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VoLTE Versus WebRTC: I didn't know it was a battle

When I talk to customers, they often ask about how WebRTC compares to voice over LTE (VoLTE), and which technology “will...

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These 3 Do Everything Together

At a few shows, including the latest ITEXPO, the 3 big cablecos - TWC, Comcast and Charter - share a booth....

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Modems? In This Day and Age?

Not so many years ago, the only way to connect to the Internet was via a modem. You would use your...

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How to Speed Small Cell Site Acquisition on a Large Scale

By: Jean Jones, Director, Wireless Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Outdoor small cells are now widely recognized as a great solution for expanding mobile capacity and coverage. And their use is expected to grow sevenfold by 2018.[1] So here’s the next big question: How can you put these cells where they’re needed, faster and at lower cost?

Maybe you’ve already encountered deployment issues, including difficulties with small cell site acquisition. According to an Informa Telecoms & Media survey, nearly 60% of mobile operators say that deployment problems are their biggest small cell challenge.[2] In other words, operators’ top concerns are not about small cell technologies or products. Instead, they’re about the practical aspects of getting these cells up and running on light posts, utility poles, bus stops, buildings and other street locations.

This blog looks at a collaborative approach that makes these deployment processes faster and easier. Alcatel-Lucent adopted these methods for our Metro Cell Express Site Certification Program. And we’re discussing them here, because this business model earned a top award in the small cell innovation leadership category.

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HumansFirst ColdSmoke Lets You Buy with your Smartphone

While speech-technology has come a long way, we still haven’t entered the world of Star Trek reruns where the computer can do...

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Structural Separation via REIT Equals Zero Taxes

Windstream got the endorsement of the IRS to transfer their assets - copper and fiber plant - to a REIT and...

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Connected Cars as an Everyday Lifestyle

By: Ellis Lindsay, General Manager, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent 

I drive to work and back home in my car every day. I tune in to a radio station for traffic news and upcoming events nearby. Like many of you I’m sure, this is a typical everyday activity. And like never before, we are connected to our home, our families, our phones, our work and our friends in a network that seems to be always on. Shouldn’t we be in a lifestyle where we are consistently connected to the everyday activities in our lives? Well, let me introduce you to the world of Connected Cars. Full Story »

The Holodeck: Is It Next?

August 19, 2014

While we've all been staring, enrapt, at the Oculus Rift for some time now and thinking that, indeed, this has to be the future of gaming that we're staring at right here. It has to be! It's virtual reality! But even with virtual reality, there was one other field that we literally never dared to dream about, and that's holography.

So, Who Won Gamescom?

August 18, 2014

It's the question that launched a thousand discussions, and given how E3 went, and how the console wars in general have been faring so far, it was a question that largely had to be asked. Who “won” Gamescom? Who came out of the German event with the best public perception? Who's most likely to see positive benefit from this event?

Gamescom 2014: Sony, The Revived

August 14, 2014

Back in 2012—even in a hefty chunk of 2013—Sony was the also-ran of the gaming community. The releases never came quite as fast or as often, and Sony often wound up on the bad end of the conversation. But then E3 2013 hit, and Microsoft set it all briefly on fire. Sure, Microsoft turned around, and quickly, but by the the damage was done and Sony looked to emerge top dog of the early part of the console wars.

Gamescom 2014: Microsoft Shows Its Hand

August 13, 2014

It's easy to forget about Gamescom; after all, it's not E3, it has nothing to do with Penny Arcade, and CES is still almost five months out. But Cologne, Germany's big gaming event packs in the excitement in its own right, and it's bringing the major names out to play. But what came along with the big show? Well, Microsoft had some exciting offerings to put up, and for those expecting more in gaming out of one of the biggest names in console gaming, there's plenty of reason for excitement.

First, Microsoft brought along Remedy Entertainment, the guys who handled “Alan Wake,” one of my personal favorite horror-action titles of recent memory.

