Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing and super fast financial transactions. The Xeon E7v2 class of chips features up to 15 cores, a massive amount of in-memory data capacity to make processing large amounts of data on chip possible, and performance that’s twice the average of the previous generation of chips. These processors hold a few surprises, as the Register details in its in-depth exploration of the silicon and the business case.
The nitty gritty details on how the deep internet works may not entice a lot of people, but those details — including submarine cables, fiber backhaul and governmental policies to encourage competition — all determine demand for bandwidth and its cost. Read more »
IBM and AT&T are teaming up to share and analyze smart city and utility data so municipalities can react to traffic incidences, energy demand and other potential problems in real time. Through the partnership AT&T will handle the sensor communications and tracking happening over the cellular network and IBM will bring its analytics platforms into play. The two companies are going to build out apps for cities, so right now there’s not a lot to see here except for the possibilities.
The early adopter set and tech darlings can’t stop talking about the internet of things, but the normal consumers of the world aren’t getting excited about connected diapers or coffee makers just yet. Read more »
Could data and connected devices make personal trainers obsolete? Fitness equipment and quantified self gear is coming on the market armed with algorithms that know if your crunches are correct and how effective your squats are. Read more »
The fiber is barely in the ground and already Google is thinking about next generation gigabit networks, with the advertising company researching ways to get to 10Gbps on its Google Fiber networks. Its CFO Patrick Pichette spoke at an investor conference this week and noted the efforts while telling people to stay tuned about future network expansions. google’s need for speed isn’t exclusive to it. Verizon has been testing 10 Gbps using XG PON technology since 2010.
It’s highly likely that regulators will approve the massive deal to combine the nation’s top two cable companies. This is a bad deal for consumers, innovation and even U.S. broadband. Read more »
When the nation’s largest cable companies merge there are going to be some serious shake ups in the market. We look at who wins and who loses. Read more »
Cisco reported financial results Wednesday and while the company saw a drop in both revenue and profits, the company is investing in the internet of things. Cisco said it has allocated $100 million to invest in early stage companies to help it move the connected world forward. The company has already said it expects the internet of everything to drive growth in its services revenue from 20 percent of total sales to 30 percent, and has announced, but not delivered an entirely new architecture for a world of connected devices speaking to the cloud.
According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
MIT has developed a system that will help robots act together in uncertain environments that takes into account multiple agents and unreliable communication. It might help make your home smarter too. Read more »
Watches, garages and data privacy are all topics of discussion in this weeks podcast featuring The Pebble Steel, a connected garage door opener and Sam Ramji of Apigee discussing business models for the internet of things. Read more »
Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings. That’s possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP’s, but the data corroborates independent data provided by testing platform Measurement Lab, which I reported on last week. Disturbingly, Netflix says the speeds delivered for Brazil, Colombia and Chile are higher than the speeds experienced by end users in the United States, which has seen its average speeds trend downward since October.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is close to announcing his plan for dealing with a recent court decision that gutted the agency’s network neutrality order. Read more »
The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for it to learn and anticipate my needs as opposed to me having to program them. The team behind an Indiegogo product called Webee feels the same way. Read more »
Building a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But in an op-ed over at Ars Technica, the CEO of Wicked Broadband in Lawrence, Kansas suggests that if Google really wanted to drive broadband competition and gigabit networks it would teach cities how Google thinks about the problem and costs of building fiber. Then, municipalities could take on the act of building out the infrastructure and help roll out gigabit fiber faster. I’ve made a similar suggestion myself.
If you have a smart home and want to make it a bit more automated, modes might be your new best friend. Here’s how to take advantage of them. Read more »
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have created a $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund, to help support people in Kansas City, Kan. and Chattanooga Tenn. create apps that will showcase novel uses for gigabit networks. The open source software developed under the program will take advantage of the advanced networks in both cities, and hopefully offer up some great use cases for people who ask, why does anyone need a gig. Last summer Mozilla provided some funding for 22 ideas that competed as part of a U.S. Ignite event to showcase gigabit apps. Check ‘em out.
