May 23rd, 2013 by ElizaP in broadband
A new chip was announced by Quantenna yesterday that is capable of pushing almost 2 Gbps of data over 4 wireless streams. The new chip, which is an 802.11ac, will be available to manufacturers in this year’s third quarter. And while there are many questions surrounding whether or not Verizon Internet Service customers will soon be powering their wireless routers with the new standard, nothing has been announced as yet.
The 802.11ac chip is beginning to show up in some devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, with some maybe even destined for Mac computers soon. But there is another option that will soon be hitting markets as well: the tri-band router, which can transmit 7Gbps. Of course, these will be for heavier internet users.
May 3rd, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers
$2.97 per share is the number being offered by Sprint to Clear Wireless Internet that would allow the former to take control. But the counterbid of $25.5 billion by another major company for Clearwire has caused Sprint to state that its $20.1 billion dollar bid for the company is just fine with them and doesn’t need to be raised.
This is quite a bold statement, considering that SoftBank is also dealing with a second major wireless carrier where it comes to counterbids. If that weren’t enough, SoftBank is also facing opposition in the form of a vowed proxy battle from Crest Financial. SoftBank’s bid would see it controlling 70% of Clearwire, even in a worst-case scenario should it win.
April 5th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
1,400 Best Buy stores will be getting a bit of a facelift this month in order to prevent showroomers from using their ATT Uverse connections to make purchases online after checking prices and features in-store. Samsing ’boutiques’ will be installed in these stores, with 900 of them opening in May. The store considers showrooming to be a significant issue, as it has seen its shares decrease steadily over time.
After it realized that past attempts, such as price-match guarantees and its Red Laser partnership were not effective, it was time to admit there was a problem. But the acknowledgement didn’t come until November of 2012 when the new CEO took over. The company estimated then that as much as 40% of its customers were possibly engaging in showrooming.
March 29th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Yesterday, a DDoS or distributed denial of service attack took place against Spamhaus, the world-renowned anti-spam organization. But despite being given the description of ‘massive’, the attack has only seemed to slow, and not completely stop, internet speeds in some global regions including those using internet service providers New York. Interesting results, given that at one point, the flow of traffic to Spamhaus was recorded to be in excess of 300 gigabits per second.
But this wasn’t just a one-time attack; apparently, it’s been going on for a couple of weeks. Beginning at just 10 Gbps, the attacks gradually increased in size until they reach 120 Gbps on the twenty-first of this month. This is the largest DDoS attack ever recorded, but interestingly, it’s been smaller attacks, such as last August’s disruptions to a region serviced by AT&T, and the attack which inspired GoDaddy’s move to Verisign servers last September.
March 22nd, 2013 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
South Korea’s banks and broadcasters were the victims of a cyberattack this week, but the country’s regulators may now have to change their opinion of who the attacker was. Although China’s regulators fingered China as the perpetrator because the IP address came from that country, they are now saying that their attack suspicions from Chinese DSL providers may have been hasty.
However, the accusation wasn’t without reason, as North Korean hackers have been used by China in the past to execute attacks. This has raised tensions in recent months. While the attack may not have come from China, South Korean regulators say they still believe the attack originated overseas, and are continuing their work to pinpoint an exact location. They have identified the malware used in teh attack, called “DarkSeoul”.
March 15th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Facebook will be trying to improve its algorithms to expand its Graph Search reach for those accessing the site via internet service providers by city. The details of the company’s plans were posted on its blog yesterday. Graph Search was only launched to a few users at the beginning of the year, but has seen much discussion due to observations by marketers and other users.
Some of the shortcomings of the search include out of date information, and the fact that the search doesn’t consider comments or status updates. The company continues to observe how its search is being used. Engineers determine a possible algorithm improvement, and then test it by trying it out on small user groups. Finally, they compare their results. While no exact algorithms are available to the public, there are some character traits that can hint at their inner workings, such as the use of natural-language processing to make search suggestions.
February 6th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Both parties in Congress can at least agree on one thing: that no world government should regulate the internet itself. A resolution released in December of last year called for the International Telecommunications Union to stop any plans it had to move into an internet providers control position. The resolution received backing today when legislation was proposed to make promoting internet freedom part of United States policy.
The wording of the bill is interesting, mentioning the promotion of a global internet that is free of government control. But some of the lawmakers are not thrilled about it, or at least they weren’t during the SOPA debate. Many feel that the debate for a free internet will be a never-ending one, which is likely to be the reality, considering that many positions on SOPA and PIPA held by representatives have not seemed to be enduring.
