Better Broadband: CableLabs Showcases 10G, The Cable Connection of The Future

There’s something in the air in Louisville, Colorado or more specifically, in the wires. Humming along miles of networking cabling, zipping through signal repeaters: It’s the future of the Internet.

On Thursday morning at the home of CableLabs — which bills itself as “the leading innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry” — network engineers and representatives from some of the country’s top internet providers came together to showcase some of the fastest speeds they’ve ever transmitted: 8Gbps downloads and 5Gpbs uploads, using the world’s only DOCSIS 4.0 modem and a series of networking technologies that CableLabs calls 10G.

“Besides the people in the labs, nobody has seen this,” said Curtis Knittle, CableLabs vice president of wired technology.

In a closed showroom before a handful of people, engineers and tech experts showed off a demo seemingly worthy of a high-school AV club: gobs of networking cable linking a unique, handmade modem via a series of amplifiers and repeaters. It was a showcase for 10G, the next great leap for broadband internet access, and the blazing, 10-fold increase in speeds promised to homes across America.

Crucially, 10G promises dramatically faster speeds across existing hardware. While you probably subscribe to a 300Mbps or 600Mbps service through your cable provider, your modem can do better – but only so far. Existing connections max out at a theoretical 1.5Gbps. 10G tech will amp it up, and engineers won’t need to dig up the street near you to boost your broadband.

In theory, anyway, although the cable companies themselves will need to install an updated amplifier or two along the way to your house and you may need a new modem.

“We’re super excited about what’s coming,” said Stephanie Michko-Beale, EVP and Chief Technology Officer for Charter Communications. “This suite of technologies is transformational.”

“We’re certainly very enthusiastic about what we’ve seen,” said Len Barlik, EVP and Chief Technology Officer for Cox Communications. “From a customer experience perspective, we know there’s a lot of demand for this moving forward.”

In a press release announcing the tests, Elad Nafshi, EVP & Chief Network Officer at Comcast Cable, echoed their comments and touted the advancements. “These 10G technologies represent the fastest, most efficient path to deliver multigigabit symmetrical speeds at scale everywhere, not just in select neighborhoods or towns.”

“The pace of 10G innovation is only accelerating, and Internet users around the world will reap the benefits.”

When asked, none of the company representatives were willing to state a timeline for release of new DOCSIS 4.0 modems or the 10G service, but that’s to be expected: The tech was being shown off for the first time. It’s likely years down the road. So what is it exactly?

Knittle from CableLabs called 10G a “holistic umbrella” — more than just a new modem or better coax cable. There’s DOCSIS 4.0, a new standard for the cable modem. DOCSIS 3 and its 3.1 evolution have been growing and changing for over a decade; TechRadar wrote about its promise back in 2010. DOCSIS 4.0 or full-duplex DOCSIS was officially released in 2017, but good luck finding a modem or a carrier to support it yet.

The 4.0 spec brings those blazing speeds, most notably the upload. You’ve probably noticed that your upload speeds are dramatically slower than your download speeds, and it’s not just your computer. 4.0 doesn’t quite bring parity, but it will significantly increase the theoretical maximums to 6Gbps, by sending uploads and downloads along the same spectrum within the fiber optic cables.

10G technology also brings new technologies to boost reliability and security, CableLabs says, and decreases the latency in connections, which should facilitate gaming, interactive AR (that metaverse thing everyone’s talking about), and other internet activities that rely on precision.

Jeremy Kaplan

By: Jeremy Kaplan

After 25 years covering the technology industry, Jeremy Kaplan is a familiar face in the media world. As Content Director for TechRadar, he oversees product development and quality. He was formerly Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, where he transformed a niche publisher into one of the fastest growing properties in digital media. Before that, he spent half a decade at one of the largest news agencies in the world, and cut his teeth in magazine business, long before the birth of the iPhone. In 2019, he was named to the FOLIO: 100, which honors publishing professionals making an industry-wide impact.

Source: Better broadband: CableLabs showcases 10G, the cable connection of the future | TechRadar

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Microsoft Boosts Revenue Forecast, Alphabet Growth Slows

It was a tale of two tech companies and their quarterly results after the bell on Tuesday.

Microsoft reported the tech equivalent of a hat trick. For the quarter, Microsoft reported profit and revenue that topped expectations, and the company forecast double-digit revenue growth for the next fiscal year.

The key driver being demand for cloud computing services, and its shares jumped about 4%.

Microsoft forecast Intelligent Cloud revenue of $21.1 billion to $21.35 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter. That is compared with a Wall Street consensus of $20.933 billion, according to Refinitiv data. Microsoft & Google’s parent Alphabet recorded results on Tuesday

“It was a record third quarter, driven by the continued strength of the Microsoft Cloud, which surpassed $23 billion in revenue, up 32% year-over-year,” said CEO Satya Nadella, in the post-earnings call. “Going forward, digital technology will be the key input that powers the world’s economic output.”

