In his first health-focused event since it became clear that the new health insurance marketplaces are hobbled by technical problems, President Obama said top private sector IT experts are working to fix the issues. Read more »
Just three weeks after announcing his departure from Hulu, the company’s SVP of advertising is joining the Fremont Project, the stealthy startup headed by Hulu’s former boss. Read more »
AT&T is probably/maybe going to introduce higher speed broadband tiers, according to leaked information via a website glitch reported by DSL Reports. The website glitch (since fixed) indicated that AT&T will introduce 4 U-Verse tiers: 75 Mbps ($91), 100 Mbps ($111), 150 Mbps ($155) and 300 Mbps ($199 a month). Of course, the timing and availability is anyone’s guess. Elsewhere, CenturyLink (incorporating former phone company, Qwest) is planning to introduce a gigabit service in Las Vegas for $145 a month, though when bundled with television it is much cheaper – $80 a month. I pay $40 a month for my 200 Mbps connection, thanks to my local independent ISP.
The New York Times’ tech columnist David Pogue is leaving the paper for Yahoo, where he’ll help launch a consumer tech site. Read more »
Most hard drives store data using magnetic properties, but unfortunately those are only good for about 10 years. This might be great for your status updates, but if you’re storing photos or government documents, your best bet for a long-term future might be archival paper (or stone and a chisel). But MIT Tech Review reports that scientists have figured a way to etch data onto sheets of tungsten and silicon nitride in the form of QR codes to store data for the theoretical long term — like a million years. Whether or not we’ll have software to decode it then is another problem altogether.
Gartner says a shift to lower-cost devices across segments and continued demand for tablets shaped the device market landscape this year. Read more »
After you tune into Apple’s event on Tuesday and learn about the latest in conspicuous consumption, why not check out the Al Gore-backed 24 Hours of Reality online broadcast? We chat with Gore about the project. Read more »
Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy smartphone might use the same faux-leather plastic material found on the Galaxy Note 3. Read more »
UBR-1 will likely find a place in research in education. It is easily customizable and safe enough to work around people. Read more »
Struggling next-gen biofuel company Kior now has funding commitments from Bill Gates for its plant expansion. Read more »
A Snowden-derived article in Le Monde on Monday claimed that the NSA has been recording millions of voice calls in France and scanning them for keywords. Businesspeople and politicians appear to have been targeted. Read more »
Tellabs was a high flyer during the telecom and networking bubble of the 1990s and early 2000s. Now it is being sold for proverbial nickels and dimes to a private equity firm that is building up an optical portfolio, betting on a new boom. Read more »
A former Apple employee says that Apple could debut a Surface-style keyboard cover for the full-size iPad at tomorrow’s event. Read more »
Quantum computing is just in its infancy, but its possibilities have certainly intrigued Google. In order to make the future come that much faster, the company is now looking to the children to usher in a new, quantum-physics savvy generation. The Google Quantum A.I. Lab Team released a blog post detailing the kid-friendly qCraft: a modpack for the popular, pixelated MMORPG Minecraft that enables players to explore and experiment with quantum physics in the digital world. With it, kids will be able to enact Schrodinger’s Cat, instead of reading about it in a text book.
Company says its systems integration experience enables it to offer a “hardened, zero-lock-in” OpenStack for enterprise use. Read more »
Barnes & Noble and One Laptop Per Child have partnered to preload a new Nook kids’ app on OLPC’s $150 XO tablets, which are designed for children in the U.S. Read more »
According to a page Apple posted and later reverted, GarageBand might become a free download for iOS 7 users. Read more »
In its first national equity investment, Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education fund has co-led a seed round in K-12 education startup Panorama Education. Read more »
This webinar session will examine the lessons learned from the first wave of adoption and outline strategies to take advantage of SDDCs without sacrificing control or going over budget. It will also look toward advances in data center technology, and how enterprises can build for the future. Join us on Oct. 29. Read more »
Boost Mobile, a discount wireless carrier and a division of Sprint, has become the latest carrier to offer Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The phones will go on sale on November 8. Like its other phones, Boost will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with a contract-free “unlimited” plans that include 2.5GB of full-speed data per month, with throttled speeds thereafter. While there have been rumors of slower iPhone 5c sales, Apple is still rolling out its phones to new carriers, especially in the overseas markets.
