Cable Tech Talk https://cabletechtalk.com Latest Technology, Internet and Gadget News Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:20:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Samsung Galaxy S8 is Launching Bixby Voice Assistant Without a Support to Voice Commands https://cabletechtalk.com/samsung-galaxy-s8-launching-bixby-voice-assistant-without-support-voice-commands/ https://cabletechtalk.com/samsung-galaxy-s8-launching-bixby-voice-assistant-without-support-voice-commands/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:16:04 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?p=1841 One of the most anticipated trait from Samsung Galaxy s8 launch event surely is the Samsung’s answer to competitors voice assistants, Bixby. Now, the latest news is that the Samsung’s Bixby assistant isn’t going to work as presented when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch on April 21. The key part of this assistant is the voice command feature and this one […]

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One of the most anticipated trait from Samsung Galaxy s8 launch event surely is the Samsung’s answer to competitors voice assistants, Bixby. Now, the latest news is that the Samsung’s Bixby assistant isn’t going to work as presented when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch on April 21.

The key part of this assistant is the voice command feature and this one will probably not be ready until late spring. According to the Wall Street Journal, this service could be delayed until late May.

Other features like Vision, Home and Reminder of this assistant will be available on its release, but Bixby won’t be able to respond to the voice commands.

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Only the Korean language version will have all of its features at launch.

The Samsung S8 phones will ship with Android’s Google Assistant so that the users can interact with it until Bixby assistant gets ready for release.

In the world of AI, the voice command part is almost essential, because we want to have an interaction with the devices in as natural way as possible. As one of its key features, we are a bit disappointed that Samsung will release voice commands for English speaking users later, but we have to wait and see if they can justify late release of this feature with, and we hope to be, an amazing AI assistant that can be mentioned as one of the best phone assistants side by side with Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

 

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AMD Ryzen 5 Series: The 1500x and 1600x Processors Overview  https://cabletechtalk.com/amd-ryzen-5-series-1500x-1600x-processors-overview/ https://cabletechtalk.com/amd-ryzen-5-series-1500x-1600x-processors-overview/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:39:40 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?p=1819 AMD has released their midrange series named Ryzen 5, which is a direct competitor to the Intel’s Core i5, and they’ve delivered once again a great product that is aimed to the wider range of consumers. Happy to introduce the newest member of the @AMDRyzen family today – @AMDRyzen 5! Thanks for all the support from our partners and fans! pic.twitter.com/fG0bKVEM3g […]

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AMD has released their midrange series named Ryzen 5, which is a direct competitor to the Intel’s Core i5, and they’ve delivered once again a great product that is aimed to the wider range of consumers.

Ryzen 5 (and Ryzen 7) both come with 2 CCX units (CPU Complex) which meant that the four cores are attached to an L3 Cache (8 MB of high speed cache), where every core can access to every cache with the same average latency.

Those CCX units communicate with each other over the Infinity Fabric.

AMD SenseMI Technology

Other Feature that they include is AMD SenseMI Technology which is a set of learning and adapting features that customizes processors performance to your needs, and that includes:

  1. PrecisionBoost
  2. Extended Frequency Range
  3. SimultaneousMulti-Threading
  4. Neural Net Prediction
  5. Pure Power
  6. Smart Prefetch

With that being said, I have to mention that the Ryzen 5 comes with great firmware support which is mainly focused on performance improvement.

Now, we can explore individual processors and see what differences they have.

AMD Ryzen 5 1500x

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This is a model with 4 cores and 8 threads that is mainly focused for those who are looking for some budget friendly options, and this is an excellent processor for them.   We can say that this one is a direct competitor to the Intel’s I5 7500 and in the next few weeks we will see how they fare. Next, we will look what they offer in this CPU:

Specifications:


Number of CPU Cores: 4


Number of Threads: 8


Base Clock Speed: 3.5GHz


Max Turbo Core Speed: 3.7GHz


Total L1 Cache: 384KB


Total L2 Cache: 2MB


Total L3 Cache: 16MB


CMOS: 14nm


Package: AM4


Thermal Solution: Wraith Spire


Default TDP / TDP: 65W


The price is now at $189 and we can say that the 1500x has great performance and abilities for its price. This is ideal for midrange users who want to build a quality PC and want to save a few bucks, and to get a great product for that amount of money.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600x

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This model has a great-combined ratio of efficiency, price and performance for a mainstream CPU, and with that in mind AMD has finally made something that can rock a constant stagnation of Intel’s currently dominant market.

