More tech Stories

Internet service providers are beginning to focus on upstream speeds as subscribers change their online behavior from consuming web content to producing it. I’ve written how upstream demand is on the rise thanks to online storage services, video uploads and file sharing, but for people to […] Read more »

[qi:101] Folks applying online for some of the $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds available in the first round of grants have a little breathing room thanks to the government servers hitting a wall. It’s not clear what department is running the servers, but like any […] Read more »

Upcoming Events

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Later this year in Boston and Seattle, Verizon will test a wireless technology capable of delivering speeds that are comparable to those of basic cable modems and exceeding basic DSL. And the local Boston papers want to know if this means consumers should dump their […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] When it comes to buying content, consumers prefer to pick a bundle rather than buy à la carte, Daniel Taylor, a GigaOM Pro analyst, argues over at NewTeeVee. To bolster his argument, he used the example of paying for cable, rather than individual channels (even […] Read more »

[qi:083] Updated: The deal expected to be announced between Nokia  and Microsoft today, which would see Microsoft adapt its Office products for Nokia smartphones, would be is a desperate play. But not nearly desperate enough. The pact, by which Microsoft hopes to boost the fortunes of […] Read more »

Readers, it looks like Twitter is on the fritz, so let’s play a quick game to figure out what might be wrong with the microblogging site this time. At 12:15 PT, the main site appeared to be down, then it was up and running a few […] Read more »

VirtenSys, a Manchester, England-based startup providing virtualized I/O gear, today said it has received $16 million in its third round of funding. Existing investors Scottish Equity Partners, Celtic House Venture Partners, and Gimv participated. The money will be used to expand VirtenSys products into the growing […] Read more »

[qi:004] The federal government is spending $7.2 billion over the next year to bring better broadband to the masses, a lofty goal by any measure. But the feds are making it loftier than it needs to be in that it has no idea where people without […] Read more »

loading external resource

VMware today said it’s agreed to buy SpringSource, maker of an open-source platform for Java developers, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $420 million.  The virtualizaiton vendor will acquire SpringSource for roughly $362 million in cash and equity plus the assumption of some $58 million of […] Read more »

Virgin Mobile USA, which recently agreed to be acquired by Sprint for $483 million in stock, said today its sales for the second quarter were largely unchanged from the same period a year ago, at $290 million. However, its profits nearly quadrupled, to $21.8 million from […] Read more »

In data centers and on home PCs, the performance race has essentially stalled. Most people no longer focus on how fast a processor — or multiple processors — run, because processor performance isn’t as much of a bottleneck as it used to be. Unlike those running […] Read more »

[qi:___wimax] If recent comments from a Comcast executive are any indication, the push that cable companies are making into the wireless space could help spark a price war for mobile broadband. Comcast in July launched two new service bundles that provide wired and wireless broadband in […] Read more »

[qi:083] The second-quarter results are in, and the big carriers continued to to rake in the bucks from data, with AT&T managing to win over the most new subscribers and the biggest spenders. Thanks, iPhone! But outside of the staid world of the larger carriers, as […] Read more »

Is your startup carrying a balance on its Visa? If so, you’d be well-advised to get it paid off. Credit card debt reduces the likelihood that a new business will survive its first three years of operation, according to a study released today by the Kauffman […] Read more »

Comcast will deploy superfast broadband in 80 percent of its footprint by the end of this year, CEO Brian Roberts said during the cable company’s second-quarter earnings call today, up from the 65-percent figure the company had committed to last year. The quicker rollout may be […] Read more »

MetroPCS, the prepaid cellular service provider, this morning reported a weaker profit and a drop in new subscribers for the second quarter, and analysts are blaming the increased competition among prepaid plans. The carrier, which has been reporting record quarters, only added about 206,000 subscribers in […] Read more »

Prepaid cell phone plans are looking increasingly attractive for those who want more services for less money, according to the latest issue of Consumer Reports. Several new plans that cost $50 per month for unlimited voice and texts have recently been introduced from smaller carriers such […] Read more »

It seems technology vendors just love the movies. Nvidia today said its graphics chips played a role in compiling and restoring footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing — a feat of image processing. Also today, Analog Devices, a maker of micro electromechanical machines (MEMs),  said […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_google-android] Google’s Android platform may have started out in handsets, but it was only a matter of time before it ended up in a variety of other devices, from netbooks to set-top boxes. An executive at one of the companies that designs chips for embedded devices […] Read more »

