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September 2016

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LinkNYC: The Ultimate Sin Hub in your Neighborhood

September 30, 2016



Once upon a time you had to travel to Las Vegas to live the Sin City Experience but why bother when new York can bring it right to your neighborhood. The idea behind LinkNYC is fantastic - free internet access at insane speeds for all to use for free.

The trouble is, the users are still watching porn, smoking weed and since this blog is rated PG-13, I can't go into the other sins taking place in the 150 feet or so where you can get absolutely blazing fast WiFi.

That's even after the screens were removed.

On the plus side, the upload speed is actually faster than the download - in this recent speed test taken by a fan of the technology and sent to me. 193 Mbps up and 153 Mbps down!

The city hopes the idea will generate more than $500,000,000 which is probably why we won't see the kiosks going away any time soon... In fact, we can expect 4,550 of them by 2019.

We know the Muni-WiFi market crashed and burned once before - we'll see if this time things will be different.

Finally, I have never done a ping test where the response time was 7 ms.













Samsung's Service Problems may have Doomed it for Years

September 30, 2016

Apple's biggest global competitors are Samsung, and coming soon, Xaomi and Huawei but only Samsung has the global name recognition to be a serious counterbalance to Cupertino today. With the recent poor handling of battery-gate surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, the company showed it didn't handle the crisis as well as the design of the phone.

In fact, the reviewers raved about the phone and until the news broke of all the battery problems, recalls and potential explosions, Samsung had done an amazing job one-upping Apple.

As Rob Enderle points out however, service is a crucial part of selling to customers. the relationship and customer experience is a major area of focus for companies today and it should be. Social media makes it a lot easier to complain about a bad experience.

Many years back I realized the Internet made it so much easier to complain about a product or service which didn't live up to expectations.





Iridium Doubles-Down on IoT Support, Faster Connections

September 27, 2016


“If you have a coverage map, you aren’t global,” said Tim Last, VP & GM M2M Business at Iridium when I asked why the company’s M2M/IoT business was growing so fast. The company’s customers span most major markets such as enterprise, industrial, government, maritime, aviation, fleet management, asset tracking, environment and Cathodic protection or pipelines. The company’s satellite–based solutions help industries that have global assets which need tracking.




He also showed me the new Iridium Edge (coming soon), a solution which is like a fixed-site telemetry device – it can be used for secondary connectivity to back up cellular.

Procera Helps Carriers Shape Even Encrypted Traffic

September 26, 2016

One of the biggest challenges for network operators is certainly dealing with the growth of network traffic in a margin-compression environment. Video is one of the main drivers of bandwidth growth on the net but it isn’t always easy to deal with it. Consider mobile traffic is growing 53% CAGR from 2015 to 2020.

See graph below:





In addition to dealing with the above issues, carriers have to also manage various video providers and their particular responses to your traffic shaping.

IoT MVNO PodSystem Pledges More Partnerships and Not to Compete with Customers

September 26, 2016

Business travelers get the idea of the single SIM card which allows global connectivity at reasonable pricing. I’ve written about companies like Gigsky, Xcom and Truphone before – providers of such SIM solutions which work across a number of global carriers.

In the IoT space, the need is just as great – in fact, you might say it’s even greater. I say this because, when there is a potential glitch with a universal SIM solution which could happen occasionally, due to configuration errors and the like, a user can always revert to a local SIM or even their home SIM with roaming turned on.

MultiTech Intros New 4G-LTE Cat 1 and LoRa Solutions

September 26, 2016

For anyone who worked with PCs during the 1980s they remember MultiTech as a major player in the world of modems. In a world where tech companies are acquired or go out of business seemingly faster than it takes the light from the screen you’re reading to reach your eyes, this company has innovated and stayed in essentially the same business they have always been in, helping machines communicate with one another.

As the company continues to grow in what we now call the M2M or IoT space, I sat down with Sara Brown from the company to learn about the company’s IoT SocketModem Cell for 4G-LTE Cat 1.  Allowing upload speeds of 5 Mbps and download of up to 10 Mbps, it’s designed for 2G replacement as well as use in solar devices or others where power is scarce.

Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

September 25, 2016

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed China to get the most intimate secrets of virtually all federal employees – tens of millions of them. As I’ve described – this information, which is super top-secret and consists of sexual history could be used to blackmail U.S. workers.

Jabra Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones a Great iPhone 7 Companion

September 9, 2016

Confirming months of rumors, Apple announced two new iPhone 7 models which have no headphone jacks. There are two schools of thought on this decision. The first is the headphone jack is antiquated and not necessary. The second, Apple wants to make more money and charge royalties for use of the Lightning connector.

You Can Now Use your Phone on the Plane

September 9, 2016

The latest Windows 10 update makes it easier than ever to bring your mobile lifestyle onto an airplane. If you go into Settings and then Network & Internet, under Mobile hotspot, you can turn the service on and set a network name and password. As I write this on a Microsoft Surface Book, I decided to try the feature out. I then connected an iPhone and within a minute the phone rang.



You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story

September 1, 2016

An MSP is contacted by a publicly traded company looking for help managing their IT. When the MSP goes to the company conference room to tell them about how they can protect their servers, the decision-maker explains they don’t have a need for servers, they are using Dropbox.

The MSP is perplexed and explains there could be security issues with the cloud in general and it is safer to keep the data locally and have encrypted backups. The MSP is mocked – told Dropbox is safe and secure and that her old company had users on it and it works great.

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