Specifications:


Number of CPU Cores: 6


Number of Threads: 12


Base Clock Speed: 3.6GHz


Max Turbo Core Speed: 4GHz


Total L1 Cache: 576KB


Total L2 Cache: 3MB


Total L3 Cache: 16MB


CMOS: 14nm


Package: AM4


Thermal Solution: Not Included


Default TDP / TDP: 95W


The Price for 1600x is $250 which is great for content creators, gamers and slightly advanced users that require more stability and performance than the average user.

CONCLUSION:

In the battle of the red and blue team, AMD has finally launched a series that meets the expectations of PC users. A slight lesser performance in games compared to Intel’s i5 series is negligible taking in to account the potential that Ryzen 5 has for aspiring content creators and professional users.

All in all, AMD really hit the sweet spot with price to performance. We definitely recommend this products!

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The contrast between cable and broadcast https://cabletechtalk.com/cable-programming/broadcast-cable-whats-the-difference/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:31:56 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?page_id=1778 Although it’s hard to believe, there are still people who don’t own a cell phone or even a color TV. However, that number is small, but it was quite bigger at some point. Everything has changed as the time passed by, and new technologies started emerging. If you think about it, a vast majority of […]

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Although it’s hard to believe, there are still people who don’t own a cell phone or even a color TV. However, that number is small, but it was quite bigger at some point. Everything has changed as the time passed by, and new technologies started emerging. If you think about it, a vast majority of the US citizenship didn’t have access to cable television, while others did. People who always had it won’t notice the difference between over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts and cable services. However, the business models are somewhat different.

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What are the major differences?

There are a few differences between these two services. The biggest differences are the way the ad revenue stream works, general rules, and content control. This contrast isn’t visible to the everyday user. All that consumers do is change the channels, and they expect it to be smooth and effortless. Most of the users are also unaware if they’re watching digital or broadcast stations.

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The consumers can only notice the difference if they pay attention to the current program and catch swear words or inappropriate content. For example, networks like NBC, ABC, and CBS, have strict rules, although they haven’t changed a lot in the past couple of decades. As you can see, even if you never had cable, you couldn’t tell the difference between it and broadcast services because they’re quite similar in many ways. The main difference is that the broadcasters use public airwaves, while digital providers don’t.

The quality

As far as the quality goes, there is a noticeable difference, especially if you’re using a high-tech TV. Although this technology has its limits, the issue is solvable. The providers use specially designed amplifiers after a certain distance, to preserve the good signal quality. Airwaves, on the other hand, tend to provide signals of reduced quality as the distance between two receivers grows.

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The channels are also much better in many ways. The good thing about cable TV is that broadcasters have to prove their relevance to be hosted by it. Therefore, the amount of low-quality channels is reduced greatly. Also, as we said, the set of some rules isn’t the same with both systems. Cable TV tends to have more open channels regarding swearing, explicit content, political discussions, and so on.

What’s important?

The most important thing to remember is that you can’t ignore the differences, even if they’re purely theoretical and negligible. An average user doesn’t care whether he’s watching a broadcast or cable TV signal, as long as the picture quality meets his standards. However, there is a lot more to it than just quality of the picture.

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While public policy may catch up with the matter soon, it’s still not there. In the meantime, we have to accept the fact that the TV industry still works on rules based decades ago. As the technology progresses, we’ll see more and more improvement regarding high-quality TV signals, new ways of transmitting, and more.

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The Open Internet marks a turning point https://cabletechtalk.com/public-policy/whats-at-stake-when-the-open-internet-goes-on-trial/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:26:50 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?page_id=1772 The idea of having a perfect world called the Internet, in which you can go and do whatever you want, is in question. The Open Internet (often referred to as Net neutrality) means that consumers and clients have absolute liberty to do whatever they want online. However, Verizon Communications which is one of the successful […]

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The idea of having a perfect world called the Internet, in which you can go and do whatever you want, is in question. The Open Internet (often referred to as Net neutrality) means that consumers and clients have absolute liberty to do whatever they want online. However, Verizon Communications which is one of the successful American ISPs submitted an appeal and challenged the FCC to impose the permit to forbid certain aspects and parts of the Internet.

desk-laptop-notebook-penThe reactions of others

First of all, the cable industry said that they don’t plan on applying these rules because of their policy. They believe that every single one of their clients should have the liberty and chance to explore the whole online world instead of having restricted access to certain parts of it. People may argue that cable providers had the motive to limit access to certain services because it interferes with copyright laws. However, they are investing billions of dollars in new infrastructure, technologies, services, and other. Also, because the broadband networks have pushed the quality of online content, the consumers expect the chance to enjoy watching that content in HD resolution smoothly. However, you need a quality connection to take advantage of the next generation of broadband and cable internet.

