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June 23

Tech Links: IBM Watson medical imaging; Google, AT&T vs. FCC; Lenovo smartphone supply chain; Tencent gaming buy; good GSK drug news

High tech In today's Tech Links roundup of news impacting the Triangle: IBM forms a new Watson alliance for assessment of medical imaging - 2 reports; the FCC may budge on its cable box proposal after hearing opposition from AT&T and Google; Lenovo vows to revamp its supply chain to right smartphone business; Tencent, which owns a big part of Cary-based Epic Games, buys "Clash of Clans" creator; and GSK gets good news on a COPD combination therapy.

June 22

Broadband report: 'The state must position itself for the future'

N.C. flag           The North Carolina Broadband Report released Tuesday by the McCrory Administration concludes with a warning about the future. "Other states and countries around the world are leading initiatives to respond to this rising demand," the authors write "If the state's infrastructure does not support the ever increasing need for greater bandwidth and speeds, people and businesses will move."

Updated June 22

Premium Lock Providers: 'Coming together,' engagement are keys to making NC broadband plan work

Reaction from Internet providers in North Carolina to the McCrory Administration's NC Broadband Report is still coming in. And early indications are that the private sector players will call for "coming together" as well as community engagement to make universal access a reality by 2021.

Just how fast is gigabit Internet? Just how fast is gigabit Internet?

Updated June 22

State Broadband Plan targets 'universal' high-speed access by 2021

Fiber optic network                     Recognizing that government at all levels can become partners rather than obstacles in deployment of broadband networks across the state, the McCrory administration unveils a "State Broadband Plan" that aims to provide "universal access" by 2021.

June 20

Premium Lock AT&T broadens reach of NC Next Generation Network

AT&T is expanding the reach of its fiber broadband network across North Carolina, and a key driver remains the North Carolina Next Generation Network. As part of its commitment to that project, AT&T provides free Internet access to a growing number of community centers and low income housing.

Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP Service area as spelled out for NC NGN in RFP

June 15

Premium Lock Report: Smart TVs, streaming devices replacing gaming consoles

Are gaming consoles doomed? More people are using either smart TVs or streaming devices to access online content than gaming consoles, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

What devices online gamers are using What devices online gamers are using

June 15

Premium Lock Net neutrality court ruling reactions reflect FCC division

The Broadband Report       A U.S. federal court's ruling Tuesday upholding the FCC-mandated "net neutrality" rules led to very different reactions from FCC members. Two statements - one on each side of the case - reflect just how deeply "net neutrality" and Internet regulation has divided the 5-member panel.

June 14

Premium Lock Report: Millennials leading charge to streaming TV

Millennials are most likely to be subscribers to streaming video services - either as cord cutters or augmenting traditional cable TV packages. So reports Parks & Associates in a new report. Why?

Tracking streaming/cable service audiences Tracking streaming/cable service audiences

Updated June 14

Court upholds 'net neutrality;' AT&T, others will appeal; backers celebrate

FCC        A federal appeals court has upheld the government's "net neutrality" rules that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. AT&T says it will appeal. Activists in favor of the rules celebrate.

Updated June 13

Premium Lock ICANN praises latest step toward less US control of Internet

The Broadband Report       The U.S. government is taking a key step in relinquishing control of the Internet's addressing system, fulfilling a promise made in the 1990s. And the international organization that will gain more control hails the latest move.

Updated June 8

Triangle headlines: NC in Fortune 500; TWC being 'bullied;' H-1Bs in Charlotte; Metabolon deal

Triangle headlines In our latest wrapup of Triangle headlines from other publications, catch up on reports about the new Fortune 500 and what North Carolina firms made it as well as news about Time Warner Cable, Metabolon and an investigation into H-1B visas in Charlotte.

Updated June 7

Premium Lock Cisco's 2020 forecast: Faster nets driven by smartphones, IoT demand

Gaze into the Cisco crystal ball ... In less than four years, people worldwide will be using smartphones more than PCs while sending and receiving data at ever-faster speeds. Meanwhile, the Internet of Things explosion will mean more than three times the number of net-connected devices than humans.

Cisco: IoT to link billions more devices Cisco: IoT to link billions more devices

June 7

Premium Lock Hybrid IoT analytics from Cisco, IBM: It's a winner for customers

Analysis: In announcing an Internet of Things-focused analytics partnership, Cisco and IBM are putting together a winning program, says Technology Business Research Analyst Ezra Gottheil in an in-depth review.

IBM-Cisco's IoT pitch IBM-Cisco's IoT pitch

Updated June 6

Premium Lock Reveal Mobile taps 6 investors for $500K, stays mum about deal

Reveal Mobile, which is focusing on development of commercial applications linked to wireless beacon technology, has secured $500,000 in new capital. However, the startup isn't saying much about the new round.

Tracking Bluetooth beacons by Reveal Mobile Tracking Bluetooth beacons by Reveal Mobile

June 3

'Rolling study halls:' Google sponsors Wi-Fi equipped school buses

Students in Caldwell County can now link to the Internet while riding school buses thanks to an initiative sponsored by Google. Call the buses "rolling study halls."

Cutting the "cord" for "rolling study halls" Cutting the "cord" for "rolling study halls"

Updated June 3

Premium Lock Are you a Grinder yet? Meet Startup Grind's RTP director + Learn about the program

From its launch in October of last year, Startup Grind Triangle has been putting on events for entrepreneurs featuring some of the best-known names in the Triangle's startup community. Attendees and supporters are known as "Grinders" - and they are growing in number here as well as internationally. To learn more about the Grinder community, WTW talks with its Triangle director.

June 2

Premium Lock Google delivers access to 'thousands of apps' via Fiber TV

If you watch TV over a fiber network, Google says its new Google Cast service provides a way to access thousands of apps "right on your TV screen."

Finding apps via Google Cast Finding apps via Google Cast

Updated June 1

Construction begins in August for super-fast Holly Springs network

Communications provider Ting has picked the neighborhood of Holly Glen as the launching place for a high-speed fiber optic network in Holly Springs. Construction will begin in August.

Ting's rollout map for Holly Springs Ting's rollout map for Holly Springs

Updated June 1

Caldwell Co. buses to become Wi-Fi 'rolling study halls'

wifi Students in Caldwell County will soon have a chance to do their homework via Wi-Fi while riding on school buses. With the support of Google, the school district kicks off a pilot program, complete with a teacher on board for supervision.

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