By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/12/2014

AT&T and Verizon garner the vast majority of headlines, but let's look beyond Mexico and Orwellian supercookies for a moment. CenturyLink and Frontier are doing a lot work with the resources they have—both bear watching for what they are building.

Louisiana-based CenturyLink has invested a substantial amount of money in data centers and core IP infrastructure. A few weeks ago, the company announced it deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) as an upgrade, enabling an end-to-end managed IP/MPLS network. A single 7950 XLS core router can forward 16 terabits of data per second while doing so at considerable power savings as compared to alternatives.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/12/2014

Mind-boggling numbers: Zettabytes to be the new standard by 2018.

Only recently have consumer hard drives begun to reach the terabyte size. That is 1,000 gigabytes. Businesses, on the other hand, may now be used to having petabyte-size drives – 1,000 terabytes. What lies beyond that realm are exabytes and zettabytes - volumes that are arguably impossible to fathom from any common vantage point.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
11/11/2014

During the summer, Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market leading strengths of each company in an attempt to transform enterprise mobility. This partnership addresses what the two companies call “a new class of business apps,” which brings IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad.

At the time of the agreement, the new business apps were slated to become available some time during the fall. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/11/2014

While there are plenty of users out there who don't turn to the Facebook Messenger tool, those numbers are on something of a decline, according to recent reports from Facebook itself. Recently, the company turned a milestone, with over 500 million people per month turning to Messenger to make connections easier. But this new improvement has been just a small part of a larger overall plan, and one that some might not have expected to see from a company like Facebook.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/11/2014

Elon Musk has confirmed SpaceX is getting into the broadband and small satellite businesses, but details remain vague. Speculation has been driven by a number of reports, the most recent a Wall Street Journal piece last week that Musk took a swipe at.

Rumors started a couple of months ago with WorldVu Satellites first working with Google, then jumping to over to SpaceX. WorldVu has secured satellite spectrum licenses from the ITU, according to a June Space News piece, and will set up a network of 360 satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) to provide low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband coverage. Initial operation date would be in late 2019.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
11/11/2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on a roll. He recently hosted a very select group of tech writers in Redmond to better articulate the company’s focus, which was followed up with a session in the U.K., and by a blog post from Microsoft Communications VP Frank Shaw.

For those who may have missed where the Redmond giant is planting the flag, it is around the word “productivity.” As the company’s owned website MSN.com reported via a piece from TechCrunch , the new mantra at Microsoft is “Get stuff done.” And, they quote Nadalla as saying that productivity can be distilled down to meaning: “It’s really about the empowerment that I get when I use this technology to go get stuff done.”

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
11/11/2014

We are approaching the season of giving, and we often open our wallets a little farther and buy a bunch of stuff for ourselves at the same time. The market is full of interesting products and some rather unique hazards this year so, as we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday here are my thoughts on navigating this mess.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/10/2014

Despite what some might think, people have been known to depart the Apple line occasionally and go to other mobile devices. For a long time, this was actually something of a problem, particularly for those users who wanted to get text messages sent from one device to another. But Apple may have just delivered a great fix for those departing members, and all in the form of a simple Web-based tool.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/10/2014

Mitel has put some more value on the table for its ShoreTel bid. The current offer as of this morning, November 10, is $8.50 a share, representing a total value of $574 million for all outstanding shares of ShoreTel. I suspect Mitel will have to go a bit higher before there's any happiness among the ShoreTel board or shareholders.

Mitel's latest offer breaks down to $8.10 per share in cash—everyone loves cash—and another $.40 per share in Mitel common shares. The first offer in late October was $8.10 per share in cash, so the current one moves the bar from a 24 percent premium from ShoreTel's closing stock price on October 17, 2014 to a 31 percent premium, with ShoreTel's enterprise value moving from 30 to 38 percent.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
11/10/2014

Even since the U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in January of this year threw Net Neutrality rules back to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) based on a ruling that in Verizon v. FCC that it had overstepped its authority by prohibiting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking or discriminating against traffic by lawful websites, this has been a topic of hot debate and intrigue.

The ruling, which tossed out the old ISP regulatory left FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with the hot potato of trying to find a Solomon-like new regulatory framework by which the “Open Internet” would be protected for everyone, but that entities looking for preferred connections could obtain them with ISPs being allowed to charge a premium for giving such services to what others have called “bandwidth hogs.” After all, shouldn’t cost causers be cost bearers? The challenge has been if the hogs get the best connections and the rest of us get “best efforts,” how can this be construed as being good for innovation and competition?

