Cities and towns are now taking the lead to improve their residents’ internet connections. Due to lack of competition between internet providers in many cities, municipal governments are taking the initiative to do something about it themselves. Many cities have already began implementing solutions, and hundreds more are looking over options to begin doing so.
According to Ars Technica, there are many options that these cities are looking to implement in order to bring about faster, cheaper internet. On solution is the “dig once” policy which requires that the city lay down tubing for cable fiber anytime they dig for sewer or electrical purposes. This saves both money and time.
Another solution is cracking down on Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Some cities are demanding the entity provide better service to its customers. Other cities, like Worchester, Massachusetts, hometown of Laurene Powell Jobs, have stated that they don’t want the company in their town.
Finally, some cities, such as Wilson, North Carolina, are building their own networks when private market network solutions don’t pan out.
Remarkably similar to something that could make it’s way to our shores before too long, Hungarian citizens are revolting over a newly proposed internet tax. The Hungarian government is going to be taxing ISPs around $0.62 per gigabyte of data used.
While they claim that the corporate income tax could offset the cost of the new tax, many Hungarians feel that eventually the full burden of the new tax will be felt by the consumer. In a continually internet based world, that’s an extreme limitation on everybody’s ability to communicate.
There have been countless debates about whether or not the internet is a protected right, or just another service that companies are allowed to sell. This is not going to help resolve what that debate actually means. But the one thing I know, with how much I use FreedomPop when I’m traveling, I would not do well with an internet tax.
Technology has always been rigid. Anyone who remembers the first cellular phones will remember the similarity they held to large bricks made of metal and plastic.
This trend has continued even as technology has become smaller and more compact. The threat of absent-mindedly sitting down with your smartphone in your back pocket or your laptop below you could mean the death of one of your most important pieces of technology.
The good news is that technology that bends with your life has been becoming increasingly popular to the point that some companies are even working on smartphones that can be worn on your wrist as wearable bands.
While technology isn’t quite to the point where that’s possible, it’s easy for Marnie Bennett and other early adopters to see the steps that could lead up to it. One of those most important steps, flexible batteries, has just been announced by Samsung.
At InterBattery 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung announced that they will be unveiling their new flexible batteries sometime soon to the consumer market. These batteries could make everything from wearable phones to technology integrated into fabric possible.
Like most cutting-edge technology, there are still numerous problems to work out before this new battery becomes viable. It’s reported that the capacity of Samsung’s rollable battery is still fairly low and that the reliability is still mixed.
Until Samsung fixes these problems, it’s unlikely that this new battery will be powering many devices. The only good news is that Samsung is actively working on trying to overcome these challenges, which means that other corporations are likely trying to do so too.
That means newer, more flexible technology that works with you will likely be a trend in the coming years.
The CEO of computer giant Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has been reported by Mashable as having sent an email to his employees stating that women should put their faith in ‘karma’ instead of asking for a pay rise.
After a time, he did apologise for his actions. He said: “I answered that questions completely wrong…I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it come to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”
This controversy emerged when Mr. Nadella attended a conference hosted by Khaled Shaheen about the role of women in the IT sector. The speech went fine at first, but it very quickly took a spiral downward. He made the inflammatory decision that woman who choose to stay silent and not ask for a raise have “good karma” and that simply not mentioning getting equal pay with men is a “superpower.”
Mr. Nadella continues to defend his position by saying that “it’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Women who don’t ask for raises…” have a “…superpower because that’s good karma, that’ll come back…that’s the kind of person I want to trust.”
There have been a wide number of people who disagree with his statement, and a lot of the audience members at the conference openly complained about it. Nadella tweeted a defence, saying his wording was “inarticulate.” This tweet however, failed to satisfy his critics, only stoking the flames.
Concern that the end of what is known as Net neutrality could be detrimental to Internet users has been countered by a claim that such action could actually improve the system. The claim was made by an engineering professor who is involved in the development of software that could reduce costs to some users.
Under the principle of neutrality, Internet providers are not permitted to show partiality in terms of their own services or applications or give any of their customers preferential treatment. Though accepted by both users and providers, this principle was never actually written into law, and an attempt to legitimize it was in fact voided by a federal court. The ending of neutrality could result in providers charging more to the heaviest users of the Internet but less to those who use it outside the peak hours.
Mung Chiang, a professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, has expressed the belief that changes in Net neutrality procedures could encourage some customers to reduce their usage during periods of heavy traffic, which could in turn reduce overall costs. His company has built the software that could be used to upgrade the system in order to make this possible. The issue of Net neutrality is examined in greater detail in the article available here. And John Oliver sums up net neutrality facts nicely in layman’s terms here.
Although a relaxation of rules has shown promise in reducing costs and improving efficiency in other areas, there is concern that it could result in domination by a few large industries. Further input from both sides can be expected in the continuing debate on Net neutrality.
Black Eyed Peas founder and producer Will.i.am has been hard at work on another project, the PULS. His interest in the tech industry has sparked him to come up with a new innovation in wearable tech.
Igor Cornelsen tells me that the entire point of the PULS is to think of your smartwatch as a completely independent tool. Meaning, something that doesn’t depend on syncing up with your phone, and could be an independent device that you wear on your wrist, but that has all of the capabilities of a cell phone.
Meaning, texting, calling features, surfing the web, etc, all attached to your wrist at all times.
Will.i.am definitely had some great ideas for revolutionizing dance music, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to accomplish the same thing when it comes to technology. But so far the i.am.PULS definitely looks promising…if not annoying for writers to have to format into their blogs.
Just because you can program, doesn’t mean that you’re going to be able to get a job. There are a ton of competition for jobs. But with some, there’s a lot more competition. Here, we break down a few of the most popular programming disciplines, and the competition you’ll face when applying.
Huge kudos to Sam Tabar for providing a little bit of industry insight.
This is the number one programming language for finding a job. There tends to be a higher demand for SQL coders than any other. However, competition is also the most intense, as there are on average 16 or more people applying to each position available.
- HTML 5
Everything runs on HTML, and it’s one of the most common formats found online anywhere. Now that every business needs an internet component to thrive, they need HTML programmers. But you’re still going to face pretty stiff competition, with about 10 people applying to each position available.
Pretty similar with the competition in HTML 5 is C#. Common technology always tends to have more competition, and this is no different with an average of 8 -9 candidates applying to each potential job opportunity.
The second most in demand programming language behind SQL, but it’s also the one with the fewest applicants to any available position. Here you’re only going to face around 7 applicants for most positions, making it a much better choice if you’re looking to break in, without facing too much stiff competition for places.