Northeastern researchers find T-Mobile’s Binge On doesn’t live up to the hype

New research led by David Choffnes shows that what T-​​Mobile promises about free video streaming with Binge On is not what you, or con­tent providers, may actu­ally get. In many cases, sub­scribers were left with lower quality videos and unex­pected charges. More­over, because of flaws in T-Mobile’s system, the researchers found a way to make prac­ti­cally any Internet traffic free to subscribers.

Face value

Assis­tant pro­fessor Ray­mond Fu is devel­oping facial recog­ni­tion soft­ware with appli­ca­tions ranging from adver­tising to crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tions. His research recently earned him a Young Inves­ti­gator award from the Inter­na­tional Neural Net­work Society.

3Qs: Social media is important but no magic bullet

On Monday, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama launched his 2012 reelec­tion cam­paign in a YouTube video that fea­tures his sup­porters speaking about the issues and the elec­tion ahead. Josue David Cis­neros, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the mes­sage put forth in the president’s video, along with how social media can affect polit­ical and other grass­roots campaigns.