Verizon lanza Verizon Latino, una sección dedicada a la Música Latina en Apple Music

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. El mes de la Herencia Hispana comienza el 15 de septiembre y termina el 15 de octubre, Verizon celebra la diversidad y las contribuciones de los hispanos todos los días. Verizon está comprometido a brindar el mejor valor y entretenimiento a sus clientes hispanos en la red más confiable del país¹. Nos complace anunciar el lanzamiento de Verizon Latino Apple Music Room, una sección designada dentro de la plataforma Apple Music con las mejores listas de reproducción, videos y contenido de los artistas latinos más populares seleccionados exclusivamente para Verizon.

El contenido estará disponible a partir del 14 de septiembre y se actualizará con frecuencia para ofrecer a los usuarios acceso continuo a la música latina más nueva y popular. Además, los clientes de Verizon pueden obtener Apple Music, con más de 60 millones de sus canciones favoritas para reproducir o descargar y acceso a su biblioteca de música existente, gratis por 6 meses o incluido como parte de los nuevos planes ilimitados Mix & Match de Verizon wireless. Los clientes también tendrán acceso a las tres estaciones de radio de transmisión en vivo de Apple Music: Apple Music 1 (anteriormente Beats 1), que incluye los programas de radio de música latina ¡Dale Play! y La Fórmula, Apple Music Hits y Apple Music Country.

Ver el lanzamiento completo de Verizon.

Verizon Launches Verizon Latino, A Latin Music Destination On Apple Music

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — While Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15, Verizon celebrates diversity and the contributions of Hispanics every day. Verizon is committed to bringing the best value and entertainment to Hispanic consumers on the nation’s most reliable network1. We are pleased to announce the launch of Verizon Latino Apple Music room, a designated section within the Apple Music platform that houses the best playlists, videos, and content from fan favorite Latin artists curated exclusively for Verizon.

The content will be available starting September 14, and will be updated frequently to offer consumers on-ongoing access to the newest and most popular Latin music content. In addition, as part of the Verizon Mix & Match Unlimited plans, customers can get Apple Music, with over 60 million of their favorite songs to stream or download, along with access to their existing music library, either included or for 6 months on Verizon, depending on the plan. Consumers will also have access to Apple Music’s three live-streaming radio stations: Apple Music 1 (formerly Beats 1), home to Latin music radio shows ¡Dale Play! and La Fórmula, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country.

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Verizon Community Partnerships Initiative Chat with Jennifer Rodriguez, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (English)

The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to develop, promote and advocate for Latino-owned businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region through educational programs, business development, and a broad range of services and special events. Our latest Community Partner Chat features Chamber President Jennifer Rodriguez and Verizon’s Pedro Romero.

We are proud to partner with the Chamber in its efforts to champion and strengthen the entrepreneurial, creative, and resilient Hispanic community in Philadelphia.

Watch the interview below or read the full conversation here.

ICYMI – How Technology Helps Communities Adapt (6/18 Virtual Event)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. From learning at home, to connecting with doctors, to video calls with loved ones, technology is keeping Americans connected.

On June 18th, 2020, US Tech Future and local community leaders from Chicago, Denver, and Providence discussed how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic, the role that it will play in addressing issues of social and racial justice, and how it could transform the ways we live and work.

Watch the full conversation and learn more about our speakers below!



Connection through COVID

Recently, Faces of 5G’s Matt Weinberg interviewed Maor Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of n*gram health. n*gram aims to improve quality of life for senior citizens, caregivers, and families through virtual reality therapies.

Cohen highlights the importance of connectivity, and how our world is relying more on telehealth and digital therapeutics. He notes that since the COVID-19 pandemic, n*gram has changed how they not only think about their product, but how they deliver their product. Cohen argues that since the virus has caused many to stay home, it is reinforcing the need for high quality experiences that improve quality of life while the patient is in the home.

Cohen’s virtual reality platform, and the patients it intends to help, needs a strong network connection to ensure the highest quality experience. He noted that, “we are seeing tremendous changes in the world as a result of the current crisis and as a result improving cellular connectivity,” and these “new connectivity experiences are going to cause a fundamental change in the toolbox of medicine.” He is excited to see the benefits of telehealth and teletherapy that continue to emerge not only for seniors, but for all ages.  

To watch the full interview click here and to learn more about n*gram click here.

Creating Value for All

Bright Ventures and Verizon’s 5G Lab, with support from Faces of 5G, hosted a recent event in New York City that convened experts to discuss how evolving technologies will impact communities of color. The event sought to examine how leaders from across technology and finance can build a connected future that serves communities while creating value for all.

