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Urban Life in 2050: The Future of Smart Cities

Today’s urban cities are practically bursting at the seams. According to research from the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a percentage that is expected to increase to upward of 66 percent by 2050. In fact, India alone is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers to its population Read full article...
Mar 29, 2015
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Why the IoT Needs 4G LTE to Reach Its Full Potential

If you could take a look through time to 10 or 20 years from now, what would you see? Imagine smart cities where every traffic light is configured to optimize traffic patterns and ease congestion. Picture airliners that use data collected from connected jet engines to perform predictive maintenance that saves millions. Envision homes filled Read full article...
Mar 18, 2015
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LTE: Like Water or Not?

When water wants to go somewhere, it normally finds a way to get there. Of course, it receives valuable help from gravity, but that’s just a detail. The point is that it gets there. So here we are, right in the middle of the dawn of an IoT world, and we must ask the question: Read full article...
Dec 4, 2014

LTE-A has arrived

According to a new ABI Research report, LTE subscriptions will grow to 411 million (4G LTE) and 22 million (4.5G LTE-Advanced) by the end of 2014. No less than 45 LTE-A networks will have been deployed by then, and more than 337 of the world’s mobile networks will have already deployed 4G LTE technology. Here’s Read full article...
Aug 14, 2014
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The Hype of IoT

We all know fads are short-lived, and while some become mainstream, others don’t necessarily succeed. For example, Crocs, the foam clog company, burst onto the scene in 2006 and is now a $1 billion company. Silly Bandz, silicone rubber bands formed into shapes, became a sensational trend in 2008 and by 2010, they were found Read full article...
Jul 21, 2014
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History Is On Our Side

Ever since the days of Noah, and particularly in modern times through the Industrial Revolution, Field of Dreams and the Internet, the concept of “If you build it, they (Actually, in the movie, it was “he,” but I’ll take a little poetic license here.) will come” has been fairly dominant in business and society. And Read full article...
Jun 18, 2014

Will Samsung be first to launch a truly smartwatch?

Six months ago, I wrote a piece on smartwatches.  In it, I argued that “Today’s devices are essentially sophisticated smartphone accessories…With the exception of some experimental devices…none of today’s smartwatches have stand-alone functionality.” I ended by asserting that “Whether or not they make it to the market in 2014/15, smarter watches are definitely coming.  And, when fully-independent Read full article...
May 29, 2014
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These SmartWatches Better Sell

Motorola’s highly anticipated 360 is not the only Android smartwatch set to be released this year. LG is launching its own Android smartwatch, G Watch.  Here’s an interesting new article comparing the the two. Analysts expect 2014 to be the tipping point for smartwatches and the world’s leading hardware and software companies are certainly banking on Read full article...
May 13, 2014
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Where, Oh Where Can Wearables Go?

I recently read an article about Google “Glass” going commercial. Now, we can debate the pros and cons of people walking around, concentrating more on a small piece of glass in front of their faces than on the nature around them, the car in the next lane, or, well, their families. But putting all that Read full article...
May 11, 2014
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Does VoLTE increase voice call quality?

According to a recent Engadget post, AT&T set to beat Verizon by deploying high-definition calls over LTE this month: “With so many apps, services and features on today’s smartphones, it’s easy to forget that there are still plenty of people out there who still actually make calls. Eager to leverage the speed and efficiency of existing LTE Read full article...
May 7, 2014
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MWC 2014: When Is a Tablet Not Just a Tablet?

Having recently spent a few days at MWC, where Altair was inundated with meetings upon meetings with carriers, infrastructure vendors, hardware manufacturers and others, there are two major takeaways I was able to see. First, the success of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet is an absolute market-maker. I wrote recently about how we felt the Read full article...
Mar 19, 2014

No Time to Sit Back and Relax

In the hi-tech industry, a major deal can make all the difference for a company. A big manufacturer decides to deploy your chipset, and certain companies could just stand by and count the money as it rolls in. Of course, in the mobile industry, things are not so simple. We have to fight every single Read full article...
Feb 3, 2014
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