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Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and we're certainly hopeful that it triggers a cascade of followers throughout the ISP industry -- but, of course, we aren't holding our breath. In order to better compete with cable companies that are boosting Internet speeds, Verizon has announced plans to offer symmetrical connections.... Read more...
300Mbps? Well, that sounds fun! While many Scandinavian, Asian and European nations have had access to lightning-fast Internet at reasonable rates for years now, the United States has struggled with linking its massive real estate with high (high!) speed connections. And the UK looks like they aren't going to be in that laggard category. BT Openreach has today announced three significant developments that will provide a major boost to Broadband Britain. As well as launching its up to 110Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service, Openreach revealed it will use this technology to deliver downstream... Read more...
When it comes to major connectors, FireWire is pretty high up there on the list. It's obviously not nearly as universal as the Universal Serial Bus (USB), but it's still a well-know, oft utilized port for A/V professionals. FireWire always had a larger grip on the Mac market than the PC market, but even with eSATA and USB 3.0 making it out to market in the past couple of years, FireWire has continued to hang in there. It's declining, for sure, but FireWire 800 has shown to be a fast competitor in a lot of ways, and for creative pros who have already invested in lots of FireWire gear, they aren't... Read more...
Recently, we have noticed more and more USB 3.0 products hitting the market, or at least hitting a product roadmap. It definitely took some time for the protocol to gain a lot of industry support, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that USB 2.0 is still largely "good enough" for many tasks. For example, mice and keyboards won't need USB 3.0 right away; the only major product lines that can really take advantage of USB 3.0 are storage and streaming applications, where bandwidth is crucial. But now, the USB-IF is making a pretty big deal about a pretty big milestone. Announced at the Intel... Read more...
We had a look at Intel's newest connection standard, Light Peak, during our stay at IDF last week. To be honest, we were floored by the possibilities. Optical cabling has always had huge potential, so it makes perfect sense to see Intel really pushing such a standard during a time with bandwidth is in high demand and data can't possibly be moved quickly enough.Here's an interesting twist on the whole thing: it seems as if Apple has a whole lot to do with it. Yeah, Apple! Now, Apple and Intel have been on speaking terms for quite a few years now. In fact, if sales of the company's Intel-based computers... Read more...