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/10/2014

There will be two particularly important business opportunities unfolding next year in the electronics and high tech industry.

The first is the growing importance, broader use, and more extensive leveraging of digital as the industry’s universal language and central driver of all key strategic decisions, investments, goal-setting and performance metrics. The second is the unprecedented rise in proliferation and commercialization of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/10/2014

There will be two particularly important business opportunities unfolding next year in the electronics and high tech industry.

The first is the growing importance, broader use, and more extensive leveraging of digital as the industry’s universal language and central driver of all key strategic decisions, investments, goal-setting and performance metrics. The second is the unprecedented rise in proliferation and commercialization of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
11/07/2014

ORBCOMM today unleashed a constellation of news. That includes plans to acquire fellow M2M satellite outfit SkyWave Mobile Communications, and a public offering of common stock that it hopes to use to fund that deal.

SkyWave, the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network, is being bought for $130 million in a deal that’s expected to close early next year. The pairing, ORBCOMM said, will help it scale its business, deliver customers a broader array of options, and create long-term shareholder value. It also brings valuable engineering talent and robust distribution channels in Asia, the Middle East, and South America to ORBCOMM, the company said.

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
11/07/2014

I've never been one to understand how it happens, but most of us have, at least once, locked ourselves out of the house or car. Quite embarrassing, no doubt, to have to call a relative with a key to have them come let you into your own house. Of course, what happens if you don't have a nearby relative, or you don't have a spare vehicle key, or your significant other is away on business, or any number of other increasingly odd scenarios that would preclude you from being able to get into your home of vehicle? Time to break a window? Call a police officer or garage to come with a slim jim? Wait in the yard for your kids to get home from school with a key?

By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
11/07/2014

Mobility – meaning mobile connectivity – has changed the way we behave, both personally and professionally. Digital interactions are the norm; interpersonal communications are becoming a challenge for many who would prefer to text or IM. On the flip side, digital communication can be much less disruptive to others and can take place at nearly any time, despite not requiring real-time response.

Especially across geographic barriers, digital communication has enhanced our ability to both conduct business and stay in touch with friends and family – if you can afford it. Despite mobile connectivity being available nearly anywhere, in most cases, actually leveraging that connectivity outside your home market becomes prohibitively expensive.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/07/2014

Voice is the new user interface, and Audience is rapidly capitalizing on its technology and experience to get into new areas. This week the company released its first voice processing software product for x86 PCs and the new e800e Series processors with far-field and direction features that should have enterprise phone manufacturers taking notice.

Audience S1.0 is the software product targeted at higher-end Intel -based PCs, tablets and all-in-one devices. It delivers what the company describes as improved VoIP capability along with intelligent key click removal, improved speech recognition performance, and 360 degree processing using only two microphones.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/06/2014

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take your Windows Golden Image – stick it in a digital container and then let all your end-users automatically have it available on their laptops, notebooks, Macs, and PCs – no matter who owns the device and no matter where the device is located?

And, wouldn’t be even better if that container was hermetically sealed so that the Windows Workspace never interacted with the host – only accessing memory and processing – thereby keeping it free from malware, intrusions, and data loss?

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
11/06/2014

TV outages are frustrating, but when attempts to reach a call center are met with busy signals and the cableco’s website chat function is paralyzed, what’s a customer to do?

That was precisely the case this past Sunday evening when an unspecified number of Comcast’s X1 customers first lost picture, then the ability to change channels, followed by long hold times that resulted in overdue connections to agents in offshore centers such as one in the Philippines.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/06/2014

Last week, HP announced it will be delivering its first 3D printing in 2016. The Multi Jet Fusion technology is getting raves, but HP may not be moving fast enough to make the impact it needs to be a dominant player in the marketplace.

HP Multi Jet Fusion will print 10 times faster than existing 3D printers, be more affordable, and print stronger products, says HP. It is supposed to hit a new sweet spot with better quality, increased productivity, and what the company bills as break-through economics.

By Joe Rizzo, TechZone360 Contributing Writer
11/05/2014

Lately, it seems that the only news we hear is what other multinational company has been hacked and how many records were accessed. We have always been security conscience, but it does appear that hackers and malware have been making us even more so lately. Unfortunately, this is neither something new, nor something that is likely to go away.

In their quest to make users, the Internet and digital devices in general more secure, a number of big Internet companies have recently announced a new collaboration that will focus on making open source projects easier for everyone. In fact, some companies have begun open sourcing their own projects.

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