May 3rd, 2013
Those who enjoy viewing movies using the Kaleidescape service will be happy to know that the company’s download store opened earlier this week. The store now offers HD video downloads of Blu-ray quality. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses; while the video quality may be incredible, those with data caps from their ISP, such as ATT Uverse could quickly find themselves over their limits.
This is because a movie in this quality could mean a download size of over 50GB. At Uverse’s data cap of 250GB per month and ten dollars for every 50GB exceeded, not only would customers pay more, but also pay double for the original cost of the movie. How this will play out should companies like Kaleidescape start offering similar downloads remains to be seen, but the trend is traveling in that direction.
April 5th, 2013
A nationwide provider of satellite internet service has announced the adoption of Gen4 service via a major satellite provider in the United States. HughesNet will be the company providing the Gen4 service, which offers higher speeds than the company’s last generation – 15 Mbps compared to 10 Mbps. USIRIS LLC, the company which offers HughesNet, along with other satellite providers to customers nationwide, referred to the lack of reliable internet access for customers in rural and sparsely-populated areas as those who will be best served by the upgraded service.
The Gen4 service will be offered starting at $59.99 per month. Depsite the popularity of other forms of internet like fiber optic and cable, the satellite industry continues to thrive, with new satellite launches being planned that will deliver even faster service to customers.
March 29th, 2013
Earlier this month, a start-up in Massachusetts called MC10 showed off its skin sensing technology, called a ‘bio-stamp’. The completely bendable microchip can be printed directly on the skin, but it’s not capable of getting online with high speed internet providers in my area; instead, it monitors the health of the person who is wearing it.
The chip resembles a temporary tattoo, and was originally designed for sports physicians, detecting things like hydration level and body temperature. This latest design is actually the most current of a range of previous designs. It is far smaller than previous incarnations, and can last through many activities such as showering and swimming. The sensor wears from the skin in two weeks via natural exfoliation.
March 22nd, 2013
Have you looked at the former Qwest DSL web site lately? This no-contract provider has been offering superior service to its satisfied customers for many years. But just because customers aren’t locked into a contract, doesn’t mean they can’t lock in their savings. A current promotion at the company web site offers customers the opportunity to take advantage of the 5 Year Price Lock Guarantee.
The guarantee gets customers high speed internet service for $19.95 per month for five years when they bundle internet with other services. Another offer is their heavy duty internet option with unlimited nationwide calling for a locked-in price of $59.95 per month until 2017. Centurylink’s services are backed by their 30-day satisfaction guarantee, in addition to around-the-clock tech support. Customers can also access the company’s suite of online back-up and anti-virus protection.
March 15th, 2013
Verizon internet service announced today that its wireless branch would now be better able to monitor, mange and optimize routes with a new fleet management service. The service will assist risk managers, fleet and operations to improve their operations by allowing them to optimize usage of their vehicles. Some of the features which the fleet management solution include are fuel consumption, speed, and vehicle diagnostics.
The service works with two parts: hardware that’s located in each vehicle, and an application that is web-based which analyzes, views and stores specific vehicle data. As well, each fleet vehicle has a GPS which sends data to the data center via wireless. Verizon will be deploying the solution to 18,000 of its company vehicles this year initially, and the move is expected to improve customer service as it increases efficiency and productivity.
February 6th, 2013
According to a recent study about phone-based customer service quality, it was discovered that significant improvements had been made by at least one of the internet service providers New York. The survey was completed immediately after customer service calls to Verizon Wireless this year, and yielded some surprising statistics. The number of surveyed customers who considered themselves to be very satisfied with their customer service experience actually rose to 73%, up ten percent from 2011 numbers.
The survey data from Vocalabs stretches back to 2009, and shows that Verizon received the highest customer satisfaction ratings of all of the big-name providers surveyed by the company. But despite the great ratings, there were reports from customers that it was sometimes difficult to reach a human being. However, the company has since rectified this issue, showing that they listen to their customers.
February 5th, 2013
Word on the street is that Facebook is planning to develop a new app which would track a user’s location passively. While this may raise a few eyebrows, the real jaw-dropper is that this would-be app would track users even when it wasn’t open. Some speculate this feature may be used by the company to prove geographically-targeted ads to the user via their internet service. But the more sinister potential applications can’t be ignored.
Location apps are nothing new; both Apple and Google have created them. However, they are mostly used by groups of close friends. Broadcasting one’s location to their entire friends list, along with their friends of friends isn’t something that’s become anywhere near mainstream as of yet. The app may also end up with a long list of user habits out of this, which has many creeped out.