Facebook's "Oculus Experiences" Pushing Bounds Of Oculus Rift

August 12, 2014

Recently, a new development cropped up that really bears discussing. Facebook, reportedly, put out some feelers recently, talking to a variety of studios and individual directors about creating what some were referring to as “Oculus Experiences,” a new breed of video entertainment that was specifically designed to be shown on the Oculus Rift. While this isn't exactly new, it does represent the start of a much more ambitious look at something that was originally set to be mostly just a video game peripheral.

Discussions around the concept took several different forms. Some considered the idea of smaller, compartmentalized experiences that would serve as promotional material for a complete film, like maybe a stunt driving sequence to accompany “Drive Angry” or one of the “Fast and the Furious” movies.

Can Virtual Reality Make An Effective Anesthetic?

August 11, 2014

We've considered plenty of possibilities of late when it comes to virtual reality systems, particularly the Oculus Rift. We've readily seen the gaming applications, which have long been in place since the earliest days of “Dactyl Nightmare.” We've considered the idea of virtual tourism, and the ability to experience any city, any attraction on Earth from an easy chair. But a new concept suggests that virtual reality might serve a whole new purpose: as a kind of partial anesthetic.

The idea recently came into play as part of an experiment at the Perpetuo Socorro hospital in Gran Canaria in Spain. While there, a woman named Josefa Ramirez went in for a knee operation, a prospect that would have anyone unnerved.

Who's The Most Loyal In Gaming?

August 7, 2014

The gaming environment has changed, wildly, from even just five years ago. Mobile devices were only just beginning, really, and the field was mainly split between console and PC gaming. But now, with the rise of the indie gaming market and the casual gaming market as represented by mobile devices, the field has changed, and is changing. What's more, the demographics of gaming is also changing, and a whole new development is fundamentally reshaping gaming.

Perhaps one of the biggest such changes is the increase of women involved in gaming.

Sunset in Azeroth: Will "Warlords of Draenor" Improve World of Warcraft's Fortunes?

August 6, 2014

I've mentioned it before, but I was once a “World of Warcraft” player not so long ago. More on that later for those not already familiar with the tale, but having been in and left the game, I understand something about why players might leave the game themselves. And one thing is becoming increasingly clear: players are leaving the game in fairly substantial numbers.

The reports are unpleasant to say the least: 2010 was the high-water mark for “World of Warcraft,” with 12 million players in total involved in the game. Now, that number is down to just over half that count, with reports putting the inhabitants of Azeroth down to just 6.8 million.

Microsoft's Uphill Battle For The Chinese Gaming Market

August 5, 2014

On September 23, a little slice of history will land in mainland China as the Xbox One goes on sale in the country, the first such dedicated gaming machine to be sold in the country since the country established a ban on gaming consoles that went back fully 14 years, according to reports. But even with a first-mover advantage and Microsoft's incredible name recognition and market capitalization, success is not assured. So what's standing between Microsoft and gaming sector dominance in one of the planet's biggest markets? Let's take a look.

On the surface, this should be a slam dunk.

New Xbox One Bundles Incoming; Another Price Drop To Follow?

August 4, 2014

Some exciting news is afoot for those who haven't pulled the trigger as yet on landing a new Xbox One. Specifically, those interested in Xbox One and certain titles will be able to land a complete box set of the systems in question. But given the time of year, and the time of the releases, is this actually posing a larger possibility to come: a full Xbox One price cut?

The news by itself is pretty good for what it is in isolation. Fairly soon, there will be an Xbox One system offered for users along with a copy of “Madden NFL 15.” Though there won't be a Kinect included, the whole system together will cost $399, or essentially, the same cost of a standard Kinect-free system, meaning that users will be able to buy a Kinectless Xbox One and get a free copy of “Madden NFL 15.” Later, a white Xbox One—the first such system of its class—will be released with a copy of “Sunset Overdrive,” and though there's no pricing yet on this one, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if, once again, it was $399.

While this is good news on all sides, it's enough to make someone start wondering. This is maybe the third time such a price adjustment has emerged in the last several months, but while that by itself wouldn't mean much of anything, there's another point that might contribute.

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