Archive for April, 2006

MapMania Goes Crazy

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2006

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone. Google Map Mania continues to go […]

Silicon Valley & New York Clouds

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 30th, 2006

An ambitious plan to blanket Silicon Valley with wireless broadband is expected to dwarf San Francisco’s municipal Wi-Fi initiative, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The proposed project (RFP) will unite cities in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and stretch over 1,500 square miles when completed. Officials envision a primarily outdoor network that […]

802.11w: More Security

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 28th, 2006

Get ready for yet another security standard coming down the pike — 802.11w. The highly secure IEEE 802.11i standard patched the holes in the original Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) specification by introducing new cryptographic algorithms, now used in WiFi Protected Access (WPA) and WPA 2. It’s standard issue in most current WiFi gear and can […]

Cloud for Windy City

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 28th, 2006

Chicago will soon solicit proposals for a WiFi Cloud, reports MuniWireless. Chicago’s Chief Information Officer Chris O’Brien said last week that the city will invite technology companies to submit proposals. O’Brien told aldermen that citywide installation would mean about 7,500 small antennas on light poles about every two blocks. He also estimated the cost of […]

Qualcomm to WiMAX: See You in Court

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 28th, 2006

Qualcomm has signed a licensing agreement for broadband wireless patents, the company said Thursday. The deal covers OFDM/OFDMA, reports Nancy Gohring, and indicates that Qualcomm’s purchase of Flarion was not so much from the technology but from Flarion’s intellectual property, especially around Mobile WiMAX technology. Qualcomm acquired Flarion earlier this year. Some vendors and observers […]


Posted by Sam Churchill on April 28th, 2006

Belkin has a new MIMO USB Network Adapter. It sports a cradle that the smaller USB section plugs into. You can use the Belkin adapter for your desktop or remove the smaller and more compact adapter from the cradle and stick it in your notebook. The adapter (right) is compatible with 802.11g as well as […]