- Why Comcast and other cable ISPs aren’t selling you gigabit Internet
Cable tech could hit a gigabit today, but why bother when customers lack choice?—Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica
- A plea for mobile civility
Are our ubiquitous mobile devices causing us to forget or unconsciously rewrite the rules of courtesy in society?—Stefan Hammond at TechHive
- Microsoft’s Software Licensing: Why I’ve Had Enough
Our company could be so much further ahead if Microsoft would simplify its licensing terms so that non-PhDs could understand them—John McGreavy at InformationWeek
- Why the Internet of Things will change all of our lives
The chances are you’ve already heard someone mention the Internet of Things, and it’s certainly a phrase that you are going to hear more and more in the coming years, so what exactly is it?
At its most basic, the Internet of Things is the, frankly horrible, term used to describe the millions of devices that are now connected together and to the internet but that do not require humans to tell them what data to share.
Everything from fitness bands to internet connected fridges, smart thermostats to microchipped street lights can all feed data back to the net with or without our behest, and that’s potentially a hugely powerful shift in the way that we live our lives—Patrick Goss at TechRadar
- Cause for hope: Windows 8 gets the heave-ho in the next wave of updates
If independent leaks are to be believed, Windows chief Terry Myerson appears to be dismantling the Jekyll-and-Hyde monstrosity that is Windows 8, instead replacing it with a triumvirate of products that people and companies will actually want. Although the leaks don’t quite line up one to one, they’re close enough to warrant a great deal of optimism about the future of Windows—Woody Leonhard at Infoworld
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