[qi:032] Comcast may take on more than its network can handle by offering its cable TV via the web under its TV Everywhere program, which has me wondering if cable providers will weather the influx of TV content delivered over their data network as opposed to […] Read more »

U.S. carriers will make more money from selling wireless services than they do from wireline services starting sometime in 2014, according to estimates provided by research firm Atlantic-ACM. The company, which tracks a slew of wireless and wireline data, issued a report today that noted the […] Read more »

[qi:014] Democrats in Congress led by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are set to unveil legislation today that would ban texting while driving across all 50 states, according to the Associated Press. Fourteen states already have bans in place, but with a new law, the federal government […] Read more »

Sprint this morning said its loss widened in the second quarter over the same period last year and that it lost even more subscribers this quarter than in the first three months of 2009. Those hoping that the Palm Pre, which hit store shelves at the […] Read more »

While analysts estimate the number of Kindles currently on the market at around a million (sales of the iPhone, by comparison, stand at around 13 million), it seems like ebooks are here to stay, whether they’re delivered via an iPhone app or on the upcoming Plastic […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Something, perhaps an Apple tablet or maybe a need for speed, has lit a fire under Verizon, which is expecting to complete its rollout of its fourth-generation wireless service faster than previously reported.  In its second-quarter conference call yesterday, Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl […] Read more »

One of the biggest impediments to accurate broadband mapping is the unwillingness of carriers to share with mapping companies or the governments who employ them data on their service areas and speeds. The carriers tend to view such data as proprietary and as such, cite competitive […] Read more »

Broadcom today said its Bluetooth radios are inside a new line of televisions from LG Electronics. Earlier this year, its Bluetooth radios made it into televisions from Sharp, while Samsung also has a Bluetooth-enabled TV. The movement to put Bluetooth — a radio technology popular in […] Read more »

Verizon reported second-quarter results this morning, and saw revenue rise while profits fell. But those of us who care about the fate of broadband should note that the carrier is ramping up its fiber-to-the-home triple play — and likely stealing customers from cable providers. Verizon added […] Read more »

Vubiq, a startup based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., is offering a chip that has the potential to change the economics for companies trying to ship huge amounts of data over relatively short distances — notably cell providers trying to build backhaul for their wireless networks or […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_routers] Most consumers pay some attention to their downstream bandwidth speeds, which can affect how quickly iTunes files finish downloading or the quality of movie streaming, but upstream speeds have never been as big of an issue. That’s clearly starting to change as Internet service providers […] Read more »

[qi:gigaom_icon_mobile] The global market for handsets in 2009 will shrink 7.5 percent from the prior year, according to a blog post written today by ABI Research. That compares with a prior contraction forecast of 8.1 percent. The firm revised its global handset sales outlook following a […] Read more »

Readers, I need your thoughts on an etiquette issue associated with technology. Yesterday morning I was at the San Francisco airport finishing up a story while waiting for a flight. Inspired by my colleague James over at jkOnTheRun, I had my laptop and my Verizon MiFi […] Read more »

The demands of the computing world have shifted in the last few years, leading hardware vendors to scramble to meet the needs of Web 2.0 companies and cloud computing providers. That shift was already well under way when the recession hit, but it wasn’t until then […] Read more »

Wireless networks in their current form can’t support efforts by service providers trying to deliver video inside the home. That’s according to Joe Del Rio, a senior marketing manager at Broadcom with whom I chatted yesterday; he said service providers are still inclined to trust wired […] Read more »

[qi:105] South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on Thursday fined Qualcomm $208 million for anti-competitive behavior, putting an end to a 3-year investigation against the CDMA powerhouse. While the KFTC decided in favor of Qualcomm on two issues — multimedia integration and WCDMA — the commission […] Read more »

Groups representing municipal broadband advisers and consumer-oriented nonprofits have written a letter protesting the way the first tranche of $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds is being distributed. They sent the letter to Larry Strickling, the administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is […] Read more »

AT&T said today that it will provide wireless service for an eagerly anticipated e-reader from Plastic Logic, and that it’s inked an agreement with Jasper Wireless to provide 3G service to a variety of consumer devices such as cameras and navigation systems in cars. The two […] Read more »

1636465666799page 65 of 99

You're subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings