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A new report conducted by Cisco underscores the magnitude of the mobile movement we currently find ourselves in. With everyone toting smartphones, tablets, phablets, and even Ultrabooks and ultra-thins, mobile traffic is exploding, having grown 70 percent in 2012. On a global scale, mobile users accounted for 885 petabytes of data traffic in December 2012, up from 520 petabytes per month at the end of 2011. That's nearly twelve times the total global Internet traffic in 2000 (75 petabytes per month). Mobile video traffic accounted for just over half at 51 percent, made possible by the fact that... Read more...
If there's one area of consumer technology that is actually poised to take off in terms of real, unseen innovation, it's probably the automobile. Historically, cars have been slow to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology. On the safety front, most cars are well equipped in terms of technology. But the infotainment front? Not so much. Most factory navigation systems cost thousands more than devices available at Walmart and Best Buy, and the muddled UI means that they actually perform worse. Certain safety features have to be taken into consideration, of course, but technology has no... Read more...
It seems that each year, one or two major companies pause to take a look at how we can do things better. How we can do things faster, and how we can be more nimble. As 2012 draws to a close, Cisco and Aerohive are offering forecasts on what to expect in terms of wireless technology. The 802.11 standard has been long since used in a multitude of Wi-Fi devices, but even 802.11n is getting stressed in some complex applications. Now, 802.11ac is on the horizon, expected to be ratified in 2013. Chris Spain, who currently serves as VP of product marketing at Cisco Systems, and Andrew vonNagy -- a senior... Read more...
Linksys routers have become virtually ubiquitous in consumers’ homes over the years, but parent company Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is reportedly looking to sell off the brand. Cisco is looking to get out of the consumer business and focus more on enterprise software and services, and unloading Linksys will be a big step in that direction. Linksys will most likely be fine; it’s a valuable brand and will bolster some lucky company’s consumer portfolio, despite some cuts and reductions that Cisco enacted since buying the company for half a billion bucks in 2003. Bloomberg’s sources... Read more...
Cisco, which recently cracked a list of 25 top companies to work for, is committed to spending big money beefing up its cloud infrastructure. The latest indication of that is today's announcement that the company will fork over approximately $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire Meraki, a privately held player in cloud controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security solutions located in San Francisco, California. "The acquisition of Meraki enables Cisco to make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available to our global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises.... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Cisco launched Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform for Linksys Smart WiFi routers that was designed to make setting up and using the router much simpler and more user-friendly and included a convenient mobile app and third-party apps that offered enhanced functionality such as easy streaming to smart TVs. Suffice it to say that however Cisco expected the early returns on the platform to go, it was not expecting the amount of blowback it received; apparently, not everyone wants to be forced into opting in to a cloud service, especially one that contained the following in... Read more...
Is Powerline networking making a comeback? Possibly! After years of remaining relatively off the radar, Powerline tech has been popping up way more often of late. This week, Cisco announced a suite of Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline solutions that allow consumers to use their home network by using their existing home electrical wiring. The HomePlug AV Powerline standard provides speeds of up to 200 Mbps to bring streaming video, gaming, and other data-intensive applications to computers, tablets, consoles, televisions and other Ethernet-enabled devices. For those who are having trouble covering complex... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable... Read more...
Cisco's at it again. With "at it" meaning "buying companies." While the company's killing of Flip Video will be the one that everyone remembers from 2011, they're also picking up BNI Video. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., BNI Video supplies service providers with two major video products that offer video back-office and content delivery network (CDN) analytic capabilities. The acquisition will purportedly advance the capabilities of Cisco's Videoscape TV platform, which allows service providers to deliver compelling video experiences to any device over any Internet Protocol (IP) network. Marthin... Read more...
Quick ... how many Internet-access devices do you have in your family room? There's the HDTV, the Wii or Xbox or Playstation, the Slingbox or Roku or Boxee, the Blu-ray player and DVR ... probably a few others when you really think about it. Yours is the family room that Cisco was envisioning when it built its dual-band Linksys Wireless-N Dual-Band Entertainment Bridge, the WES610N. The new bridge connects your entertainment equipment to your Wi-Fi network and promises that video (even 3D video) will stream flawlessly to all of them. The three-antenna bridge supports Wireless-N on both 2.4 or 5... Read more...
It's pretty amazing when you think about: just five years ago, the word "app" was probably shorthand for application, otherwise known as something like Microsoft Word. These days? Oh, everyone knows what an app is. Even Cisco, a company steeped in enterprise technology. But even a company that's catering mostly to businesses can't just stand around while the App Revolution passes them by, which explains this week's introduction of AppHQ. It's described as an application ecosystem built specifically for its enterprise tablet, Cisco Cius, that allows companies to create private, custom branded application... Read more...
Some fairly interesting news this week in the enterprise space, but it's news that could easily bleed over and make an impact on consumers in the near future. Polycom has announced that they will be acquiring HP's Visual Collaboration Business while also becoming an "exclusive partner" to HP for their teleprescence needs, not to mention certain video unified communications needs. You may have been oblivious to the fact that HP even owned a videoconferencing unit, but either way, Polycom will reportedly pay $89 million for that segment of the company. That's a straight cash buy, with reports suggesting... Read more...
Guess what? The Internet is growing, by leaps and bounds. Tons of new users are joining the digital revolution each and every day, all across the globe, via mobile or fixed line connections. And now, a new study has found that global online traffic will quadruple by 2015. Yes, quadruple, even from where it's at today! That's massive growth, no question about it, and you have to wonder what changes will be required to keep all of those users happy. The study, put out by Cisco, also sees the amount of gadgets link to the Web climbing to 15 billion by that same year. Those figures were highlighted... Read more...
Despite new products and even a proprietary accessory port announced last year, with smartphones and tablets that can record video, some of them at a higher resolution, Cisco has thrown in the towel, and decided to end its line of Flip Video camcorders. Cisco announced a number of other moves in a press release about a restructuring of its consumer business. However, the part that will catch the eye of many consumers will be the one line about Flip Video where Cisco says it will "Close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan." At this point,... Read more...
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