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  • Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

    07/26/2016 9:08:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | 07/26/2016
    You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard. And yet security researchers have been warning people to be suspicious of wireless computer accessories using sketchy radio protocols for years. Those warnings peaked five months ago, when hackers at the security firm Bastille found that millions of cheap keyboard and mouse dongles let hackers inject keystrokes onto your machine from hundreds of yards away. Now, in case you missed that message, the same researchers have extended their attack to millions more devices—and this time, they can not only inject keystrokes, but also read yours, too. On Tuesday Bastille’s research team...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop

    02/25/2016 6:36:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 30 replies
    CNET ^ | 23 February 2016 | Sean Hollister
    They broke in like it was nothing. They could have wiped my hard drive, stolen my files, or practically anything nefarious you can do with a computer. All because I had a wireless mouse dongle plugged into my laptop. And all they needed was a simple antenna that costs as little as $15 at Amazon. Thankfully, "they" were a pair of security researchers from a company called Bastille, and every company that builds wireless mice and keyboards has already been alerted to the issue. If you have a Logitech Unifying receiver, there's already a fix. (Here is a link to...
  • Windows 10 Upgraders Still Getting Broadcom Virtual Wireless Adapter Compatibility Errors

    12/27/2015 6:52:37 PM PST · by Utilizer · 37 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 27 Dec 2015, 08:27 GMT | Bogdan Popa
    The upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 was impacted by several significant app or hardware compatibility issues, and in some cases, Microsoft even recommended users to delay the move for a little bit longer until all these problems were fixed. One of the hardware compatibility bugs that were experienced by a big number of users concerns the Broadcom Virtual Wireless Adapter, which was unable to work with Windows 10, and that, according to a prompt showing up before the upgrade, could block users from connecting to wireless networks. The message was first displayed in June, soon after...
  • Large Quantity of Cellphones Bought By “Immigrants” at Rural Missouri Walmart Sets Off Alarms

    12/09/2015 3:45:08 PM PST · by daisy12 · 146 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 9, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Two “foreign speaking” men set off alarms after they entered the local Walmart store in Lebanon, Missouri and purchased 60 cellphones. The purchase was made around 4 AM last Saturday morning. Police were called but released the men saying they didn’t have a legal reason to detain them.
  • Will 2016 Be The Year Of Wireless Energy?

    11/19/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies ^ | 19-11-2015 | Maccie
    Wireless power has been a dream of mankind’s for decades, but the technology finally appears to be gaining some traction. Theoretically, numerous studies have shown that wireless power is possible through a variety of aerial transmission modalities. Yet the problem with wireless power has been getting the technology to work at a reasonable range. So far, commercial use of wireless power has been limited, but progress is being made. For instance, Samsung now has a commercially available wireless charger for its cell phones. With the charger, consumers do not need to plug their phone into the wall for it to...
  • your advice: TV-plus-WiFi-device, or WiFi-enabled TV?

    11/17/2015 5:01:26 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 57 replies
    self | 11/17/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FReeper friends. For the first time in several years, I've got a few bucks to spare. I'd like to finally upgrade from my old CRT television to a flat-screen TV. I'm also investigating the various options for streaming video to the TV via WiFi. I'm looking at devices like Roku and Amazon's FireTV -- especially because Amazon is having a Black Friday deal on the FireTV stick. However, the TVs that I'm looking at all are WiFi enabled. So here's my question: unless I really, really want features specific to FireTV, do I really need it (or Roku) if...
  • Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

    04/09/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2015 | Justin Fenton
    he Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.. The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find...
  • Court looks into Obama administration's plan to cut mobile communication when needed

    04/08/2015 8:07:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Pravda ^ | 08.04.2015
    The US Department of Homeland Security introduced a special plan - known as Standing Operating Procedure 303 - to block signals of cellular operators after cellular phones were used to detonate explosive devices during the bombings of the London subway system, Pravda.Ru reports. A federal appeals court wants to know why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to block cellular communication for the time of "critical emergencies." Standing Operating Procedure 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age ... The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in February sided (PDF) with...
  • FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’