February 4th, 2013
Dallas was the scene for an announcement last Friday by one of the internet service providers Los Angeles. AT&T announced that its newest product, a mobile hotspot device will be available via all of its channels. The device, called Unite is capable of connecting up to ten mobile devices in addition to allowing the owner to open up one temporary guest network. The device includes a touchscreen display of over two inches which displays necessary information such as data usage status.
The Unite device allows users to manage all of the devices that are connected to the unit, in addition to the changing and control of device and network settings. Users can also take control of security, as the device allows them to block unwanted devices from joining their network.
February 1st, 2013
The way in which the European Union handles data protection could change radically enough to ignite a trade war, even though the legislation isn’t expected to be in practice for another three years. The focus of the reform would be on three aspects: The first would see existing data protection rules being consolidated. The second would require companies to notify the EU of any breaches in protection within twenty-four hours. And citizen would be allowed to delete all data held by law enforcement if there was no reason for them to keep it.
This is being watched so closely because anyone doing business with any of the EU’s 27 member countries will have to adhere to the proposed reforms. AS well, the circumstances surrounding the proposed reform has ruffled many feathers. The 30-year-old head of the proposal amendments committee drafted a response to the Commission’s proposal, saying that transparency, clarity and ease of understanding should be the focus of all information that anyone whose information is being kept should receive.
January 31st, 2013
Those looking for a new internet connection may run into the option of having a T1 line. This is a tempting option, as it is a dedicated connection to the internet. This connection isn’t shared with other customers, and can offer speeds of up to 1.5 megabits per second, making it the best internet provider. Although the T1 connection is most often used by commercial entities, the T1 line may be available for residential connections, depending on where you’re located.
The T1 line is able to handle almost 200,000 bytes per second, which beats a standard residential modem by 60 times. The large service line able to be handled by a T1 connection is one reason why so many consider having one installed. Unfortunately, the one aspect of T1 that is most prohibitive to customers is the price. Some T1 lines can cost a whopping $2,000 per month.
January 30th, 2013
The news is coming out fast regarding Blackberry’s launch of its new smart phones and operating system. There are a wide range of new features which were announced by the company today. One of them is the Blackberry Flow which allows users to scroll between the apps they wish to use instead of exiting and entering each one individually. Another is Blackberry Peek, which allows users to multitask by letting them look at one app while working in another. Blackberry Store will offer content that any user can access with a wireless internet connection, and contains content made available by several heavyweights including 20th Century Fox and MGM.
The Balance feature is geared toward those who use their phone for business as well as personal purposes. In the event a device is stolen, business and personal data is segregated, and IT managers can remotely wipe the device of sensitive company data without hurting the owner’s personal information.
January 28th, 2013
In a world where spectrum shortages loom and wireless providers are endlessly scrambling to acquire it, two major internet service providers Miami have decided to transfer their airwave rights from one to the other. The deal involves AT&T – who paid almost two billion dollars and some of its own spectrum – and Verizon Wireless.
Once complete, the deal will allow AT&T to hold spectrum in major markets previously covered by Verizon, including Miami and Los Angeles. In addition, Verizon will be allowed to be compensated for its unused spectrum. But those watching the wireless arena say that this deal isn’t a good thing, as it allows only the largest wireless operators to have the high-quality spectrum, which means consumers will have less choice about where to get that access from.
January 15th, 2013
If you’ve been looking for top-quality broadband, you may be wondering who are the best internet providers in my area. Well, a state-by-state broadband report was recently released by TechNet, and reveals that the top three states for broadband are Washington, Delaware and Massachusetts. The top ten states for broadband access include Vermont, Maryland, California and New York.
The report took into account a number of factors, including how well each state adopted broadband, what the average internet speed was in each state, and how economically-oriented each state was toward broadband. This new data offers many insights into how much work has yet to be done by the National Broadband Plan, an initiative to assist with getting high speed internet service to as many consumers as possible, with the ultimate goal being the recovery of the economy.
January 2nd, 2013
Believe it or not, even the best internet providers can have hiccups in their service from time to time. It’s just that we’ve gotten so used to the high speeds that today’s connections provide. So when your provider’s service becomes intermittent, it’s important to be patient and see what happens before deciding that it’s time to find another company.
