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Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over

Following the FCC’s warning in January that it would no longer tolerate the Marriotts of the world blocking visitors’ WiFi hotspots, I set a reminder on my calendar to revisit the topic six months later. After all, the issue of WiFi...

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Savings that telecom expense management providers miss

TEM services perform basic checks, but it’s not practical for them to pursue the forensic analysis necessary to catch the billing errors outlined here

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Access points with 802.11ac are taking over enterprise WLANs

Wireless networks based on the 802.11ac standard are taking over in the enterprise, resulting in faster connections for users with compatible devices.

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Tech nightmares that keep Turing Award winners up at night

"What about the tech world today keeps you up at night?" was the question. RSA encryption algorithm co-inventor Leonard Adleman, "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf and cryptography innovator Manuel Blum all shared their biggest fears....

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Are wearables dead? This report says consumer interest is declining fast

A new report says consumer interest in wearables like the Apple Watch and Fitbit has dropped consistently this year.

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Smart refrigerator hack exposes Gmail login credentials

A Samsung smart refrigerator designed to integrate Gmail Calendar information has a vulnerability that could allow hackers to steal Gmail user names and passwords.

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Real-time computing: Gateway to the Internet of Things?

Real-time computing may have reached the point that PCs reached in the early 1980s: Poised to revolutionize the way things are done.

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Despite Microsoft partnership, NFL leans on Amazon to store new stats data

Even though the league has agreed to use Microsoft technology in some instances, it's storing new data generated from real-time player tracking with AWS.

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Massachusetts boarding school sued over Wi-Fi sickness

The parents of an anonymous student at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass. allege that the Wi-Fi at the institution is making their child sick, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court earlier this month.

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Comcast planning nationwide gigabit broadband in 2 years. What will it cost?

Comcast is planning a gigabit broadband network based on the DOCSIS 3.1 standard. But the question is,

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Hortonworks acquires Onyara to bring analytics to a world of sensors

The Internet of Things, the buzzword du jour and something that every listed company worth its salt needs a solution for.

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Vint Cerf: 'Sometimes I'm terrified' by the IoT

Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.

HP serves up its open switches

Accton-based hardware, announced in February, certified by OCP and run multiple OSes

iPhone 7 Rumor Rollup: Think fast, think pink and think small

Time’s a-ticking, and we’re getting closer and closer to what is almost certainly the launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, though not the iPhone 7. The latest leaks, reported by Chinese website Daliulian, say that the new models to be...

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NASA touts real technologies highlighted in imminent 'The Martian' flick

NASA said the book and the movie, “The Martian,” merges fictional and factual chronicles about Mars, building upon the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and moving it into a future where NASA astronauts are regularly...

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For carriers, OSS can become a competitive advantage, not a cost center

Operations Support Systems excel in managing traditional networks, but they can be more, so much more, as we look forward to smarter networks that are more responsive to enterprise customer needs.

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Review: 4 powerline kits step in when Wi-Fi fails

Powerline devices route data through your electric cables, offering an alternative when Wi-Fi fails. We review 4 of the latest kits to see how well they work.

Operators and vendors join forces to push cellular IoT networks

An initiative backed by the likes of AT&T, Intel and Qualcomm is hoping to accelerate the rollout of cellular networks customized for machine-to-machine communications.

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