    02/19/2015 5:40:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/19/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.” Borrowing the phrase from President Obama, the Republican commissioner penned an op-ed with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Joshua Wright, raising concerns with Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. While the president insists his plan is for a “free and open Internet,” Pai and Wright said net neutrality is anything but. “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it. But new federal regulations may take away your freedom...
  • Like Your Cell Phone? That’ll Be An Extra 17 Percent

    11/13/2014 2:45:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-11-14 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Since Americans have become more mobile the demand for wireless access has increased. However, high tax burdens on wireless services have made it increasingly difficult for consumers to pay their cell phone bills. In a recently released report, Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014, Scott Mackey and Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation highlighted the tax burdens facing wireless technology consumers. These tax burdens are significantly higher than traditional sales taxes and vary vastly from state to state, city to city. Mackey and Henchman note the overall tax burden—federal, state, and local—has increased to an average of 17.05 percent...
  • Lawsuit puts ‘cloud’ over airwave auction

    08/23/2014 4:59:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 23, 2014 | Kate Tummarello
    Broadcasters are threatening to stand in the way of next year's highly anticipated airwave auction, putting one the Obama administration’s top priorities at risk. Officials in the broadcast and wireless industry are hopeful that a new lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters will put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reach a reach a compromise to save the auction — expected to net billions of dollars — from would could be a months-long delay. “This lawsuit puts a cloud over the auction,” said one Republican FCC aide. “It would make sense for the Commission to work something...
  • Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems

    04/22/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2014 | Rob Wile
    We recently gave you a list of 25 trends that would be making people billions. Most of the phenomena will end up benefiting everyone.But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating — these were things everyone has already figured out.The real challenge, and the greater value and more lucrative pursuit, would be to come up with the solutions to problems that have befuddled engineers for decades or more.We thought of 10 of them:1. Wireless Power Digital devices have become so small that it can be cumbersome to plug them into a...
  • The end of the charger? Wireless system can recharge EVERY phone in your office...

    04/23/2014 6:08:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 22, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    It could mean the end of the daily hunt for power cables. Korean researchers have unveiled an experimental wireless recharging system that could top up the mobile of everyone in the office wirelessly. The system can transmit power up to 5 metres, and charge up to 40 phones at a time - and is even powerful enough to power a TV.
  • A Broadband Plan for the States

    02/05/2014 1:13:19 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    A Broadband Plan for the States ^ | 2-5-14 | John Stephenson
    Today we are pleased to release a white paper entitled The States’ Broadband Plan, a set of three suggested policies designed to promote broadband connectivity in the states. This white paper comes in response to legislators’ requests for proven ideas to foster more economic growth through technology and improve public safety in the wake of natural disasters. The best way to address the economic problems facing the country is to increase economic opportunity, investing in and fostering potential growth areas of the economy that hold real promise to create jobs and wealth. Few areas hold as much promise as broadband...
  • Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Has wireless killed wired?

    01/23/2014 7:01:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 82 replies
    As home networks have increased in popularity, so has the wireless router. The rise of Wi-Fi has also caused the downfall of wired networks (in homes, at least), and many consumers now see Ethernet cords as being rather old-fashioned – that is, if they see them at all. Some newer computer models, like Apple’s MacBook Air, don’t even have ports for Ethernet connections anymore. The blistering connection speeds offered by today’s Wi-Fi standards do make wired networks appear a bit of a relic, but appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Though Wi-Fi has improved significantly over the last five years, it...
  • Dr. Eric Topol Wireless Med (the future of better and cheaper healthcare)

    01/21/2014 3:32:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
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  • Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

    11/05/2013 9:44:44 AM PST · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    NETWORK WORLD ^ | November 05, 2013 07:07 AM ET | Michael Kan, IDG News Service
    Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data. "I bought the lights from Taobao," she said, referring to the Chinese e-commerce site. The professor from Fudan University showed off the technology on Tuesday at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers that use radio signals, Chi's system relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly. Others scientists, especially in the U.K., have also been researching the technology, and dubbed it "Li-Fi". But rather than develop specialized hardware, Chi bought off-the-shelf retail...
  • AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

