June 13, 2011

Apple Accused of Ripping Off Developer's Rejected Wi-Fi Sync App

It's no secret that Apple has been militant in suing competitors that employ technologies even remotely close to Apple's own. But when it comes to stealing ideas for apps from developers, Apple's intentions are a bit more dubious.

The Register reports that Apple is being accused of stealing the idea of one UK-based college student and developer — Greg Hughes. In May 2010, Hughes submitted an app for consideration called Wi-Fi Sync, which allowed users to sync their iTunes libraries wirelessly.

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October 12, 2010

FCC Chairman: Why We Need More Wireless Spectrum

GigaOm - For FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, it’s been a rough summer. He’s come under fire from all sides over his and the FCC’s stance on net neutrality. We haven’t been shy in unloading on the man either, expecting him to do more than he has and he can. But if there’s one bright spot for the FCC Chairman, it’s been the recent order to free up under-utilized TV spectrum and use it for broadband and other open wireless transmission purposes.

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October 29, 2009

U.S. Plan Proposed to Free Up TV Spectrum For Wireless Broadband Usage

The US Federal Communications Commission is considering a plan that would reclaim some precious airwaves from the country's television broadcasters and reinvent them as wireless broadband.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC intends to release the plan on Friday as part of an effort to ensure that there's enough wireless bandwidth for the America of the future. "The record is very clear that we're facing a looming spectrum gap," said Blair Levin, who oversees the plan, part of a wider push to expand US broadband.

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September 29, 2009

700Mhz White Space Market Heating Up According to Microsoft

A new study commissioned by Microsoft indicates that the combination of white spaces, the unused spectrum in the 700-MHz band that sits between licensed TV spectrum blocks, and WiFi could generate between $3.9 billion and $7.3 billion in value per year during the next 15 years.

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September 15, 2009

802.11n Wi-Fi standard finally approved

As predicted last month, the IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.

Finalization of the new wireless networking standard--which is capable of delivering throughput speeds up to 300 megabits per second (and even higher)--took exactly seven years from the day it was conceived, or six years from the first draft version. The standard has been through a dozen or so draft versions.

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August 10, 2009

Equivoice Launches Two New MPLS Based Wireless Services for Chicago Area

Equivoice launched two new MPLS based wireless services to serve business customers in metropolitan Chicago. Equi-Wireless T1 back up provides standby wireless T-1 service and provides automatic, transparent backup, in the event of cable cuts or other outages. Equi-Wireless 2 Meg Primary is a 2 megabit full duplex service, expandable to 10 megabits, which supports voice, data and video applications. Both products can be customized.

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July 20, 2009

Raytheon to build wireless network for U.S. military

Raytheon Co. has been chosen to build a wireless network to integrate communications between military and civilian radio systems under a contract that could be worth as much as $155 million.

The contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides Raytheon $24.4 million for one year. Options would extend the deal for the mobile network to 2012 and raise the potential value to $155 million.

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April 21, 2009

Cut-rate prepaid plans shake up wireless industry

As wireless carriers start reporting first-quarter results this week, investors will be looking at the effects of some spectacular price cuts for prepaid cell phone service.

That's a change from recent years, when flashy new phones and data services hogged the spotlight. This year, the developments have been more appropriate for a recession: People who are least able to pay are getting cheaper service.

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March 27, 2009

Kanye West Announced For Wireless Festival in London

Kanye West will headline Wireless Festival in London this July in what is likely to be his only UK festival date this year. The rapper played Global Gathering last year with his lavish stage show and also toured the UK last Autumn.

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February 19, 2009

L.A. High School Deploys 802.11n WiFi Network in Support Of 1:1 Computing

Marymount High School in Los Angeles has recently deployed Xirrus 802.11n WiFi arrays campus-wide as it prepares to roll out a new 1:1 computer initiative.

The independent, all-girls Catholic high school will utilize the new wireless network throughout its 6.5-acre campus to support a rage of wireless educational tools. The deployment is aimed at giving the school increased flexibility without diminishing the overall power of the network.

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December 29, 2008

Wireless Internet (Wifi) coming to Japanese bullet trains

Americans may have WiFi-equipped buses and planes, but the Japanese are still leading the way when it comes to futuristic train travel: Soon you'll be able to log on at broadband speed while screaming between Tokyo and Osaka at 168 mph.

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December 01, 2008

Pegasus Wireless re-files for bankruptcy protection

Palm Beach technology company Pegasus Wireless Corp. has re-filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a few weeks after its previous bankruptcy was dismissed by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Erik Kimball.

Pegasus, which now trades on the pink sheets, was involved in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wireless hardware and software for networking and Internet access. At one time it was listed on NASDAQ.

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June 05, 2008

AT&T speeds up 3G network

AT&T said today it has upgraded its 3G wireless network to reach downlink speeds of up to 1.7Mbps, a 20% increase over previous top speeds. AT&T says the increased speeds are the result of upgrades to the High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network that the company projects to complete by the end of the month. HSPA is a mobile broadband technology that is comprised of two wireless broadband protocols, known as High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HPUSA), that operate on 3G mobile devices.

