Telecommunications

The Xbox 360 Gets a Time Warner Cable App

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If you have an Xbox 360 and subscribe to Time Warner Cable, a new app will let you watch live television on your console. The new app was made in partnership between Microsoft and the cable giant and is available today. The Time Warner Cable app is available to Xbox Live Gold members in the…

Google’s Mike Cassidey Talks 3G Balloons on Science Friday

NPR’s Science Friday welcomed Mike Cassidey, the head of Google’s “Project Loon”, on today’s episode. Project Loon is Google’s experimental effort to provide 3G internet service to the most remote regions of the earth using helium balloons. Cassidy and his team are working on the prototype of the system in New Zealand. Interesting stuff! Click…

Streaming Video Services are Using Half of U.S. Bandwidth

Video streaming services Netflix and YouTube take up nearly half of US bandwidth capacity at peak times, The Register reported today. Their findings were based on a Sandvine Intelligent Broadband Networks’ “Global Internet Phenomena Report: 1H 2013” report and show a huge increase in video streaming, and a reduction in BitTorrent traffic. As streaming is…

Hear the Voice That Made the First Telephone Call! Smithsonian Recovers Audio from Bell’s Recording.

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File this under SUPER COOL! Smithsonian Scientists have restored a recording of Alexander Graham Bell’s voice from a nearly 130 year old cardboard and wax disc. Without Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone our site wouldn’t exist and neither would the fancy gadget you carry around in your pocket. The first telephone call was…

NYC Begins Free Wi-Fi, Cellular Service Rollout in Subway Stations

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The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority is rolling out Wi-Fi and cellular service to 30 stations across the city, including stations in mid-town Manhattan, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle. The infrastructure was rolled out by Transit Wireless, which has a reseller agreement with Boingo Wireless, who provides the Wi-Fi connectivity. Transit…

Microsoft Converges Skype and Lync Services

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Microsoft has been making some big moves with Skype integration lately. Last week, Microsoft released a video voicemail update for most Skype users, which was surprisingly missing for Windows users. Today, Skype president Tony Bates announced at a Lync Conference Keynote that Skype and Lync will soon be connected, allowing Lync users to call and message Skype users.…

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