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With London's biggest spectacle starting in a matter of hours, we can only imagine the chaos. And we aren't just talking about public transit. We're talking about clogged networks, overloaded cell towers and slammed internet pipes. Of course, a period of challenge also presents a great deal of opportunity. Network carrier O2 has announced that starting this week, tourists and locals alike in the London area will be able to hop on some newly installed Wi-Fi waves just for the games. Areas like Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Exhibition Road are amongst the seven squares and shopping streets... Read more...
Who says Microsoft's too giant a corporation to be flexible when it comes to acquiring new firms? While even the massive Skype acquisition feels fresh in the minds of technology enthusiasts, Microsoft is now spending on yet another: Yammer. You may not have heard of Yammer in the consumer space, but businesses have been using it increasingly. In a nutshell, it's an internalized Twitter. Imagine a Twitter where only a set of private, invited guests were allowed in; that's -- generally speaking -- what Yammer acts like. And clearly, Microsoft wants precisely that in its own portfolio. With a huge... Read more...
Google TV. Remember that? It's still around, and evidently Sony isn't giving up on the support just yet. While the Google TV platform hasn't seen a huge deal of consumer uptake, it's still a promising idea; one that really needs pay-TV backing to truly be useful. However, the NSZ-GS7 is probably the most interesting Google TV product to date. It's a Network Media Player, but instead of using a proprietary UI, it's powered by Google TV. Hook it up to any HDMI-enabled television, and you'll get a web browser, media player, Google TV browsing interface, etc. It also ships with a full QWERTY keyboard,... Read more...
Clearwire may not be the name in wireless that it once was when WiMAX was alive and well in North America, but there's no quit in these folks. The company is moving with the punches, announcing this week plans to launch a TDD-LTE network to serve 4G "hot zones" in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and dozens of other markets. In a move that'll make it more competitive with LTE markets already out there, Clearwire will bring its brand of LTE to 31 cities in 2013, with the initial rollout happening earlier in the year, and the rest of the markets getting served in "mid-2013."... Read more...
Networks seem to be expanding all over America lately, and with T-Mobile USA free from the looming acquisition by AT&T, the fourth place carrier is back in full swing with their own build-outs. This week, they announced that they will invest a whopping $4 billion over an undisclosed amount of time in order to modernize its network and launch LTE services in 2013. Starting this week, in fact, T-Mobile’s 4G network will be available in Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa,  and Victoria, Tex; Bakersfield, CA; Eau Claire, Wis.; Joplin and St. Joseph, MO. Additionally, customers in Abilene, Amarillo,... Read more...
4G LTE may be the big thing today, but in the backrooms of wireless carriers, 2G is a seriously important talking point, too. Why? Because it's old, and it needs to die. Remember the days of "analog phones" being forced to digital? We're staring at the next major leap, with AT&T reportedly urging customers to upgrade from 2G-only networks. It costs loads of money to keep aging 2G networks online for only a comparably small amount of people, and MarketWatch is reporting that the carrier has started to send notices to some 2G customers in recent weeks: "Your current, older-model 2G phone might... Read more...
Dell used to be a company with a clever sales strategy that sold PCs, but it has increasingly focused on the IT/data center market. Dell has proved that as of late with a slew of acquisitions (a dozen just in the last year or so) and a substantial investment in R&D, and today it announced new enterprise solutions based around the idea of speed and simplicity. Dell’s concept of IT is that it is now completely intertwined with the business side of a company and that a company’s IT infrastructure is a crucial part of an organization’s ability to compete and adjust in these rapidly... Read more...
Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have announced a new technology called HSPA+ Multiflow that promises to dramatically increase mobile network efficiency and double the data speed on the network edge. The idea is quite simple, really. HSPA+ Multiflow enables a single device to connect to a two mobile base stations at once; when reception dips at one cell’s edge, it can tap into the reception of another at the same time, thereby both smoothing the handoff between cells and also receiving double the signal boost. The press release stated: HSPA+ Multiflow enables simultaneous transmission... Read more...
It’s no secret that cell carriers are constantly fighting to keep up with the increasing data demands on their networks, and with projections indicating that mobile data usage will continue to skyrocket over the next few years, providers need to offload any workloads they can. Bumping network activity from cellular networks to available WiFi is a primary way to do that, but Alcatel-Lucent is taking it a step further with its lightRadio WiFi architecture. lightRadio smooths the handoff between a 3G or 4G network and WiFi and allows carriers to incorporate WiFi as part of their service offerings.... Read more...
Not really surprising, but things aren't looking so good for LightSquared. The company has been fighting for what feels like ages to get their wholesale LTE network approved despite staunch opposition from naysayers who contend that the network will interfere with GPS usage, and they've seemingly been losing more and more ground by the day. This week, the NTIA recommended to the FCC that it put a halt to LightSquared's dreams, but the company isn't going to go away quietly. They said that they'll remain "committed to finding a resolution with the federal government and the GPS industry to resolve... Read more...
After all these years, LaCie's storage hardware still looks better than storage hardware from pretty much any other vendor. And if you're starting up a small business, you may be interested in what the company's got on offer now. This week, LaCie announced the 5big Office Series, its latest five-bay network attached storage solutions. The 5big Office Series, powered by Windows Home Server 2011, packs a 1.6GHz 64-bit Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and plenty of options. There's a single-drive edition that allows users to add additional drives, as needed, for up to 10TB of total capacity. It reduces the initial... Read more...
It's the story that just won't end. Just when you thought LightSquared may have given up the game, nope -- here's another punch to the mid-section. LightSquared has just issues a scathing new release that points fingers at testing equipment and again assures the public that their network wouldn't screw with any GPS triangulation. LightSquared said today that the process used to test GPS devices by Air Force Space Command on behalf of the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (PNT EXCOM) was rigged by manufacturers of GPS receivers and government end users to produce... Read more...
Going to see the ball drop in New York City? Bring your mobile device! Skype is delivering free Wi-Fi in the area on the 31st and 1st, in partnership with Towerstream. Neighborhoods within the network include: Times Square, West Village, East Village, South Village, Greenwich Village, NoHo, SoHo, Lowe East Side, Clinton, Chelsea, Union Square, Midtown, Midtown South, Murray Hill, Stuyvesant Park and Turtle Bay. Just connect to the 'Skype WiFi' hotspot on your device WiFi settings. Make sure you have the latest version of Skype installed on your Windows or Mac device, or the Skype WiFi app on iOS... Read more...
The war of words is on in full force. Some say "4G." Some say "HSPA+." Some say "LTE." T-Mobile USA is calling their HSPA+ network "4G," and in turn, they're doubling the speed of their "4G network in 11 additional markets." T-Mobile’s faster 4G speeds (HSPA+ 42) are now available in 163 markets reaching nearly 180 million Americans. Additionally, T-Mobile has expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to 9 new markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people. T-Mobile 4G markets where HPSA+ 42 service is launching today: Bend,... Read more...
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