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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Judge to rule on extending Florida’s voter registration deadline after website crash

A federal judge heard arguments on Thursday morning about extending Florida’s voter registration deadline again after it had already been extended, following issues with the official state website that occurred earlier this week.

The day the site experienced the issue was also the last day residents could register to vote for the Nov. 3 election.

Voting rights groups sued and took the case to court, claiming Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s extension to 7 p.m on Tuesday wasn’t adequate enough to offset the damage caused by the website crash.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker grilled lawyers for the state and estimated that even with the extension, far fewer Floridians applied to vote on the online system than compared to registrations in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, according to Fox 13.

“No one wants to get this right more than we do. Our website fell short of the standards that we have set for ourselves. We tried to remedy the situation,” Mohammad Jazil, a lawyer for Lee, told Walker.

Plaintiffs are asking that Walker extend the voting-registration deadline for two days, but he did not immediately issue a decision. One is expected later today, however.

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The defendants, on the other hand, argued the plaintiff’s proposal would harm the state “far worse than it would benefit the plaintiffs.”

Walker reportedly asked if the issue was so large in scope as to warrant judicial intervention.

Jazil highlighted the fact that two individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit who claimed they were unable to use the website were already registered voters,” Fox 13 reported.

“We had a deadline. It was a generally applicable, widely known deadline. We had a failure of one mechanism to meet that deadline for a portion of one day on

Apple TV Plus extending free trial subscriptions to February 2021

Apple is extending Apple TV Plus subscribers’ free period to February 2021, according to TechCrunch.



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The free trial period that came with the purchase of a new Apple product last year was set to expire for many customers on November 1st — the one-year anniversary of Apple TV Plus’ launch. Instead, Apple will now extend it through the end of January 2021. TechCrunch also reports that if customers “signed up for yearly subs without a new device purchase during that same date period they will also get free through February 2021.” People who sign up for a new subscription before November 2020 will “get a $4.99 credit per month” until February, the site adds.

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It’s a smart move for Apple. The streamer kicked off with a rocky launch, with Bloomberg reporting that by February 2020, Apple TV Plus had amassed more than 10 million subscribers, but only about half of those subscribers actually used the service. It’s also unclear how many were paid subscribers and how many were using the service as part of the free plan. To compare, Disney Plus reached 10 million subscribers within the first 24 hours of its launch.

Since then, however, Apple has added a number of shows and films to the service that have garnered critical acclaim. One of Apple TV Plus’ most recent shows, Ted Lasso, earned mostly positive reviews, for example. The show has reportedly already been renewed for a second season. The announcement also comes as Apple confirmed a premiere date for Dickinson’s second season: January 8th.

As people continue to be stuck at home because of the pandemic, and as they’re looking for any form of new entertainment, streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Peacock, and Apple TV Plus

Energous Receives FCC Approval, Extending Charging Zone to Up to 1 Meter for Groundbreaking Over-the-Air, Power-at-a-Distance Wireless Charging

Class II permissive change allows for expansion of Energous’ new, non-beamforming wireless charging technology announced earlier this year

Today Energous Corporation (Nasdaq: WATT), the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wireless charging 2.0 technology, announced that it has received a Class II permissive change to the existing MS-550 FCC Grant, extending the charging zone up to one meter. This change, under the FCC’s Part 18 rules, allows Energous and its partners to develop and market wireless charging products that may be charged within one meter of the transmitter. It is believed to be the first time that a non-beamforming transmitter has been permitted under the FCC’s rules with a charging zone of up to one meter under the FCC’s Part 18 guidelines.

“We continue to make advances that will enable over-the air, wireless charging at-a-distance to become a reality. This permissive change from the FCC substantially expands the allowable non-beamforming footprint and broadens the wireless power transfer (WPT) applications that can be supported by this patent-pending technology. While beamforming remains a key Energous technology, having pioneered the industry’s first FCC part 18 certification, non-beamforming technology represents a less costly, less complicated path to commercialization which is being well received by our customers interested in implementing distance charging solutions,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous Corporation. “As Energous continues to set in place the building blocks required to enable a global wireless power 2.0 solution, the ongoing pandemic has temporarily impacted our ability to put the necessary engineering and application resources on customer sites, slowing the advance of multiple product and sales cycles expected to generate revenues for the third quarter. Interest in WattUp technology remains very strong, but pandemic-related delays have had a meaningful impact causing third quarter revenues to fall significantly on a percentage basis below revenues