February 4th, 2013 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
New privacy guidelines were issued by the FTC on Friday which, it is hoped, will further protect consumer privacy on mobile devices. Now considered more of an ecosystem, the mobile market’s vendors, developers and advertising networks all play a role in how the consumer’s information is treated. These days, the consumer is dealing with several, and not just a single company when they sign up for mobile internet providers in my area.
The FTC says that mobile platform vendors should be leading the way in how information is handled, as their position in the mobile ecosystem allows them to not only set, but enforce disclosure requirements. One way in which vendors can participate is to design APIs which notify the user when an app is trying to use their information.
February 1st, 2013 by ElizaP in dsl providers, high speed internet providers
An affordable internet connection could mean many things if you’re an internet user. If you need high speeds for seamless streaming and game playing, you may think that fiber optic internet can offer you the most value. But the reality is that DSL providers may be able to offer you speeds that you didn’t know you could get. DSL has come a long way since the old days. And it’s still as convenient as ever to get hooked up, as you can often do it yourself in a few easy steps.
Finding the right provider could mean considering a large number of them. And this can easily lead to confusion when they’re all saying they’re the right company for you. The best way to tell which company is right is not only research their prices and speeds, but find out what their customers think of them. Doing this can give you valuable insight into how a company will treat you when issues arise.
January 31st, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
A major satellite internet provider in Europe today announced that it would be offering a new range of packages that would have two major benefits: close the digital divide further, and meet the needs of the internet’s most demanding users. Eutelsat’s Tooway internet service, launched in 2011, provided download speeds of up to 10 Mbps. But all but one of the new packages will double that speed to 20Mbps, and offer an upload speed of 6 Mbps.
Customers can enjoy a 10GB data allowance for the cost of about $50 U.S. monthly. Unlimited data is being offered for under $120 U.S. per month. Satellite internet has long been considered vital to reaching out to all communities that need internet. This latest move answers a report published in 2012, which fingered inadequate broadband services as the reason the local economy was suffering.
January 30th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC, reports that it received 75 complaints toward internet service providers for throttling last year. According to the commission’s spokespeople, all types of ISPs were covered in the complaints received. Throttling is the practice internet companies employ when they discover illegal activities going on with their connections, and can including anything from slower download speeds to intermittent video streaming.
Although a list of the service providers in question wasn’t provided, the CRTC said that about 15% of the complaints were still being investigated, which is a lengthy process that can get complicated, perhaps because there is no solid enforcement entity in place to address the throttling issue. However, it was stated that many ISPs have changed their practices since in order to further benefit the consumer.
January 24th, 2013 by ElizaP in ISP, News
An announcement by Apple CEO Time Cook revealed that 60 operators will likely be approved as early as next week to provide LTE support to the iPhone 5. Currently, there are 24 worldwide carriers who support the device with LTE. The expansion to more carriers will mean that more customers are able to enjoy the speed of 4G LTE on their devices.
The announcement revealed that over 300 million users will be affected by the expansion, including those in Finland, Denmark and several Middle Eastern countries. The company’s launch of its iPhone 5 occurred in September 2012, and rollout to over 100 countries was complete by December, making it the fastest rollout of any iPhone device in the company’s history.
January 11th, 2013 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
A storm which occurred in the summer of 2012 is the subject of a recently-released report which blasts a best internet provider for not ensuring its network was prepared. The report, released by the FCC, states that the widespread outages in landline phone service as the result of a mid-Atlantic storm in June 2012 were largely preventable or at least able to be mitigated.
The reason for such a damning report is mainly due to the fact that 911 service was completely lost to those living in Northern Virginia. This also resulted in connectivity being lost to 911 call centers, making it impossible for affected residents to reach someone for help. As well, there were a number of generator failures at several key locations.
December 28th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
Most people think of being able to get online while they’re on the go when they think of wireless internet. But there is also wireless internet for inside the home that uses a router. Wireless routers can be a big problem for lots of homeowners wishing to have wireless internet. This is because interference can occur with the router signal. That’s why it’s always recommended that a wireless router be placed as close to the center of a home as possible, and away from barrier like walls and large appliances.
The center of a home can sometimes be in a utility room that’s behind a door. If this is the case, then interference can definitely occur. If the router cannot be moved, then it may make sense to have more than one router, running an Ethernet cable between the two.
December 14th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, high speed internet providers
If you are a business owner, you may already know that hosted VOIP is an increasingly popular alternative for small businesses to get affordable internet service. But why is this looking like a more beneficial alternative than a connection from internet service providers Minneapolis? The first reason is its reliability; hosted VOIP service relies more on data center networks, which results in increased uptime, as well as a more reliable connection.
