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Despite concerns, analysts expect an OK for AT&T-Time Warner deal

Despite concerns about the proposed $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner, analysts expect it to pass regulatory muster.

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Wi-Fi, LTE ambient signals to replace, augment GPS

Signals of Opportunity, such as Wi-Fi, TV and LTE cellular radio signals, could provide stronger and more secure location services than satellite GPS.

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31% off Roost Smart 9V Battery for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, 2-Pack - Deal Alert

The Roost Smart Battery mimics the form of a 9V battery, installs in minutes, and lasts for more than 5 years. Using your home's WiFi, Roost will communicate when its battery is running low, so you can take action to avoid those...

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Wi-Fi troubleshooting remains a challenge for most organizations

With Wi-Fi now the primary network for most users, organizations need better tools to reduce issues and fix problems faster.

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Roqos Core router combines cybersecurity with parental controls

Wi-Fi router straddles line between consumer-friendly and advanced networking.

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40% off ZIPP Mini WiFi + Bluetooth Multi-Room Wireless Speaker - Deal Alert

Enjoy audio content streamed to your ZIPP MINI wireless speaker using your home WiFi network, or from your device using Bluetooth. Pair up to 6 for music around your house, or in the same room for an immersive listening experience....

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27% off SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick 200GB - Deal Alert

A flash drive, reinvented. With the SanDisk Connect Stick in your pocket, in your bag or across the room, you can wirelessly access your media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, and save and share photos and videos...

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Wi-Fi vs. LTE could be the start of a mobile rollercoaster

The long fight over LTE networks sharing frequencies with Wi-Fi may be just the first of many battles as device makers and service providers try to make the most of the limited available spectrum.

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Shining a light on LiFi in the enterprise

Visible light communications, LiFi, is barely out of the lab, but it may take off in a few years.

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Drones could help with disasters like Hurricane Matthew

Emergency personnel could use 'flying hot spots' to communicate in remote places where wireless antennas were lost or unavailable.

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Wi-Fi at the heart of the New England Patriots’ fan experience

Wi-Fi and a ‘Game Day’ mobile app give New England Patriots fans a powerful in-stadium experience. Team looks to add augmented reality.

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Google Fiber buys Webpass for wireless extensions to fiber network

Google Fiber's strategy to use wireless technology to supplant its fiber optic cable installations came into sharper focus with the purchase of Webpass.

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What to expect from Tuesday’s big Google hardware event

We know that Google is set to release a slew of hardware Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, including smartphones, smart home devices and even a new Wi-Fi router. Here’s what the leaks and rumors say about the specifics of the...


The craziest stories of the tech sector

Network World started its Wider Net stories in 2003 in an effort to lighten up our news pages, acknowledging that there is a lot more to the world of enterprise networking and IT other than speeds and feeds of switches and routers and...

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Best Deals of the Week, September 26th - September 30th - Deal Alert

Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of September 26th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted!

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By 2020, your Wi-Fi-connected car will pay for parking, gas

The number of Internet-connected cars will increase from 6.9 million per year in 2015 to 61 million per year in 2020, for a cumulative total of 220 million vehicles, according to a new Gartner report.

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Wi-Fi can be used to identify people in IoT locations

Wi-Fi-based human identification, using waveform analysis, could change how IoT devices identify people.

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US carriers will look to LTE-U tests to protect Wi-Fi

The biggest U.S. carriers planning to deploy controversial LTE-Unlicensed technology expect to use gear that’s been tested for coexistence with Wi-Fi, their executives said Wednesday.

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