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Maine lawmaker wants public-private internet deals

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
A public-private partnership is necessary to encourage broadband coverage in rural Maine, says Shenna Bellows, a state senator who is sponsoring the Maine Broadband Initiative. The bill got a public hearing today, and has support from Janet Mills, Maine's governor. Public News Service (1/21)

AT&T invests $85M+ in Miami network ahead of Super Bowl

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
AT&T has upgraded its network in Miami ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, the telecom announced saying it spent more than $85 million making permanent and short-term improvements in and around the stadium as well as hotels, arenas, airports and convention centers. The moves have also boosted the coverage of AT&T's FirstNet emergency response network. Patch (1/21)

OneWeb, lawmaker press for FCC approval of broadband constellation

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and OneWeb are asking the Federal Communications Commission to approve OneWeb's application to add 1,260 satellites to its proposed broadband constellation. OneWeb has authorization for 720 satellites currently. Space News International (1/27)

Satellite technology startup Skylo raises $103M in Series B round

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Skylo, a startup that connects internet-of-things devices to satellite networks, raised $103 million in a Series B funding round led by SoftBank. The company says a key advantage of its technology is that it is far less expensive than what other IoT-satellite providers charge. TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (1/21)

Clothes get sanitized, crease-free with Samsung's AirDresser

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Samsung is promising to take the wrinkles out of clothes while steam-sanitizing them -- all within 30 minutes -- with its new AirDresser, a unit small enough to fit into closets. The appliance can be managed with Samsung's SmartThings app. Digital Trends (1/21)

Report: TV sets still dominant in broadband homes

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Residents of homes with broadband still use television sets to watch a majority of their video content and spend nearly 20 hours a week doing so on average, as video viewing overall rose by 33% last year, Parks Associates reports. The research firm also says the number of broadband homes that pay for a subscription video on demand service has hit 71% and plateaued there. Telecompetitor (1/27)

Motorola said to include stylus in new phone

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Motorola is likely to release a new smartphone with an internally stored stylus within the next few months, a published report says. The phone's other features include a navigation system that responds to gestures and a screen that covers the entire front surface. The Verge (1/27)

Nokia launches $129 smartphone in US

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
The $129 HMD Nokia 2.3 smartphone is now available in the US. The 6.2-inch Android device includes dual rear cameras, as well as the front camera, along with a micro SD slot, a headphone jack and support for FM radio, though it has no fingerprint reader and does not support NFC tap-and-pay technology. Ars Technica (1/21)

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Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
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Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:38
Denzel Washington, actor, director, producer

CBA asks FCC for clearing fee from C-Band auction bidders

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Compensation for satellite companies is essential for publicly auctioning off midband spectrum, the C-Band Alliance argued in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission last week. The CBA asserted that companies that take part in public auction bidding should pay spectrum holders a fee, saying that it would speed up the process, avoid litigation and compensate current owners for the cost of their equipment as well as that of transferring the frequencies. Multichannel News (1/17)

FCC details rural broadband fund awards by state

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
The Federal Communications Commission listed the number of locations in each state that are among the 6 million homes where the government will subsidize the building of broadband facilities through the agency's planned Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. California leads the list with 421,000 locations followed by Texas and Michigan while Wyoming is last with 21,000 places. Multichannel News (1/14)

Lockheed tests mesh communications tech in space

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Lockheed Martin is testing HiveStar software technology with its Pony Express 1 nanosatellite. The technology could bring shared processing capabilities to satellites and enable mesh communications across networks. Via Satellite online (1/16)

Analyst: Wireless capex will see modest rise in 2020

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Wireless carriers will increase capital spending from 2% to 4% this year, but are telling equipment makers that 5G gear expenditures will be more modest for the near future, analysts at Jefferies report. The investment bank says the most significant growth will come from AT&T's FirstNet project, DISH Network's increasing infrastructure builds and the conclusion of Sprint and T-Mobile's merger effort. Light Reading (1/14)

Linux smartphone targets developer market

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Pine64 is launching the Linux-based PinePhone, a fully open-source smartphone that will cost $150. The device is marketed to early adopters and developers and allows users to choose their OS. ZDNet (1/17)

Gamers can finally score Xbox One on the go

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Xbox One's Console Streaming is out of beta and available globally for players with Android devices. Users must be in an Update Preview ring and have a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, among other requirements. Engadget (1/17)

Roomba devices now work with IFTTT app

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Roomba is going beyond its usual Google and Alexa Assistant workings to integrate its iRobot vacuums with the If This Then That app to initiate cleanings around the schedules of other smart home devices. This would mean that while the homeowner is away, the thermostat setting could trigger a cleaning by a Roomba device. Digital Trends (1/14)

P&G to release smart toothbrush with Alexa speaker base

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Procter & Gamble is launching the Oral-B Guide electric toothbrush this spring, complete with a waterproof, charger base that includes an Alexa speaker. The $230 smart toothbrush has six brushing modes, pressure monitoring and can connect to Oral-B's progress-tracking app. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (1/14)

Tradition is the albatross around the neck of progress.

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:31
Bill Veeck, professional baseball club executive, owner, promoter

Pause ads are being tested on DIRECTV, AT&T TV NOW

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:33
AT&T's Xandr is trying out pause ads, which are available on Starz, Epix and AT&T Mobility through AT&T TV NOW and some DIRECTV markets. Xandr Senior Vice President Matt Van Houten said customers like advertising that is "relevant and non-disruptive" and pause ads will allow advertisers to deliver "the right message at the right time." FierceVideo (1/14)