Mobile Operators Reach for Unlicensed Spectrum and Drive Small Cell Uptake as Data Consumption Surges

For the LAA standard, the 3GPP adopted a Listen-Before-Talk channel access mechanism to share the spectrum fairly

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Access to unlicensed spectrum, even if shared with the public, has great appeal to operators given the never ending demand for wireless data. Cars promised to accelerate this demand, if the ITS and auto industries can ever figure it out.

Strategy Analytics: Usage of In-Car Voice Control Drops

Even though the automotive industry is hamstrung by a lengthy development and production cycle, consumers are becoming less patient with the gap in performance between automotive electronics and other consumer electronics.

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This is kind of old news, and most people will agree the car experience, even on brand new models, pales in comparison to rapidly changing user experiences offered on phones and tablets. Carmakers need to accelerate deployment of OTA and deeper phone integration to keep customers.

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

Levandowski led Google’s self-driving car efforts, Ron was an executive on Google Maps and Motorola, while other staff have spent time with Apple, Tesla and other notable automotive firms

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Pretty interesting that “other notable automotive firms” include Apple and Tesla, since they are far removed from the mainstream automakers. I’m not sure I’m ready to get picked up at the airport by a Robo-car yet, but this is a dream team if there was one for Uber to have.

Intel’s New Mission: Find Fresh Uses for Its Famous Paranoia

“Intel has four main business lines — PCs, mobile, internet of things and servers — and it’s hitting on one of them,” said Patrick Gelsinger, a longtime Intel executive who is now chief executive of the software company VMware. The factories where Intel builds chips “now cost $10 billion, at least,” each to set up, he said, “and the competition is catching up.”

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Gelsinger would know, he bailed out for a  CEO slot and VMware is still doing pretty well it seems. Recently they hired one of Intel’s best software guys, Dirk Hohndel to build the open source strategy.

Google Fiber project changes to wireless channel

Since Google Fiber launched, Comcast, AT&T and Centurylink have all begun to offer superfast broadband speeds in certain markets, including AT&T offering its U-Verse Gigapower service in Kansas City and Austin, Texas, where Google Fiber operates

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You have to wonder if the pressure from Google to light up glass in neighborhoods spurred this development. Alphabet still wins with video capable ad endpoints supported by others. (subscription to FT may be need to read article)

Intel recalls Basis Peak smartwatches due to device overheating

the fact that Basis is completely dropping the Peak and its services is a bad sign for the company as a whole

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I bought the first model when it was offered at a discount to employees, it was OK. I never upgraded to the Peak model due to the price but found out they’ll take my old watch back too – if I can find it in my dust pile.


Unfortunately I got a reply when setting up the return: “We are experiencing delays in processing refund requests due to high volumes.”

Tesla Autopilot v8.0 software update handles highway interchanges and introduces new Autopilot safety restrictions

Ever since launching the first (and current) generation of the Autopilot, Musk said that the hardware combined with gradually improving software should allow for ramp-to-ramp autonomous driving on highways as always with constant monitoring by the driver.

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Elon saying “as always” becomes a key comment to note, and with software updates possible on-the-fly Tesla leads the pack. When will the hardware be able to handle “driverless”? Probably sooner than any other carmaker until others get the OTA capabilities in place.