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Wi-Fi Alliance Ushers in WiGig Era

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

As new and incumbent operators look for ways to complement deep fiber with fixed wireless connections, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced today the launch of its WiGig certification program, a program designed to further the spread of the 802.11ad specification and low-latency, multi-gigabit wireless broadband. The Alliance is also announcing the first certified WiGig devices. These include chipset product and reference designs from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INT... Read more

Samsung discount offer confirms Note 8

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

Korean Note 7 owners will get a 50 percent discount on the Galaxy Note 8 or S8 when they are released next year, Reuters reports. Samsung recalled and ultimately discontinued production of the Note 7 following multiple cases of the handset overheating, catching fire, and exploding. Today's announcement, in Korean, indicates that the company remains committed to the Note lineup, and specifically mentions the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. To take advantage of the di... Read more

Huawei Mate 9 Pro may sport a curved edge QHD display

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

While we have been witnessing a number of speculations regarding the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone, a recent one even revealed the Mate 9 Pro variant of the same device. The reveal comes from Evan Blass, popularly known by his Twitter handle @eveleaks and according to the leaked images, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is expected to come with a dual-curved edge display, making the smartphone look more like the infamous Galaxy Note 7.... Read more

BT Openreach must look beyond fibre to satiate UK appetite for broadband

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

BT has been thrust into the spotlight this year, when faced with increasing pressure from politicians and the industry to divest its broadband infrastructure division. Its competitors claim BT Openreach provides the UK incumbent with an unfair advantage and that it hasn’t been investing enough to ensure the quality of its service its business and consumer customers need. This came to a head earlier this summer, as Ofcom ruled Openreach must function as a... Read more

Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

Sun 23 Oct, 2016

Ruxcon Hacker Wanqiao Zhang of Chinese hacking house Qihoo 360 has blown holes in 4G LTE networks by detailing how to intercept and make calls, send text messages and even force phones offline. The still-live attacks were demonstrated at the Ruxcon hacking confab in Melbourne this weekend, with the demo offering a recording of the hack perpetrated in part on a live network. It exploits fall-back mechanisms designed to ensure continuity of phone services in... Read more

Dominican Republic to activate 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

The Dominican Republic has announced plans to activate some 5,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in parks, public squares, universities, schools and hospitals throughout the country as part of its “Digital Republic" programme for 2016-2020. The deployment will be managed by the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) with a view to significantly accelerating internet access in the country. Other measures include a deal with local energy utility ETED to bri... Read more

When 10 million Web devices brought down the Internet

Mon 24 Oct, 2016

This past Friday, a many of the World Wide Web's most popular websites were rendered unusable when they were hit by one of the worst cyber attacks ever. The attack happened when tens of millions of Internet-connected devices were commandeered by cybercriminals to launch simultaneous attacks on the servers of a Web company that delivers services to sites like Twitter, CNBC, Etsy and more. The outcome of these attacks significantly impacted the accessibility... Read more

Samsung could be using LG batteries for the Galaxy S8

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

Today a new report from South Korea is claiming that Samsung is even willing to work with its main competitor from the country in order to ensure that the Galaxy S8's battery is problem-free. This is understandable, of course, in the wake of the Galaxy Note7 tragedy. An unnamed Samsung executive was quoted as saying the following: "We are looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem". This statement was with regard to new efforts by the company to diver... Read more

iPhone 7 models with Intel inside suffer from slower LTE speeds

Thu 20 Oct, 2016

When it comes to LTE speeds, not all iPhone 7 devices are created equal. A new study found performance differences between the Intel and Qualcomm modems used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that can result in a serious dip in data speeds when owners encounter a weak signal.... Read more

Romanian fixed Internet users use 100GB of data monthly

Fri 21 Oct, 2016

Fixed Internet users in Romania have generated a total download and upload traffic of 2.6 million TB in the first half of the year, with an average monthly consumption of 101 GB per user, according to data from Romania’s telecom regulator ANCOM. “This traffic was achieved as the number of high-speed fixed Internet connections continued to grow, Romania having the best average speed for fixed Internet access in Europe,” said Catalin Marinescu, ANCOM p... Read more

Facebook plans ‘thousands’ of drones in next decade

Fri 21 Oct, 2016

Facebook plans to launch thousands of its internet-beaming drones within the next decade, according to the head of the company’s aviation team. Andrew Cox, a chief engineer working on Facebook’s solar-powered Aquila drone, revealed the scale of the social network’s drone ambitions at the Commercial UAV Show in London Wednesday.... Read more


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