Reliance on networks in-house mean more of a load placed on your IT department, meaning more hours and a higher cost. It can also be far less reliable, because there is only one network for the VOIP service to rely on instead of several. As well, communication can be shut down to the entire network if your VOIP service is hosted in-house.
October 19th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
Everyone seems to be raving about tablets and their incredible portability. After all, how else can you log on with internet service providers Nashville to update your Facebook status, watch videos or check your email almost weightlessly from the porch? But the question has arisen time and again: can tablets take the place of the desktop computer or laptop? That may depend on the programs you want to use on your tablet.
If you plan to do a lot of typing, then you will need an external keyboard. As far as programs go, you may find that although there are many which can allow you to execute PC tasks on your tablet, they may not have the number of features that the same type of program does on your desktop computer or laptop.
October 18th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Social media users have been posting and tweeting incessantly since Tuesday night’s Presidential debate. And while both candidates exhibited restraint and were able to maintain their composure, it appears the opposite was true with internet service providers Houston. Perhaps it’s the anonymous nature of the internet that tempts users to throw caution to the wind when posting their opinions. Or perhaps it simply a strong feeling about the state of the economy. Whatever the reason, some tweets and updates were certainly not for the faint of heart.
Over on sites like Tumblr, things took a more humorous turn, as memes depicting Romney’s now-famous ‘binders full of women’ statement appeared and then proceeded to circulate the web. Gifs depicting debate audience members napping and looped gestures by debate participants were also popular.
October 17th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, ISP
If you are on a computer that has no webcam, and you haven’t yet gotten around to buying one, your Android phone can do the job, and well, in a pinch. But one thing that should be mentioned is that this will serve to drain your battery at lightning speed, and so it’s strongly recommended that your Android remain plugged into a power source while it’s being used as a webcam.
You will need to install a program onto your phone that will allow it to become a webcam. One example is IP Webcam. Then, you’ll need to install the IP Camera Adapter onto the computer you are using. And Firefox or Chrome may be your best bet for browsers in this application. Once the video quality is set, you can start the server.
October 16th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP
According to Fierce Telecom, the VOIP market is continuing its reign as an in-demand product. Huge numbers were revealed in a recent Infonetics Research report, which estimated that $400 billion will be spent on VOIP for both residential and business applications over the next four years.
The benefits of VOIP can’t be denied; first of all, the cost savings can be astronomical, as no service or payment of a home phone line is needed; just a connection with internet service providers Denver. VOIP is also portable, as it isn’t restricted to one location, such as the home land line. Yet another benefit is the quality of sound that VOIP offers. This is possible because VOIP technology converts its packets from analog to digital in real time.
October 15th, 2012 by ElizaP in News
There are thousands of products designed to make our lives easier. For example, instead of making a cake from scratch, we can just buy a box of cake mix. So it would only make sense that if our computer screens need cleaning, we can compare prices online with internet service providers Indianapolis, and then get cleaning spray at our local computer store, right? Wrong! Actually, computer screen cleaner can easily be made at home.
All you need is rubbing alcohol, distilled water, and a spray bottle to put the solution in. Luckily, the alcohol and spray bottle can be had for very cheap at your local dollar store. The most effective screen cleaning solution will be one part alcohol and one part water. Once in the spray bottle, it only needs to be shaken, and it’s ready for use.
October 12th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP, News, satellite providers
You may have heard of the National Broadband Stimulus Program, an initiative put in place in order to get Internet Service Providers Jacksonville to rural and underserved communities. But progress has been slow since its 2009 inception, and the numbers say it all, with less than 4% of rural counties meeting the stimulus’s speed goals.
In the case of rural internet, having emergency services access is critical, as is an understanding of the logistics of rural communities. For example, emergency crews will take longer to respond to an event in a rural community than they may in a city center. But when a community has internet, instantaneous communication can occur.
The internet can also help rural communities with managing their health. Instead of traveling to a larger city, rural residents can go online and get advice from medical professionals without ever having to leave their homes, which is the ultimate in convenience.
October 11th, 2012 by ElizaP in broadband, cable providers, dialup providers, dsl providers, high speed internet providers, ISP
Recent news reports have made the question of our privacy more prevalent than ever before. Although the current incarnation of the bill demands that companies and Internet Service Providers Sacramento comply with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights when handling personal information, that there be transparency on the part of companies collecting information, and that the consumer has the right to control how much information is collected, many are still saying that more detail is needed.
For example, there are many assumptions with data collection when information is obtained for the purpose of credit. An individual’s eligibility for credit could be based on information aggregated from a large group of similar consumers. However, not all information collected could be true for that individual.
