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Several automakers are getting set to offer 4G LTE connectivity inside cars. The connectivity will be used to offer drivers connected services and to allow passengers access to entertainment content while driving. One thing that we didn't really know about the 4G LTE hotspot service was exactly how much it would cost.
GM has now unveiled that exact pricing and availability for the 4G hotspot service. The first car to get the service will be the 2015 Malibu. After that, the service will rollout to four Buicks, 15 Chevy models (including the new Corvette), 7 Cadillac, and six GMCs.
Analogix Semiconductor, the company behind the always-impressive SlimPort technology, has just announced the next iteration in its connectivity technology: SlimPort Pro.
SlimPort Pro is capable of "enabling Full HD or higher resolution display, up to eight-channels of immersive audio and data transfer at USB High-Speed rate up to 480 Mbps (megabits per second) over the existing 5-pin micro-USB connector and future USB connectors on mobile devices". Better yet, with SlimPort Pro-enabled devices, smartphones will be more powerful than ever.
Vice President of Marketing for Analogix, Andre Bouwer, explains: "64-bit application processors are now becoming available, equaling the processing capability of notebook computers. With SlimPort Pro you can dock your phone or tablet at your desk and use them as personal computers. You can run office applications on your Android device, create content which is ready to consume as soon as you leave your office and visit your customer".
VESA has just announced that the upcoming DisplayPort 1.2a standard would include a component of AMD's FreeSync technology, that is known as Adaptive-Sync. Adaptive-Sync allows the monitor to refresh as many times as the GPU can handle - improving frame rates, and making your gamers and movies seem much smoother.
Adaptive-Sync is also something that is not totally new, as it has been part of VESA's embedded DisplayPort, or eDP, since 2009. This is actually quite a big point, as it means that Adaptive-Sync is already baked into countless components for displays that use eDP for internal signalling. Thanks to VESA offering its members to use Adaptive-Sync technology for free without a license fee, we will see many of the big players in the display business taking it up.
We should hopefully hear more about Adaptive-Sync in the lead up, or at Computex, which kicks off early next month.
A recent study found that 21 percent of paid TV subscribers utilize their subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) TV everywhere service, as providers step up their offering. In addition to providing content in the living room, there is greater interest in bringing content to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
There was a concern that Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon would lead to greater cord cutting - and cable and satellite providers have responded appropriately. However, SVOD and pay TV subscribers are finding TV Everywhere to be beneficial, and 30 percent use TV Everywhere at least once per week.
"TV everywhere is about mobility and control," said Russ Crupnick, Industry Analyst Senior Vice President, in a press statement. "Customers, especially subscription streamers, are becoming accustomed to over-the-top options where the location and device are no longer barriers, and they crave a similar experience with TV Everywhere. The way to keep SVOD subscribers using TV Everywhere platforms is to make the experience even more portable."
Today Skype announced that it has recently passed a major milestone in the company's history by surpassing 2 million users. This news comes hot on the heals of Microsoft announcing that Skype Group Calling would be moving from the Skype Premium subscription plan to being completely free for all registered users to utilize for all their conferencing needs.
"We are thrilled that two million people from around the world have joined us to ask and answer questions, share stories and talk about Skype," the company said in a blog post. "In parenting people often talk about the terrible twos, but on the Community we're planning for the terrific twos because there's so much ahead to get excited about. We're already shaping the future of Skype and we have no intention of stopping any time soon."
It looks like Google is set to expand its Google Fiber service again, with Google Fiber-capable cities receiving letters stating those cities are candidates for Fiber coverage, which mentioned a Wi-Fi service.
The letter that some cities received didn't go into much detail of the Fiber Wi-Fi coverage, but it did state that it would like to talk about the topic with the related city requirements. With Google Fiber available in Provo, Utah, Kansas City and soon enough, Austin in Texas, it is an interesting move for Fiber. Google has issued the letter to some 34 additional cities asking for specific data on infrastructure, zoning information and possible locations for its networking equipment to be placed.
Last week, Quantenna Communications teased the world with something it is calling "10G Wi-Fi". This new Wi-Fi technology will have support for data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and a much longer range than current Wi-Fi technology.
Stanford Professor of Electrical Engineering Andrea Goldsmith said of Quantenna's new tech: "Quantenna's 8x8 architecture with adaptive beamforming demonstrates that the 'massive MIMO' promise of significantly higher throughput, robustness, and reduced interference can be realized in practice. This architecture will also significantly enhance the capabilities of MU-MIMO, allowing it to support interference-free transmission to many more devices simultaneously. These technology advances will transform the landscape of applications and devices that Wi-Fi can support. As we move into an era of exponentially-growing video usage and the Internet of Things, the 8x8 architecture and MU-MIMO technologies will become essential in all high-performance Wi-Fi devices".
This is the kind of technology we need as 4K (and higher) starts penetrating into our homes, where we're streaming and blasting out super high-res videos and data everywhere, all at once.
It looks like Google could be making its super-fast Fiber service available in New York City if a new job listing found by Geek.com is anything to go by. They spotted a job listing for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager for New York.
This position would see the candidate to "manage multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners". We've seen Google Fiber be a success in other parts of the United States, so it would be good to see Google make it happen in NYC.
Intel has just shown off an incredible new way of networking between PCs at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show currently going on in Las Vegas. The new technology is called Thunderbolt Networking, and will soon be made available to all PCs that feature Thunderbolt 2 controllers.
There will soon be an updated Windows driver released, that will "emulat[e] an Ethernet connection environment" which will provide a 10Gbps two-way link between computers that are connected through a Thunderbolt cable. Thunderbolt Networking will not be enabled for older PCs that feature the first-generation Thunderbolt controllers.
Windows PCs aren't the only things receiving Thunderbolt Networking, with two connected Thunderbolt-enabled Macs also capable of this new technology. It's not going to be as good as the PC version, but it will work nonetheless. We should see this new Thunderbolt Networking technology update for Windows pushed out soon.
Qualcomm recently made an announcement about Mu-Mimo (Multi-User, Multiple input and Multiple Output) technology that is considered as a breakthrough in wireless technology as its three times faster than Wi-Fi speeds.
The development of MU-Mimo took seven years for research, but in the end it turned out to be a great technology. Wi-Fi access points work by serving one user at the time, but MU-Mimo works even with multiple users.
The company explains,"Using MU-MIMO is like using the carpool lane: the Wi-Fi Highway doesn't change, but grouping up with other users lets you go much faster while de-congesting the other lanes."