High Speed Broadband Is Fostering a New Era of Innovation for Rural America

High Speed Broadband Is Fostering a New Era of Innovation for Rural America

Washington, DC…As we look to the future of agriculture, manufacturing, small business, education, and healthcare, we see a common thread: every advance requires robust Internet connectivity. As President Donald J. Trump said during his State of the Union address, he is eager “to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting-edge industries […]

Our Favorite Super Bowl Ad

Our Favorite Super Bowl Ad

Arnold, CA….Our favorite Super Bowl ad yesterday had to be the Microsoft XBox commercial showcasing their adaptive game controller that allows those with disabilities to adaptively program buttons, switches and contact pads to use the functionality they have to play. In an era where tech is at times deservedly maligned it was a great example […]

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

New York, NY…In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers […]

What To Do With a New Computer? Tech Tips From Blastronix IT (Now Open in New Angels Camp Location)

What To Do With a New Computer?  Tech Tips From Blastronix IT (Now Open in New Angels Camp Location)

Angels Camp, CA…Blastronix IT is proud to announce their re-opening in Angels Camp! The same great service in a new location! Our planned schedule of hours will be Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, but please call (209) 795-0738 first as we may be out on a call. We’ve been troubleshooting the Motherlode’s technology […]

FCC Takes Action on Spam Robotext Messages & Blunts CA Efforts to Tax Text Messages

FCC Takes Action on Spam Robotext Messages & Blunts CA Efforts to Tax Text Messages

Washington, DC…The Federal Communications Commission today issued a ruling rejecting requests to make it harder for text messaging providers to protect consumers from spam and scam robotexts. The Commission’s decision makes clear that wireless providers are authorized to continue their efforts to stop unwanted text messaging through robotext-blocking, anti-spoofing measures, and other anti-spam features. Text […]

FCC Increases Universal Service Support for Faster Rural Broadband, Increases Support for Small Carriers and Eliminates Burdens

FCC Increases Universal Service Support for Faster Rural Broadband, Increases Support for Small Carriers and Eliminates Burdens

Washington, DC…Continuing its effort to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission today took several steps to significantly improve the quality and expand the availability of high-speed Internet service in rural America. Included in these steps is additional funding for the Connect America Fund, the FCC’s program that helps expand broadband deployment and make […]

Be Extra Careful This Holiday Season as Many “Secure” Sites May Be Phishing For Your Info

Be Extra Careful This Holiday Season as Many “Secure” Sites May Be Phishing For Your Info

Arnold, CA…As Google and other web infrastructure companies increasingly want all web traffic over encrypted or Https connections a disturbing trend has been emerging. According to data from phishlabs.com 49% or almost half of all phishing or malware sites now use encryption. This can lull you into a false sense of security as they have […]

The New Apple Watch Series 4, Larger Display, Faster Hardware & FDA Approved Heart Functions

The New Apple Watch Series 4, Larger Display, Faster Hardware & FDA Approved Heart Functions

Cupertino, CA….Apple today introduced Apple Watch Series 4, redesigned and re-engineered to help users stay connected, be more active and manage their health in powerful new ways. While retaining the original iconic design, the fourth-generation Apple Watch has been refined, combining new hardware and software enhancements into a genuinely singular, unified form. The stunning display […]

Apple Launches iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max

Apple Launches iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max

Cupertino, CA…Apple today announced iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever, taking the vision for the future of the smartphone to a new level. The 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max feature stunning Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video […]

EU fines Google €4.34 billion in Mobile Search Antitrust Action

EU fines Google €4.34 billion in Mobile Search Antitrust Action

Brussels, Belgium….The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.  Google must now bring the conduct effectively to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments […]

Magnetic 3-D-Printed Structures Crawl, Roll, Jump, and Play Catch, Technique Could be used for Remotely Controlled Biomedical Devices.

Magnetic 3-D-Printed Structures Crawl, Roll, Jump, and Play Catch, Technique Could be used for Remotely Controlled Biomedical Devices.

Cambridge, MA…MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like […]

MIT Engineers Configure RFID tags to Work as Sensors

MIT Engineers Configure RFID tags to Work as Sensors

Cambridge, MA…These days, many retailers and manufacturers are tracking their products using RFID, or radio-frequency identification tags. Often, these tags come in the form of paper-based labels outfitted with a simple antenna and memory chip. When slapped on a milk carton or jacket collar, RFID tags act as smart signatures, transmitting information to a radio-frequency […]

Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Redmond, WA…Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of […]

Update on Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 ~ Pew Research Center

Update on Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 ~ Pew Research Center

Washington, DC…YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly”. Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, […]

FCC Issues $120 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls

FCC Issues $120 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls

Washington, DC…The Federal Communications Commission today fined Adrian Abramovich $120 million for malicious spoofing that was part of his massive robocalling operation aimed at selling timeshares and other travel packages. The caller ID spoofing operation made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls over three months. The Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying […]

Bundle & Save With Calaveras Telephone

Bundle & Save With Calaveras Telephone

Copperopolis, CA…In 1895 James A. Tower was only 16 years old when, using barbed wire fencing, he strung the first telephone line for what was to become The Calaveras Telephone Company. As demands for the telephone service increased, the young Mr. Tower found it necessary to establish a central office in the small community of […]

Conifer Communications is Growing! Grand Opening of Conifer Communications Calaveras is April 5th, 2018

Conifer Communications is Growing!  Grand Opening of Conifer Communications Calaveras is April 5th, 2018

San Andreas, CA…Conifer Communications is Growing! Grand Opening of Conifer Communications Calaveras is April 5th, 2018. We are so excited to announce Conifer Communications is expanding to Calaveras County, that we are throwing a party to celebrate with our new neighbors and friends! So please come and join us at our Grand Opening and learn […]

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for Telecommunications Monopole

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for Telecommunications Monopole

San Andreas, CA…NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION LEAD AGENCY: Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249 2017-119 AUP for AT&T c/o Epic Wireless: The applicant is requesting approval of an Administrative Use Permit (AUP) to install a telecommunications monopole and supporting ground equipment. The project has […]

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