Intel is developing technology designed to alert car owners if thieves are lurking, according to an Internet report, which says the application would link smartphones to the vehicle's security system. Once it detects an intruder, the system would stream video along a Wi-Fi network to a cloud server that would ping the user's handset.
Even as Nortel Networks on Friday closed its $4.5 billion deal to sell its patent portfolio to a consortium, the Department of Justice was escalating its probe to determine if the group -- led by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion -- could use the package to inhibit competition, according to a published report. The DOJ wants to know if the new patent holders will sue Google over its Android software.
Tablets could not only put a burr under the cable industry's video-on-demand business, but they also prevent subscribers from "cutting the cord" in favor of Internet-based viewing options, say some industry executives and analysts who point to applications that let cable customers stream video on the devices. "Over time, this may lead to a world without set-tops, which we think could enable a much better customer experience," Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said.
AT&T confirmed Friday it will slow speeds for the 5% of its subscriber base who use the heaviest amount of data -- although these users may or may not notice the speed reduction -- saying it will restore full service for these users at the start of each billing cycle. The plan, which will take effect Oct. 1, is aimed at battling congestion on AT&T's networks by targeting those who use about 12 times the amount of bandwidth than the average smartphone user. "Even as we pursue this additional measure, it will not solve our spectrum shortage and network capacity issues," AT&T said in a statement.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® says it believes offering up unused broadcast spectrum for wireless-broadband use is a good idea. "We're pleased that the commission, as well as other organizations, are focusing on a potential spectrum reallocation of broadcast spectrum," CTIA said in a statement.