Connected cars are starting to rev up for AT&T, the operator said on its third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday afternoon.
Automakers such as Audi and General Motors started this summer to deliver cars that connect to AT&T’s LTE network, and act like a “hotspot on wheels” for the driver and passengers. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) CFO John Stephens said on the call that the operator is now seeing “significant impact” from connected cars.
“In the third quarter, We added more than 500,000 connected cars, as the 2015 models started to roll off the production lines,” Stephens said. (See GM: 10 Car Models on Road With AT&T’s LTE.)
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s Mobile and Business Solutions, predicted in September that by 2017 there will be 10 million cars with embedded cellular connectivity on the road. (See Driving Miss 4G: Execs Talk LTE Cars at CTIA.)
Heartened by the recent à la carte move of HBO and CBS, Verizon is now working with its content partners to fashion business models for its own planned OTT ventures.
On the company’s earnings call Tuesday, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) EVP & CFO Fran Shammo said Verizon is looking at delivering over-the-top (OTT) video services to consumers in two different ways, over LTE Multicast to wireless subscribers on its LTE network and over the Internet to home broadband users. He said each method offers a distinct way to address the growing demand for untethered video services.
In Shammo’s view, Verizon will rely on LTE Multicast to beam major live TV events to wireless subscribers, including big concerts and sporting events like the Super Bowl. He noted that multicast technology is “so efficient” for delivering that kind of mass-appeal programming to large groups of viewers. Plans now call for Verizon to launch that live mobile TV service sometime late next year, after enough compatible phones, tablets and other mobile devices are in consumers’ hands and enough content providers are on board with the concept. (See Verizon: Multicast Is ‘a Year Away’.)
Conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon is out with a new book calling for Southern states to secede…again.
While speaking yesterday with Janet Mefferd about his book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now,” MacKinnon called for a movement of states, starting with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, to establish a new country that will adhere to the Religious Right’s political agenda.
Texas, MacKinnon explained, was not included in his secessionist blueprint because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”
He added that the South had “seceded legally” and “peacefully” during the Civil War, but greedy Northerners like President Lincoln “waged an illegal war that was in fact not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union.” - See more at: rightwingwatch.org
Amazon has launched its long-awaited German-based region - its second in Europe, after the one based in Ireland, and its eleventh worldwide. It was scheduled to go live at 3pm local time, or 6am PT, on Thursday, though it seems to have fired up earlier.
This is also the third Amazon Web Services (AWS) region that the company claims is carbon-neutral, after US West (Oregon), and GovCloud. It provides two availability zones.
The region is run out of Frankfurt. According to AWS EMEA chief Steve Midgley, this is because “Frankfurt is one of the largest internet exchanges globally.” Of course, sticking it in Germany is hardly a coincidence: the country has very strict data protection laws, even by European standards, and companies are limited in what they can store overseas.
Telefónica has launched a modular internet of things platform called Thinking Things, which consists of stackable modules for a variety of purposes.
There will be many sensors, actuator modules and so on to come, but the first manifestation of the new platform is an “ambient kit pack” that includes a communications module with an embedded SIM, a module for measuring air temperature, humidity and ambient light, and a battery module that can be charged via microUSB (the battery modules, which can charge 1,000 “communications” per charge, can themselves be stacked.) This will apparently let users remotely control the temperature, lighting and humidity of their home or office, though that only applies to lights, heaters and humidifiers that are plugged in, rather than fixed units.
The Spanish carrier group is kicking things off with some introductory prices: The ambient kit costs €89.95 ($114) with six months’ 2G connectivity included, or €99.95 with a full year’s connectivity - beyond that, connectivity will cost €14.94 for 6 months and €24.95 per year.
Importantly, the devices will be usable across Europe, the U.S. and Latin America.
Anderson was at the GigaOm Structure Connect event here representing his newest venture, 3D Robotics Inc ., the VC-backed, Berkeley-based startup Anderson co-founded in 2009. The company’s mission is to equip drones with mapping and image-capturing technology for relatively mundane B2B applications in industries like agriculture and construction.
In Anderson’s vision, a drone can function as just another connected thing on an Internet full of them, and one with a unique perspective to gather intelligence. It’s another projected role for drone technology — one that sits somewhere between drones as hobbyist toys or delivery devices and drones as potential sources of high-altitude, high-speed connectivity. (See Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet and Facebook, Google in New Drone Race.)
