A big player in Atlanta’s internet arena has announced it will be using single-mode LTE devices in 2014. Verizon, one of several internet service providers in Atlanta Georgia can now boast an LTE coverage of ninety-five percent of its current footprint for 3G. This would mean the same coverage, but at a cheaper cost for devices.
The goal of the company is to be able to reuse its spectrum for other things, which getting rid of its CDMA network would give it incentive to do. However, owners of 3G devices need not panic; the phase-out would occur over several years, and with the number of customers that are currently using 3G devices, it would make no sense to stop supporting them. So perhaps by the end of the decade would be when these new devices could be phased in.
When data gets lost, devices tend to take a back seat, according to research. And while internet service providers may and often do provide security and back up services, nothing is one hundred percent loss-proof. Surprisingly, research into data loss revealed that most users miss their lost data than their device in cases where device theft is how data loss occurred.
Over fifty percent of those surveyed for the research indicated that the loss of data was most upsetting, which isn’t surprising, considering the amount of sentimental documents, photos and other information that now resides on our personal devices. The best advice is to back up any data that’s considered to be important using more than one method, and on more than one external device. Of course, this will also mean regularly backing up data on all storage devices.
In response to many consumers demanding more value for their internet access dollar, ISPs around the country as well as the best internet provider in my area are starting to make their deals a little bit sweeter. Package values are increasing, with one company offering concierge-like service and extra channels for those who want just a little bit more from their internet services company.
More speed is another feature that many ISPs are offering their customers these days. In an interesting twist, some companies have also begun to advertise packages for home security monitoring services. Customers of these companies can now use their smart phones to ensure family members arrive home safely. As well, communication can occur with delivery personnel over this wireless link. Also interesting is the fact that a homeowner can lock their front door using only their smart phone. In fact, entire home management of appliances, lighting and other such systems in the home is now possible from some internet companies.
Microsoft accounts will begin to be overhauled by the company over the next few days. The overhaul will include a security upgrade that is deemed to be critical. This upgrade will introduce two-step verification, and it aims to help prevent hackers from accessing Microsoft accounts via internet providers. The process resembles that of other major companies like Facebook and Google.
Microsoft had previously used two-step verification for customers using their credit cards at the company’s commerce and Xbox sites, in addition to SkyDrive accounts. Although optional, many are recommending the upgrade, as it will help secure access to your Microsoft account across several platforms which include desktop as well as mobile and the web. Two-step verification makes it difficult to access any account without having both pieces of information that are required to enter.
Three million dollars have been committed by search giant Google to something called the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network. The announcement, made yesterday, is an answer to the fact that the proceeds of human trafficking often feed conflict, repression and instability all over the world. The network would see groups across the globe sharing data via internet service providers in my area.
One shocking statistic about human trafficking is that as many as 21 million people could be enslaved by it, with possibly as many as 2.5 million people being in forced labor at any given time. However, since the human trafficking industry offers inaccurate statistics, the numbers could be that much higher. The network hopes to more effectively target an issue by logging calls, noting their location and caller-provided data, and then analyzing findings with other human rights organizations.
Who would have ever thought that we would be talking on a phone without a cord or rotary dial someday? Martin Cooper, that’s who. And it was 40 years ago today, on April 3, 1973 that Cooper made even the most seasoned New Yorkers gasp in surprise as he crossed Sixth Avenue with the world’s first handheld mobile phone. The former engineer joined Motorola in 1952 and had a hand in some significant tech innovations, such as a physician paging system.
So what were the dimensions of that state-of-the-art phone that Cooper proudly carried on this day four decades ago? Pretty small for its day, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x weighed two-and-a-half pounds and was ten inches long. And the cost to buy one? A mere $4,000 back in the day, which would be around $9,000 today.
If you currently use Dropbox, Gchat, Skype or email, Big Brother may be watching you even more closely should they get their way. The FBI is only currently able to monitor transcripts and email archives. This is because the current Communciations Assistance for Law Enforcement Act doesn’t cover real-time access to the cloud services, email or chat programs that internet service providers in San Francisco California customers use.
