Life Without Broadband…Sort Of

Life Without Broadband…Sort Of

Over the past week, I ended up in an experiment. Living without high-speed broadband.  Believe me, it was far from intentional. As a matter of fact, it felt a bit like going out on a sunny day only to end up being caught in a thunderstorm of sorts.

What started out as a Friday and Saturday where I would be at an event, which meant not needing snappy access to the Internet followed by an all-day travel day on Sunday, rapidly turned into relying solely on one mobile device to actually stay connected.

Apple Is Starting to Get Your Business

Apple Is Starting to Get Your Business

Last week at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, most of the attention was on hardware and improvements to the operating systems of iOS and the MacOS. But overlooked by many was a brief announcement about “Business Chat for iMessage.”

With Business Chat’s upcoming release Apple will be turning the iMessage platform into a full-featured business communications tool that immediately puts it in play against WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, HipChat, and Slack.

The Rise of the New Telco

The Rise of the New Telco

First, it was alternative long distance carriers. Then came phone service from the cable company. Along came the internet and services like Vonage, Call Vantage by AT&T, Broadvoice, Packet8 (now called 8x8), and a plethora of new telcos sprung up.

Phone companies of old, often called Ma Bell, have become information service providers and mobile operators.

Amazon and The Echo…More Than Just Calling

Amazon and The Echo…More Than Just Calling

This week Amazon made lots of news with their announcement about the Echo Show, a video and touch screen enabled version of the popular Echo digital assistant that will arrive in late June. Then they dropped the bombshell. Echos new and old, along with their Alexa mobile apps, can make calls between one another, much like Skype offered in its earliest days.

High-Efficiency Wireless is Coming

High-Efficiency Wireless is Coming

Sometime after 2019 Wi-Fi will get a massive speed bump. At present, the fastest theoretical throughput from Wi-Fi routers operating on the 802.11ac standard is 1.3 GBPS. By 2019 with the advent of 802.11ax the speeds will be as little as three times as fast, starting at 3.5 GBPS. With MIMO you can then multiply that by four to receive a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 14 Gbps.

Finding the Content, You Want

Finding the Content, You Want

Let’s say you’re looking to find content on a particular subject. In the past, you would use the standard search engines like Google or Bing, from Microsoft. But given how much energy and money goes into things like search engine marketing and search engine optimization, you’ve come to realize that search is not the same as find and that the search engines are not helping you discover what you are looking to find.

New Trends or News Trends

New Trends or News Trends

The technology world is often abuzz with what’s going to be the latest and greatest. But often, the so called “new trend” is really a news trend.

Let’s take what leading research firm Gartner predicted back in late 2016 as being the top technology trends for 2017. While these are all very much in the daily news we all read and consume, for the most part we’re either not yet touched by them, or for those of us who are, are likely in the industry developing the technology, promoting the technology or considered a really early adopter.