Wireless Networking

iPhone WiFi obsession leaves Android hogging 3G

iPhone WiFi obsession leaves Android hogging 3G

comScore has released a new study that shows iPhone users are more likely to use WiFi than Android owners. The research shows that that in the United States, 71% of iPhones connect to WiFi as well as the mobile network. Meanwhile, only 32% of Android devices connect to WiFi networks, with the remaining 68% only connecting to the mobile data network.

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FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

Today it appears that the FCC has laid down their final (or near-final) judgement of the LightSquared ruling, this judgement saying that because LightSquared's method for transmitting broadband internet interfered with GPS signals across the USA, they would not be allowed to operate. LightSquared has of course again contested the ruling saying that the testing done by the FCC was "severely flawed" and that they "profoundly disagree" with the results, equating the GPS market with "too big to fail" companies of early 2011 - bailout-receivers like the auto industry here in the USA.

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Google X labs plan robot researchers to map the future

Google X labs plan robot researchers to map the future

Google could release a fleet of autonomous data collection robots, supplanting its current Google Street View cars insiders suggest, using robotics and AI research from the search giant's mysterious Google X incubator labs. The high-tech exploratory 'bots - which would build on Google's self-driving cars - are one of several outlandish projects currently underway among the company's more prophetic engineers and developers, according to an NY Times piece on the clandestine R&D facility. Other avenues apparently include space elevators and the "web of things" where meshes of network-enabled objects, potentially as mundane as tableware, can communicate online.

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D-Link launches new 200Mbps PowerLine mini adapters

D-Link launches new 200Mbps PowerLine mini adapters

D-Link announced a new line of mini adapters today for its PowerLine home networking solution. These adapters plug into any home outlet and use the existing electrical wiring to extend your wireless home network signal. This helps to deliver a secure and reliable network connection to devices throughout your home or small office where it may normally be inhibited, such as by a concrete wall or by being on a different floor level.

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D-Link unveils SmartBeam and new HD Media Router

D-Link unveils SmartBeam and new HD Media Router

D-Link announced today the launch of its SmartBeam technology along with a new Wireless N HD Media Router (DIR-657). The SmartBeam feature will be debut in a new DIR-645 Wireless N Router and promises a stable and interference-free wireless connection from anywhere within your home such that you get strong and consistent wired speeds with the freedom of a wireless home network.

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Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

The Fraunhofer Institute's LED-based light networking technology left us mighty impressed on paper back in August, so we jumped at the chance to test the Visible Light Communication system here at IFA 2011. Promising up to 800 Mbit/s data rates from rapidly flickering white LEDs, without any risk to hospital equipment, airline hardware or sensitive manufacturing tech, Fraunhofer's demo ran at a more mundane 10 Mbit/s but was still enough to stream high-res video streams between two notebooks. Check out the full video and more details after the cut.

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Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Networking researchers have used LED lighting to distribute Full HD movies to notebooks, smartphones and other devices, in a system that could join WiFi and PowerLine networks in shuttling high-speed data around the home and office. The optical WLAN co-opts white LEDs used for regular illumination to transmit data at up to 100 Mbit/s, by flickering it more rapidly than the human eye can see.

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