The company reported revenue of $49.36 billion, compared with $41.7 billion a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected revenue of $49.05 billion, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Net income rose to $16.73 billion, or $2.22 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $15.46 billion, or $2.03 per share, a year earlier. That topped analyst targets of $2.19.

In contrast, Google parent Alphabet Inc reported that Google Cloud’s growth rate in the first quarter fell slightly to 43.8%, from 44.6% in the 2021 fourth quarter. Alphabet’s first-quarter revenue came in below expectations.

Shares were down 4% in after-hours trading after the company posted its slowest quarterly revenue growth since 2020.

Alphabet’s revenue during the January-March period totaled $68 billion, a 23% increase from the same time last year. The figure fell about $40 million below the average estimate among analysts polled by FactSet Research.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
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GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 2,373.00 -88.48 -3.59%

The first-quarter profit drooped 8% from last year to $16.4 billion, or $24.62 per share. That was also below the average analyst projection of $25.47 per share, according to FactSet.

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Google’s ad sales totaled $54.7 billion, during the first quarter, a 22% increase from the same time last year.

Source: Microsoft boosts revenue forecast, Alphabet growth slows | Fox Business

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By: Peter Cohan

Wall Street’s favorite FAANG is mired in its worst monthly stock performance in two years and analysts are counting on earnings to pull it out of the tailspin. Google owner Alphabet Inc. is down about 13% in April, erasing $237 billion in market value as jittery investors dump growth stocks amid fears of bigger and faster rate hikes thanks to rising inflation.

Investors still love shares of companies that beat expectations and raise guidance. So it’s no wonder that Alphabet shares were up some 11% to an all-time high in pre-market trade on February 2.

The catalyst is the company’s fourth quarter revenue and earnings — which exceeded investor expectations. According to CNBC, Alphabet’s revenue increased 32% to $75.33 billion — $3.17 billion more than expected while its earnings per share of $30.69 was 12% above the Refinitiv consensus.

Alphabet has another advantage when it comes to boosting its stock price — most people in the world use its services many times a day. Those satisfied customers might be inclined to follow the dictum of Fidelity Magellan ex-honcho, Peter Lynch, and invest in what they know.

Sadly, that has been difficult in the last several years because of Alphabet’s high stock price. But that problem could be alleviated through Google’s plan for a July 15 “20-for-1 stock split in the form of a one-time special stock dividend,” according to Bloomberg.

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Stock Market Today: Big Tech Earnings, China Pledges Monetary Support

Global stocks showed overall stability Tuesday as China pledged to boost monetary support for its COVID-19 stricken economy, although US index futures dipped ahead of the start of this week’s Big Tech earnings.

Futures on the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq fell 0.2% each as of 4:20 a.m. ET, suggesting a lower start to US trading later in the day.

The MSCI World Index, which tracks markets in several developed and emerging nations, rose modestly by 0.2%.

The first-quarter earnings season will kick into high gear this week, with results from tech heavyweights, starting with Microsoft and Alphabet on Tuesday.

“Both should have had impressive quarters, but the real meat in the sandwich will be their 2022 outlooks going forward,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda. “Softer guidance will have stock markets back to square one once again.”

Johan Javeus, chief strategist at SEB Research, said the tolerance for tech stock underperformance is minimal.

On Monday, the Nasdaq rallied even before Twitter agreed to sell the company to Elon Musk in a deal valued at $44 billion.

“The point here is the market doesn’t quite know if it’s arrogance leading the way or genius,” Dan Lane, senior analyst at Freetrade, said. “Musk flits between both regularly. Let’s see which one this is, and if taking his eye off the Tesla ball for a while is worth it.”

The key theme in financial markets now appears to be one of risk aversion, with concerns over global growth leading to sell-offs in risk assets as anxiety about China’s coronavirus outbreak dragging into a fourth week has sparked growth concerns.

“Markets reacted to the news of possible new lockdowns on Monday in a classic ‘risk off’ mode, with investors spooked that weaker demand in Asia’s largest economy could hurt global growth,” Matthew Ryan, senior market analyst at Ebury, said.

But one positive is the Chinese central bank saying it will ease monetary policy and support the economy, sparking some optimism in Asian equities.

“The PBOC will step up the prudent monetary policy’s support to the real economy, especially for industries and small businesses hit hard by the pandemic,” the People’s Bank of China said on Tuesday.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2% and Tokyo’s Nikkei rose 0.4%. The Shanghai Composite fell 1.4%.