    06/17/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 74 replies ^ | June 17, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not. As part of AT&T’s new Wireless Emergency Alerts, once a user updates their operating system, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to the phone. However . . .
  • Un-techie, seeking advice on smartphone security

    03/21/2013 9:57:49 AM PDT · by HomeAtLast · 24 replies
    3/21/13 | HAL
    Many smart people here and when it comes to 21st c tech, I am a pinhead. Situation in a nutshell, I got a smartphone as a gift a few months ago, and after many weeks, still hadn't activated it, but the gift giver wouldn't take it back and even followed up with a hefty wad of funds to activate and operate the device. I do not know enough about wireless networks, security issues, firewalls, etc., to fill a thimble. I don't even know enough to know how much smarter the gift giver is (all I know is, he wears gadgets...
  • What’s mine should be mine: Ruling makes it illegal to unlock your phone

    01/25/2013 3:00:40 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 32 replies
    ECN Magazine ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jason Lomberg
    Think you own your wireless handset, inside and out? Think you can do whatever you wish with your own property? Think again. Beginning Saturday, it will become illegal to unlock a phone without the express permission of the carrier who locked it. While the relevant portion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act legalizes jailbreaking for three years, it also makes it illegal to unlock new, locked wireless handsets (without the permission of the previous carrier). Exemptions include “legacy phones” ("used (or perhaps unused) phones previously purchased or otherwise acquired by a consumer"). So this ruling won’t kill the secondary market...
  • Republic Wireless Now Offering $19/Month Unlimited Smartphone Service to All

    11/26/2012 1:47:21 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 25 replies
    Prepaid wireless carrier Republic Wireless has been offering its $19 per month, unlimited everything, prepaid smartphone plan since about this time last year. At the time, though, there were a few catches; you had to buy a very low-end smartphone from them, you had to use its Hybrid Calling technology for most of your calls, and you could only get in if you were lucky enough to be accepted to an exclusive "beta wave." Since then, Republic Wireless has upgraded to the slightly more modern Motorola Defy XT as its flagship smartphone model, and has changed to allow unlimited calling,...
  • Apple Could Offer Own Wireless Service, Observer Says (To bypass AT&T and Verizon Wireless)

    05/01/2012 2:17:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 05/01/2012 | By PATRICK SEITZ
    Apple (AAPL) soon might bypass AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications (T) and Vodafone (VOD), to offer its own mobile wireless service directly to customers, according to an industry observer. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein made the bold prediction while speaking at the Informa MVNO Industry Summit in Barcelona, Spain, according to BGR. Apple has the distribution channels and customer base, with more than 250 million credit card numbers on file for iTunes users, to make the move, Bluestein said. But to do so, Apple itself would have to subsidize its iPhone for customers, Bluestein says....

    04/10/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 22 replies
    N/A | 4/10/12 | me
    All times Eastern. "Titanic Tech" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @9a, & @3p "Lost Worlds: Building the Titanic" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @10a & @4p "Titanic's Tragic Sister" (mostly about Britannic) - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @1p & @7p "Hollywood Dailies (may cover various movies that focused on it) - REELZ - 4/12 @5:30p; 4/13 @2a & @3a & @ 7:30a "Titanic's Achilles Heel" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @8p & 4/13 @12a; same - History Channel - 4/15 @11a "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces" - H2 (History Channel 2) -...
  • So Long Landline? Senate Bill Could Cut the Cord

    03/28/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT · by jonascord · 30 replies
    Fox Channel 8, Cleveland ^ | 9:10 pm, March 26, 2012 | Emily Valdez
    Landline telephones could soon be a thing of the past in parts of Ohio if a senate bill passes. “I would not like it too much. I think landlines are important and I have to make a lot of long distance calls,” said Jerry Viola. Snip...
  • "The King of Jinn Is Calling Me”…Sorcerer

    03/20/2012 3:41:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 20, 2012
    A sorcerer who was arrested in Saudi Arabia told police to immediately set him free on orders from the “King of Jinn (spirits).” The Gulf kingdom’s religious police seized the 54-year-old man from the Kazakhstan city of Turkestan while making magic work for a woman in the western town of Makkah, Sabq newspaper said. “When they caught the sorcerer, his mobile phone began ringing,” the Arabic language daily said, quoting an official from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. “He told them he was receiving a call from the King of jinn in Nigeria ordering...
  • North Carolina Researchers communicate without wires through 240 meters of solid rock.