But there appears to be good news: the advertising industry has chosen to support consumers. Early this year, advertisers agreed to refuse to supply their customers’ browsing habits to any companies not wishing to use it for advertising.
April 24th, 2012 by ElizaP in News
Hackers are sneaky. In an attempt to steal your personal information, they can insert viruses and spyware into just about anything, even an image on a web page. The information they obtain could include your passwords, login information and surfing habits. And even the least seemingly-harmful spyware can cost you in the form of your computer having to use more resources.
Taking action which will prevent the installation of spyware without your knowledge is the first step to avoiding it. Here are a few tips:
Windows Update is a great tool that, when set up for automatic downloading, can ensure that your computer is always protected against spyware threats. Knowing your sources before you download shareware will ensure that you only download programs from trusted sites.
Installing anti-virus software such as AVG, Malwarebytes or Microsoft Defender and then keeping it running in the background while your computer is on is a great way to prevent unwanted spyware.
Having a firewall can be yet another tool you can add to your anti-virus and malware scanners. A firewall puts an additional barrier between hackers and your computer. If you have a home wireless network for your internet, you may also want to consider using a separate router.
April 20th, 2012 by ElizaP in News
While there were no official announcements about any developments, some Microsoft job postings at the beginning of the week hinted at the Microsoft development of Skype products for the Xbox. And rumor seems to be becoming more of a reality today as more details about the postings are revealed. Four openings on the company’s site called for developers who can help ‘bring the Skype experience on to the web’. This has led many to believe that it’s a sign that Skype and the Xbox are ready to team up. Other details of the job openings included a desire for coders having a strong technical background with the development of client or embedded software. This gives further clues about a possible team-up, but it isn’t yet clear whether the project will be stand-alone or not.
April 19th, 2012 by ElizaP in News
If you’re not technically-inclined and have ever gone shopping for blank DVDs, you were probably surprised by the many choices in front of you. Abbreviations like DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW most likely left you wondering why on earth anyone would want to put themselves through this technical torture.
You can avoid unnecessary money spent by knowing what these terms mean. DVDs come in two standard formats; the DVD-R, and the DVD+R/+RW.
The “R” in this DVD type stands for “read-only”, which means that anything recorded onto the DVD can be read, but not altered in any way.
“RW” for this DVD type stands for “read/write” and means that information recorded on them can be read and erased, and new information recorded. And adding information to this type of DVD can be done with ‘drag and drop’, much like you would place information onto a portable USB stick.
Knowing Which DVD Type To Buy
Because not all DVD players will be able to read all DVD types, it’s important to find out what format of DVD your home player can read before you buy or burn. This will either be NTSC or PAL. As well, check the speed rating of the disc, as this will tell you how long it will take to burn information on the DVD. Any DVDs you purchase should be rated at or above the speed of the DVD drive on your computer.
April 17th, 2012 by ElizaP in high speed internet providers, ISP, News
Although the rewrite of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing And Protection Act is now complete, and, it has been stated, is not meant to endanger the privacy of Americans, many are still saying it’s not enough. Only minor tweaks to the act were made, leaving a legislation that is still very broad in scope. Experts are saying that should the legislation go forward – a vote is expected next week – it will allow the National Security Agency to access sensitive information such as e-mail content and internet history. Many advocacy groups are protesting the legislation, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and TechFreedom. The issue with the legislation lies, essentially, with one phrase: “notwithstanding any other provision of law”. Including this phrase would allow the legislation past the privacy policies of web companies, wiretap laws, medical records and many more rules designed to protect information.
April 12th, 2012 by ElizaP in News
To many who are used to typing on a regular computer keyboard, having to switch to the smaller keyboard of a laptop can be incredibly frustrating. But wireless keyboards are available which can allow you the same ease and comfort that you enjoy while typing on your computer.
Check Your Laptop
First of all, you must check to see if your laptop has the capability for a wireless keyboard. This will require checking for Bluetooth or RF capability. Looking online for your laptop’s make and model should tell you whether or not you can enjoy the freedom of a wireless keyboard.
Before you install your new wireless keyboard, ensure that its receiver is located 8 or more inches away from interference from items like computer monitors, CPUs, metal objects, fluorescent lights and electric fans. Also ensure that the laptop is 8 inches from the keyboard, and that the keyboard and receiver have a direct line of sight between them. Then, install the batteries for the keyboard. The compartment should be located under it.
Installing The Keyboard
You will have to insert the CD that came with your keyboard in order to install the drivers. As well, you will have to plug in the keyboard’s receiver to your laptop via USB. Your keyboard will then be detected by your laptop, which will configure it automatically. If you are using Bluetooth, your keyboard can be activated by right clicking on the keyboard icon and pairing it with your laptop.