Markets have also been fretting about the pace of aggressive central bank tightening after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a 50 basis point rate hike was on the table at the May meeting. This has sparked concern that the US economy, which had just begun to recover from the pandemic, could tip into recession .

Other concerns affecting market sentiment are new Russian threats. After Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday that the US wants to “see Russia weakened,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned there’s a “real danger” of a Third World War breaking out.

But European equities rallied Tuesday as investors mixed results from European banks, including HSBC and UBS, and China’s policy boost.

London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.7%. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 rose 0.6% and Frankfurt’s DAX added 1%.

Oil prices traded in a narrow range from Monday’s level as supply worries persist, with more buyers turning away from Russian oil even without a formal European embargo.

Brent crude futures fell 0.6% to $101.41 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate fell 0.9% to $97.66 a barrel.

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18 Career Resolutions To Help You Improve Professionally

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Making resolutions is usually an effective way of creating self-improvement goals. Regardless of your professional field, making career resolutions can help you plan out your career and determine how you intend to achieve your goals.

Knowing which career resolutions to make can be an important part of your future. In this article, we discuss why making career resolutions is important and list 18 potential resolutions that you can use.

Why is making career resolutions important?

The main reason that making career resolutions is important is that it appeals to the human brain’s executive function, which is a set of cognitive abilities that helps people set and achieve objectives. This means that consciously setting goals provides people with a clear vision and direction for achieving them, significantly improving the odds of success. Making career resolutions is also important because it can help you prioritize your goals based on how valuable you perceive them to be for your career.

Consider making some of these 18 career resolutions:

1. Learn a new skill

Regardless of your experience level, there are always more work-related skills you can learn. Try to identify the areas where you can improve and then acquire new information about how you can gain those skills. Depending on the situation, your organization may be willing to finance various training courses.

2. Improve your professional social media profiles

Advancing in your career may depend on the size of your professional network. One of the most time and cost-efficient ways to network with relevant colleagues and stakeholders in your field is by contacting them via a professional networking website. Doing so effectively typically requires you to update your profile with your latest achievements and actively seek to expand your network.

3. Clean out your desk and file cabinets

Having a well-organized workspace can improve your efficiency. Besides making things easier to find, it also helps you eliminate various documents and objects that you no longer use. Resolving to clean out your workspace regularly is a relatively easy way to improve workplace productivity.

4. Join a professional organization

Most professions have associations where fellow professionals can meet and share ideas. Joining one not only helps you expand your professional network but also helps you stay up to date with the latest industry developments. If you’re not sure which professional organization to join, you can ask your colleagues or search for one online.

5. Reassess your work-life balance

Being unsatisfied with how you split your time between your personal and professional lives can affect both negatively. When assessing your work-life balance, the first step is to determine what your ideal situation is and how it differs from your current one. You can also ask for feedback from friends and family, so you can get an outside perspective.

6. Get a new certification

Advancing in a career typically requires learning new skills or improving existing ones. Getting a professional certification can be a good way of doing so and it’s also an effective way of showing others you possess certain skills. Although earning a relevant certification can be expensive and time-consuming, the benefits certifications can offer your career are important to consider.

7. Stay active at work

If you work in an office setting and you’re not required to be physically active during the time you spend at work, you may risk various health issues in the long term. You can combat this and gain more energy during your work hours by finding small ways to stay physically active. Some things you can plan on doing are taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk every day on your lunch break or working at a standing desk.

8. Update your resume

Even if you’re well-established in your role, updating your resume regularly can prove beneficial. You can set a career resolution to review and update your resume once every year, even if you aren’t currently planning on changing jobs. The main benefit of this resolution is that if you ever consider applying for another job, you can have an updated resume available for the application process with your recent information already included.

9. Improve your communication skills

Communication skills are some of the most transferable professional skills, as they’re useful for any profession that involves interaction with other people. Improving the way you communicate with colleagues, supervisors, clients, suppliers and other people you work with can have a positive effect on your career. You can do so by making minor improvements, like being quicker to respond to emails, asking people what the status of their projects is, thanking those who help you and being more widely available for communication at work.

10. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness refers to focusing on the present time instead of worrying about the future or being concerned with something that happened in the past. Being mindful can help you make better decisions, as it can help you avoid letting irrelevant factors influence you. You can also use it to increase your happiness levels, as practicing mindfulness can help you avoid work-related stress.

11. Read more books

One effective way of increasing your knowledge base is by reading about the things that interest you . If you’re having trouble finding the time to read, making a career resolution and setting aside time for reading every day or every week can help you learn new things and develop your skills. You can use audiobooks to learn while doing other things, like driving to work or exercising.

