It was rather clear that Google TV landed with a bit of a thud, though it was made clearer when Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca in 2012 stated their launch of the Google TV powered Revue was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," and that Google's product was a glorified beta
Now reports indicate that Google is working hard on the next chapter of this effort, a new TV set top that will fall under the Nexus brand. A paywalled story at the Information
suggests that Google's latest Nexus set top will be "aggressively prices" and aimed squarely at the Apple TV and Roku field of devices.
The news comes on the heels of reports from earlier this year
suggesting that Google had been in talks with broadcasters about a potential live TV streaming service. Like countless other companies and services before them however, Google has been unable to get disruption-phobic broadcasters to budge on strict and expensive content licensing for such services.
Earlier rumors suggest the new Nexus set top will feature motion control and will, of course, be highly controllable via Android-based devices. This week's report suggests the device could come to market sometime in the first half of next year.
For many years CableCARD technology has struggled to see adoption for a number of reasons. Incompetent regulators and cable operators deserve an even share of the blame. story continues..
As many of you know, many pay TV TV DVRs and other set top boxes are far behind in terms of technology and recording capabilities. In addition to the reduced feature set, there is a cost of anywhere between $10-$20 a month in rental costs just to bring the TV signal to your television. story continues..
Chinese networking manufacturer Huawei says the company is ending its plans to expand in the United States market. "If Huawei gets in the middle of U.S-China relations" and causes problems, "it's not worth it," Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei stated in an an interview late last month
Back in April, wireless carriers and the government announced
that they'd be collaborating on building a new nationwide database to track stolen phones (specifically the IMEI number, not just the SIM card ID). The goal is to reduce the time that stolen phones remain useful, thereby drying up the market for stolen phones and reducing the ability of criminals to use the devices to dodge surveillance.
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs says that he'd like to see LTE technology deployed on unlicensed spectrum, though he's a bit ambiguous on how exactly they plan to accomplish this. "We’ve been working on this for a while which is, we’re actually putting LTE into the unlicensed bands," Jacobs said in an article at Electronics Weekly
. "Up till now Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have mostly used unlicensed bands. There is a tremendous amount of spectrum that’s been allocated around the world in unlicensed bands." Fierce Wireless
theorizes the technology could use the 3.5 GHz band, which is being eyed for small cells here in the States.
Comcast continues to blaze a trail in terms of IPv6 deployment, a company blog post
this week stating that 75% of the Comcast network now has native IPv6 support, and that the company expects to finish their IPv6 deployment entirely by sometime early in 2014. "Today, over 25% (and growing) of Comcast’s Xfinity Internet customers are actively provisioned with native dual stack broadband Internet service," says the company. The Internet Society (ISOC) measurements
confirm Comcast now leads the industry with the largest IPv6 deployment. The milestone comes nearly eight years after the company began their IPv6 upgrade plan, and about four years after they began consumer IPv6 trials.
Tablets are among the coolest and most widely-used handheld devices ever created, right up there with electric razors, cordless drills and digital cameras. A Pew report this past summer
revealed one in three adults in America own a tablet. The tablet – just one of many sci-fi items that made its way to reality – made fictional debuts in films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey
, novels such as Isaac Asimov's Foundation
, and in several episodes of Star Trek
, in many shapes and forms.
It's cool that tablet technology is here.
AT&T is sending an e-mail to customers
) informing them that the company will no longer allow Xbox 360 users to use the game console as a video set top box starting December 31. The company stated that they will be issuing a credit for impacted customers that needed to get an Xbox Live Gold subscription to make the service work. Numerous companies including Comcast and Verizon (FiOS) had allowed the Xbox 360 to be used as a set top, albeit with limited video quality and channel lineups to prevent cannibalization of set top rental revenue. There has been no word of similar Xbox One support from AT&T or Microsoft, though Verizon has announced
their FiOS TV app is coming to Xbox One.
