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AllSeen Alliance Accelerates 'Internet of Everything'

Two dozen connectivity and home networking heavyweights – including Cisco and Qualcomm – plus consumer electronics firm such as LG, Panasonic and Sharp have joined the new AllSeen Alliance, which will seek to coordinate features on the “Internet of Everything.”  

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

With its landmark Disney carriage deal, an agreement that provides the building blocks for Dish Network to launch its own “virtual over-the-top” online video service, the satellite giant could effectively have driven a stake through the kangaroo heart of its controversial ad-skipping service, the AutoHop.

Discovery, Mediacom, Comcast Cable 'Say Yes To The Prom'

Spring is almost upon us, which means prom season is not too far behind. Discovery Communications is already preparing for the big night with a national expansion of its "Say Yes To the Prom" initiative promoting positive self-esteem in high school girls.

The Next Big Thing In Video Compression

It happens about every decade, and the third one is almost upon us: A new standard for video compression, bound to make video shipping better.

It’s called “HEVC,” for “High Efficiency Video Coding.” You’ll see it demo into the industrial mainstream at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in January, and into your handhelds and TVs a year hence from that.

Read Quickly, While People Still Dominate the Internet


By now you’ve heard the hullaballoo around “machine-to-machine” computing, abbreviated “M2M.” And “the Internet of Things,” or IOT. And “the Internet of Everything,” or IOE.

Each characterizes how we’re attaching sensors and controllers to our physical stuff for access and manipulation from somewhere else: Webcam-watching what’s going on at home or lowering the heat from work, because you forgot to do it before you walked out the door.

On Clouds and Chokepoints


In the halls of cable and broadband technologies, what people were talking about last week were the performance glitches during the first-ever live stream of the 86th annual Academy Awards.

A few weeks earlier, what people were talking about were the travel-is-so-glamorous accommodations in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympic Games.

In other words, what people weren’t talking about were performance glitches during an Olympic Games treatment that put every event (every event) online.

RDK Revisited: Use Cases


One of the questions swirling around the topic of RDK — the Reference Design Kit — is what it means, beyond getting to market more quickly with hardware and cloud-based services.

This was perhaps best phrased by reader John, who sent this email query last week: “RDK, service velocity, got it. Have you any more consumer-facing angles, so that I can pitch this to my management for budget? And win?”