FBI general counsel Andrew Weissman has said that obtaining the authority to monitor the services in real time is going to be a top priority for the agency this year. However if more information is needed, the agency can get a Title III order to request any technical assistance they may need in order to get information from emails and online chats, making many experts wonder why they feel the need for additional access.
A set of new recommendations proposed by an FCC advisory panel didn’t sit well with some internet service providers in Miami Florida. The rules, which would govern cyber security threats and how they are dealt with by ISPs and other companies would address what the panel says is a key issue: the fact that there is no agreement between telcos about how to best protect their networks.
Increasing cyber security threats were what fueled the publication of the rules proposal. However, some feel that asking companies to follow a list of rules doesn’t allow for innovation or flexibility. Others say that the companies always seem to be against any recommendations set forth by or connected with the FCC. The proposed list was ordered by the Obama administration following an increase in attacks.
A vulnerability in Windows has been patched which allowed full control of a computer via USB. The vulnerability was given the classification of important due to its possibility of spreading quickly via large gatherings where many people are using USB sticks to transfer information. Much like the Stuxnet worm, this vulnerability would allow for the penetration of networks not connected via internet service providers in Seattle Washington.
The worm spreads via a USB drive that has been maliciously formatted and then inserted into a computer. Attack code is then executed following the reading of a particular descriptor by Windows drivers. Even a locked computer can be taken over, as the vulnerability requires no user intervention. In addition to the patch, Microsoft has also retooled the Autorun feature, which would automatically pop up when a USB or other external drive was plugged in. This window was commonly used by hackers to get unsuspecting victims to click on legitimate-looking options like “open folder to view files”.
If you’re new to cloud computing, you may not be aware of the different cloud computing models. Software as a service, or SaaS is the most popular of the three models. This is the model that allows cloud computing users to obtain and/or use software that exists on the internet. Software can be used without the need to download and install it on a user’s computer first.
The benefits of software as a service are many. Because all of the needed software exists off-site, there is no need to spend any money to purchase the software itself. Of course, access to the software may require the payment of a one-time or subscription fee, but this cost does often come in well under the total software cost. Also, when it comes time for the software to be updated or maintained, this is done either automatically or by those who are hosting the software in the cloud.
The above scenario is just what some researchers are taking a closer look at. Apparently, there are many factors at play which are making internet service providers in Washington DC and the internet in general much more prone to attack. In fact, the next ten years could see a major attack on the internet itself. And hackers may have a much easier time of it if the internet’s current weaknesses aren’t corrected by then.
One of these weaknesses is the initial versions of router software. Because these tend to contain the highest number of vulnerabilities, experts agree that more work needs to be done to make these first versions less prone to attack. Another issue is the weakness of operating systems, which hackers tend to take advantage of when launching their attacks.
Amazon issued a warning today for iOS users of its Kindle app. The warning advises against downloading the latest update of the app due to a glitch that has been discovered. According to Amazon, the latest iOS Kindle logs users out of the service, forcing them to log in again using internet service providers in Indianapolis Indiana. But that’s not the worst of the issue.
Amazon says that the new app update will completely erase a user’s library from their device, as well as their bookmarks and additional settings. Users will then have to log into Kindle and re-download their desired titles. Among the many angry comments from users are those who say they have had to delete and reinstall the app. Details about the latest update can be found in the “What’s New” section of the web site.
If you recently received email from the Internet Copyright Law Enforcement Agency, or ICLEA that accused you of copyright infringement and threatened you with arrest, you can delete it right away. According to Fight Copyright Trolls, the missive is a scam designed to get your money via internet service providers in San Diego California. When identifying it as a scam, one need only look at the law in the United States, which prohibits anyone but the government from prosecuting infringers.
Thankfully, it was revealed today that the scammers have now posted a notice on their web site, announcing that they are no longer in operation, and urging people not to send payments. Although it is unclear just how many people were affected, notices were also apparently received via certified mail a couple of weeks ago.
A new set of rules launched by the Federal Communications Commission today will require consumers to temporarily give up their cell phone signal boosters. The rules focus on how the boosters are deployed and sold. The issue lies with the fact that these boosters seem to be causing interference in wireless and cellular networks. Any owners of these boosters, should they wish to continue using them, must first get permission from their wireless provider, according to the new rules.