Peering disagreements aren’t fun or consumer-friendly, but they might be the reason consumers’ video streams are suffering. New data purports to show much an effect these fights are having on your broadband. Read more »
Vivint, a security and home automation provider, wants to get into the broadband game. the company is testing a 50 Mbps service in Utah that it plans to sell for $55. Read more »
The enterprise is adopting disparate services and using them to build federated applications as opposed to deeply integrated and less flexible programs. Orchestrate thinks it has a solution for the database drama that can ensue. Read more »
Chip licensing firm ARM shared its financial results Tuesday and it’s seeing some strong gains in the overall chip market. Its 2013 licensing revenue (from companies that pay ARM to use its chip designs) is up 32 percent year-over-year, while the overall growth of the chip industry was at 4.8 percent. So while the chip market is expanding, ARM is growing faster. However it’s growing from a much smaller base with total 2013 revenue of $1.12 billion compared to the industry’s sales of $305.58 billion. That’s a lot of chips.
For anyone interested in the internet of things, Skynet, an open source instant messaging service for connected devices (and services) is a powerful tool worth understanding. Check it out. Read more »
The world of alternative UIs is expanding, so getting developers to build compelling apps to advance your technology is tough. Leap Motion hopes an accelerator program can help it compete. Read more »
That devices will communicate with the cloud is the default setting for most thinking on architecting a connected world. But that’s not the only way it could play out. Read more »
The FCC approved an order today that will let telcos experiment with shutting down their old-school analog networks in favor or running IP-based networks. As he said in an interview with me Tuesday FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler notes that these shut downs are trials and the FCC is watching them closely to ensure consumers don’t suffer. For more on the topic check out this post or this one.
About 18 months after Google launched its Kansas City fiber-to-the-home effort the Kansas state legislature is introducing a bill to prevent other state municipalities to get involved in building their own broadband efforts — even in partnership with private companies. Several states have laws on the books that limit what municipalities can do to bring broadband connectivity, but as the need for better networks and partnerships like the one with Google or Gigabit U are gaining ground, it looks like incumbent providers are fighting back with politics.
Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. are on opposite coasts and often seem like opposite worlds, but learning how they differ might help bridge some very real gaps in how tech policy is talked about and implemented. Read more »
The chairman of the FCC is willing to step into the fray on peering fights if it hurts innovation, but he’s not willing to tell us what he plans to do about the big defeat for network neutrality. Read more »
Connecting consumers with the smart home will take recipes created for specific personas and educating them on why this is so useful. Plus, Kevin and I discuss security and connecting my garage. Read more »
A single connected device is less than the sum of its parts in an open ecosystem. Here’s how Birdi is trying to make consumers see the value in a $119 smoke detector. Read more »
I thought I wrote a lot about network neutrality, but this in-depth post over at Kotaku by Comcast gadfly and game industry executive Andre Vrignaud and Public Knowledge’s Michael Weinberg tackles the threat a court’s decision to kill net neutrality poses for gamers. It also spends a good chunk of verbiage on the problems with data caps too.
A report out from the OECD takes a look at connected televisions and what it will mean for broadband networks, peering, set-top-box makers and consumers. Read more »
Consumers complaining of poor Netflix and YouTube streams on certain ISP networks are the pawns in a fight over internet business models. Too bad knowing why this happens doesn’t fix this problem. Read more »
The internet of things is an entirely new way of building out networks and services, so why would we use old client-server or even cloud-tested forms of security? What comes next? Read more »
When everything’s connected how can we take people out of the middle of the billions of devices and let them talk to each other without us getting involved? The Wireless Registry has an idea. Read more »
Chip startup Adapteva raised a $3.6 million Series B round today, but the interesting story is how long it took to get here and how it almost didn’t get the funds. Read more »
In a speech today the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he “intends to fight” the court ruling that on Tuesday gutted most of the FCC’s Open Internet Order governing network neutrality. Speaking at a Washington DC event he said, “Using our authority we will re-address the concepts in the open Internet order, as the court invited, to encourage growth and innovation and enforce against abuse.” So now the question is will he reclassify broadband as a Title II service or rely on the 706 clause in the Telecommunications Act? And will he do this via a formal proceeding or on a case by case basis that he had formerly preached?
The U.S. is taking a beating in the price of broadband in a recent series of charts issued by research firm Point Topic. It ranks 58 out of 90 countries for cost of broadband. Read more »
A new company wants to build the equivalent of domain names and the DNS system for the internet of things. It fills a need, but is it the right approach? Read more »