Harmonic Unveils Edge Computer Module Extending CableOS Cloud-Native Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Harmonic announced extensions to its CableOS access platform, including a major enhancement that enables cable operators to deploy compute resources via their IP access networks and leverage distributed cloud-native applications, such as 5G OpenRAN, flexible DOCSIS MAC and video CDN.

The combination of the new features and its cloud-native DOCSIS and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) XGS and 10G EPON applications, raises the bar for access platforms, the company said.

“Multi-access edge computing is going to play a pivotal role in the future of wireline and 5G wireless networks, revolutionizing the cable industry’s service delivery opportunities,” said Gil Katz, senior vice president, Cable Access Business Operations at Harmonic. “We’re excited to again break new ground, offering the first cloud-native solution capable of simultaneously running flexible MAC, Open Caching streaming video delivery and other critical applications at the deep edge of the access network.”

Harmonic developed its new edge compute module in partnership with Intel, the company said. It is designed to be deployed in the same Ripple+ network edge platform (also called a node) as the company’s remote-PHY and remote-OLT modules. Doing so extends CableOS cloud to the deep edge of the access network. 

The company is featuring CableOS and its new extensions at the ongoing virtual SCTE-ISBE Expo, Oct. 12-15.

Asaf Matatyaou, Harmonic vice president of solutions and product management, Cable Access Business, will take part in a panel discussion with Intel. The session “Utilizing Distributed Software and Multipurpose Computing for DAA” is scheduled to occur in the Imagine Zone, Oct. 14, from 11-11:30 a.m. ET.

To learn more about Harmonic’s participation at Cable-Tec Expo or to schedule a meeting, visit the company’s expo webpage

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Apple unveils four new iPhone 12 models with 5G: CNBC After Hours

CNBC.com’s MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day’s top business news headlines. On today’s show, CNBC.com Apple reporter Kif Leswing breaks down the tech giant’s big iPhone 12 reveal, including the implications for the 5G network. Plus, CNBC.com’s Melissa Repko dives into Amazon’s Prime Day event this year, and explains how competitors like Target and Walmart are better positioned than ever to eat (some of) Amazon’s lunch.

Here’s everything Apple just announced at its iPhone 12 event

Apple just wrapped up its big iPhone 12 event, where it announced four new iPhone 12 models, all of which support new faster 5G networks.

It also announced a new smart home speaker, called the HomePod Mini, and some fun accessories for the new iPhones that use magnets to attach to them.

Big-box retailers like Walmart, Target try to beat Amazon on speed by focusing on curbside pickup

As big-box retailers throw their own sales events during Amazon Prime Day, expect to see them tout an asset that the e-commerce giant doesn’t have: numerous stores across the country where customers can quickly retrieve their online purchases.

Buy online, pick up in store options — such as curbside and in-store pickup — have gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic as a safe, convenient alternative to browsing store aisles.

A 25-year-old man becomes first in the U.S. to contract coronavirus twice, with second infection ‘more severe’

A 25-year-old man in the U.S. state of Nevada has contracted the coronavirus on two separate occasions, a study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed, with the patient becoming seriously ill following the second infection.

It is the first confirmed case of a U.S. patient becoming re-infected with Covid-19, and the fifth known case reported worldwide.

The resident of Washoe County, who had no known immune disorders or history

Apple sees $81 billion in market value erased as it unveils its first 5G iPhones



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Apple tumbled as much as 4% on Tuesday as the company unveiled its latest iPhones.

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The tech giant revealed its first 5G-capable lineup of phones spread across four new models. The iPhone 12 will be available in a 6.1-inch size and as a 5.4-inch variant deemed the iPhone 12 mini. The premium iPhone 12 Pro will be sold in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. The new phones will also boast more durable screens, upgraded cameras, and a faster processor.

Shares traded at an intraday loss before the event but slid further after the reveal began at 1 p.m. ET. At the stock’s intraday low of $119.65 per share, Apple saw $81 billion erased from its market capitalization.

