FiOS subscriber Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO who resides in New York City, pays for FiOS Internet that promised service of 75 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload. However, his Netflix video streams were limping along at just 375 kbps (0.375mbps). Which is about only 0.5 percent of the speed he’s paying for. So on a lark he decided to connect to a Virtual Private Network service. What Nederkoorn found was that through this encrypted extra hop, which in all other cases would slow down network performance he saw nearly a 10x increase in Netflix performance.
So Verizon, you got a lot of explaining to do! Continue reading
The Bell Labs R&D division of telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent has today claimed to set a new world record after they successfully pushed “ultra-broadband” speeds of 10,000 Megabits per second (Mbps) down a traditional copper telephone line using XG-FAST technology, which is an extension of the protocol G.fast (ITU G.9700).
We carry expensive gadgets on us all the time now. On a flight we listen to music on an iPhone or read on a Kindle ebook reader. We watch movies on an iPad or play Flappy bird on a phone. But what do you do if you misplace that device, or worse it is stolen? What recourse do you have to get it back, if any? What are the first steps and when and who do you call, or contact, for help, and what can you do to be prepared beforehand to help in getting it back yourself? Continue reading
In the press there have been articles about Nintendo’s great failure. Hope of turning the WiiU into a money-making juggernaut like that of the Wii is now buried. Talk amongst soothsayers of the gaming industry is Nintendo should just abandon the hardware market and convert to a solely third-party software development house, becoming the next game studio catering to smartphones, tablets, and development on rival consoles. However the rumors of Nintendo’s financial demise is greatly exaggerated.