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What is Net Neutrality?

Update: June 3, 2017: Read more about Net Neutrality in this post by Lavanya Rathnam on Cloudwards (What is Net Neutrality and Why is it Important?). January 2, 2015: Read more about the upcoming vote at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/02/fcc-net-neutrality-feb-vote_n_6408854.html. According to Wikipedia, net neutrality is …the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality) But what does this truly mean for Internet users? According to net neutrality, high volume users would be charged the same amount as low volume users. Currently, many national carriers charge extra fees for users who surpass a set amount of bandwidth usage (i.e., users who stream video from Netflix, Amazon or other online entertainment providers). Likewise, service providers with high bandwidth usage (Netflix for example) are...

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IBM Scores Breakthrough In Chip Components

BBC reported today that IBM (USA) has “overcome technical hurdles threatening to delay the manufacture of silicon chips with the smallest components so far.” The article states that IBM has developed a process to produce components 7nm in size (about the size of a red blood cell) and can successfully stack them in a chip so they do not interfere with each other. According to IBM, reported BBC, “an entire chip made using 7nm components would about 20 billion transistors.” Miniaturization at this level opens the door for more processing power in much smaller spaces. With the IOT (Internet of Things) gaining steam, technology of this type will mean more intelligent appliances, automobiles, houses….the field is wide open. Read the full article here:...

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Windows 10 Is Coming

Microsoft has been working hard on a new Windows operating system release that will be made available later this year. Windows 10 is currently in the final stages of preparation and should be ready for roll-out to 190 countries this summer.* Early indications are that Microsoft will make a Windows 10 upgrade available at no cost to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Their hope is to garner early acceptance of this new OS among their corporate clientele, moving them from ver. 7 straight to ver. 10. Opting to skip version 9 to go straight to version 10 was more than a marketing decision for Microsoft. The less than stellar acceptance of Windows 8 and 8.1—designed more for touch screen use in tablets and smartphones than desktop computers—have caused the company to reemphasize their core business, the corporate...

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