shot in the higher-resolution format.

Though it offers twice the resolution of 1080 HD by using four times as many pixels, UHD has a solid shot at success, but only if stakeholders in the movement think well beyond TV set price and 4K programming to address early on two questions of equal or greater importance.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/23/2014

Electricity probably has to be one of the greatest inventions mankind has ever realized. Opening the door to a host of devices that we use literally daily, electricity is the perfect “kilowatt slave,” as some like to refer to it. It asks little of us, and provides a great deal in return, from heating, to cooling, cooking, entertainment, and so much more. But electricity depends on a vast infrastructure to keep it operating to its fullest, and it's an infrastructure that's proving increasingly fragile. Google, in that way Google does, wants to change all that by getting more people generating power, and has launched the Little Box Challenge in a bid to fix that.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/23/2014

Revenue sources really are changing in the U.S. access provider market. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is the issue. Cable operators might argue the persistence of video as the dominating revenue category is a good thing, as it shows ability to protect its market.

Telcos might argue that their more-rapid ability to replace former legacy revenue sources is a sign of agility. Others might note the Telco revenue sources have transformed because the voice market has deteriorated so much, and because Telcos were lucky to find mobile services so popular.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/23/2014

I think that it is always interesting to see how the concept of what people want, or at least, what they think they want, changes from one extreme to another. This is something that is not isolated to one area or industry. At one point, people want something with a lot of options. More options means that it is a better product giving you more control, that is until the plethora of options becomes so great that people decide that simple, meaning less options is better and easier to use.

Never have I seen such an ebb and flow as with cell phones and smartphones. Back in the mid-1990s, the goal was to get the cell phone into as small a package as possible. I once knew someone who had a Motorola flip phone that was literally the size of a small matchbox. Of course, back then the only thing that the screen displayed was the incoming phone number and on a device that small, a three line display made it easier to read the number.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
07/22/2014

Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to announce its strategic future beyond Windows after its next earnings report. Can Microsoft abandon its core focus, finding new businesses and investing in fundamental research to discover new things; IBM did.

After decades of stodginess, IBM launched the Personal Computer in 1981. It started a continually reinvention strategy that continues today, embracing the Internet, open source, and enterprise services while shedding hardware assess Lexmark and the original PC line. Today, it is investing hard on the Watson DeepQA question answering system and pumping $3 billion into how it can take today's chip beyond silicon.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
07/22/2014

NVIDIA Launches a Supertablet

Most tablets are based on trying to get you the minimum performance required to hit a particular price point and the market is awash with cheap tablets that don’t appear to be selling that well. At the top of the pile are the iPad and the Samsung that looks the most like an iPad. On the side are the Microsoft Surface tablets that focus on productivity, Kindle that targets readers and shoppers, and the Panasonic Toughpad which focuses on being nearly invulnerable. These are well differentiated products targeting folks that have a particular need that separate them from the pack real and fake iPad users. NVIDIA is choosing a different vector with their Shield Tablet; instead of focusing on productivity, invulnerability, reading, or shopping they are focusing on gaming, and their new Shield Tablet is an impressing piece of hardware.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/22/2014

Take rates for higher-speed Internet access services, and net tablet and video entertainment connections, were a few of the operational trends that stand out in Verizon’s second quarter results.

But the biggest single take-away might be adoption of higher-speed Internet access on the fixed network, even if it is mobile that continues to drive Verizon’s net new account growth.

By Matt Paulson, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/22/2014

For the past several years, Chinese citizens have been taking to the Internet like wildfire. This rapid growth has cemented the country as the reigning champion for having the largest Internet population in the world. However, this expansion appears to have hit a minor stumbling block, due to the fact that most of the larger cities are already connected. A large majority of the remaining potential Internet users are in rural locations where the Internet is hard to build out to, and the added fact that these residents have a low level of education means that they have very few reasons to want or use an Internet connection in the first place.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
07/21/2014

With an epic onslaught of cybersecurity breaches in 2014, securing your business can be daunting amidst high-profile vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed. As a small business owner, you lock your doors when you leave at night and you keep your important documents in a fireproof safe. You have security cameras and an alarm system. If you found out one day there was a flaw in your particular brand of lock and they all could be opened with any key, you would surely change them.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/21/2014

If you are a Verizon FiOS customer, and I happen to be one, you and I have just received good news. Verizon is increasing the upload speeds on our residential service in the coming months for free and we don’t have to do anything. And, when the upgrade is complete 95 percent of existing customers will have the service. In addition, the upgrade will be extended to Verizon small business service customers later this year.

With the when being revealed as being soon, and the why explained below, the what is a good place to start. And, while I typically don’t like to make such stories about me, I am excited.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/21/2014

Starting July 21, 2014, Verizon FiOS residential customers will receive upload speeds that match their download speeds.

That is a significant change for Verizon, and many of you will rightly attribute the change to the need to respond to Google Fiber’s symmetrical bandwidth policies. But Verizon, which is seeing much higher take rates for faster access services, also seems to believe symmetrical bandwidth now is increasingly important to a growing percentage of customers.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/21/2014

The Seoul city government says it will ban Uber Technologies Inc., the latest example of how legacy transportation interests and local regulators are trying to prevent Uber and similar services from disrupting existing local public transportation businesses.

In some cases, the argument is a bit less radical. The argument being that Uber has to comply with all existing regulations applied to licensed taxicab businesses, for example. In Seoul, the effort is simply to ban Uber altogether.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/18/2014

Over two years ago, the U.S. accused Apple, along with five of the nation’s largest publishers of conspiring to raise e-book prices. In a civil antitrust lawsuit, the Justice Department alleged that CEOs of the publishing companies met regularly in private dining rooms of upscale Manhattan restaurants to discuss how to respond to steep discounting of their e-books by Amazon.com Inc.

By Tara Seals, TechZone360 Contributor
07/18/2014

While awareness of TV Everywhere options and digital pay-TV extensions are growing, the monetization models have yet to catch up with the consumer momentum. However, pay-TV operators testing the multiscreen waters can leverage connected innovation going forward to ultimately uncover new revenue sources.

More or less half of U.S. pay-TV customers aged 18 to 64 are now aware of TV everywhere as a concept, according to CTAM research. That survey also showed that 44 percent of MVPD customers have verified into the service at least once to view TV content in the past six months—a notable groundswell for usage.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/18/2014

In the course of my daily scanning of tech news, a headline on Reuters caught my eye. It reads, “Smartphone suit against Google plays into rivals' hands.” Remembering that the suit was filed back in May, I figured this was a great time to see if something major was brewing in the case. Interestingly, after reviewing the posting by Dan Levine, the answer is both yes and no. The reason for this not being an instance for a definitive answer is based on whether the context is a short or long-term perspective. Let me explain.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
07/18/2014

Having lost its Supreme Court case vs. the big broadcasters who wanted over-the-air (OTA) TV streamer Aereo erased from the video industry, it now appears that both sides stand to win big if the company receives the full clearances it needs to become what it long argued it wasn’t – a cable TV service provider.

A double victory rising from a devastating Supreme Court ruling is unprecedented, but could be reality for Aereo, which if it pays retransmission fees for broadcaster content that it refused to do as part of its business plan, could greatly help itself and its once bitter enemies.

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