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  • Jan 14, 2016
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A New York bill would force decryption of smartphones “on demand”

  14 January 2014 – So now we have word that New York Assemblyman Matthew Titone has a bill that forbids the sale of smartphones that can’t be cracked by their manufacturers. On the Wire reports: “A bill that is making its way through the New York state assembly would require that smartphone manufacturers build mechanisms […]


  • May 21, 2015
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The American cable industry is about to get a taste of some progressive French business models. And that’s a good thing.

Patrick Drahi, the man with a plan   21 May 2015 – We are based in Paris so we take full advantage of France’s highly developed telecommunication system. France is served by an extensive system of automatic telephone exchanges connected by modern networks of fiber-optic cable, coaxial cable, microwave radio relay, and a domestic satellite system; […]


  • May 17, 2015
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European telecoms contemplate blocking mobile ads. What’s the potential effect on Google? And Verizon?

  18 May 2015 – An interesting story surfaced last week that may have a big impact on both advertisers and end-users who use their phones as portals to ad-supported websites. Several European telecom providers are apparently planning to use ad-blocking software at the data-center level, which would mean benefit for users (in the form of less […]


  • Nov 28, 2014
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Doubling the speed of cellphone data with a simple full duplex circuit: could supercharge wireless data transfer

  28 November 2014 – A circuit that lets a radio send and receive data simultaneously over the same frequency could supercharge wireless data transfer. The circuit makes it possible for a radio to send and receive signals on the same channel simultaneously – something known as “full-duplex” communications. That should translate to a doubling of […]


  • Feb 18, 2014
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Nick D’Aloisio is at it again, bless his heart, with another “buzz” company

  18 February 2014 – Last year, Nick D’Aloisio came to public attention when at the age of 17 he sold his start-up, Summly, to Yahoo for an estimated $30m (of which he is thought to have raked in more than a third). With backing from a glittering array of investors, including the Chinese billionaire […]


  • Dec 29, 2013
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A brilliant 2013 for science and technology. Ok, maybe not smartphones.

  If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again. ~ Groucho Marx 29 December 2013 — During 2013 it seemed scientific discoveries were being made every day that changed the world we live in. From physics to medicine to biology, the technological and medical advancements that most […]


  • Dec 20, 2013
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WEEKEND TECH: our end-of-the-year edition – “Where in HELL is technology taking us?”

  20 December 2013 – Edward Snowden’s revelations this year brought to everyone’s mind Aldous Huxley’s best known text, Brave New World, published in 1932. The title comes from Miranda’s speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest : “Oh, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! Oh brave new world, / That has such people […]


  • Aug 2, 2013
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U.S. couch potatoes go digital, Google wants to help, Facebook “gets it” … and Madison Avenue tries to “get it”

By: Eric De Grasse, Chief Technology Officer   2 August 2013 – The amount of time people in the US spend consuming digital media is set to overtake hours spent watching television for the first time this year, marking a significant tipping point in the shift away from traditional forms of media. The average adult […]


  • Jun 3, 2013
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Industrial Internet: Minds + Machines

  3 June 2013 – The Industrial Internet and machine-to-machine intelligence have been trending in the news and among thought leaders these past 2 months, both highlighting its potential to grow the global economy and improve our lives. We wrote an extensive piece while we were at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (click here). In […]


  • Mar 15, 2013
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More notes from MWC2013: Monetizing “Big Data” in the communications industry

  15 March 2013 – In the history of business, data has never been more important than it is today. Knowledge has always been key, but we’ve never before been able to access, manage and act on so much real-time information. The systems we are developing and deploying all over the world are helping enterprises understand and use all this ‘big data’ to make really smart decisions. It is […]


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