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The Sunday Brief: How a recession brings out the best in telecom and tech

Greetings from Fraser, Colorado – the forever home of Byers Peak. We have enjoyed the shortened Fourth of July holiday week at 9,000 feet.  The scenes never get old.  This week, after a brief market commentary/ earnings preview, we will chronicle the many telecom/ technology successes...

Kagan: MWC19 shows 5G is coming, but is it secure?

At the MWC19 show, 5G is coming on fast, but is it secure? The last thing we want to do is set ourselves up for failure. That’s why we need to be very focused on the coming, advanced security threats that the next generation...

Uber halts autonomous vehicle testing after first pedestrian fatality

Uber has pulled its self-driving vehicles from the roads after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, according to published reports. This is believed to be the first pedestrian fatality associated with an autonomous vehicle. The crash occurred in Tempe,...

Reader Forum: The 3 pillars of engaging digital experiences

Many of the apps that we know and love — Uber, Slack, Amazon — have set a new bar for engaging, dynamic, and personalized digital experiences. To date, mobile operators have been unable to match elevated customer expectations set by these over-the-top digital services....

Kagan: Wireless forces companies to cannibalize

Either cannibalize your own company or a competitor will do it for you and take your market share. This is one of the most important secrets of success. Most people are astounded by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and how rapidly they are...

Analyst Angle: Mobile operators won’t find safety in content deals

Mobile operators need to look at reinventing their operations instead of content deals if they want to guarantee future success. AT&T wants to acquire Time Warner and Verizon Communications wants to buy Yahoo because they believe delivering news, sports...

Uber purchases AI startup, creates machine learning lab

Uber is rapidly acquiring startups as it gears up for a future filled with autonomous ride-hailing vehicles. Yesterday, the company announced the purchase of an artificial intelligence startup Geometric Intelligence to provide the core for a new central AI lab being established in Uber’s...

What is digital transformation?

Defining digital transformation. Digital transformation is a term that has reached just about every company in every industry. It has been debated by analysts, thought leaders and executives. Digital transformation is a broad concept for the fundamental transformation of companies to a more technology reliant...

Uber’s Otto makes Budweiser beer run in self-driving truck

Last week, 51,777 cans of beer were shipped on what will go down as the first commercial shipment by an autonomous vehicle. Otto, Uber’s recently purchased self-driving trucking company, partnered with Anheuser-Busch to carry the shipment of Budweiser through Colorado without anyone behind the...

Uber’s Otto makes Budweiser beer run in self-driving truck

Last week, 51,777 cans of beer were shipped on what will go down as the first commercial shipment by an autonomous vehicle. Otto, Uber’s recently purchased self-driving trucking company, partnered with Anheuser-Busch to carry the shipment of Budweiser through Colorado without anyone behind the...

Analyst Angle: The age of self-driving vehicles is upon us

The automotive industry is working hard to integrate technology to make the self-driving experience safer and more enjoyable Earlier this year I wrote about the coming full autonomous vehicle that could be summoned as needed and drive us without a steering wheel was, perhaps, a...

Rio Olympics: Uber, Visa partner to offer 'Olympic experience'

RIO DE JANEIRO – Uber and Visa have partnered to bring customers of both companies an “Olympic experience." Beginning Aug. 5, when the games started, customers who requested Uber Visa RioPOOL in select cities could share an interactive ride in special vehicles, and could even...

Uber tests self-driving cars amid legislation changes

As self-driving cars are being tested, legislation on autonomous driving is starting to change. But, much remains to be done before driverless cars can become mainstream. It was only a matter of time before Uber brought self-driving cars onto the streets. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company...

The autonomous driving car race is on

The autonomous driving car race is definitely on, with BMW announcing the launch date of the company's first autonomous driving car, set for 2021. The question is whether it will be a sprint or a marathon? BMW plans to launch a flagship autonomous driving car in 2021. The...

IIoT/5G: Volvo to launch UK’s largest autonomous driving trial

Premium car maker Volvo is swinging into high gear with the launch of the UK’s largest autonomous driving trial to date, following similar moves in Sweden and China Volvo Cars is set to launch an autonomous driving trial in the U.K. next year, going under...

Kagan: Uber, Lyft, Airbnb grow wirelessly

Ever think of ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb as wireless companies? Well, they are. We know the wireless industry is a rapid growth engine, but if we pull the camera back we can see how it is also the spark that creates...

Google teams with Lenovo, Microsoft MVNO … 5 things to know today

1. Google tapped China's Lenovo to build its first Tango smartphones. Tango uses 3-D scanning to superimpose information about a location onto the image seen when a user looks through the camera lens. It is also expected to provide navigation indoors. Lenovo bought Motorola...

Lyft gets $500 million investment from GM

Automaker partners with Lyft on go-to market strategy for autonomous vehicles The future of autonomous vehicles is slowing approaching with advancements like Tesla’s autopilot and driverless trams, but what will it take for fully autonomous vehicles to break into the widespread consumer market? Investment activity may...

Reality Check: Identity verification in the on-demand service economy

We are a country full of busy people on the move. We’re migrating in greater numbers to urban areas, and  travel more for work and pleasure. For the most part, we plan our own travel and are always on the lookout for ways to...

AT&T’s deal with Uber, Sprint LTE transition update … 5 things to know today

1. Sprint said that roughly 750 of its Educational Broadband Services licensees have moved their customers to LTE ahead of the scheduled shutdown of Sprint's WiMAX network. EBS licensees hold valuable 2.5 gigahertz spectrum that has been set aside for accredited educational institutions and nonprofit entities....

Microsoft to restructure phone business, cut 7,800 jobs

Microsoft announced it will layoff 7,800 employees as it restructures its phone business to accommodate the $7.6 billion acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services. In an e-mail to employees, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella said the move was in effort to “focus our talent and investments...

Wheeler says broadband key for success

Name checks Uber: 'The largest taxi company in the country doesn’t own any vehicles …' WASHINGTON – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler late last week delivered an address to the Brookings Institution, a well known liberal-leaning Washington, D.C., think tank, highlighting the success of the...

Verizon Wireless partners with Lyft on discounts, embedded app

Verizon Wireless to offer monthly discounts for Lyft drivers, embed app in Android devices Verizon Wireless said it is partnering with ride-sharing service provider Lyft on a multiyear deal to offer monthly discounts for Lyft drivers and embed the Lyft application on new Android-powered smartphones. The...

IEEE GlobeCom: ‘Internet of Things’ disruption just beginning

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The "Internet of Things" is rapidly changing everything from computing models to economic activity, Cisco EVP and CDO Pankaj Patel told attendees at the IEEE GlobeCom show in Austin, Texas on Dec. 10. “I hope you’re ready,” Patel said, “because the journey has...

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