Geo-Awareness & the Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Just because your data is housed “in the cloud” doesn’t mean that earthbound geography can simply be ignored. And while the World Wide Web promises a global and ubiquitous technology, location still matters.Obviously, data is still housed in a particular place, even if that place is “in the cloud.” And while major cloud providers have data centers worldwide – often with locations across several sites in Asia, Europe, and North America – the specific location of these cloud centers as well as the location of the end-users remain important – and complicated. Already location is often used to help address performance: where someone resides can be used to determine which data center is utilized. Location can also be a factor to restrict or enable access in order to comply with certain export laws, blocking access to applications for residents of certain countries, for example. But in addition to questions of performance and of access, there can be substantial legal ramifications based on location as well. Different countries tend to have varying requirements and restrictions for the privacy and security of information stored there. Argentina and Germany have very restrictive privacy laws, for example, while Hong Kong and South Africa have minimal restrictions. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the promises of cloud technology is the ability to scale infinitely and on demand, but clearly location needs to be part of the equation – not just to ensure performance, but to ensure compliance with local laws.The relationship between location and the cloud has been the subject of several Forresterreports. And CloudSleuth offers a service so you can do your homework about cloud providers, geography, and performance. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

South Australia Plugs in World’s Largest Battery

first_img What’s Driving the Cost of Residential Solar-Plus-Storage?On-Site Storage Is the Great EqualizerRethinking the Grid The world’s largest lithium ion battery is up and running in South Australia where officials hope it will help reduce power shortages during blistering summer weather that lies ahead.The state government announced last week that the football-field-sized battery has been installed at the Hornsdale Power Reserve, where it will store energy generated at an adjacent wind farm. According to a statement from South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, the battery is “history in the making” and will ensure that the state has backup power to get it through the summer.Tesla finished installing the 100-megawatt battery only 63 days after signing an agreement with state officials, well under the 100 days CEO Elon Musk promised — a deadline he vowed to meet or do the job for free.It makes great press for Tesla. In South Australia, officials hope that the battery will reduce the number of blackouts and brownouts that typically occur. Although more than 40% of South Australia’s electricity comes from wind, integrating the energy into the grid and managing the intermittent nature of wind-generated power hasn’t been very successful, according to an expert quoted in an article published by The New York Times. RELATED ARTICLES Federal policy favors coalAustralia has plenty of wind and solar capabilities, but the federal government has been promoting fossil fuels over renewable energy, and Australia’s treasurer, Scott Morrison, was disdainful of the Tesla project earlier in the year. “Thirty thousand South Australian households could not get through watching one episode of ‘Australia’s Ninja Warrior’ with the big battery,” he said.The government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promoted fossil fuels to stimulate growth and prevent power shortages in South Australia, The Times said, and suggested the state had been taken in by clever salesmanship with the Tesla project.In an email to the newspaper, energy minister Josh Frydenbert said, “The Tesla battery has been sold to the people of South Australia as an answer to their woes. But in reality it is just a fraction of the storage and backup that South Australia needs.”Not so, said the Australian general manager of Neoen, the French company that owns the nearby wind farm. “There’s no turning back,” said Franck Woitiez. “It’s not tomorrow, it’s now.” South Australians pay the highest electricity prices in the world, the article said, and electricity costs there have gone up 20% between 2012 and 2016. Residents pay between 50% and 100% more for electricity than Americans.The battery has enough capacity to power 30,000 homes for as much as an hour — not a huge number when compared to South Australia’s population, but enough, officials hope, to reduce pressure on the grid during periods of high demand.last_img read more

