Just a few years ago, the idea that video could be reliably delivered online was a distant fantasy, but today we find ourselves in the midst of a complete upending of the way people watch, and pay for, their TV.
Fueled by climbing fees, rapidly consolidating wireless service providers are flirting with squeezing their customers past the point of no return. While bills skyrocket, customers aren’t really seeing their quality of services keep apace and it’s getting insulting.
This year, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won the annual July 4th Nathan’s hot dog eating contest for the 11th time, wolfing down a mind blowing 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes — a new world record. In 2007, when Chestnut first defeated previous champ Kobayashi, he only needed to get down 66 hot dogs to seal victory. And much like Chestnut, the most American of heroes, wireless companies too are embattled in a constant quest to feed themselves with more data, more users, more content, more everything, just to stay on top.
The count is official: JOEY CHESTNUT ATE A WORLD RECORD 74 HOT DOGS. 😱 pic.twitter.com/SFY3QYHoEj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2018
This week’s news, fitting for the competitive eating season, reflects the frenzied, ravenous state of wireless networks and their hamster-wheel pursuit to keep stuffing themselves overfull, just to stay in the game. Happy Independence Day America, your wireless network could always use a little something to eat. Whatcha got?
Those Fun Apps Are Spying On You
Rating: Cotton Candy
Scientists in Boston studied 17,000 popular Andriod apps and found that almost half of them allowed access to their users’ device camera and microphone. Oh, and by the way, that Fortnite game you can’t get enough of? It’s what they call a “magnet for malware.” Those fun games are sweet and delicious going down, but they’re actually terrible for you.
T-Mobile Gets On Board WIth RCS
RCS Messaging, which was just announced will be supported by T-Mobile, makes texting look more standard and like messaging, but right now only Sprint and T-Mobile are on board, meaning it’s not compatible with other, larger, carriers. Are they first adopters or chasing a technology no one’s looking for? For now, there’s likely to be a group of hard core fans while most other people just don’t really get what all the fuss is about.
Sling Goes A La Carte
Rating: Turkey Burger
— Mark Holloway (@BeatCancer10) July 6, 2018
Cable is too heavy and weighs you down, but every once in a while you want to watch something and only cable will do. Now OTT player Sling offers a la carte options, without a subscription. All the gratification without the guilt.
Government Blocks China Mobile Bid For US License
Rating: Freedom Fries
Competition is cool and all, but now that China Mobile has made moves to get licenses to operate in the U.S. the government has some serious security concerns with the operator closely tied to the Chinese government.
By Lanie Glittersparkle — Special to Daily Wireless News
If Mobile World Congress 2018 taught us anything it’s that telecom loves the idea of 5G’s future. But the industry is quickly realizing it has no idea how to get there. Because mobile operators are too often paralyzed by legacy tech and organizational inertia, 5G will be the ton of bricks that breaks their collective backs. Here are three reasons why 5G will kill the telecom industry:
Looking back at the week’s wireless news, it’s hard to miss the undeniable; your wireless telecom company has slowly, deliberately and successfully become your most basic utility company, with control over just about every aspect of our lives, from communication to home security and even parenting.
If you’ve been one of the few able to focus bandwidth beyond baby jails and abysmally poor FLOTUS jacket choices this week, there’s been quite a bit churning in the world of wireless. Notably, there were a number of very public fails by high-profile companies. Put another way: Womp womp.
In the global race for widespread 5G deployment, researchers along with the telecom industry has pushed the limits of lab testing and are ready to create larger test beds for 5G applications including VR and autonomous travel. The National Science Foundation has announced it will invest $100 million over then next seven years to build 5G test bed networks, starting with two U.S. cities, New York and Salt Lake City.
Got rats? There’s an app for that. Victor pest traps and Comcast have teamed up to connect the old-school mouse trap and build a smarter version that cuts down on maintenance, monitoring and tracks data.
Picture it: Neighbors decide to pool their money to invest in the basics their neighborhoods need to survive and thrive. It’s an idea that Cooperative Capital has launched in Detroit to help revitalize abandoned homes, but it’s not exactly a revolutionary idea. It’s taxes; they’ve invented taxes.