By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
07/22/2014

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.

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

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.

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.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/17/2014

The news that Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella is taking the axe to the Microsoft work force and the bulk of planned layoffs, estimated at 18,000 employees, will come from eviscerating the Nokia Device unit by 12,500 people, is not exactly a surprise. As my colleague Steve Anderson reported, while this move is likely to be the largest workforce “realignment” in Microsoft’s history it is not the first time, and more could be coming. In addition, Nadella had sent not very subtle signals in a July 10 email, Bold Ambition & Our Core,” to all Microsoft employees tipped his hand that this was coming.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
07/17/2014

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) generates a lot of hate among IP communications pundits. A recent Twitter exchange I had around VoLTE verses OTT quickly degenerated into a one-sided rant from the other party listing different ways VoLTE could go wrong when trying to make a phone call. I'm no big fan of VoLTE, but there is a near-messianic hate of the technology. I'd like to see people grow up a bit when they discuss it, rather than devolving into a knee jerk rant about the evils of the old style phone world.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
07/17/2014

No rules are better than these rules, Netflix argues in its filing on proposed Federal Communications Commission network neutrality rules, reiterating a call for Title II regulation, which would be a historic and major change of framework.

AT&T has argued recently that Title II rules are unnecessary and would, in any case, not prevent practices network neutrality supporters oppose.

Title II common carrier regulation represent the polar opposite positions in the present network neutrality rulemaking.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
07/17/2014

One of the most universal precepts ever devised by man is the precept known as Murphy's Law. Though it's been said dozens of different ways over the years—some believe the law goes as far back as the 1800s—it boils down to the same essential concept: whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. Over those same decades, there have been plenty of chances for Murphy's Law to get proven out, and a new report from MeriTalk shows that, indeed, the more complex a network is, the higher the chances exist for something within that network to go very wrong.

By Clayton Hamshar, Contributing Writer
07/16/2014

With smartglasses finally on the market, Google has moved on to the next frontier: contact lenses. These devices are different, however, in the fact that they are focused more on medical functionality rather than communication.

Google has teamed up with Novartis, a large healthcare corporation known for being the parent company of contact lens manufacturer Alcon, to take the microelectronics technology and apply it to actual lenses. Alcon will license the lenses and develop various medical applications.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
07/16/2014


Okay, so the news that Apple and IBM have formed what is called “The MobileFirst partnership” really took the entire ICT world by storm. As has been widely covered, the revelation that the two historic arch rivals have been working together on a venture, designed to produce “made for business” apps for exclusive use on iPhones and iPads, that leverage Apple’s hardware and software knowhow with IBM’s big data and analytics expertise, is really big news.

While no financial terms of the new venture were disclosed, we do know from Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and IBM CEO, Virginia M. Rometty, that:

By Kayla Matthews, Contributing Writer
07/16/2014

Big data has seen some of the hottest startups this year, and that trend looks to continue well into 2015. In fact, IDC expects the market to reach $32.4 billion by 2017.

Those numbers include startups of every shape and form, from the medical industry to the tech and innovation sphere. I’ve compiled a list of the coolest and most noteworthy startups so far in 2014:

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