Calling tech support is probably the best thing to do if you notice that your internet connection isn’t as good as what you’re used to. Your company may offer automated updates about the situation of their network when you call, which lets you know instantly what’s happening, without having to wait in a queue to talk to someone. If you find the problem is persisting and lessening the value of your internet service, you can always start visiting the sites of other companies to see if they can offer you more reliable service than your current company does.
December 18th, 2012
An interesting phenomenon regarding those having rent-to-own computers in their homes is raising questions about the power that internet service providers by city may have. Those who had the not-yet-paid for computers in their homes were horrified to discover that a detective program, surreptitiously installed on computer devices, was recording keystrokes and filming activities occurring in front of the devices.
While the companies involved say the software was a means to maintain the location of their computers and disable them should non-payment occur, those who had the computers say they were violated in the worst possible way. Some of the symptoms of the remote operation of the computers included the illumination of the web cam light even if it wasn’t being used and prompts asking for their names and addresses.
October 19th, 2012
If you’ve recently gone into your email, clicked a link in a message and weren’t able to reach a site, you may be wondering how to fix this issue. In a nutshell, the cause of not being able to access links in an email program is due to another program having somehow become registered as your default browser.
If you are running Internet Explorer, simply start it, access Internet Options from the Tools menu and then select the Programs tab. Once there, you should see a checkbox which says “Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser”. Ensure that box is checked, click OK, and then restart both your email and browser. You should now be able to access links in your email messages.
October 18th, 2012
A plan to delegate underused spectrum by a popular radio company were recently approved by the FCC. The company, which offers both satellite internet radio and in-car and home subscriptions now has a deal with a popular mobile broadband provider to use a part of its unused spectrum for mobile broadband connections. The internet provider’s use of the radio company’s spectrum will not interfere with the satellite radio services it currently providers.
This comes amid much talk of a spectrum shortage, which many say will result in the collapse of the mobile industry if left unchecked. But the interesting aspect of the looming shortage is the fact that more devices are being introduced to the market which require a wireless connection. As well, the number of mobile device users recently reached new heights.
October 17th, 2012
Cooking has evolved. No longer are we poring over big heavy cookbooks or flipping through stacks of recipe cards to find just the right meal to make. These days, we’re getting online with internet service providers Nashville and looking up cooking tips on our laptops, e-readers and mobile phones.
But is it really more beneficial to go online instead of flip through a physical book? Well, there is the argument that there is more information online than you could ever possibly find in a cookbook without all of the bulk. In fact, a number of out-of-print cookbooks can now be accessed online. And if you only have a certain number of ingredients, typing them into a search engine can yield several options that you can make with what’s in your cupboards.
October 16th, 2012
If you have an overwhelming urge to access DSL providers and see what your spouse or roommate has been up to, but were worried about the consequences, you may have nothing to fret over. According to a ruling last week, logging into another’s email to read their messages is not an illegal act.
What was the deciding document that made this ruling possible? A Stored Communications Act that was formulated in the mid 1980s. It was found that this act was not violated, as it was unanimously found that messages stored in the cloud using an online service like Gmail were not definable as electronic storage. But how does this ruling affect law enforcement who need access to online messages? They can access them, as long as those messages are relevant to an investigation.
October 15th, 2012
You may think that the convenience of having a connection from Internet Service Providers Minneapolis on the go is enough to say goodbye to traditional news sources like the newspaper. But actually, a mobile internet connection is actually serving to enhance the news-consuming experience. Scientists in Ohio have published a study which confirms that mobile media serves to bring people the information they need during times and in places where it may be difficult to access news publications in their more traditional form.
It was observed that mobile media is not taking the same route as other new media have in the past; instead of displacing older media, mobile media has actually created a niche separate from that of traditional media. However, new studies may need to be conducted that include data from newer technology to be able to observe today’s changes.
October 12th, 2012
Yes, you read that title right. A demand for hackers does exist, especially in the United States. And the demand is so high that there are courses being offered by some technical schools which end with certification. But why are hackers in demand?
The reason is because America’s wars are no longer being fought solely on physical soil. Today, war is happening online, with maneuvers being executed by those with intimate knowledge about how to destroy governments electronically using Internet Service Providers Orlando. With possible hundreds of attacks occurring daily on government systems, some kind of defense is needed. And that defense is available in the form of the state-sponsored hacker.
This hacker can take a few forms, from cyber warrior to ethical to penetration. The cyber warrior infiltrates foreign networks and systems, where ethical hackers identify network and system weaknesses. And penetration testers discern how easy a system can be infiltrated.
