Want to know why your cell phone service sucks all the time? Phone companies will tell you: it's bandwidth, man. The wireless spectrum is getting crowded and there's just not enough room. What's needed is a new way to cram more data into the same amount of space, and the solution might be to twist multiple light beams together into a vortex.
A report that came out in October, 2011 showed that the number of wireless devices in the U.S. exceeds the number of humans. It's an incredible fact, but it has a downside — all those gadgets in addition to radio and television signals are gobbling up space on the electromagnetic spectrum
Just how popular is Netflix's streaming video service? Well, a new study shows that Netflix accounts for 20% of peak internet bandwidth in the country. That is a lot of bandwidth!
Conventional wisdom holds that we need to build more highways in order to curb congestion. But what ends up happening is, more highways encourage more driving, creating a Möbius strip of never-ending highway building and even more entangled traffic jams. But there's only so much room to build new highways, which means eventually we'll be living in eternal gridlock. The same Mobius strip of more capacity=more traffic is happening in cellphone land.
AT&T is learning the hard way that with the great iPhone comes great responsibility. Namely, keeping its network running smoothly even under the pressure iPhone users put on it. The carrier is experiencing everything from dropped calls to choked download...