As well, owners of signal boosters must ensure they’ve been registered with their wireless providers. Although many consumer advocates are saying that these new rules are unfair to consumers, how the registration process will be orchestrated by wireless carriers still appears to be a ways away. As well, how non-compliant booster owners will be dealt with remains to be seen.
Among the talk regarding copyright infringement via file piracy and file sharing via internet service providers in St. Louis Missouri and other ISPs, another idea has emerged from a search giant. Google, according to reports is currently investigating a new way to stem the flow of pirated material: starvation. The company has allegedly joined forces with other major players like PayPal and Visa in an attempt to halt the supply of money to sites that engage in link hosting with sites that offer copyrighted pirated material.
Google very well may be following the lead of financial companies who ceased the ability to donate to whistle-blowing site Wikileaks two years ago. After this was completed, it appears that the site’s operation was severely weakened, although the site is still in operation. Google’s timing is considered to be in line with accusations from critics that it isn’t properly dealing with pirated material.
If you plan to leave Internet Service Providers in Sacramento California behind for ones in Kansas City, you might want to check out that location’s FiberHouse. The property, purchased by a startup accelerator company co-founder, is going to be offered to entrepreneurs, rent free, for one year. Those who take him up on the offer will be able to both live and work in the house, which is wired by GoogleFiber, the newest addition to the high speed internet arena. The lightning-fast connection offers 1Gbps speeds and downloads reaching over 150 Mbps.
If this idea sounds familiar, it’s because the first incarnation, known as the “Hacker House”, is located just around the corner. Having a similar idea to FiberHouse, Hacker House also offers rent-free digs for entrepreneurs with the same Google Fiber connection. Those wishing for a chance to reside at FiberHouse must be 18 or over to apply. Other details are available online.
Broadband continues its popular track to the tune of a 7% increase in market revenues each year over the last several years. And analysts are forecasting that wireline broadband services, such as those offered by Internet Service Providers in Atlanta Georgia will be earning over $520 billion by the time 2018 rolls around. Which form of internet connection will be most popular by then is unclear. However, fiber to the home was instrumental in the high revenue numbers experienced by the industry in 2012.
Fiber to the home revenue grew a whopping twenty-four percent, which is far beyond the growth of either cable or DSL, which each grew only six and two percent respectively. Experts expect current trends for all connections to continue, according to a Fierce Telecom report. This is due to a majority of operators trying to attract a larger market share by offering lower prices.
If you were around in the 1980s, you no doubt remember long distance phone calls. The 1980s, for those who were not yet born, were before cell phones and the Internet. One gentleman who owned an employment recruiting agency remembers how expensive long distance calls were. His company recruited for companies all around the nation and he had ten recruiters working for him during the 80s. He said his biggest single expense was long distance phone calls — over $10,000 a month! Just look how the Internet has changed that! Now folks can talk online in digital quality sound to anyone — anywhere in the world. People can talk for as long as they want and it costs them absolutely nothing but a monthly connection fee. And now people also communicate through email, instant message programs, texting and via social sites. There is no doubt about it. Communication is one of many ways that Internet service providers have changed people’s lives — including yours!
Before you think that there’s an easy answer to why DSL is a speedier connection than dial-up, consider a question that was raised recently: how can two connections vary so widely in speed when both use a phone line? The answer is that it’s all about the frequency of the signal. If you remember the dawn of mainstream internet usage, then you remember the screeches of your dial-up modem as it connected to the internet. That dial-up connection used the same narrow frequency as your phone line, and so transmitted data at the same speed. But DSL uses all of the frequencies that dial-up did not, meaning that you can surf at high speed and talk on the phone with the addition of a simple frequency splitter to your line.
Some people may not feel the Internet is an important part of the world today — but those who feel that way are becoming fewer and fewer. Like it or not, many changes have taken place over the past ten to twenty years, thanks to Internet service providers. For instance, newspapers are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Many cities are without a major newspaper. Other papers have shrunk in size because more people get their news online — and more advertisers spend their ad budgets on the Internet! When was the last time you received a 500 page catalog in the mail? Why should companies spend the money to print and mail a catalog, when they can put a more complete catalog online — and update it every day? Like it or not, the Internet has changed your life. And more changes are coming!