    03/15/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 27 replies
    tgDaily ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kate Taylor
    Scientists have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos, through 240 meters of solid stone. The team's not telling us how long the message - which said, simply, 'Neutrino', took to arrive. "Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables," says Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. "Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today's systems, but may have important strategic uses." The most intriguing thing about using neutrinos to communicate is that they can...
  • Looking for wireless DSL modem recommendations (VANITY)

    11/21/2011 10:34:04 AM PST · by Kirkwood · 37 replies
    Self | 11/21/11 | kirkwood
    My 6 year old DSL modem is apparently dying. Turning the power on and off to the modem immediately brings it back for a while, but it is unreliable. I added on a router for a workstation and a hardwired network printing and an access point for wireless, but I would like to replace all of these pieces with a single unit. Requirements are compatibility with AT&T DSL, a hardwired network printer and workstation, and N and G wireless. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks.
  • Politically-connected LightSquared pushes wireless Internet plan despite GPS concerns

    09/03/2011 6:14:13 PM PDT · by sloop · 13 replies
    iwatch news ^ | July 19, 2011 | John Aloysius Farrell and Fred Schulte
    When the Federal Communications Commission granted LightSquared Inc. expedited approval to launch a new wireless Internet service, some powerful voices in Washington expressed alarm, including the Pentagon and one-third of the U.S. Senate. LightSquared’s bold $14 billion plan, its detractors said, could cripple GPS systems and threaten aviation safety, disrupt military and rescue operations and interfere with high-tech farming equipment and the everyday navigation devices used by millions.
  • LightSquared admits it will knock out 200,000 sat-navs

    07/01/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 July 2011 | Bill Ray
    Wireless broadband firm LightSquared has admitted that its original plan would have knocked out most GPS sat-nav kit, but argues that its new plan will only leave 200,000 users lost. Reporting on the results of several months of testing, involving 130 different GPS receivers, LightSquared admits that operating in the neighbouring band to GPS satellites will knock out a significant proportion of location-finding kit. But the company reckons its revised plan, announced last week, avoids interfering in all but the most-sensitive GPS kit: which LightSquared pegs at 200,000 devices around the USA. Those are important devices, installed in aircraft to...
  • Guy Gets SWAT Team-ed for Not Securing His Wireless Connection

    04/24/2011 3:27:11 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 46 replies
    The Agitator ^ | 04/24/2011 | Radley Balko
    You know where this is going. They got the wrong guy. Someone else had used Covert’s wireless connection to download child porn. Law enforcement officials say the case is a cautionary tale. It sure is. I can certainly think of some lessons we might draw. One might be: Maybe the cops should check to see if a suspect’s wireless network is secure, and therefore that they have the right guy, before they break into his home and point their guns at his head. Another lesson: Maybe it’s not such a good idea to send the SWAT team after someone suspected...
  • [v] cellular and wireless signal dampers? (paging the geeks and military folk [/ v]

    04/04/2011 5:00:23 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 37 replies
    OK, am trying to see what the off-the-shelf options are for preventing cell phone and wifi usage inside a small building. Yes, that's right. And no, I can't tell you why, because is all hush hush ;| ;|.You wouldn't beleive what google returns when you search keyword "cellphone dampers."OY!Thanks in advance.
  • Cell phone advise.

    03/22/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT · by goseminoles · 107 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3/22/11 | Self
    My Verizon contract is up and I am requesting guidance from fellow freeper friends. My contract is expired. Where to go from here???
  • AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA

    03/20/2011 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Sunday, March 20, 2011 · 3:07 pm
    AT&T press release follows verbatim: AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution...
  • Wireless Tax Is A Tax on Women's Independence

    03/15/2011 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 15, 2011 | Carrie Lukas
    What invention most improved women's lives during the past century? The birth control pill for granting women greater control over child bearing, and modern, electric clothes and dish washers for freeing them from time-consuming housework likely spring to mind. Here's another candidate to consider: the creation of the internet and wireless technologies. Certainly, everyone has benefited from the dawning of the information age, but women have been uniquely touched as these technologies make it easier for women to perform critical tasks—from generating income to getting an education—while at home. That makes it all the more important that policymakers at all...
  • Congress Considers Bill to Freeze Wireless Taxes [Write an Enduring Chill.]

