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[23 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 180 views]

By now, everyone knows that Apple’s 2014 iPhones aren’t protected by nearly unbreakable sapphire glass. And, sadly enough, although the company owns the furnaces and factory, Apple sapphire may very well be a dead concept.
Why? Apple sapphire partner, GT Advanced …

Tech »

[20 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 236 views]

At turn of the millennium, Microsoft Internet Explorer had decisively won the first browser war. However, in 2003, Apple put out a little afterthought of a browser, Safari, based on the open source WebKit. Now, Google’s Chrome fork of WebKit …

Broadband »

[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 285 views]

Here is a really, really beautiful idea that. If successful, it’s a concept that should be replicated in cities around the United States and the world. Behold the CityBridge network of WiFi hotspots that will replace New York City’s aging …

Broadband »

[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 435 views]

No ditching (aka digging up the sidewalks and streets) to bury fiber optic cables means delivering fiber to the home in some Seattle neighborhoods is relatively cheap and easy. A scrappy little company, CondoInternet, will start wiring homes for fiber …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[31 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 203 views]

Make more money while losing bleeding customers due to industry worst customer satisfaction? That is a pretty neat trick and exactly what Time Warner Cable said it accomplished in the third quarter of 2014. Naturally, the secret to their …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[29 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 220 views]

Back in 2008, at the beginning of the great recession and the Fairer Platform family dropped cable TV, people didn’t know what “cord cutter” meant. These days, however, cord cutting is all the rage and broadband only homes, like ours, …

Broadband »

[24 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 96 views]

The world runs on free WiFi. Fortunes have been launched, notably FourSquare and Yelp, by threadbare innovators taking advantage of free WiFi. So, whether you lack an innovative idea or an open access point, there is probably a free WiFi …

Broadband »

[20 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 165 views]

No one is on the verge of rolling out 10Gbps fiber broadband just yet, but South Korea’s SK Telecom has joined Bell Labs and Google Fiber in talking about über fast internet. That said, SK will join Bell Labs in …

Broadband »

[9 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 105 views]

And, by fiber, I mean both the strength of character and optical varieties. So what’s the difference between your city and The Dalles, Oregon? Three discordant facts come to mind: 1.) the town has just 13,000 people, 2.) owns a …

Broadband »

[2 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 4,198 views]

The good people at Akamai have published their annual State of the Internet Report and, just like last year, the United States doesn’t have fastest internet. In fact, the country that invented nearly all of the technologies, hardware and physical …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 175 views]

Back in the day, everyone hated the phone company. But starting in the ’80s, a combination of government action and then market forces made things better. These days, the most hated companies are broadband internet and pay TV providers.
These are …

Tech »

[29 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 103 views]

Today is the last day of McDonald’s two-week-long free coffee giveaway. What else is today? It’s National Coffee Break Day and the good people at Krispy Kreme are celebrating it by giving away coffee!
Take your much needed coffee break on …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[26 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 108 views]

If you can get it and that is all about the AT&T U-verse coverage map (below), which omits large swathes of the US. Moreover, the whole reason AT&T is giving away a year of Amazon Prime ($99) with its Skinny …

Broadband »

[21 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 85 views]

Want economic growth and opportunity? Think you will get it without gigabit fiber? A new study from the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas makes the case clearly — cities with gigabit fiber have higher growth.
…[L]ooked at 55 communities …

Broadband, Cord Cutter »

[20 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 899 views]

Why do nine out of 10 of Comcast customers rent a cable modem from the company when just buying cable modem at a local retailer or online could save them hundreds dollars? An industry analyst did the math and then …