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July 02, 2015

One of the trickier aspects of the Internet of Things is that many of those “things” will be connected wirelessly inside homes. That’s tricky because – as those of you who have already installed Wi-Fi in your home have no doubt already realized – it’s tough to stick an access point in a location that provides optimal coverage in every room.

That’s especially problematic if you want to stream video to your tablet in whatever room you happen to be in (and by some accounts, up to 80% of home Wi-Fi traffic is video). Repeaters only get you so far, and not every customer has the... MORE

June 24, 2015

As you may have read this week, the ITU announced that it’s officially outlined its vision and roadmap for the overall goals, processes and timeline for 5G development.

However, if you read through the actual statement, the ITU stopped short of specifying just exactly what 5G actually is, or how fast it should be. The only thing they really accomplished in San Diego, apart from establishing goals and a timeline, was they agreed on the official name: IMT-2020. And even that won’t be official until the ITU-R Radiocommunication Assembly, which meets in October, formally adopts it.... MORE

June 17, 2015

Back in the early to mid-1990s, a handful of companies were convinced that the key to connecting the unconnected was building a constellation of specially-designed low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites providing voice and/or internet connectivity to everyone on Earth.

Famously, all of them failed – a couple of them spectacularly, although they still survive today.

Twenty-something years later, LEOsats are back, with no less than three (3) projects greenlighted this year, all of them offering broadband access. And this time, we are assured, they’re going to get it right.

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June 15, 2015

ITEM: Analyst firm Gartner is advising CIOs to beware of the Internet of Things – or at least "smart machines" that will leverage sensor-based data, advanced algorithms and AI to “make increasingly significant business decisions over which humans have decreasing control.”

To be clear – despite the clickbait headline in its press release – Gartner isn’t warning against a sentient AI uprising. It’s warning that CIOs will have to confront concerns about smart digital automation over the course of the next five years as businesses start relying more and more on “smart machines” to make... MORE

May 26, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to connect the unconnected via is already facing its first major roadblock – not from cellcos, but from internet companies and activist groups who claim’s business model violates net neutrality principles and creates a walled garden of content for poor people rather than the “real” internet.

The latest flashpoint is India, where has partnered with Reliance and Bharti Airtel to offer free internet access to specific apps for free, with the data usage subsidized by apps developers.

But in April, some Indian internet... MORE

April 27, 2015

ITEM: Online streaming video service provider HKTV won a court case that could finally clear the way for it to receive its long-sought-after free-to-air broadcast license.

On Friday, Hong Kong’s High Court ruled that the Executive Council’s decision to deny HKTV a broadcast license in late 2013 was unlawful. Exco justified the controversial decision by claiming the market could only sustain two new licensees along with existing licensees TVB and ATV.

HKTV had argued the decision violated a 1998 competition policy adopted by the Hong Kong government, which said there should... MORE

April 23, 2015

The Internet of Things has a security problem. How big a problem it is will depend on how seriously both technology companies and government regulators take IoT security.

That’s the message of this recent essay from Bruce Schneier, security expert and CTO of Resilient Systems, who points out that while a movie-plot scenario such as bad guys hacking into the controls of an airplane and controlling it from the ground – which was highlighted in a recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report – is currently unlikely, it’s not impossible. And that will be true of every single... MORE

April 02, 2015

The strange and terrible saga of floundering Hong Kong broadcaster Asia Television (ATV) came to a conclusion of sorts on Wednesday after the Executive Council (ExCo) decided not to renew its license, while formally approving a new broadcast license for a PCCW-owned firm.

Which may be as well, as ATV’s last-ditch effort to save its license may have violated not only the T&C of that license, but also possibly insider-trading laws.

Unable to meet a generous ExCo deadline to prove it could turn itself around financially, ATV raised eyebrows Tuesday by announcing on its... MORE