At the event, I had the opportunity to interview Maisha Leek, who is a Partner at Human Ventures, a venture and startup studio based in New York City.  Maisha has lots of experience working with founders and investors from backgrounds that are traditionally under-addressed by the investment community, such as people of color, LGBTQi, and others.

I caught up with Maisha to ask her views on 5G’s potential as a transformational technology and why 5G accessibility will be critical in helping to bridge the digital divide.

Rural Improvement through Connectivity

Telligen Community Initiative, an Iowa-based grant making organization, supports innovative and forward-looking projects aimed at improving rural health, social well-being, and educational attainment. Their grant services also improve community services in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado.

Telligen’s Executive Director Matt McGarvey recognizes the need to connect urban and rural communities through technology and views it as the “great equalizer.” 5G technologies are also going to benefit all areas “in ways we aren’t even envisioning yet.”

“From a 5G standpoint, it furthers the ability of the same dollar or the same philanthropy to make that much more of a difference. 5G will also create new solutions and bring that price point down so connections between urban and rural settings will be much more assessable,” according to Matt.

Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about Telligen Community Initiative.

GUEST POST – Alon Grinshpoon: 5 Reasons Why 5G and AR are a Perfect Match

Alon Grinshpoon is CEO and founder of echoAR (, a cloud platform for augmented reality (AR) that provides tools and network infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy AR apps and content.

Practical magic exists and we all call it Augmented Reality (or AR). It is the definitive new medium to experience content in the real world. Through the magic of AR, around 200 million people use face filters every day1 to communicate with friends and 150 million more interact with digital monsters around the world each month2.

As with any new form of content, the technology that backs it has to evolve. In this case, it’s wireless networks. The second generation (2G) of mobile communications introduced texting and enabled us to send SMS. With 3G we got wireless internet access to share pictures and browse websites. With the upgrade to 4G LTE, we have high-definition videos on demand, allowing us to binge watch shows or have a video conference on the go. So what’s next?

Similarly to how we transitioned from single-dimensional (1D) content (such as text) to 2D content (such as images and videos), now is the time for 3D content – through AR. And with that – the time for 5G, the next generation of wireless communications built with applications like 3D content in mind, has arrived.

Judging by its predecessors (4G made mobile video consumption skyrocket3), 5G technology will have a tremendous effect on AR. But what makes 5G and AR such a perfect match?

1. More Data

AR experiences rely on 3D models, volumetric data, 360° videos, and animations. All are new types of content. File formats, sizes, and platform specifications vary widely. As opposed to just one image or video file, an AR experience can consist of multiple 3D files, each with multiple texture files or animations. In addition, forms of 3D video, such as stereoscopic or 360°, can introduce higher frame rates (90+ frames per second), resolutions (8K), and high dynamic range (HDR), which are much larger in size than past file formats. 

Fortunately 5G offers an improved download capacity. Each 5G cell can reach 20Gb per second, which can result in native user experiences of over 100Mb per second on mobile. Compared to 4G this is a 100x improvement in traffic capacity that no doubt can support larger amounts of information. At echoAR where we provide tools and network infrastructure for developers and companies building AR apps and content, we see those data influxes daily. Customers are using large photorealistic 3D models to visualize buildings in real-life sizes, interact with life-like holograms of patient anatomy, and bring art to life at a never-before-seen scale. When 5G rolls out we will be able to provide them with a way to stream more data with ease.

2. Less Time 

5G improves the time it takes for data to travel to and from your device. Latency, the round trip time for a data packet, on 5G is 1 millisecond compared to 10 milliseconds on 4G. This means that you will be able to consume 3D content and send data back 10 times faster. This also means that AR head-worn displays will be able to show video or stream content with no visible lag, which can eliminate cybersickness and a poor user experience. Developers using our cloud solution to push real-time updates to their app or creators updating new content will rejoice as 5G will allow them to sync data much faster thus making AR experiences much more immersive.

3. More Users 

AR experiences such as Pokemon GO or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are built for many users to play simultaneously in similar geographic locations. Luckily, with 5G the amount of connections a network can support at any given moment is much larger than with 4G. 5G allows for a density of 1 million devices per square kilometer as opposed to 100 thousand on 4G. This means that you will be able to interact and stay connected even with 999,999 people around you. While 4G experiences like Pokemon GO are extremely entertaining, they usually only allow you to see a small 3D asset placed in the real world that only you can interact with. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to realizing the current potential of AR. 5G infrastructure will fast-track realizing that potential by enabling global-scale, multi-user, multi-device experiences. 5G will allow cloud solutions to better synchronize 3D data across phones, headsets, and browsers simultaneously and allow companies to engage more users at the same time through the cloud.

