The Comunicano Communique for Sunday January 10th, 2016
The Comunicano Communique
Sunday Papers was a song by Joe Jackson back in the 70s. So let's start off with thatand then get into the news. Today we have, Features and Opinions on a few topics of current note; of course some CES Wrap Ups for those who skipped the mass crowd; some news, some personality profiles and a new app to "Stay Connected"
Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson
I RECENTLY visited a big-box electronics store, and decided to test-ride a hoverboard. An avid skateboarder for nearly 30 years, I was a skeptic. No skateboard had ever caught fire, as one Fit Turbo hoverboard did, while its cheap lithium-ion batteries were charging, badly damaging a family's Louisiana home.
Though it would have been inconceivable just a few years ago, among the most popular gifts this past holiday season was the drone. Increasingly coveted by hobbyists and businesses, these devices flew (as it were) off the shelves and into living rooms by the hundreds of thousands.
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, recently stirred the anthill by drawing an obvious conclusion to the widespread practice of creating an image of text and using the image's URL to circumvent the 140 character limit on Twitter: people need longer tweets.
We met tons of brand new tech startups at CES this year and saw gadgets ranging from health-focused wearables, drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR headsets. We even got views of the Las Vegas strip from 1,000 feet off the ground in the UberCHOPPER.
The AT&T Developer Summit brings together some developers, advocates and sponsors for a five-day event that includes a hack-a-thon, technical education and visionary inspiration on wireless and wireline communications. Positioned as pre-CES event and held in the Palms Las Vegas, the event is a great opportunity to learn about the vision AT&T sees in the way people and machines will communicate.
Here in Los Angeles I'm proud to be an active member of METal, the group started by Ken Rutkowski. It's a brotherhood, networking, connecting, business and social group. It's also in a way, full of intelligent activists who do things the right way. This next story is one we heard about yesterday from the person who made it all happen. And a standing ovation was his reward..This is on par possibly with some of the biggest Civil Rights actions in our history, and it should not go unnoticed....
On Tuesday January 5th 2016, a Declaration of Dissolution was signed to disband America's largest, oldest, and very homegrown active terrorist organization, the Ku Klux Klan. The campaign that led to the Dissolution of the clan was led by Rev. James H.
Uber is lowering prices in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities, effective tomorrow. January is a slower month for the car service and the company says it is reducing fares in order to increase demand. "Seasonality affects every business, and Uber is no exception," said the company blog post.
Though T-Mobile still wants to play games with words, the company has admitted it's slowing down streams as part of its unlimited video service. T-Mobile customers who activate the company's controversial Binge On video service will experience downgraded internet connection speeds when viewing videos on YouTube or other sites that don't take part in Binge On, a T-Mobile spokesperson confirmed today.
In Danny Boyle's gripping Steve Jobs film, the talkie action is set before a series of product launches. The issue that's repeatedly revisited by the Jobs character is the prime importance of technical development. In a tech company such as Apple, that's hardly a surprising position, but there's a sense in which that emphasis now seems a tiny bit old hat.
The company powers much of the Internet, but its cloud facilities are difficult to find. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Once in a while-not quite often enough to be a crisis, but just often enough to be a trope-people in the United States will freak out because a huge number of highly popular websites and services have suddenly gone down.
The Federal Communications Commission's annual review of broadband deployment says that advanced Internet service is still not being offered to all Americans. 34 million Americans, about 10 percent of the country, "still lack access to fixed broadband at the FCC's benchmark speed of 25Mbps for downloads, 3Mbps for uploads," the FCC said in a fact sheet released today.
Microsoft is planning to make LTE access a little easier soon, thanks to its own SIM card. The software giant is currently testing a cellular data app that lets Windows 10 devices connect to various mobile network operators without a contract.
With its resources from the 2014 acquisition of headphone maker Beats Electronics, Apple is prototyping a completely new set of Bluetooth earphones with the potential of launching the accessory alongside the iPhone 7 this fall. The new earphones are said to be completely wireless, which is to say that they do not even have a cable connecting the left and right ear pieces.
A former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals has pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking the Houston Astros ' player personnel database. Christopher Correa pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer, access authorities said dated back several years.
Chat chat chat, talk talk talk. We love it, you love it. Messaging apps are the hot for 2016 (again) and there's seemingly a niche platform for all of us. There's also big platforms for the rest of the world like Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, Snapchat and Hangouts (and tons more).
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