New funding from Atlas Venture and Matrix Ventures will help the NoSQL database vendor push its product globally. Read more »
When building software, it’s great to be Open Source until it isn’t. In early days of a project where time is of the essence, as when Google scrambled to get into mobile to catch up with Apple’s iPhone, opening up makes for better software faster. But, what happens when you win? Ars Technica has a great report about Google’s introduction of proprietary apps that replace Android Open Source Project apps — essentially cutting off company-enacted updates to the Open Source material. It’s an ingenious, if slightly conniving, way to keep competitors from swiping the platform.
The German enterprise software company’s latest results show a drop in traditional licensing income, but a healthy uptick in cloud revenue that would be even stronger if it weren’t for pesky currency issues. Read more »
Netflix still sends DVDs to around seven million customers. So when will the company pull the plug on DVD subscriptions and finally go online-only? Read more »
From the stage at our Mobilize Conference, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin tells how the company is looking to integrate phones into TV watching. Read more »
AT&T, in what seems to be an effort to shore up its finances for future acquisitions, says it has struck a $4.85 billion deal with Crown Castle, a company that operates wireless towers across the world. As part of the deal, AT&T will lease 9,100 cell towers for an average lease of 28 years and will sell 600 towers outright to Crown Castle. The leased towers can be acquired by Crown Castle for $4.2 billion. It is rumored in telecom circles that AT&T is looking to expand its network footprint internationally.
Technical glitches have plagued the new health insurance exchanges since their launch on Oct. 1. But in a blog post Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it’s called in the “best and the brightest” inside and outside government to fix the issues. In addition to what it called a “tech surge,” HHS said it’s adding new tools to monitor and identify problem areas so it can better prioritize and address them. Since the launch of HealthCare.gov, the agency said nearly half a million applications for coverage have been submitted.
Over 50 VCs turned down our startup. We turned to the crowd instead and ended up raising nearly $2 million online. Here’s how we did it. Read more »
As the latest release of the open-source cloud infrastructure debuted, controversy swirled anew. Will OpenStack kill third-party PaaSes or vice versa? Read more »
I’ve been a big fan of IK Multimedia’s gear for a long time and here’s my review of their latest. Read more »
The only thing that has ever remained constant about the tech industry is swift change. Our goal is to stay five steps ahead of that change so that you, our readers, can be at least two or three steps ahead. Read more »
It’s not much evidence, but there could be a refreshed Pixel in the works. Mention of a “Pixel 2.0″ was found this week; we chat about that more about the HP Chromebook 11 on this week’s podcast. Read more »
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The sharing economy can take advantage of mobile, always-on connections and data analysis to help optimize our consumption. But there are still obstacles to overcome. Read more »
Some publishers seem to feel that Flipboard’s business model is based on taking advantage of their free content, but the company argues that what it really wants to do is help them stay in business Read more »
If companies want to build out a connected home experience that benefits all consumers, they should learn a lesson from Boxee. Read more »
Greylock Partners’ Jerry Chen has seen enough in his recent 9 years building the cloud computing business at VMware to know how to spot an opportunity. Here’s where he thinks entrepreneurs and investors should focus their attention. Read more »
You don’t always have to use a social media account to communicate to all of your friends and family. These iOS tips will have you sending group messages to a specific list of contacts in no time. Read more »
With its online marketplace and “Art Genome Project,” New York-based Artsy wants to help anyone with an internet connection break into the elite world of art collecting. Read more »
Could Google’s new Nexus 5 powerhouse cost as little at $349? It seems so, based on a brief appearance of the phone on Google Play. Lenovo is trying Android in a laptop while Dell has a pair of new Android tablets using Intel chips. Read more »