Electronics giant Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is rolling out a new high-tech modem that will help users connect faster and easier to their online service.
The new fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem includes a special modem chipset and RF technology that will allow 4G LTE advanced mobile broadband technology. The technology will give the modem the ability to have higher performance with power consumption and printed circuit board area requirements.
The holiday season will be full of color and holiday décor at Manhattan’s tallest buildings thanks to Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
The Empire State Building, which stands 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, will boast state-of-the-art holiday decorations in its lobby, a full LED light display and holiday concerts for the 2013 holiday season. The Empire State Building will continue the annual lighting of its tower to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In addition to the holiday lights, the building will have pianists in the lobby and choir performances on the 80th floor. A full list of holiday events and concerts is available on the company’s website.
As more consumers ditch land lines for an all-cellular life, VoIP and Internet service provider Vonage is extending use of its services for cell phones.
Vonage is creating a new service that will allow customers to use its home service with cellular phone service. The new service, called Vonage Extensions, will be available for Canadian customers at no additional cost. The calls can be made over cell phones with 3G and 4G networks.
As Sprint expands its customer base with new products and services, some of its customers may be unhappy.
According to a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Sprint received the lowest rating among wireless carriers. The annual cell phone service ratings research surveyed about 58,399 wireless customers across cell phone companies. Sprint was rated on value, voice, text and 4G reliability. Competitor Verizon Wireless fared well in the survey as the top major carrier with consumer satisfaction.
Texas-based electronics retailer RadioShack is expanding its branch of high-tech concept stores in Manhattan.
The company unveiled its new Greenwich Village store a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. The store located at 340 First Avenue is the fourth concept store for RadioShack in New York City. The retailer, known as a hub for electronics, broadband software, gadgets and cellular phones, will feature interactive displays to help customers find products and test them out and a speaker wall for audio-related electronics.
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University completed the second phase of its cyberhacking competition that began in September. The school chose winners of its 10-year-old competition and closed competing until its next round in 2014.
“We are gratified to see the growth in the high school competition—from only 400 students two years ago to 1,500 today, because that signals that our efforts are working to fill the college-bound pipeline with talented cybersecurity students,” said professor Nasir Memon, CSAW founder and head of NYU-Poly’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.
Cox Communications is expanding its Wi-Fi network.
The cable company is beefing up its footprint by stretching its network of Wi-Fi hot spots. The company announced that its latest expansion of Wi-Fi hot spots will include Los Angeles and New York City. The extensions to its network will give the company nearly 200,000 Wi-Fi hot spots, making Cox one of the largest hot spot providers in the United States.
VoIP communications provider Vonage Holdings Corp., has new patents for products aimed to boost its customer base and give the company an edge over its competitors.
The company has received three new patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for new products and services that it will unveil in the future. Among the patents are a method and apparatus system for use with caller I.D., another patent for a system that will allow customers to make calls without using a keypad, and a patent for a system to manage customer accounts, including notifications about accounts in good and bad standing.
Verizon Communications is lending a hand to those affected by the natural disasters in the Midwest through its Verizon Foundation.
As technology continues to expand, more businesses are adding Wi-Fi.
Fairway Group Holdings Corp. is among grocery store chains beefing up technology at its locations and making shopping easier for customers who complete tasks on devices.
Customers shopping in the stores can now log on to Wi-Fi to access the Web and the company’s new mobile application. Fairway, who has about a dozen stores around New York City, announced that is has developed a new mobile app that will allow customers to create shopping lists, cook and more.
It’s definitely not just you spending Saturdays binging on Netflix shows.
In Sandvine’s latest Internet traffic study, streaming entertainment appears to have taken over, while file-sharing protocol BitTorrent now takes up less than 10 percent of aggregated traffic. Much of that “real-time entertainment” traffic is driven by Netflix, which, on its own, takes up almost 30 percent of all traffic. When combined with YouTube, Hulu and other video-streaming services, that traffic accounts for more than 60 percent of traffic during peak hours.
If you want to build a better business, a new report hints that the secret may be in your broadband. The study suggests superfast broadband speeds created more jobs and grew faster than they had before the upgrade.
The study from Plymouth University surveyed 88 businesses in Cornwall that had upgraded to BT’s superfast fiber broadband service at least 12 months ago. Compared to its old broadband setup, more than 80 percent of those businesses reported that they were now saving a significant amount of money, more than a third said they had generated more sales, and more than a quarter said the faster broadband had directly contributed to creating new connections and trade internationally.
IFunding has joined the trend of young companies using co-working or shared office spaces to cut operating costs and accommodate staff.
The company, which focuses its business on crowd-funding for real estate ventures, moved its staff into Alley NYC, a Midtown co-working space that accommodates small and start-up businesses in need of office spaces and meeting rooms.
U.S. Armed Forces veterans are finding jobs at Verizon Communications.
The company was recently recognized for its efforts to recruit and hire veterans. Verizon was ranked third in the country on the 2014 G.I. Jobs Military-Friendly Employers list. Verizon was selected as one of the top companies based on a survey of 5,000 companies across the country.
In the wake of the natural disaster in the Philippines, AT&T is giving its customers a break on their bill. The company announced that it will waive fees for international calling and texting for customers trying to connect with family and friends in the Philippines. From Nov. 8 until Nov. 30, customers calling from AT&T wireless phones in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not be charged for the calls. AT&T’s wireline and U-verse will receive 60 minutes of free service to make phone calls to the area damaged by the recent typhoon.