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[ | 28 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Intel launches 25 nanometer era with new SSDs | ]
Intel launches 25 nanometer era with new SSDs

Intel launched their new 320 series line of Solid State Storage (SSD) 2.5 inch drives built on the latest 25 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process (Intel Press Release).  The new SSD drives bring double the capacity, double the sequential write speeds to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec), and lower prices per GB.
Note that the sequential capacity measured in MB/sec is frequently confused with the broadband metric of megabits per second (Mbps).  1 MB/sec is 8 Mbps so these SSDs have sequential write speeds of 1760 Mbps.  Furthermore, the real benefit of …

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[ | 8 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Google and AT&T agree on junking old phone system | ]
Google and AT&T agree on junking old phone system

Pigs have apparently begun to fly as Google and AT&T seem to agree on something.  Both companies expressed a desire to get rid of the legacy analog phone network so in December 2009, AT&T wrote a letter to the FCC advocating the abandonment of the old telephone system.
Google is adding a feature to their Google Voice software that allows direct calling over the Internet using the Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) standard.  More specifically, Google is adding a SIP URI identity to Google Voice customers.  A SIP URI is the Voice over IP (VoIP) equivalent …

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[ | 7 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Netflix streaming isn’t a substitute for subscription TV

Netflix doesn’t actually compete with subscription TV services from cable and Telco operators because their services are very different. Netflix is lobbying the Government to stop higher broadband prices when they’re also lobbying to have consumers subsidize the Netflix’s delivery costs.

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[ | 28 Feb 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Someone in DC cares about online security

I’ve been hammering popular online services like Facebook and Twitter for months for utterly weak efforts to protect consumers so I was pleased to hear that Senator Chuck Schumer has joined the fight. Some of the worst online services in my online security report card were served letters by Senator Schumer asking them to turn SSL security on by default.

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[ | 23 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Can Apple make 24-bit audio mainstream?

CNN is reporting that Apple is in talks with the music industry to offer improved quality 24-bit audio tracks, but an increase in sampling rate was not mentioned in the article.  The 24-bit format has been around since the late 1990s among professional musicians and it’s been readily available to consumers since the early 2000s, but it never garnered mainstream adoption.  Microsoft has had a 24-bit format with their Windows Media Audio (WMA) standard for many years but WMA never took any significant market share.  If this Apple goes through, …

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[ | 18 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Parsing Genachowski’s response to Marsha Blackburn

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) grilled FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, and whether the rules would cover disputes like the one between Level 3 and Comcast. Genachowski evaded the question and even misrepresented his own rules to preserve the flexibility for future FCC intervention and overreach.

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[ | 17 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Why Apps Might Just Save Content

Programmers should follow Warner Bros lead and immediately start thinking of ways to protect their content within their own apps. Why give the content away for free through Hulu, or your own website, when you can do it through an app, and protect the content.

Video delivered via apps (whether desktop or mobile) would allow rights management, and provide a revenue stream, not a revenue hole. Want to watch Lost via your iPad? There’s an app for that.

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[ | 15 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Commercial implications of IBM’s Watson supercomputer

IBM has given us a peek into the future of computing technology with their demonstration of Watson on the Jeopardy TV show. It’s only a matter of time before the technology is shrunk in size and cost to practical levels and the world will be radically different for today’s children when they reach adulthood.

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[ | 14 Feb 2011 | Comments Off on Smartphones with image arrays can threaten higher end cameras | ]
Smartphones with image arrays can threaten higher end cameras

Smartphones are already a large source of images posted on photo sharing sites like Flickr because of their ubiquitous mobile Internet connectivity. New image array cameras could make smartphones even more dominant, even against higher end compact point-n-shoot cameras.

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[ | 14 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
The Real Story Behind Cord Cutting Numbers

The litany of posts and pontifications about cord cutting continues unabated, yet few people take the time to actually look at what’s really going on. The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro recently touted the benefits of ditching cable, but in the same breath admitted that it works best for people who a) don’t watch much TV, b) live in an area with great OTA reception, c) don’t watch live sports much, and d) don’t mind relying on DVD rentals to catch first-run movies. This isn’t to say that the cable industry doesn’t face challenges from online video. It’s just that the challenge is somewhat different from what’s being reported.