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Recap: Incognito Community Exchange 2015

This week, we held the fifth edition of our user conference, Incognito Community Exchange (ICE) in Las Vegas. ICE is where we showcase what we’re doing at Incognito to help our customers succeed with their operations. ICE is where we get industry leaders together to share their wealth of expertise. ICE is where we help our customers eke out an extra drop from their Incognito investments. ICE is where we get to listen to and learn from our users firsthand. Continue Reading

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Title II Proposal Brings Certainty; and Questions

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the broadband industry in the United States due to Title II reclassification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) is considering. Originally intended for traditional telephony, this classification was written in the 1930s, without provisions for broadband and what it would become. Continue Reading

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Small Computers Will Connect Everything

Size and cost have always been restraining factors to the utilization of computers. The first computers occupied whole rooms. When personal computers arrived they were still rather bulky. Today, we have slim ultrabooks and compact small form factor PCs. Computers are not only getting smaller in this age, they’re also becoming cheaper. And single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi are taking cost and size down a step further. These units bring compact and affordable processing to the masses. With a wide range of input/output options, these boards are ideal to connect just about anything online. Continue Reading

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Connected Cars: A New Service Offering?

The car industry has been shaky these past couple of years. Yesterday’s cars are running longer than ever and new models only offer minuscule performance or economy gains. Mix in a slow economy and the used car market is quite different than before. Cars now depreciate in a linear fashion and it also doesn’t help that many millennials would rather have a smartphone instead of an automobile. In response to these changes, automakers are not only beefing up their infotainment systems, they’re also connecting their cars. Remote vehicle control, in-cabin WiFi, and integrated toll payment are just some of the “apps” planned. Connected cars are now driving on the information superhighway and this offers new opportunities for wireless service providers. Continue Reading

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IPv6 and the Browser Wars

IPv6 adoption continues to gain ground at a slow pace. This is to be expected. The complications associated with hardware and software upgrades, as well as the lack of reachable content, means that IPv4 is still king of the hill. To me, this situation seems to mirror one a few years back with web browsers. Continue Reading

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Fighting for HDMI 1

I’ve previously discussed the idea of a converged media device and how the Xbox 360 is a candidate to become an all-in-one set-top box. Today, Microsoft releases the next-generation replacement for the 360, the Xbox One. Aside from its gaming prowess, one feature that I’m particularly interested in is the HDMI-In feed. The HDMI-In port is intended for users to connect to their set-top box, allowing the Xbox One console to overlay items such as notifications on top of existing programming. Continue Reading

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Why Host a Community Exchange?

In 2010 we ran our first conference in Las Vegas under the title “The Incognito Global User Conference”. After the 2011 conference in Vancouver, we opted to rename the event “Incognito Community Exchange” or ICE. There may have been a couple of changes that came with the new name but the premise remained the same — ICE is a conference for users in the Incognito Software ecosystem. Continue Reading

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Deploying for the Incognito Community Exchange

One of the more challenging aspects of hosting the Incognito Community Exchange (ICE) is preparing the venue. The team is flown in a few days before the conference and does not have much time to make sure everything is ready. Before we host the actual conference, we have a full-day Boot Camp training session to help participants sharpen or learn how to use our products. And this Boot Camp in particular has its own set of needs. Continue Reading

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Beyond the Set-top Box

The first HDTV that I purchased six or seven years ago had only one HDMI port. At that stage, the set-top box that came with the HD add-on package was the only thing that ever occupied the slot. A year later, a gaming console joined the family — and the “plug-unplug-plug” routine begin. Later, we brought home a streaming, over-the-top device. Since then, it’s been a fight between three or four devices, each fighting to occupy the sole HDMI port in the back of the TV. Continue Reading

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