Some years ago Verizon froze FiOS expansion to focus on making more money off of FiOS users (rate hikes), improving uptake rates in existing FiOS areas, and converting stubborn DSL users in those areas to FiOS. Speaking recently at an investor conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo estimated that the 300,000 DSL to FiOS migrations Verizon performed this year saved the company about 600,000 truck rolls and $100 million
in repairs and maintenance in 2013 alone.
HBO today announced that they're the latest to bring their streaming video service to Google's Chromecast (reviewed here
by one of our users). "Google’s Chromecast is one of the newest, more exciting devices in the marketplace today, so we are very happy to bring this capability to our subscribers," said HBO. “From the beginning, our goal has been to bring HBO GO to the devices where viewers want to watch it and Chromecast definitely falls into that category." Sorry, you'll still need to subscribe to traditional cable and traditional HBO if you're interested in this actually working.
Last month Comcast users in our forums discovered that they could get an unsanctioned sneak peek at Comcast's latest and greatest set top box platform (the X2) if they simply plugged a few codes into the current X1 set top
. Comcast quickly locked down the functionality once it was discovered by the public, but leaked code appears to have emerged again. Users in our forums
note that users can now enter "Exit Exit X T W O (9896)" on their remote to get a new glimpse at the shiny new GUI -- sans some of its more interesting features like cloud DVR recording. Comcast's Sree Kotay Tweeted about
this latest code, suggesting (unless Kotay's wandering off of the reservation) this time the preview probably won't be closed down.
Reviews have begun to trickle out ahead of the Xbox One's official launch tomorrow as the next-generation console wars begin in earnest. Polygon
points out the console's bland and relatively (by Xbox 360 standards) large design, though that extra girth helps create a much quieter console. Ars Technica
argues that Microsoft falls well short of their promise of a broadband-fueled living room revolution, but does a lot of things right if you can ignore the quirks. The Verge
notes the Xbox One is "not particularly easy to set up" and the new Kinect is a little temperamental, but lauds the console's launch lineup. Are you an early adopter?
I've talked a lot about how AT&T and Verizon are going state
gutting regulations that cover copper networks so they can back away from unwanted POTS and DSL customers they refuse to upgrade. Both companies have framed this largely cost-savings decision as an "evolutionary step toward the IP age," even if the real-world impact for many may involve losing DSL as a competitive option
, losing reliable POTS lines, and higher prices and less competition for everyone.
Google this month took several steps to nudge forward White Space broadband, which utilizes the unused spectrum between TV channels to provide a new wireless broadband solution. First, the company announced
they had wrapped up their White Space broadband trial in Cape Town, which connected ten schools there with faster connectivity.
Late last year T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T started trials of Isis
, their NFC-based mobile payment platform that turns your smartphone into a debit card. Isis has seen mixed reviews, with many of the vendors supposedly participating in the limited trial never having heard of the service
Sony's long awaited Playstation 4 arrives this week with the first reviews now coming in over the wires. You certainly won't find a prettier review than this one over at Polygon
, which is generally favorable but notes a few console shortcomings, like a lack of seriously compelling launch titles and the lack of 802.11ac or 5 GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi support. Some of the console's other missing features, like the lack of MP3 format or DLNA streaming support
, are expected to be shored up later on via patches
. Are you an early adopter?
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the cable industry has been working on targeted ads that factor in viewing patterns, race, income, and a multitude of other factors to deliver ads specifically tailored to the viewer. However those ambitions stumbled somewhat with the sinking of the cable industry's "canoe" targeted ad venture
UK researchers last month announced
they were able to achieve speeds up to 10 Gbps using LEDs. The technology, dubbed "Li-Fi," is line of sight, though some researchers have seen success with reflected light
to expand the reach of Li-Fi indoors.
While Google's Nexus 7 tablet will work on other carriers and has for some time, Nexus 7 remains stuck in some kind of approval purgatory at Verizon. Users who have taken the tablet to Verizon expecting it to work have been rejected
, even though you can take a SIM from another Verizon approved tablet (like an iPad), plug it into the Nexus 7, and use it on Verizon's network with no problem.
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