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GE waves developers onto its huge IoT stage

General Electric has more than a century of industrial experience, but it hopes to leverage outside expertise in its IoT mission. This week the company is hosting a developer conference for its GE Predix software platform and announcing developer kits.

Written by Stephen Lawson27 July 16 02:30

More than half the world is still offline

While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, a majority of the world’s population doesn’t even use the internet. About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population, will still be offline at the end of this year, the International Telecommunication Union estimates.

Written by Stephen Lawson23 July 16 07:21

Like AT&T, Verizon is going virtual for enterprises

On Thursday, Verizon announced enterprise services defined and activated through software, a move intended to help both the carrier and its customers save money and respond more quickly to changing needs.

Written by Stephen Lawson21 July 16 22:00

Wireless on wheels? Cable can play at that game, too

When lots of people gather for concerts or sports events, cellular carriers often bring their networks to the scene with cell towers mounted on trucks, or COWs (cells on wheels). Not to be outdone, Comcast is joining the fray using Wi-Fi.

Written by Stephen Lawson21 July 16 07:06

Business are rushing into IoT like lemmings

Two-thirds of companies are now using or planning to use IoT, according to a global survey by research firm Strategy Analytics. That’s up from just 32 percent last year.

Written by Stephen Lawson20 July 16 10:54

How AT&T wants to use AI as a crystal ball

AT&T says it’s been using AI for decades in areas like call-center automation. Now the carrier is pouring its AI smarts into a single platform for use with many applications.

Written by Stephen Lawson19 July 16 10:54

AT&T likes 'white-box' networks and hopes you will, too

AT&T’s march toward standard “white-box” network gear will come to enterprises this week with the introduction of an industry-standard server that can take the place of four specialized network devices.

Written by Stephen Lawson18 July 16 10:00

AT&T wants to keep order in drone-filled skies

AT&T is a big drone user, and its network could be a future backbone for command and control of drones or even a traffic management system.

Written by Stephen Lawson16 July 16 12:20

IBM and AT&T are cozying up to IoT developers

Big IoT partnerships are coming thick and fast these days. A deal between IBM and AT&T to help developers turn IoT ideas into reality is just the latest tie-up involving major enterprise vendors in this field.

Written by Stephen Lawson14 July 16 10:22

IBM and Cisco will make Watson into a virtual workmate

Watson might schedule your meetings someday if a partnership between IBM and Cisco Systems bears the fruit they’re hoping to grow. In the meantime, the companies hope to save employees from some of the meaningless tasks they have to carry out just to work with their colleagues.

Written by Stephen Lawson01 July 16 02:12

Wave 2 Wi-Fi may be a sleeper, but it's great for some

As the Wi-Fi Alliance starts certifying the latest gigabit-speed products to work together, users may not get as excited as they did for some earlier standards. But the new technology adds a few features with real advantages, at least for some users.

Written by Stephen Lawson30 June 16 04:21

Too many IoT networks? Cisco just bet on this one

Cisco Systems just cast a vote of confidence in one of the technologies that might get your next IoT device online. On Tuesday, the company announced gateways between LoRaWAN low-power wireless networks and fatter pipes like Ethernet cables.

Written by Stephen Lawson29 June 16 05:04

Tensions rise over LTE using Wi-Fi channels

The Wi-Fi Alliance says that by September there will be a way to test whether an LTE device can get along with Wi-Fi. But Qualcomm, one of the biggest backers of LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), is demanding those tests immediately.

Written by Stephen Lawson28 June 16 11:37

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