This Connected Life

How technology changes the way we live

Animating Rural Broadband

Subsidies aren’t going to alleviate rural America’s broadband woes all by themselves, but with a little planning and some new technology we can do a lot with a little.

February 2, 2017 0

Augmented Reality in Business

Our ability to take advantage of information age technologies has always been limited by our means of interacting with programs, computers, and networks. For most of the high tech era,…

December 13, 2016 0

Augmented Reality Drama

Augmented reality drama makes the viewer part of the action. This is new, so it’s going to take some fairly close coordination among all the vertical parts of the entertainment supply chain to make it happen quickly. If we stick to old ways, it may take hundreds of years to create a Holodeck. But I hope it doesn’t.

December 8, 2016 0

The Year of Augmented Reality

AR leap-frogged VR on the strength of Pokèmon Go, the app that showed millions what it’s all about. Rather than VR paving the way for AR, they’re both going to develop in parallel. Here are some devices and apps.

December 6, 2016 0

Trump Administration Telecom Program

The Trump Administration is going to chart its own course through the tech policy issues we discuss here, as AEI’s Jeff Eisenach explained on the Communicators last Friday. The Trump Administration…

November 10, 2016 0

The Internet is Making Us Stupid

The Internet is making us stupid because of clickbait. This isn’t a new fact, it’s a reality that’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore as its consequences spread. The Internet is…

November 8, 2016 0

Modularity vs. Integration in Entertainment Design

Last time I discussed the high points of modularity and integration in personal computer design, in particular the benefits that Microsoft hopes to gain by integrating personal computer hardware of…

November 4, 2016 0

Modularity vs. Integration in System Design

One of the persistent tensions in tech product development (as well as regulation and science) pits modularity against integration. Each has benefits, so there’s an ongoing discussion about the arguments…

November 1, 2016 0

Attacked by Our Toasters

Is there a connection between the FCC’s Open Internet regulations and the recent DDoS attacks on Brian Krebs, OVH, and Dyn DNS? A letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler from…

October 27, 2016 0

Live Streaming the House Sit-in

The Democratic Party sit-in at the House yesterday had an interesting technology component: the emergence of smartphone live streaming as a political instrument. The 60s-style demonstration took place after the…

June 23, 2016 0