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What is the future of Open Internet?

No one can predict the future of it until the federal court in Washington DC revises the appeal. If we assume that it’s going to stay the way it is now, you won’t notice much. However, it’s beneficial in the long run because of a few simple reasons. First of all, if certain providers get the permission to restrict particular services, it slows down the whole progress process. Also, it’s quite impactful from a financial point. For example, if a particular ISP restricts access to a popular video platform or social network, the content creators will either lose their jobs or drastically decrease the amount of it.

Bear in mind; the ISP doesn’t necessarily need to forbid access, they can charge for it. It’s not something that’s well-received by consumers. People want to have the freedom to do whatever they want without anyone interfering.

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Is it going to have a major impact on consumers?

It’s a hard thing to predict, but judging by the development of the case, it’s not going to impact the consumers that much if it gets approved. It doesn’t mean it’s a good thing, though, but it’s not as impactful as one might think. Also, since the cable providers said that they wouldn’t impose this method of control, you can always opt for some other ISP if yours applies the restriction system.

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The new reports on cable broadband efficiency https://cabletechtalk.com/broadband/fcc-cable-broadband-delivers-outstanding-performance/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:23:00 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?page_id=1768 Broadband is spreading across the United States at a steady rate, with high success. However, not all providers offer the same services. A recent study showed that cable broadband delivers significantly better performance than, for example, DSL network. The FCC conducted an investigation and analyzed the efficiency of the largest Internet providers in the United […]

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Broadband is spreading across the United States at a steady rate, with high success. However, not all providers offer the same services. A recent study showed that cable broadband delivers significantly better performance than, for example, DSL network. The FCC conducted an investigation and analyzed the efficiency of the largest Internet providers in the United States. Even though the testing was controlled by the Commission, and despite the rigorous rules, the ISPs showed exceptional performance.

What were the results?

Every cable operator that participated in the study delivered at least 92% of the advertised speed during peak hours. In fact, three operators surpassed 100% and delivered even more, during low traffic moments. To put these numbers into perspective, we can use the results from DSL tests. For example, DSL providers averaged around 84%, and no one offered more than 90% of the advertised speed. As you can see, cable ISPs offer consistency, which is one of the most important factors in the industry.

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One thing that cable providers deliver better in comparison to the DSL is the performance during peak hours. As with regular traffic, there are peak hours in the Internet industry as well, usually around 7-11pm.It’s the time when the whole network suffers a heavy load and performance during these four hours is crucial. Luckily, tested providers didn’t show a decrease in efficiency while under heavy load, which is great.

What happens next?

Because the number of users is continuously growing, an upgrade of the infrastructure is inevitable and necessary at some point. The good news is that they’ve already started a few projects which have the goal to expand the capabilities of cable-provided Internet.

The PowerBoost technology is the new thing on the market. It’s a pretty simple yet effective concept. It is a burst technique which offers a short-term boost of download speed. Some cable operators can even double up the rate in short intervals. Overall, the operators delivered 99% of their advertised performance during heavy traffic.

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From a business point, the test was more than successful. A lot of ISPs collaborated on a very open and honest level. People in this industry realize the importance of customer’s satisfaction, and they are focusing a big chunk of their resources on improvement and innovations.

The conclusion

If providers continue to improve and upgrade the infrastructure and network in general, we will get to the point where there isn’t any bottleneck, heavy load, chokes, and lag. Individuals that run businesses without much need for a good internet connection won’t notice the difference when the network gets upgraded. However, people who need a stable, smooth, and fast connection can’t wait for the next generation of broadband.

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Trial tests for Consumption-Based Pricing Models https://cabletechtalk.com/tech-discussions/2009-2/04-2/15-2/on-testing-consumption-based-pricing-models/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:20:30 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?page_id=1766 As we mentioned in one of our previous articles, there was some tinkering between Free Press and one American ISP about whether this payment method should be implemented. The said ISP conducted research in four US cities to test the customer reaction. However, even Congress got involved because people from Free Press didn’t believe in […]

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As we mentioned in one of our previous articles, there was some tinkering between Free Press and one American ISP about whether this payment method should be implemented. The said ISP conducted research in four US cities to test the customer reaction. However, even Congress got involved because people from Free Press didn’t believe in the legitimacy of this study.

