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NSA AURORAGOLD ops aimed to weaken all cellphone networks

NSA AURORAGOLD ops aimed to weaken all cellphone networks

When your job involves spying on other people's conversations, it is in your best interest that such lines of communications remain open to your snooping. That is pretty much the principle used in one of NSA's operations, codenamed AURORAGOLD, that virtually aimed to weaken the world's networks so that it will always have a backdoor to use, no matter the country. This is just one of the latest revelations unearthed from the documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the NSA's almost godlike power and reach.

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Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 — Apple’s new carrier control

Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 — Apple’s new carrier control

With all the Apple news coming out today, it’s something they didn’t discuss that is making a big impact on us here at SlashGear. In what’s being called an “Apple SIM”, we’re being offered a new way to connect to carriers with an iPad Air 2 that’s equipped with cellular connectivity. It’s a curious notation on the day, but suggests Apple is taking control of the iPad Air 2, and carriers. Even more telling of that is that Verizon isn’t listed as a carrier partner for the Apple SIM.

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The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

Whether at home or on the run, a good mobile connection is often important. If you’ve got work to do while traveling, or just want to check on your own home connection, this simple app can help you. Even better, the iOS version received an update today, making it faster and much more responsive.

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Ericsson testing 5G network up to 50x faster than 4G

Ericsson testing 5G network up to 50x faster than 4G

The future of wireless is being tested now, and Ericsson has a big hand in it. The company is currently testing next-generation 5G technology, which will transfer speeds up to 5 gigabits per second. If you’re curious how that stacks up, it’s up to 50-times faster than what we experience now.

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Artemis pCell technology gives users their own wireless Internet bubble

Artemis pCell technology gives users their own wireless Internet bubble

As smartphones and tablets land in the hands and bags of more and more people. users start consuming more amounts of data than a network can handle. Slow loading times, intermittent connections, and dead spots are just some of the modern day problems that Artemis Networks wants to banish with its unique pCell wireless technology.

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NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT Docomo had been busy here at CEATEC 2013, during which it presented the concept for its next-generation 5G mobile network, something that would be a higher-performance offering over current LTE-Advanced network technology. At the event, Docomo has shown off this concept, including where it is in the process and its ambitions for the future, with the company pegging a 2020 goal.

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Trakdot cellular-based luggage tracker now shipping after delay

Trakdot cellular-based luggage tracker now shipping after delay

We got a look at the nifty little Trakdot luggage tracking device back in January during CES 2013, and as promised it went up for pre-order in March. At the time, a late-June shipping date was given, but things were delayed and a few extra weeks went by uneventful. The company has updated on why the delay occurred, however, and has begun shipping the device.

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Femtocell Verizon hack allows exposure of phone conversations, text messages

Femtocell Verizon hack allows exposure of phone conversations, text messages

Hacking into mobile phones isn't anything new, but a recently-discovered hacking trick has gone undetected for years, and it has opened doors for hackers to expose phone conversations, text messages, and even web browser activity. Research has revealed that low-cost low-power cell base stations called femtocells have been able to hack into mobile phones for years.

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Trakdot Luggage tracking device up for pre-order

Trakdot Luggage tracking device up for pre-order

Back during CES, we talked a bit about a real-time luggage tracking device called the Trakdot. When the device was unveiled for the first time during the show, we knew it would be launching in March. March is now here and as promised, GlobaTrac has the Trakdot up for pre-order right now.

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North Korea to switch on 3G network for foreigners by March 1

North Korea to switch on 3G network for foreigners by March 1

By March 1, foreigners in North Korea will be able to access the Internet via a 3G mobile network. This is achieved by using a SIM card that is available for purchase for a lowish fee, but is unique to visitors. Those who live in North Korea are limited in their access to mobile services, and still won't have access to the World Wide Web. The network will be provided by Koryolink.

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T-Mobile announces GoSmart Mobile unlimited prepaid service

T-Mobile announces GoSmart Mobile unlimited prepaid service

T-Mobile has announced a new service that gives users access to inexpensive unlimited prepaid plans. Call the GoSmart Mobile plans, they start at $30 a month, and are aimed at those who don't want to be locked into a contract, and who want to avoid high monthly costs without sacrificing in their mobile usage. According to the Seattle Times, this is the first time T-Mobile has unveiled its own separately-branded service.

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AT&T and The Cloud join forces to offer 1GB of free roaming data in the UK

AT&T and The Cloud join forces to offer 1GB of free roaming data in the UK

AT&T subscribers who venture overseas to the UK can now utilize a free gigabyte of roaming data thanks to a deal with The Cloud. By downloading its Wi-Fi International app, those who have the right International data package through the carrier can authenticate to 16,000 wireless Internet hotspots located throughout the United Kingdom. Check out the particulars, as well as a few screenshots, after the jump.

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