Today is one of those two city/two country/two train days for me. I feel like I'm back in Philadelphia where I started my day there and finished there after a day trip to New York City. Today I head to Brussels for a meeting on the Thalys train, which will zip along at 300 km/hr and has Wi-Fi that I can put to the test. As for the news, on the topic of speed and the Internet, Comcast has announced their high speed, high priced 2 gigabit service. It comes with a lot of catches so it will be interesting to see what happens with it and just how far it goes. Now..on to the NEWS
Comcast's faster-than-Google Fiber internet was always going to be expensive, and now the company has officially revealed just how much 2Gbps will cost you: $300 monthly. Gigabit Pro is what Comcast calls its fastest-ever consumer broadband tier, which offers twice the download and upload speeds of Google Fiber for $170 more per month.
Last November, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a small press event at the company's Redmond, Wash. headquarters. The atmosphere was low-key, but the title-" Productivity: Reinvented"-set expectations high. Though the session did include some demos, it was mostly devoted to whetting appetites for a future in which Microsoft would reemphasize its original mission of creating innovative products that help people get work done.
Microsoft has been making noise and news lately. First they have made three key app acquisitions including Sunrise, Wunderlist and an email program that has become their new mobile version of Outlook. They also acquired some talent with those buys and that talent seems to be cranking out some new apps that may revitalize the company that has been lacking in innovation. GigJam looks really interesting as does Tossup.
Facebook Messenger is getting its own virtual digital assistant code-named "Moneypenny," according to a report from news site The Information (paid registration required). But where Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft Cortana focus on productivity, Moneypenny is actually a way to ask real people for help researching and buying products and services.
Nokia is making changes. Lots of changes. Look at the two following stories and you can clearly see a lot of what led to their undoing is leading back to what they plan to do. I still contend they will acquire Jolla as their handset team. Which given the lock up period, and the fact that Microsoft is getting out of the handset business means a lot of ex-Nokians are able to be hired back to be in the handset business.
Uber has made no secret of its global ambitions. The company's plans, however, will not include the multibillion-dollar purchase of Here, the main competitor to Google Maps. Uber, the ride-hailing service, is now out of the running to acquire Here, according to three people with knowledge of the talks.
The following has been posted by Robert Morlino, spokesman for Nokia Technologies July 13, 2015 For 14 years Nokia was the biggest cell phone maker in the world, and the brand became a household name -- one that evoked quality, innovation and human connection.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has never hesitated to undo one of Steve Ballmer's moves. The new boss opened up the company's products for use on rival operating systems, and he has steadily changed the perception of the brand, both internally and externally.
Equity crowdfunding platform, CircleUp, recently revealed that it has secured $22 million so that it may invest in consumer brands that previously received funds through its site. According to TechCrunch, CircleUp's funding round, The Consumer Growth Fund, is set to match investments made on its platform by others, but does not take the lead on funding itself, in order to avoid conflict with other investors.
Many Obama alums are moving to the Bay Area where their connections are valued. Tech and politics have never been more intertwined and over time regulatory, policy and growth will be more and more legislated and administered by the D.C. crowd as every branch of government needs to get up to speed on the changing landscape of technology. For ex-White House staffers, their relationships are gold mines for tech companies who need insight, perspective and opinion around who is doing what and may do what when in government.
SAN FRANCISCO - Sipping a cup of cold-pressed coffee. Digging into fresh burrata. Walking along the Presidio, laughing about the conference bicycles they saw at a meeting at Google headquarters the other day. That’s where you’ll find what’s become the fastest-growing chapter of the Obama alumni association. Barack Obama was...
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