October 11th, 2012
When you use your connection with Internet Service Providers San Jose and log into Pinterest, what do you do while you’re there? A lot of people use the popular site for organizing favorite sites they find online.
But Pinterest can actually be used for a lot more. Have you ever thought about putting your recipe collection online? When you organize your favorite recipes with Pinterest, you can get rid of your piles of heavy cookbooks, and simply access that day’s recipe with your laptop or smart phone.
If you have a business, how about marketing it in a totally different way? You could pin your portfolio, and then link it to your business web site. But why on Earth would you want to use Pinterest for marketing? Because Pinterest is responsible for more traffic than Facebook, that’s why.
Fine-tuning your Pinterest account for a specific purpose can have many benefits. What have you done with yours?
May 25th, 2012
Did you know that search engine giant Google receives over 200,000 requests to take down websites each and every week? According to its policy, any content owner can contact the company if they find a Google search result that links to material which infringes on their copyright. Google releases transparency reports, but today was the first time that a new addition to the report – the revealing of private requests for site take-downs – has been added to the usual fare of government requests for censorship. And the company who has requested Google remove infringing content the most has been Microsoft. According to the newly-released data, Microsoft has filed over two million requests for take-downs since July of last year. Second in the running for requests was NBC Universal, but their numbers were much lower – just 985,000 requests since last year.
May 23rd, 2012
Whether you need to keep track of service calls by your employees or are using recorded information as a part of an investigation, you may be wondering how you can record phone calls to your computer.
There are companies which provide the necessary software and equipment, such as ARTCOM in the United States, in several different packages based on the number of phone lines to be recorded. But if you’re only interested in recording intermittently, then a home-recording option may suit you best.
DIY Home Recording
A telephone microphone is probably the cheapest and easiest way to record calls to your computer. The best model for this purpose is an in-ear microphone, as it is most likely to ensure a high-quality recording. This type of microphone will include an input cable that can plug into your computer.
You can also record conversations on a laptop using the microphone that’s already built-in. Simply open a recording program on the laptop, and put the phone you are using to record the call on speaker. However, it’s important to note that recording via speakerphone will also result in background noises being recorded, so clear speaking is a definite must when using this recording method.
May 21st, 2012
In a move representing the largest and most inclusive of its kind to date, five of cable’s heaviest hitters will join forces to offer their combined Wi-Fi hotstpots for customers to access. Cox Communications, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Comcast and Time Warner Cable made the announcement today that over 50,000 hotspots in the group’s metro WiFi networks will be made available to existing high speed internet customers. The coverage area will stretch across the country, beginning with New York City and central Florida, whose connections have already been enabled. According to several spokespeople across the companies, each sees the value in a WiFi connection to customers and the power in joining with other providers to extend connectivity to major U.S. markets. Customers who travel outside of their provider’s coverage area will be able to access the new network by looking for the “CableWiFi” name and then logging on with the same information used when accessing their own provider. But future plans will eliminate the need to log on manually; instead, customers will connect automatically whenever in a Cable WiFi hotspot.
May 18th, 2012
Going Dutch on nights out with friends can sometimes just be easier. But if you do it a lot, then you know how complicated going Dutch can soon become. If you share expenses with the same group of people on a regular basis, like your roommates, then Settle Up can make keeping track of who owes what much simpler.
Creating Your Group
For a new group you will need to input all of the group names, as well the currency you will be using. Those individuals you wish to add to your group who are already in your phone’s contacts will be added automatically. Once all your names have been entered and you’ve given your group a name, you can save your group, and group members will receive an email from Settle Up letting them know they’ve been added and that they can use their iPhone or Android to view the group.
Splitting The Bill
New shared bills are easy to create with Settle Up. Clicking on the ‘new payment’ option and choosing who in the group paid the bill is all it takes. Then, select group members who were present at the outing, and enter the amount and description of the bill. Once complete, the bill can be synchronized with other group members.
May 16th, 2012
Facebook stated its anticipation that its IPO would increase to 421.2 million shares in an SEC filing this morning. This number exceeds the 337.4 million previously filed. In addition, the price range of shares is expected to increase also. While the larger IPO and increased price range will enable the social networking giant to raise even more money to be put toward investments and acquisitions, experts are saying that investors shouldn’t get too excited yet. This is because of Facebook’s reliance on an old internet business model, which are display ads, they say. And while Facebook does get twice the page views of Google, they only make about 1/10th the revenue that Google does. But there is still no evidence that suggests investors are worried about whether the new offering is justified.