tech innovation

Samsung Breaks Speed Barrier in 5G Wi-Fi Breakthrough

Posted by brandchannel staff on October 13, 2014 06:02 PM

Samsung this week claimed two industry-first milestones.

First, the development of 5G telecommunications networking technology with the fastest-ever 5G data transmission rate of 7.5Gbps, or 940MB per second in a stationary environment. As TechWeek Europe noted, "You could soon be able to download an HD movie in a matter of seconds following a major breakthrough in W-Fi download speeds by Samsung."

The South Korean technology giant has “removed the gap between theoretical and actual” with the development of 60GHz Wi-Fi technology which provides faster data transfer rates than ever before. The new technology allows download speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866Mbps, or 108MB per second, the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

The company was also the industry’s first to achieve uninterrupted and stable connection at 1.2Gbps, or 150MB per second, in a mobile environment from a vehicle travelling at over 100km/h.Continue reading...

privacy alert

Hotspotty Training: Parents Sign Away Kids, Pets for Free Wi-Fi

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 30, 2014 12:09 PM

People will apparently do anything for free public Wi-Fi, it seems. European law enforcement agency Europol recently backed an experiment in London that saw consumers signing onto free public Wi-Fi unwittingly signing away their oldest child or a beloved pet.

When Londoners registered for a public hotspot in June, they were required to sign an agreement with a so-called “Herod clause” that had them agree to “assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity,” the Guardian reports. Six people went right ahead and (unwittingly) signed away their first-born kids.

It was all part of a "Great Wi-Fi Experiment" (watch below) by IT security company F-Secure, which helped the Cyber Security Research Institute showcase “public unawareness of serious security issues concomitant with Wi-Fi usage,” the Guardian notes.Continue reading...

charging up

Starbucks Helps Cut the Cord with Nationwide Rollout of Duracell Powermats

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 12, 2014 01:36 PM

After a successful pilot run of Duracell "Powermat Spots," Starbucks is rolling out wireless phone chargers across the US. The powermats, which are seamlessly integrated into tables and countertops in Starbucks and Teavana cafes, will begin wider distribution starting in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

"The way we interact with power today is unchanged since the time of Thomas Edison," Powermat president Daniel Schreiber told The Verge. But Powermat and Starbucks are moving customers beyond "sticking two pieces of metal into a hole in the wall" by creating "something invisible and part of the furniture in the most literal sense of the word."

The partnership with Duracell Powermat—a joint venture between Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand and Powermat Technologies—and Starbucks “is transforming the way consumers get power to their phones, in much the same way it made WiFi a standard amenity in public places,” said Stassi Anastassov, President of Duracell at Procter & Gamble, in a press release. “This endeavor is a critical step in Duracell’s vision to make dead battery anxiety a thing of the past.” 

Over the next three years, more than 100,000 table chargers will be installed in Starbucks' 7,500 company-owned stores in the US, which follows the brand's improvement of its in-store Wi-Fi network. "Starbucks believes this is another step in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to in-store technology," Adam Brotman, chief digital officer at Starbucks, told USA Today.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Ballmer's Clippers, Amazon Streams, Google Forgets EU

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 30, 2014 08:56 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer wins bidding war, buys Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

Amazon Prime to offer music streaming this summer.

Google stuggles with diversity, implements EU "right to be forgotten" policy.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg donates $120 million to California schools.

Tesco signs China retail deal.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Abercrombie & Fitch cuts back on scents to make dollars.

Apple issues first conflict minerals report.

Bonobos finds an edge in brick-and-mortar.

Chevron, attacked by faux protesters, retreats on clean energy.

Dish Network plans to accept bitcoin payments.Continue reading...

brands with a cause

Apple for the Teacher: Tech Brands Support US ConnectED Schools Plan

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 4, 2014 01:56 PM

President Obama has scored some major progress on his ConnectED initiative thanks to a little help from some major brands. The program, which was launched in June, advocates for high-speed internet and education technology in every classroom, as well as training teachers on the benefits of tech in the classroom by 2017. 

The President has challenged the FCC, Federal agencies, Congress, the private sector and communities to rise to the test. As announced today as part of the White House's ConnectED (or #ConnectED) initiative, US companies are answering the call by committing more than $750 million to deliver cutting-edge technologies, devices, free software, teacher professional development, and home wireless connectivity.

“Today, fewer than 30 percent of schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology; under ConnectED, 99 percent of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will be the bedrock of a transformation in the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income," the White House said in a press release.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Del Monte, Hershey, Toyota and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on October 11, 2013 09:26 AM

In the News

Del Monte to sell consumer products division for $1.68 billion.

Hershey plans to bring China-based Lancaster brand to US market. 

Toyota debuts hydrogen prototype as fuel cell race heats up. 

Activision's $8.2 billion Vivendi buyout is cleared. 

Aereo wins injunction battle against Boston TV station.

Best Buy promises $100 buy-back credit for new iPhones. 

Jeff Bezos has built Amazon into a $75 billion 'everything store,' as it looks to show shortform YouTube content on its video service. 

Boeing unveils "jumbo killer."

CVS tailors print ads to loyalty members' preferences.

Facebook removes option to block search by name.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

More Airlines Reaching Out to Connect with In-Flight Tech

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 28, 2013 11:42 AM

The friendly skies are getting friendlier as Wi-Fi will soon be a regular feature on domestic and international flights. Currently, 38 percent of US flights offer internet connectivity, a likelihood that increases with flight time and route popularity, making 80 percent of non-stop flights between California and New York connected, according to Routehappy.com.

The report notes that “international Wi-Fi is becoming a reality, with 38 daily international flights from the U.S. offering it, and another 241 international flights having “a chance of Wi-Fi or cellular roaming” on various carriers.Continue reading...

auto motive

Audi Teams with T-Mobile for In-Car Wi-Fi

Posted by Dale Buss on April 9, 2013 01:37 PM

Audi along with other automakers has seen how infotainment features have risen like a rocket as consideration criteria for US luxury buyers lately. As Audi seeks to penetrate the ranks of upscale American Millennials—in general, and with its new, entry-level A3 sedan due out around the end of this year—the brand is making a new play for this crowd.

In partnership with T-Mobile, Audi is offering a new, $15-a-month data plan that will give drivers in-vehicle connectivity through the Audi Connect service, which includes access to Google Earth and Google Voice Local Search; news, weather and fuel prices; and a WiFi connection including broadband connectivity for up to eight devices in an Audi vehicle.

"We want people to be attracted by the price and to be able to keep their connection [to Audi Connect] alive continuously," Anupam Malhotra, senior manager of Connected vehicle for Audi of America, told brandchannel. "We can ensure continuity of support. And people don't have to deal with reminder-of-renewal e-mails or worry about whether the service is still active."Continue reading...

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