The Transformative Technology sector looks at innovative technologies that are likely to transform the consumer lifestyle, enable new use cases, and increase productivity, while significantly reducing both capital and operation expenditures. The topics covered provide deep analysis of specific technologies already enabling new use cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables, consumer, industrial, and service robotics, and smart cities. The sector will also cover technologies that are beyond the immediate horizon, which will truly transform business and society over a five to fifteen year period. These include Cognitive and Neuromorphic Computing, Quantum Computing, 5G networks and beyond, and new materials and lithographic processes that will likely extend Moore’s Law to new milestones with materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
AT&T has announced a new paradigm for smartphone data plan pricing that moves away from $30 unlimited plans to a tiered pricing structure. The new schema includes 200 MB of data for $15/mo, 2 GB for $25/mo, and a smartphone tethering option that bolts onto the 2GB plan for an additional $20/month. So, what do these new plans mean for customers, operators, and OEMs?