“A drone these days is a connected device — carrying sensors, fully autonomous, connected to the Internet,” Anderson said. “The perspective it gives from the air is one that’s not easy to get.”
Hardware hackers building interactive gadgets based on the Arduino microcontrollers are finding that a recent driver update that Microsoft deployed over Windows Update has bricked some of their hardware, leaving it inaccessible to most software both on Windows and Linux. This came to us via hardware hacking site Hack A Day.
The driver in question is for a line of USB-to-serial chips designed by Scottish firm FTDI. FTDI’s chips are incredibly popular in this space, as just about every microcontroller and embedded device out there can communicate over a serial port. But this popularity has a downside; there’s a vast number of knock-off chips in the wild that appear to be made by FTDI, but in fact aren’t.
FTDI develops drivers for its chips. The drivers can be obtained directly from FTDI, or they can be downloaded by Windows automatically, through Windows Update. This latter feature is a great convenience for most people, as it enables plug-and-play operation.
Bullied Teen Lands in Hospital After Being Beaten, School Presses Charges - Against Bullied Teen - the New Civil Rights Movement
Almost six weeks after his brutal beating, while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Eric Martin walked into a Virginia courtroom last week to face two assault charges. Verbally abused, harassed and bullied since the first grade in an obviously failing school system, this kid is the poster child for “brave.” Eric has decided to fight these charges, and fight them is exactly what our team is prepared to do. The judge has set a trial date for November 21.
Since the attack, Eric is still under a doctor’s care and is making progress. However, the long term effects of the injuries to his head and brain remain unclear. He and his family are taking things one day at a time, and are very grateful for all the cards and letters they have received from all over the world. These have indeed been a great source of inspiration and validation for Eric.
All Eyes on Kansas: The Battle for Marriage Equality Boils Over, Putting Conservatives on the Defensive
“This is about the whole anti-gay industry in the state,” said Witt, who has seen many discriminatory bills like that one surface in the legislature. The field general of the Kansas equality movement won the day, as Pilcher-Cook’s bill died right there—but not the long struggle for statewide acceptance, inclusion and equal rights. That was made clear just 24 hours later.
One day after the surrogacy bill circus died down, across the sprawling capitol in Topeka, Republican Lance Kinzer, the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs chair, abruptly decided to take up another anti-LGBT bill, one that quickly gained national attention and could have had even broader discriminatory repercussions.
“The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a $7,000 fine against a Christian photographer for politely refusing to take pictures of a same-sex ‘commitment ceremony.’ A baker in Colorado is being forced to undergo ‘sensitivity training’ and bake cakes for gay ‘weddings,’ in violation of his religious beliefs,” Kobach’s mailer read. “Our 1st Amendment religious freedoms have never been in greater danger.”It was called a “religious freedom” bill, and would have allowed any state or private employee to refuse to do business with anyone who offended that employee’s religious beliefs. The concept wasn’t new. The bill had been introduced for several years but never got out of committee. But in 2012, GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and like-minded right-wing Republicans led a purge ousting moderate Republican incumbents. They were beaten in low-turnout primaries, in what one local politico called “the night of the long knives.” Only a few hundred votes, equal to a few evangelical congregations voting en masse, ousted the incumbents.
In 2010, Scott Roeder was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the 2009 murder of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller. But that doesn’t mean he’s given up his hobby of threatening abortion providers. Roeder is now in a court battle with the Kansas Department of Corrections, arguing that they violated his freedom of speech rights when they disciplined him for making threats against Julie Burkhart, the woman who reopened an abortion clinic in the Wichita location where Tiller’s clinic used to be. Roeder got “45 days in disciplinary segregation with no outside communication,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal, for comments he made during a phone call with David Leach of the radical anti-choice group Army of God.
Leach posted a recording of the phone interview on YouTube in 2013, which RH Reality Check reported on at the time. Here’s Roeder:
It is a little bit death-defying for someone to walk back in there… and reopen a murder mill where a man was stopped. It’s almost like putting a target on your back, saying, “Well, let’s see if you can shoot ME!” I have to go back to what Pastor Mike Bray said: If 100 abortionists were shot, they would probably go out of business. I think eight have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go. Maybe she’ll be number nine. I don’t know, but she’s kind of painting a target on her.