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April 16, 2008

Russia wants all WiFi devices to be registered

The folks at the Rossvyazokhrankultura (Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service) have decided that every device with Wi-Fi inside requires registration for use by an individual user without a transferrable license, according to The Other Russia, which picked the story up from Russian-language site Fontanka.ru.

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April 10, 2008

10 Tips for Preparing Wireless Requests for Proposal (RFPs)

10 questions to ask before your next wireless deployment. Wireless networks have come of age. With the advent of the latest 802.11n class of products, wireless devices now boast the same throughput and performance as their wired counterparts. But before you consider any wireless deployment, you need to take stock of your goals, decide what applications you’ll be running and determine where on campus your users will need to roam.

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March 27, 2008

New Open Wireless Network May Not Be So Open

With its winning $4.7 billion bid last week, Verizon Wireless didn't just stake claim to beachfront wireless property, it also grabbed control of the guest list to the open-access party.

The government, in opening up the coveted swath of the spectrum, essentially said the winner must allow consumers to use any compatible device or software on it as long as it doesn't harm the network.

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January 24, 2008

Ad-supported Free Wi-Fi Access for iPhone & iPod Users

JiWire announced that members of the JiWire Wi-Fi Advertising Network are offering iPhone and iPod touch users the option to connect to Wi-Fi networks for free in exchange for viewing a JiWire-supplied advertisement. The option will be available at select Wi-Fi hotspots located in airports, hotels, cafes, and other desirable locations around the world.

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January 09, 2008

Wi-Fi service starting up on Seattle/Bremerton Ferry Run

Parsons, in conjunction with Washington State Ferries, is pleased to announce that Wi-Fi service commenced on the Seattle/Bremerton route on December 24, 2007. The service spans the entire ferry route through Rich Passage and across Puget Sound.

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January 02, 2008

Apple Patent Signals Wireless Order System

After reading through PC Mag, I came across this story about Apple patenting a "wireless order system" for in-store retail.  My first knee-jerk reaction was "not another Amazon cough* 1-Click *cough Patent".  After that passed, I remembered when I got my Macbook it was actually done via wireless while I was in line at the Apple store and actually worked pretty well. 

December 17, 2007

The Philadelphia Story: Learning from a Municipal Wireless Pioneer

The Ethos Group's report, The Philadelphia Story: Learning from a Municipal Wireless Pioneer, has been posted on the New America Foundation's web site. The report is stirring debate and will continue to as the discussion of life-after-EarthLink moves forward. Before its public release late Wednesday, it generated a pointed response from Greg Goldman, the CEO of Wireless Philadelphia, who characterized it as a demand for public ownership of the network infrastructure.

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November 19, 2007

Google Eyeballing Clearwire in Wireless Strategy?

Note:  Do It Google.  Trust me, the force is strong with Craig.  Then you can deploy Clearwire in Las Vegas :)  How can you serve Nevada and only hit Reno?  I don't get it?  Anyways, WiMax is a good technology and I think is has the potential of solving the wireless "last mile" solution.  I am ordering CW today to increase my bandwidth.    
A Google investment in Clearwire could fortify the search company's quest to reach more users through their mobile devices. If Google can help Clearwire build out its wireless network, Google could sell consumers mobile applications and services rich with targeted, contextual and localized ads, analysts agreed.

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August 30, 2007

Can Ads Save Free Wi-Fi?

The frenzy to build free city-wide Wi-Fi has begun to fizzle, but perhaps advertisers can still save the day. San Francisco has just bailed on its Wi-Fi plan as a result of EarthLink's implosion, and similar projects in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois have also died.

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July 02, 2007

Free Wireless Broadband Access for AT&T Customers

Ma Bell announced that millions of its customers with higher speed broadband plans can now receive free access to AT&T’s nationwide Wi-Fi network.  With the proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled devices including, most recently, the iPhone.

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May 23, 2007

Google Proposes Ad-like Auction for Wireless Spectrum

Note:  I think this sounds like a good idea but I am not sure if it will get any traction.   
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has tried and failed to develop spectrum auctions that allow startup companies to get into the mobile service provider industry but now Google thinks it has a better idea. In a filing made to the FCC on Monday, Google proposes a spectrum policy that allows would-be service providers to bid real time in an auction for the right to use a piece of spectrum for a given period of time in order to deliver services to phones or other devices.

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May 22, 2007

Avis Outfits San Francisco Car Rentals With WiFi

Avis finally came through on the promise we'd heard back at CES. Starting yesterday all of their rental cars in San Francisco now have the option of offering a new service--WiFi broadcasting via AutoNet Mobile. Avis described this feature specifically as offering "portable wireless Internet access which can be carried anywhere, from the hotel room to the conference room and beyond, to help travelers stay connected wherever they go."

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