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 »
This data from CB Insights covers a huge swath of technologies from home automation products and health tracking apps to sensors and networking chip firms. So it’s no surprise that Intel is the top investor while Qualcomm and Cisco are also on the list. Check it out.
Disclosure: True Ventures is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.
Google’s acquisition of Nest is about energy, the smart home and expanding it’s expertise and interest in robots. Why? Because the smart home will be comprised of many robots working together. Read more »
The courts invalidated much of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. While consumers will lose, the winners may surprise you. Read more »
Given the options facing the FCC in the wake of a court vacating most of the net neutrality rules the agency put in place, it’s likely we’ll see a double-sided market for broadband emerge. Read more »
We’ve been hosting a conference about mobile connectivity since 2008, but for 2014 we’re unveiling a new name that helps showcase how ubiquitous connectivity has become. We hope you’ll join us at Structure Connect. Read more »
After Google said it would acquire Nest, we scrapped our post CES round up to talk about the deal’s implications. Check out the podcast to see if Kevin is keeping his Nest. Read more »
Charter offered to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at more than $61 billion. So far Time Warner Cable has said no thanks, but here’s what’s behind John Malone’s persistence. Read more »
Google intends to buy a connected thermostat that knows when you’re home and where you are within it. Given Google’s quest to index all the world’s information, this deal should jumpstart the conversation about privacy and the internet of things. Read more »
I usually look to chips to inform me about the future capabilities of our electronic devices, but this year at CES I looked to deals about sharing APIS and SDKs instead. Read more »
Gesture control will be integral in controlling the smart home, but it’s still up in the air how it might be implemented. NinjaBlocks uses EMF instead of a camera. Read more »
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, has a message for Silicon Valley. He’s on your side, in both caring about the issues and his seeming reluctance to make actual regulations. Read more »
The U.S. has the most broadband subscribers in OECD countries, but that’s because we’re the biggest. The OECD’s new broadband penetration stats showcase how far we need to come in future-proof broadband tehcnology. Read more »
The former president and co-founder of Gigabit Squared, a company that has apparently lost a contract to help bring gigabit broadband to Seattle, has resigned from any role in the company’s operations. Read more »
After buying thousands of dollars in connected devices, plus a hard reset of my Hue light bulbs, I wonder how we’re going to uninstall the connected devices in our homes. Read more »
The Staples Connect platform promises some support for cool devices and more radio protocols. Meanwhile Lowe’s’ Iris platform adds some energy conservation products and voice control. Read more »
Forget your connected bracelets or mattress pads. The folks at Select Comfort have a Sleep Number connected bed so you can track your sleep. All for $8,000. Read more »
Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix’s cloud architect, has joined Battery Ventures as a technical fellow where he will work with startups in a variety of areas, from enterprise computing to the internet of things. Read more »