The concept of Consumption Based Pricing

The idea behind this method is pretty simple – you need to pay only for the amount of spent data. In simpler words, the more units you spend, the more you’ll pay. However, there are numerous levels within this method. For example, a provider can set a cap for a particular level and determine the price. If you step over that limit, you won’t lose connection, but you’ll enter a new level and pay a bigger price per point of data. It’s very similar to the way you pay the electricity bills.

securityThere are both benefits and disadvantages of this pricing method. People who use less data advocate the application of consumption based pricing because they’re going to pay less. However, demanding consumers aren’t pleased with it, at all. The main factor is that there are far more demanding users than there are people who check their email or social networks and spend fewer data. Conducting a clear and thorough research is only the first step. It gets far more complicated later on when the providers start using it.

What are the effects?

If this payment method becomes a thing, it’s probably going to slow down the overall improvement of the Internet. In fact, the speeds are only getting higher, the new generation of broadband is coming soon, and video streaming platforms such as YouTube heavily depend on good bandwidth and stable connections. Therefore, it’s hard to say, but it doesn’t look good. If ISPs decide to charge per unit, the number of heavy data consumers will drop instantly. As you can see, it limits the creativity of many quality content creators, researchers, students, and the whole population in general. The bad thing is that half of these consumers are less than 40 years old.

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Because the consumption billing system didn’t show impressive results, the providers are more than ready to invest in new ideas and research the market further. Pleasing as many clients as you can is a challenging task, and that’s why most of the American ISPs collaborate to find the optimal compromise.

The biggest drawback is the fact that no one knows when it’s going to happen. One of the characteristics of the Internet industry is the unpredictability of the market. However, that’s why it’s evolving rapidly. If providers decide to cap data usage, the improvement of the whole industry will slow down. Luckily, many companies cooperate and share information with each other, which is a good indicative of better conditions for the consumers such as higher speeds, better connection, and so on.

 

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The impact of IETF on the evolution of the Internet https://cabletechtalk.com/broadband/2010-2/11-2/16-2/the-ietf-and-an-evolving-internet/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:11:49 +0000 https://cabletechtalk.com/?page_id=1759 The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has a never-ending mission to keep track of the overall evolution of the World Wide Web and follow the demands and requests of the public. In other words, it’s an organization consisting of numerous countries that collaborate with each other to improve the way people experience the Internet. They […]

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The IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has a never-ending mission to keep track of the overall evolution of the World Wide Web and follow the demands and requests of the public. In other words, it’s an organization consisting of numerous countries that collaborate with each other to improve the way people experience the Internet. They hold a meeting every year in a different location, all around the world. The reason behind this is pretty simple – the Internet is global, not local. However, the most impressive fact is the number of attendants. Even though people think IETF isn’t much relevant, it’s far from the truth. In fact, they are quite relevant considering they had over 1200 attendees in 2010, which is an impressive number, to say the least.

girl-watchingThe number of participants is growing every year. For example, 42 countries participated in Hiroshima in 2009, and 52 countries attended the same seminar a year later. One of the big surprises was the fact that the representatives from the United States weren’t a majority. While the US had 320 attendees, China had 366.

The working groups within IETF

This organization has working groups focused on specific aspects of different areas such as applications, the Internet, operations and management, routing, real-time management, infrastructure, and security and transport area. As we can see, they have dedicated a lot of resources to achieve their goals. In fact, to give you a better insight into the size of this organization, there are over 120 active working groups in these seven areas, which is an impressive number.

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Their effectiveness is also high. In the last quarter, IETF issued over a hundred RFCs (Request for Comments.) Bear in mind, every single one of these requests consists of more than three thousand pages of work. The good news is that there are over sixty of these requests already on the way to becoming a standard.

Plans for the future

As we all know, the online world will continue to evolve regardless of our efforts. That said, it’s certainly going to improve on a much faster rate if we invest time, money, and experts to speed up the process. The number of available resources and technologies directly affects the pace of the evolution. Luckily, a lot of experts see the necessity for collaboration, even with the competitors. After all, the most important thing in any business is the customer’s satisfaction.

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One of the great things about IETF is their influence on governments and politicians. Instead of restricting and shutting down parts of the Internet, the governments try to find a suitable solution for various problems in IETF’s documents and analysis. The online world is simply too big for the government to ignore it. Also, it’s dynamic and complex which means a lot of people need to tweak and fine-tune things every day, and it’s too much for the government to handle by itself. That’s why we need organizations like these, to help and speed up the growth of modern technology.

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