If Comcast gets TWC, three out of four Americans could get a broadband cap


Is this really what Americans want? Is this really good for Net neutrality? Makes one wonder…

Originally posted on Gigaom:

As regulators attempt to sift through the possible public harms and benefits of Comcast’s(s cmsca) $45.2 billion plan to buy Time Warner Cable(s twc), we thought it was worth showing that if the deal takes place it could lead to a significant jump in the number of broadband subscribers getting a data cap. If we add Time Warner Cable’s 11.6 million broadband subscribers from the end of 2013 into the mix of customers with caps, the total percentage of U.S. homes that have some type of cap or other limit on downloads rises to 78 percent up from 64 percent today.

That’s a significant jump, especially after the number of homes with caps plateaued after 2011 when AT&T hopped on board the bandwagon that Comcast started driving in 2008. A side note for data nerds: The percentage ofcapped consumers could be a bit higher because the Leichtman Research Group…

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Exclusive: this is Android TV | The Verge

Every so often, some enterprising computer company will claim they’ve finally fixed the TV. They’ll talk about how they’ve turned a dumb terminal into a smart computing platform that extends your work and play to a gigantic screen. Then, we’ll watch as the idea flops because they fail to line up content deals or wind up delivering a confusing, haphazard experience. That was the story of Google TV, which became the laughing stock of the industry after Google chairman Eric Schmidt bet that it would ship on the majority of new televisions in 2012. (He was sorely wrong.)

But what these companies seem to be realizing as their content deals fail is that they don’t need to “fix” TV quite yet. The proper opening salvo may simply be to put desirable content in front of people who use television the same way as ever.

Enter Android TV.

via Exclusive: this is Android TV | The Verge.

StoreDot Promises to Recharge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds… in 2016

Running out of power is pretty much the biggest pain of modern day smartphones, and while sitting around waiting for them to charge isn’t usually the end of the world, there are still better things you could be doing.

Enter StoreDot, an Israeli technology company with a special battery and charger that can supposedly cut re-juicing time down to around 30 seconds. The prototype charging unit, designed for the Samsung Galaxy S4, was demoed for the first time at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, today – but most of the innovation comes in the battery pack itself, rather than the charger.

via StoreDot Promises to Recharge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds… in 2016.

Harmonic Brings Cutting-Edge Ultra HD HEVC Solutions to the 2014 NAB Show | Harmonic Inc

“Harmonic is making Ultra HD a reality by offering the broadcast community an end-to-end solution for UHDTV content preparation and delivery,” said Thierry Fautier, vice president, solutions marketing at Harmonic. “At NAB, Harmonic will demonstrate how broadcasters can use our integrated video compression, storage, and delivery solutions to deliver 2160p60 10-bit content based on current joint EBU/DVB/SMPTE recommendations using consumer-grade technologies for decoding, connectivity, and display on Ultra HD TV sets.”

via Harmonic Brings Cutting-Edge Ultra HD HEVC Solutions to the 2014 NAB Show | Harmonic Inc.

Why Apple should make its own TV shows, just like Netflix


SO you have to ask, where will this trend lead us if we follow it?

Originally posted on Quartz:

Netflix is doing it. So is Sony. And Yahoo . Even Amazon is getting in on the act. Microsoft has been doing it for years. Acquiring or producing exclusive content, that is.

Now, as it confronts slowing growth in the sales of its devices, maybe it’s something Apple should consider as well.

That’s the view of Macquarie Equities, which became the 63rd research house to cover the world’s biggest company this week. And why not? Apple’s mountain of cash is still sky high, it is being criticized for not innovating enough, and it’s an organization that’s not uncomfortable with the concept of exclusivity: The iOS ecosystem is often described, usually disparagingly, as a “walled garden” and Apple’s closed source software is by definition exclusive.

Here are Macquarie’s thoughts on the matter:

We believe that Apple would benefit from the deployment of some of its considerable cash balance toward securing…

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Being Streetwise – Urban Small Cells for LTE | The LTE World Series Blog

The importance of small cells in delivering on the potential of LTE can’t be understated; but for that to happen, it’s vital we make sure operators have the ‘street smarts’ to effectively deploy them. If we do, I’m sure LTE will enjoy a very bright future.

via Being Streetwise – Urban Small Cells for LTE | The LTE World Series Blog.