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Xiaomi UWB “indoor GPS” lets phones control smart appliances directly

Xiaomi UWB “indoor GPS” lets phones control smart appliances directly

A lot of connected home appliances these days can be controlled from a smartphone but almost all of those go about it in an indirect fashion. Smartphones communicated with those devices via a local Wi-Fi network or sometimes even via an Internet service, producing some latency and making these devices dependent on a network connection. Xiaomi, however, has demonstrated an alternate solution, where phones can act more like traditional remote controls that use Ultra-Wideband technology instead of infrared light.

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Google Wifi price cut for entry-level mesh networking

Google Wifi price cut for entry-level mesh networking

Google has quietly cut the price of its older mesh network equipment, with Google Wifi demonstrating it can live on alongside Nest Wifi. Launched in 2016, Google Wifi was the company's first mesh networking system, promising to blanket your house with multiple beacons rather than relying on a single, high-power router.

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Xfinity xFi Pod 2nd-Gen boosts WiFi speed and mesh coverage

Xfinity xFi Pod 2nd-Gen boosts WiFi speed and mesh coverage

Comcast is upgrading its Xfinity mesh network system, with the second-generation xFi Pod promising more speed and wider WiFi coverage. Designed to plug into a spare outlet, the adapters can deliver up to 500 Mbps of bandwidth and now have two ethernet ports for wired devices.

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Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk, its hyper-local neighborhood network system set to launch later this year, will work with Tile and Echo speakers the retailer has confirmed today. Previewed in 2019, Sidewalk promises a distributed alternative to regular WiFi networks, in which smart home devices like Ring cameras double as hubs for local communications.

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Huawei license expiration puts network operators, Android phones in limbo

Huawei license expiration puts network operators, Android phones in limbo

They say all good things come to an end and that's especially true with reprieves. Recent events, both related to the COVID-19 pandemic and TikTok, may have shoved Huawei out of the spotlight but the beleaguered Chinese company has once again come into focus and not in a good way. Huawei's license extension in the US has expired as of Thursday night and its customers both in the telecommunications and mobile markets are at a loss on how to proceed.

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NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

The rise in the use of streaming services and video conferencing has most likely put increased stress on home networks. The promise of 5G is great and all that but when it comes to meeting the Internet needs of all devices at home, WiFi 6 is the technology being pushed for that. Given the complexity of use cases as well as house layouts these days, a simple and single WiFi 6 router may not even be enough. Enter NETGEAR's new Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band AX4200 mesh system, now in a more affordable package but also with less muscle than its other Tri-band mesh system.

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Researchers reach world’s fastest Internet speed with an optical chip

Researchers reach world’s fastest Internet speed with an optical chip

We've seen the Internet groan (metaphorically, of course) under the weight of a sudden increase in users and usage in the past months. The global situation proved how ill-prepared our technologies are to support such a scenario, especially if and when it actually becomes the "new normal". Various companies like SpaceX and Amazon are looking to the stars to augment our Internet capabilities but a cross-university team of Australian researchers was able to reach a whopping 44 Tbps data speed with existing optic fiber networks and a new optical chip.

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Intel just bought the WiFi tech loved by gamers-in-the-know

Intel just bought the WiFi tech loved by gamers-in-the-know

Intel has bought the company behind the Killer networking tech, promising to bring the gamer-favorite to a broader audience as it integrates it with its own WiFi products. Handiwork of Rivet Networks, the Killer brand has proved to be a perennial favorite for those wanting to squeeze out latency and maximize their bandwidth, particularly in gaming where milliseconds can mean the difference between winning and losing.

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eero mesh Wi-Fi is now available on the Apple Store

eero mesh Wi-Fi is now available on the Apple Store

It's no small thing to become part of Apple's online store. Like with its digital app stores, Apple carefully curates what it puts on its device catalog, approving only those that meet its very stringent requirements. It's no surprise then, that mesh Wi-Fi system maker eero is wearing like a badge the fact that it is now available for purchase on the Apple Store, at least on the online store in selected markets.

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Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Given everything that has happened in the past four months, it almost feels like Huawei's battle with the US government was so long ago. In reality, however, it was exactly last year that US President Donald Trump invoked a new law that empowered his government to ban US companies from doing business with Huawei. Given present circumstances, it's not surprising that the US is extending that ban for yet another year, putting Huawei's business as well as its customers in limbo yet again.

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Xiaomi WiFi 6 router bucks 802.11ax trend with surprising price

Xiaomi WiFi 6 router bucks 802.11ax trend with surprising price

Xiaomi is bucking the trend of expensive WiFi 6 routers, revealing a new model that packs 802.11ax support but will be priced at a fraction of what rival routers will set you back. Announced alongside the global debut of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro - which each support WiFi 6 - the new Mi AIoT Router AX3600 supports up to 2,976 Mbps data speeds.

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Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods work with Linksys mesh wi-fi devices to track the people living in a home. This system tracks breathing, tracks sleep, and detects falls. The Wellness Pods are one of two parts of the latest round of devices in this home monitoring system from Linksys. The Linksys Vehicle Presence Detection system allows the user to detect motion and/or breathing when the vehicle is turned off, aiming mostly at accidentally forgotten children or pets left in unattended cars.

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