12. Plan a tech-free weekend

Although modern technology usually helps your productivity, too much of it can cause burnout and a loss of focus. Spending a weekend away from any electronic device from time to time can help you regain focus and clear your thoughts. If you find it hard not using your electronic devices at home, consider spending a weekend somewhere close to nature.

13. Define your next career step

Although it may be difficult to plan your career because of several unknown factors, you can make a resolution to figure out your next step. Having an immediate career goal can help you focus and motivate you to improve your skills. One way to find the next step is by asking your manager how they foresee your professional advancement. If you discover that there aren’t many ways in which you can advance at your current job, you may see it as a sign that it’s time to look for new career opportunities.

14. Research your company’s goals

Advancing in your career often depends on the success of the organization where you work. Understanding what your company needs to do to expand its operations can help you determine how you can help it achieve its goals. Also, knowing what your job’s impact is on the company’s future can act as a motivational factor.

15. Improve your physical fitness

Although working on your fitness is mostly a personal goal, it also provides career benefits. Having a healthy body gives you more stamina and energy to perform your professional duties, and exercising also helps you gain confidence and clear thoughts. A fitness resolution usually has higher chances to succeed if it’s specific, meaning that it may help make a schedule for various physical activities.

16. Get your dream job

If your current job differs from your ideal role, making a career resolution and setting a timetable for when to reach your ultimate career goal can help you achieve it. Research the requirements you currently lack and make a plan to consistently work toward them until you reach the level you want. You can then inquire about job openings and recruiters that may help you get opportunities in your desired role.

17. Track your achievements

Having a positive view of your career can help you improve and plan for the future. You can make sure you remember all your achievements by making a resolution to track them in a notebook or computer file. Reviewing them once a year can help you gain more career satisfaction.

18. Take on a challenging project

You can help advance your personal career goals if you constantly attempt to challenge yourself. By doing so, you can expose yourself to various complex situations and attempting to resolve them can lead to self-improvement. You can make a career resolution to volunteer for the next challenging opportunity at work.

By: Indeed Editorial Team

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Everyone Wants To Be An Entrepreneur But Not Everybody Has a Plan

As news continues to break that Snapchat defied the odds and raised over $1.8 billion in funding, many people have been reminded of the money to be made in technology and other entrepreneurial start-ups.

Yet, some become preoccupied with the perks of being a lone ranger. From working independently at home to freedom of thought, the benefits of going it alone can be enticing.

However, one of the major constants in the world is that businesses fail, especially new ones. Dun and Bradstreet identified over 13,000 failed business in Australia during the first quarter of 2016.

Entrepreneurs, like all business leaders, must have a plan to ensure they stay focused on the idea and goals they set.

Knowing your customer

The first question all good entrepreneurs must ask themselves is what’s the problem to be solved. Founder of Alltopstartups.com and Entrepreneur contributor Thomas Oppong pointed out that consumers currently face a ‘paradox of choice’ and thus, an entrepreneur must focus on building a must-have [product], not a nice to have the product’.

The next step is to create a good or service that offers something above and beyond what is currently available. One only has to look at the way Google reinvented search, or how Netflix solved on-demand media streaming to see that resolving customer pain points is a successful strategy.

This will become your value proposition and drive why you do what you do. Can you offer a product with a zero-carbon footprint? Can you add more features, while making it smaller? These are the questions you will have to answer.

However, before you can attend any of this you need to understand your customer. Analysing the size of the targeted market or the number of potential customers is a good place to start, but entrepreneurs should not stop here.

Take the success of Skullcandy, which makes earphones and other accessories, for instance. In a Forbes article, investor Alan Hall said that founder Rick Alden knew his customers down to a tee.

‘He knows what they wear from their toes to the tops of their heads. He knows they are or want to be, cool and accepted by their peers. He knows what they watch and where they shop. He knows what apps they have on their cellphones and iPads,’ Hall argued.

Knowing yourself

Among the major lessons never taught in business school is that your enterprise will only be as strong as you are. So it’s important to evaluate who you really are. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses can offer a starting point to understand why you want to be an entrepreneur.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a millennial who is looking to build your own destiny or a baby boomer who is financially secure but continues to seek success. Your background, age and other characteristics will impact how you can approach the venture.

You need to make an effort to understand who you are, as working to your strengths and compensating for your weaknesses can be a beneficial strategy. It’s also essential to play to your passions.

‘The happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them,’ Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston said during the 2013 MIT commencement address. ‘They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball: Their eyes go a little crazy, the leash snaps and they go bounding off, ploughing through whatever gets in the way.’

No matter who you are or where you come from, knowing yourself and your customer base is essential to starting a business. It’s not just about having a good idea or product, you have to be passionate about it and so do your customers.

By: TEC Alumni Chair, CEO mentor and coach Richard Appleby

Source: Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur but not everybody has a plan – TEC

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