Why Verizon Killing Its 3G Network Probably Won’t Save You Money

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#Carriers#lte#verizon Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We will soon be witness to the death of 3G. At least, we will from Verizon. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference, Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo said that Verizon could start phasing out its 3G CDMA chips by the beginning of 2014. The goal, ultimately, will be to lower subsidies that carriers pay to smartphone manufacturers to carry new devices.As it stands in the United States, the big carriers pay full price for smartphones like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S 3 then retail them at a reduced cost tied to two-year contracts. This subsidy costs the carriers a lot of money up front and is a drain on their quarter-to-quarter revenue. The carriers end up ahead if a user stays for the life of the contract (or pays an early termination fee), but anything a company like Verizon can do to lower its subsidy prices is good for its bottom line.“Then if you look out into late 2014 then you start to think of things like, okay, so now I can start to take the CDMA chip out of the phone and just have a pure LTE handset. That also starts to reduce subsidies. So over the next two to three years I think we will start to see subsidies come down,” said Shammo, according to a transcript of the interview from Thomson Reuters (PDF).What is stopping Verizon from phasing out its 3G CDMA network and moving to LTE permanently now? The answer lays with an overlooked aspect of smartphones that users tend to forget exists: voice.The Coming Of Voice Over LTEAs it stands now, smartphones running LTE cannot make calls over the 4G network. LTE is a big, fat data pipe and it is indeed very fast. Yes, you can use some IP-based services to make calls (Skype, for instance), but the traditional phone call is not available on the newest wireless standard.The challenge is that LTE is an IP-based system (akin to Wi-Fi) and does not handle traditional voice. When you make a call with your 4G LTE Verizon phone, you are actually still using the 3G network. Most people do not know or care how that works, but it forces companies like Verizon to keep expensive chipsets in their smartphones to handle voice calls. Verizon’s CDMA network is also why devices like the iPhone 5 cannot simultaneously make calls and browse the Web. The standard just does not allow it. This will change when Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) is available, likely near the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. “So I am a believer that over the next two to three years subsidies will start to decrease just because of the ecosystem. Then, for us, I think – for Verizon Wireless one other important ingredient for us is obviously we are investing in all this LTE technology. We will ultimately get to Voice Over LTE, probably end of this year, beginning of next year,” said Shammo.What Does It Mean For You?More than any other industry, the mobile operators play a very fluid game of ARPU – average revenue per user. As we have seen in the past, the supposed “deals” we have seen from the carriers are really just rearranging how the language and structure of contracts are made. For instance, with Verizon’s “Share Everything” plan, you are going to pay basically the same as you were under the previous plan for data plus a couple extra dollars per device you add. It remains to be seen if Verizon will actually pass on savings from lower subsidies to consumers buying devices. So, Verizon cutting out CDMA in the next year for the sake of lower subsidies is not likely to lower your own data bill. If there is anything that consumers can count on it will be that companies like Verizon will always be looking for ways to squeeze the ARPU out of them.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Trae Young’s last-second basket lifts Hawks past 76ers

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Huerter’s steal from Embiid and jam gave Atlanta a 122-121 lead. Another turnover by Embiid, this time on a pass, set up an Atlanta fast-break opportunity which Young couldn’t convert. Young fouled Butler, who made two free throws.Young’s long 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 125-123 lead, but Butler tied the game with a basket. Then, with 39.9 seconds remaining, Butler sank two free throws to give Philadelphia a 127-125 lead. Prince answered with a tying layup.The Hawks were left with 3.5 seconds after the 76ers’ 24-second violation, with Butler’s miss waved off as coming too late.After snapping Utah’s five-game winning streak by beating the Jazz 117-114 on Thursday night, the Hawks dropped another streaking playoff-bound team.Atlanta led 74-68 at halftime and stretched the lead to 12 points, at 97-85, on Alex Len’s three-point play. The 76ers closed the gap with 10 straight points and pulled even at 100-all on JJ Redick’s 3-pointer to end the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With Steph Curry out, Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki lift Mavs over Warriors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Butler missed a long attempt as the final buzzer sounded.Taurean Prince had 23 points for Atlanta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Butler had 25 points for Philadelphia.The 76ers began the night with a solid hold on third place in the Eastern Conference, 3½ games ahead of Indiana and four games ahead of Boston. Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak included a win over Boston on Wednesday night. Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 32 points, including a last-second, go-ahead floater, to give the Atlanta Hawks a 129-127 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night, ending the 76ers’ six-game winning streak.With 3.5 seconds remaining, Young took the inbound pass from Kevin Huerter and dribbled past Jimmy Butler before sinking the short, soft jumper for the lead with 0.1 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Embiid posted his 16th straight double-double and 54th overall this season. He had 37 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in the win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.TIP-INS76ers: C Boban Marjanovic, left unguarded in the corner, sank his first career 3-pointer in the first quarter. It was only the fourth career 3-point attempt in six seasons for the 7-foot-3 native of Serbia. … The 76ers made 13 of 20 shots (60 percent) from the field in the first quarter. … T.J. McConnell left the game with a bloody nose late in the third period. Coach Brett Brown was upset there was no foul called, even after a video review, on contact which caused the bloody nose. McConnell returned midway through the fourth.Hawks: Young had 11 assists. … Atlanta matched its season high for most points in a first half. The Hawks also scored 74 points in the first half against Miami in a 123-118 win on Nov. 3. The 74 points were the most allowed in a first half by the 76ers this season.UP NEXT76ers: At Orlando on Monday night.Hawks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more