    03/14/2011 12:31:27 PM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-03-14 | [Staff]
    With the average consumer facing a wireless tax of 16.3 percent, this week Congress will consider a bill to freeze excessive and discriminatory taxes on cell phone and wireless services. The Wireless Tax Fairness Act would put a five-year moratorium on state and local efforts to raise wireless taxes. Today, state and local wireless taxes are nearly 4 percent higher than the average sales tax rate. Taxes hit as high as 23 percent in Nebraska, 26.8 percent in Baltimore, and 20.4 percent in New York City. High and discriminatory tax policy doesn’t just skew consumer decisions in the otherwise free-market....
  • Got Food Stamps? Get Free Sprint Wireless Services

    02/14/2011 12:28:10 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 20 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/14/2011 | Reinhardt Krause
    Can government subsidies help Sprint Nextel (S) bounce back? Perhaps so, in a way you may not think. Sprint, which reported fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, seems to be having success with its Assurance Wireless brand, a prepaid offering. Sprint launched the government-subsidized Assurance program in early 2010. Sprint now markets the Assurance brand in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Sprint expanded the Assurance brand to Pennsylvania today.
  • Obama rolls out 18 billion dollar Internet plan (high-speed wireless Internet coverage for masses)

    02/10/2011 1:20:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/10/11 | AFP
    MARQUETTE, Michigan (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Thursday traveled to a remote corner of frigid Michigan to roll out an ambitious plan to offer high-speed wireless Internet coverage to 98 percent of Americans. "We can't expect tomorrow's economy to take root using yesterday's infrastructure," said Obama, who unveiled the broadband Internet push as part of his plan to "Win the Future" in his State of the Union address last month. "We've got to think about what's the next thing and make sure that we're at the forefront, just like we were in the last century," Obama said, comparing...
  • Obama Heads to Michigan to Promote Wireless Expansion Plan (WTF!)

    02/10/2011 8:09:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/10/11
    Obama Heads to Michigan to Promote Wireless Expansion PlanPublished February 10, 2011 Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Obama wants nearly all Americans to have access to speedy wireless services. He's promoting that plan in a small city in Michigan that's becoming a model for how the Internet can bring prosperity to far-flung places. Obama on Thursday heads to Marquette, Mich., a university and tourism town of 20,000 overlooking Lake Superior that cherishes both its geographical remoteness and technological savvy. He'll see high-tech wireless initiatives in action at Northern Michigan University, where students telecommute, and talk about the plan in his...
  • Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service (update audio)

    12/19/2010 9:27:16 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 39 replies ^ | December 19, 2010 | Nilay Patel
    That slide above is no joke -- it comes from a marketing webinar put on by two companies that count Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone as clients, and it describes a system that identifies customer internet activity and charges a different rate for using Facebook than watching YouTube, while allowing access to Vodafone services for free. Yes, that's basically the nightmare scenario for net neutrality advocates. The two companies behind the slide are Allot Communications and Openet, which sell subscriber-management tools to carriers around the world -- tools that Allot's director of marketing says can scan even encrypted packets to determine...
  • FCC aims to end cellular ‘bill shock’

    10/14/2010 6:00:21 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 63 replies ^ | October 14, 2010 | Megan Woolhouse
    "... Kerfye Pierre, a 27-year-old Maryland woman, said she received a $30,000 bill from T-Mobile for texting and e-mailing in Haiti after the earthquake..."
  • FCC to vote on freeing-up ‘white space’ Wi-Fi spectrum this week

