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The Top 10 Father's Day Gifts for the Mobile Dad in Your Life

We know there’s a dad in your life that loves mobile technology as much as we do here at Smith Micro. Father’s Day is right around the corner and if you still haven't found that perfect gift, we’ve got you covered. Check out these 10 unique gifts guaranteed to wow dad and make him even more obsessed with his smartphone.

 

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Topics: IoT, mobile devices, wireless

5 Ways to Optimize Wi-Fi in 2017

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, more than three billion Wi-Fi-enabled devices will ship in 2017 joining more than eight billion devices already in use. What does this mean for communication service providers? Getting Wi-Fi right has never been more critical. From winning the war for relevance inside and outside the home to combating subscriber churn in an increasingly competitive and diverse marketplace, Wi-Fi is paramount. 

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Topics: Wi-Fi, wireless, Quality of Experience, hotspot, mobile data, mobile strategy

"Carrier-grade" Wi-Fi doesn't just happen

With the U.S. cable industry boasting nearly 17 million Wi-Fi hotspots, iPass offering almost 60 million hotspots globally and the total number of Wi-Fi access points expected to surpass 430 million by 2020, it certainly seems that Wi-Fi networks are everywhere.

You know a technology has reached ubiquity when it has invaded salutations and conversation in our professional and personal lives: “Hi, so nice to see you, thanks for having me… what’s your Wi-Fi password?”

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Topics: Quality of Experience, QoE, Wi-Fi, wireless

Video Streaming QoE: A Challenge of Growing Importance

I recently read an article that did an excellent job capturing the link between mental stress and high quality mobile experiences. Citing a report published by Ericsson in February 2016, the article - “Slow mobile buffering a horror show” – focused on Ericsson’s comparison of the mental stress caused by slow mobile video streaming with the stress caused by watching a horror movie alone.

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Topics: wireless, Quality of Experience, QoE, mobile video delivery

Forget Water, I Need Wi-Fi

 Earlier this week while on LinkedIn I saw the image to the right, and I started to think about how true this is. In today’s world being connected is a part of the basic human need. We need to be able to check email, surf the internet, connect with friends and family, and most importantly, check into our favorite restaurants. We have become so reliant on these connections that we don’t appreciate the complex device and network technologies required to get connected and stay connected.

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Topics: wireless, Wi-Fi, 3g, 4g, connection management