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Archive for March, 2012

Open Source Tricorder

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 30th, 2012

That $10 million Tricorder X-Prize from Qualcomm, to create an instrument similar to the ones used on Star Trek, got a step closer today, when Dr. Peter Jansen released the designs for his Mk 2 Tricorder, making all the specifics open source. Dr. Jansen’s Mark 2 runs on Linux. The hardware includes an ARM Atmel […]

T-Mobile USA to Sell Towers?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2012

T-Mobile USA has hired advisers to help it sell its wireless towers, Bloomberg reported today. After the merger with AT&T went belly up, Deutsche Telekom halted its plan to sell its tower assets last year. T-Mobile owns more than 7,000 wireless towers. A sale is seen generating as much as $3 billion a year for […]

ISPs Adopt Cyber Security Recommendations

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2012

Cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke is warning the U.S. that its major companies are being regularly infiltrated by Chinese hackers employed by the Chinese government to steal R&D. Clarke said during an interview with the Smithsonian. “Every major company in the United States has already been penetrated by China. My greatest fear is that, rather than […]

Huawei LTE 4×4: Goes to 250 Mbps

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2012

Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, says its demonstration of the the world’s first LTE 4×4 MIMO field trial attained download data rates of up to 250 Mbps. The trial was conducted on Deutsche Telekom’s live 1.8GHz LTE network in Cologne, Germany, using Huawei’s SingleRAN LTE gear. Huawei says its Beyond LTE technology increases peak rates to […]

UK White Space Trial: Some Unimpressed

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 29th, 2012

Early feedback from British Telecom’s White Space trial (IEEE 802.22) on the Isle of Bute, left some unimpressed with its speed and performance. The pilot programme on the Isle of Bute involves a transmitter at a tiny exchange near the community of Kilchattan Bay, from which a broadband signal is transmitted to 10 homes participating […]

Worldwide Connected Devices Forecast

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2012

Nearly 1 billion “smart devices” were shipped in 2011, says IDC. The firm expects shipments of these devices to grow to 1.1 billion this year, and reach 1.84 billion units by 2016. In 2011, Windows PCs running on any x86-compatible CPU had a 35.9% market share, while Android on ARM CPUs had a 29.4% share […]