Out with a Whimper: Verizon Stopped Throttling 3G and No One Noticed

By Stephen Kota / March 18, 2016

Subscribers on any of Verizon’s unlimited 3G plans now have truly unlimited Internet. In a recent website update, the carrier revealed that it stopped throttling 3G accounts back in June. Throttling, the practice of slowing down users’ speeds once they reach an arbitrary data limit, affected 5% of the carrier’s unlimited 3G subscribers [1]. None…

Eliminating Gaming Lags: Three Ways to Reduce Packet Loss and Latency

By Stephen Kota / March 18, 2016

Are you a video gaming enthusiast? Are you always concern about packet loss and latency? Gone are the days when video gaming was done on stand-alone consoles like the Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems™ and Sega Genesis™ where one never had to worry about lag time. Well, here we are today in the year 2015, and…

Telecom Huawei Makes Bold 5G Predictions

By Stephen Kota / March 18, 2016

Chinese telecom provider Huawei has been making 5G headlines before anyone else. Back in 2014, the provider accepted a bold partnership with Russian provider MegaFon to build a 5G network for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Then, in October of this year, it announced that field tests of its 5G technology had exceeded…

Dial-Up and Beyond: Internet Options for the Rural User

By Stephen Kota / March 18, 2016

When it comes to accessing the Web from a remote location, people tend to think in terms of limits instead of in terms of options. While it’s true that rural users are often too far from a local loop to qualify for cable or DSL, there are actually multiple other ways to sign online from…

How Much Data Does Online Gaming Use?

By Stephen Kota / March 17, 2016

The amount of data/bandwidth that online gaming consumes depends completely on the game in question. Depending on its complexity and coding, an online game can use anywhere from less than 30 to more than 200 MB of data per hour. Secondary factors, like the number of players, the game settings, and whether or not the…

Rise Broadband: $16.9 Million for Rural Development in Five States

By Stephen Kota / March 17, 2016
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The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced that, out of the 181 companies that submitted 575 bids for its Rural Broadband Experiment, mobile broadband provider Rise Broadband won a coveted $16.9 million contract to develop high-speed networks in rural Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. With the establishment of the Rural Broadband Experiment in 2014, the…

Snap, the Job’s a Game: Snapchat Demonstrates Promising Potential for Marketers

By Stephen Kota / March 16, 2016

After three years of operating without a revenue stream, mobile app Snapchat is making a powerful play for advertisers’ attention. In late June, Snapchat launched an official website dedicating to informing and attracting future advertisers. Less than a week later, the company’s CEO Evan Speigel pushed Snapchat’s advertising potential to a group of 6,000 advertising…

Goodbye, Netflix: EPIX Strikes New Deal with Hulu

By Stephen Kota / March 16, 2016

The network that brought Transformers and The Hunger Games to Netflix announced that it was leaving the video streaming service and striking up a deal with rival Hulu. This marks the end of a five-year long partnership between Netflix and the EPIX network. EPIX, a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Lions Gate Entertainment,…

Smart DVR: Four Media Streaming Boxes That Livestream and Record Broadcast Television for Free

By Stephen Kota / March 16, 2016

Look, let’s just face it. Yes, if I could get rid of my cable bill by getting television via an antenna outside my house and get free electricity from a solar panel, I would jump on both bandwagons. I mean, this would not be a really difficult decision. Trust you me, I am ready to…

Skype, Surveillance, and Hackers: Is VoIP Secure?

By Stephen Kota / March 15, 2016

Privacy and security are always concerns when parties use technology – whether analog or digital – to communicate with one another. For persons exchanging confidential material, interception by a third party can compromise sensitive information. For persons who have nothing to hide, interception compromises the principle of privacy in general. Wiretapping has been around since…

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