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The company also revealed the HomePod mini, a smaller and less expensive alternative to its smart speaker. The new speaker launches in November for $99.

Though much of the event brought highly anticipated additions to the new generation of iPhones, some elements of the launch may have rankled consumers. For one, the phones will be the first to lack wired earbuds and a power adapter in the box. Apple touted the items’ exclusion as a major step toward reaching full carbon neutrality.

Analysts expect the new iPhones to drive a stronger-than-usual cycle of upgrades among Apple customers. The inclusion of 5G marks the first major step forward in iPhone’s cellular technology since the iPhone 5 was released in 2013. The iPhone 12 also introduces the first major design overhaul for the handset since the iPhone X’s 2017 release.

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YouTube Unveils Programming Centered on Black Leaders in Fashion

YouTube.com/Fashion released programming Tuesday focused on Black leaders in fashion as part of its broader commitment to amplify Black voices and perspectives.

The platform spotlights 12 designers and fashion industry leaders, including Virgil Abloh, Grace Wales Bonner, Naomi Campbell, Stella Jean, Jerry Lorenzo, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Kenneth Nicholson, Tremaine Emory, Laduma Ngxokolo, Andrea Iyamah, Samuel Ross and Felisha Noel, and includes runway shows, films, interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

The programming can be found on a dedicated shelf on the fashion homepage, and is part of larger partnership efforts to elevate Black fashion leaders and grow their YouTube presence.

“This year has been an incredible moment for all industries, including fashion, to reflect on the ways it attends to diversity and representation,” said Derek Blasberg, head of fashion and beauty, YouTube.

“YouTube is the home for diverse voices and perspectives and we have a unique opportunity to use our platform to spotlight Black fashion talent and grow their audiences on YouTube. This past year alone, we’ve seen incredible content that lifts up diverse voices and the programming we’re debuting today and in the coming years builds upon this work. Now, more than ever, it’s vital to not only support but center on our Black creators, brands, designers and fashion professionals,” added Blasberg.

Among some of the programming is Off/White men’s fall 2020 collection designed by Abloh, the Louis Vuitton men’s spring 2021 show in Tokyo, designed by Abloh; A-Cold-Wall’s spring collection, designed by Samuel Ross, and “Thinkin Home,” a 2020 film by Jeano Edwards and Wales Bonner. In addition, fashion designer Felisha Noel shares her story of going from the finance industry to owner and founder of a Brooklyn-based women’s wear brand, Fe Noel.

 

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Media People: Derek Blasberg of YouTube Fashion

YouTube’s Now Testing Shopping Features

 

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Chester’s Chicken Unveils New Website

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chester’s Chicken launched a new website this week, providing the first glimpse into the company’s rebranding efforts. Chester’s is known for their great tasting fresh fried chicken with a unique taste and style. Their secret is a family recipe and unique double breading process that has been successful and enjoyed for over 55 years.

Chester’s new website features a simplified corporate logo introduces a new script font for the word mark.  The website also features all new food photography and nutritional information and resides at a new domain – www.chesterschicken.com.  The back end of the site is password protected and hosts a greatly enhanced library of marketing and training tools for current franchisees.  Chester’s site is designed to drive consumer awareness of Chester’s great tasting products, while also serving as a lead generation source for potential franchisees.

The new, simplified Chester’s logo focuses on the core aspects of the lovable Chester the Chicken character – his eyes, his hat, his smile, and his bandana.  The new script word mark is designed to feel more personal and approachable. 

Chester’s new website is just the beginning.  As a part of the brand refresh, the company will continue to enhance the product portfolio and elevate the in-store experience, with more exciting announcements coming later in 2020 and in 2021.

“We believe this is the perfect time in our company’s history to provide our loyal Chester’s Chicken customers with a new website to enhance their guest experience,” said William Culpepper, Vice President of Marketing at Chester’s Chicken. “Our new website represents the leading edge of many exciting changes for the Chester’s brand, and we are dedicated to building a first class QSR concept for fried chicken fans and our franchisee community.” 

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