4. Much Cooler

Today’s processing and rendering of AR remains on the device rather than the edge/cloud, which can cause overheating. 5G speed and bandwidth will allow migrating AR processing away from your phone, keeping it cool, and conserving battery life. While current cloud technology already takes format conversions, file compressions, 3D optimizations, real-time updates, and analytics off your device, 5G can help tackle remaining bottlenecks, such as on-device rendering, and allow for additional server-side processing and data streaming that 4G speed seems inadequate for.

5. Cheaper App Development

Niantic, the giant gaming company behind Pokemon GO, has teamed up with Deutsche Telekom4 to test 5G-delivered augmented reality games in four German data centers. But if you are a developer in your mom’s basement who wants to create the next Pokemon GO, you probably lack the resources to build it over 5G. The sooner 5G is deployed and democratized, the sooner we will see meaningful global-scale AR content overlaying the real-world. Currently our backend infrastructure enables customers to build, ship, and scale AR apps. With 5G at their disposal, teams will be able to create even more scalable apps and reach even more users around the world.

So what’s next? The good news is that your phone is probably already AR-enabled5. This is due to the fact that every major mobile phone company is shipping AR as a core standard feature. These days you can also treat yourself to an AR headset. When so many consumers are already engaged, enterprises follow. For example, the U.S. Army is spending $480 million dollars for soldiers to train with AR headsets6, and companies are investing billions to build more7.

The bad news is that we currently lack the requisite 5G infrastructure, and while companies are building out and starting to turn on 5G in various cities, it’s not widespread yet.

What can you do to advance 5G + AR? For starters, you can buy AR/5G-enabled phones and devices to amplify the commercial pull by consumers, download AR apps to boost their adoption, and send feedback on how to improve them, or reach out to your local representative asking for 5G integration in your area. But most importantly, start practicing magic – build AR apps, and build them to scale even on 4G (you can use echoAR to do so today). Build experiences that push the limits of the network so when 5G rolls around to your area – you are ready.

Learn more: 

About Alon Grinshpoon and echoAR:

Alon is CEO and founder of echoAR (, a cloud platform for augmented reality (AR) that provides tools and network infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy AR apps and content.

echoAR is backed by Techstars and received grants from Y Combinator, Verizon, NYC Media Lab, won the DevProject Award 2019, named AR/VR finalists for SXSW 2020, named among the 2019 Most Fundable Companies, named one of the Top 25 finalists in Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) 2019, and was featured on The Hill and Bold TV.

echoAR and Verizon 5G Labs in collaboration with NYC Media Lab have launched an AR+5G solution as part of the Verizon 5G Challenge in NYC. echoAR joined a group of NYC-based startups and university faculty and student to prototype 5G solutions that can bring ideas to life for local retailers. With Verizon’s cutting-edge 5G capabilities, echoAR created and deployed an AR+5G application for the retail ecosystem.

Alon received his MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University specializing in computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Alon received his BSc in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University specializing in cloud technology, computer networks, and cyber security.

Alon is a former Mellanox engineer, graduate researcher at the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Laboratory of Columbia University, and research and teaching assistant in the fields of computer networks and distributed cloud networks.

Alon is a Techstars alum, NYC Media Lab alum, a Startup Leadership Program (SLP) fellow, and a member of the Virtual World Society. Alon is a speaker on emerging technologies and has given talks at major AR/VR tech conferences around the world.

CES 2020

A little late, but here’s a quick #ces recap:

Went to stay informed on all the latest trends (or buzz)…

3 key takeaways:

While I didn’t attend in 2019, the 2020 conference could be dubbed “the year of 5G”. The buzz surrounding 5G on the conference and exhibition hall floors was palpable and significant portions of both the free and paid content included 5G topics. Is this “peak buzz” (think blockchain in 2018) or has 5G transitioned into the mainstream technology discourse? Or both?

Programming demonstrated the breadth and potential of 5G. Robotics, gaming, healthcare, agriculture, etc. showcased unique panels focusing on how 5G will impact individual sectors. Concrete examples = a powerful education tool.

Both startups & big corporations are forcefully advocating for 5G. On the exhibit floor, startups, mostly in the IoT space, gathered in a separate 5G labeled section while the big and familiar corporations (Verizon, Nokia, AT&T, Intel) were heavily represented across the official programming. It’s interesting when both early-stage companies and legacy enterprises are driving the discourse for a frontier technology. It makes experimentation, pilots, and investment easier if leading corporations start the process as willing agents of change.

This post originally appeared on Matthew Weinberg’s LinkedIn. 

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