It is reasonable to assume that the use of streaming music must have some impact on mobile network performance as well as device battery life, but just how much? Researchers at Nokia have quantified the impacts by testing the popular music streaming applications Spotify and Pandora.
Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.
With Google reportedly having cemented a $1 billion deal to buy online-streaming service Twitch, the video game-focused service's owners have shut down the site from which Twitch originated: Justin.tv. The platform pioneered live streaming video, launching in 2007.
New technologies from Google could bridge the gap between Google's Chrome and Android platforms, and may pave the way for developers to build HTML5 apps that work across multiple platforms, from iOS to Chrome laptops. For more on this topic, check out this FierceDeveloper report.
Subscription video on demand providers, led by Amazon and Netflix, make up nearly half of over-the-top revenues in North America and are driving a market that will likely top $10.7 billion this year alone, a new report by Strategy Analytics says.
Strategy Analytics added its voice to warnings that smart device shipment growth is slowing, noting that increases in smartphone shipments in the current quarter are at their lowest level for five years.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
Frontier Communications took a jab at Google Fiber, which is considering rolling out its 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) in Portland, Ore., later this year, claiming that the Internet giant is trying to offer consumers what they don't need, reports The Oregonian.
Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing smartphone market as large as China is even higher.
With ample deployments based on DOCSIS 3.0, Comcast is still very much committed to its hybrid fiber coax network. But the MSO's proposal to build a fiber-to-the-home network supporting 530 homes in Sun Valley, Fla., shows it also has plenty of interest in competing with Google and Verizon for fiber-based broadband services.