    09/23/2010 5:38:04 AM PDT · by epithermal · 13 replies · 1+ views
    TeleGeography ^ | Sepo 20, 2010 | TeleGeography
    On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to approve a final rule that will free up so-called ‘white spaces’ in the spectrum previously set aside for television broadcasts. The FCC is reportedly liberating the spectrum in order to cater for the surge in mobile broadband traffic. White spaces, which are essentially the television channels in any given broadcast service area over which no one currently sends signals, have previously been left open to prevent interference. However, the digital television transition was completed last year, freeing up numerous channels and making interference less likely. After initially proposing plans to...
  • Need to Connect Printers to Wireless Router...and They are Not Wireless Printers

    08/27/2010 12:25:57 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 21 replies
    08.27.10 | chickensoup
    I have two printers, an HP Laserjet m13191MFP and an HP 1020. I now have three wireless laptops. We would all like to print to our printers and I understand that there is a way to make this happen. It is possible: that is what the nice man at STAPLES told me. But STAPLES does not carry the equipment. I thought I could find it online. He told me it was called a "wireless print server." I am not sure that what I am looking at would work. I cannot tell where they would go on the printer. Has anyone...
  • Cell phones: Theft dressed up as charity

    07/16/2010 11:23:34 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Sometimes, government programs, subsidies and entitlements need no embellishment. In 2008, TracFone Wireless of Miami began distributing free cell phones to people who get food stamps, welfare or other government assistance. Recipients of the free cell phones are allowed to earn up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or no more than $33,075 a year for a family of four. The phones provide 68 free minutes a month and, in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer, "they're paid for, in part, by charges on phone bills that the federal government allows carriers to levy." The free cells are...
  • Obama endorses plan to boost wireless broadband

    06/28/2010 5:38:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | JoAnne Allen and John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed on Monday plans by regulators to nearly double the spectrum now available for wireless devices. The White House announced a plan modeled after proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum over the next 10 years to meet the demand for laptop computers and smartphones such as Apple Inc's popular iPhone. Some estimates suggest the next five years will see an increase in wireless data of between 20 to 45 times 2009 levels, reflecting the burgeoning use of wireless devices. The Federal Communications Commission, which manages commercial...
  • Having wireless trouble with My Dell laptop(vanity)

    06/07/2010 6:07:24 AM PDT · by GregB · 40 replies · 82+ views
    I have reinstalled XP Pro and can't hookup via wireless
  • Family, Verizon far apart over nearly $18,000 phone bill

    04/30/2010 6:28:44 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 24 replies · 1,216+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Megan Woolhouse
    DOVER — Bob and Mary St. Germain say they can’t believe it. Four years after their son, Bryan, used his cellphone to connect to the Internet, the couple is still trying to fight the bill: a nearly $18,000 tab from Verizon. Bryan, now 26, thought his family’s plan included free data downloads. It didn’t, and in August 2006, the St. Germains’ phone bill ballooned to more than 100 times the normal amount. “You can’t print what my husband said’’ when the bill came, Mary St. Germain said. “He was very shocked.’’
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Vanity: CREDO Mobile

    03/10/2010 9:03:21 AM PST · by Dead Corpse · 17 replies · 481+ views
    Snail Mail | 3-10-2010 | Dead Corpse
    I labeled this a vanity as I'm not sure what else to do with it. As vanities go, I'm sure this is going to be about on par for "lameness". I'm the head tech nerd for a school district. As such I receive a ton of vendor cold calls and snail mail solicitations. Most are education related and I can normally parse through them pretty quickly. Today I got one that I feel really crosses a line for me from a personal ethics standpoint. Credo Mobile sent me a smelly little piece of SPAM emblazoned with "Is your cell phone...
  • Duluth Mayor Offers Google City's First Born

    03/04/2010 1:32:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 309+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thu, Mar 4, 2010 | JACKSON WEST
    Minnesotan municipal one-upmanship meant to draw attention away from Google, KansasGive Google credit -- the company's plan to test a high-speed fiber-optic network connecting 50,000 homes or more somewhere in America is shining a spotlight on small-town municipal politics. First, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas ceremonially declared the city renamed to Google, Kansas for the month in order to publicize and support that city's efforts to land the deal. Not to be outdone, Duluth, Minnesota Mayor Don Ness has created a "viral" video for that city's effort to "suck up" to the Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet giant. He's calling the...