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Archive for October, 2013

Nexus 5 Available Now

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2013

Google’s Nexus 5 with KitKat is available today starting at $349 at the Google Play store. The Nexus 5 is a fully unlocked device, priced at $349 with no contract for the base 16GB model. The 32GB is $399, and both are available in white and black. It will work across a wide array of […]

FAA Eases Restrictions on In-Flight Electronics

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 31st, 2013

The FAA has finally eased restrictions on in-flight electronics. According to new information posted to the FAA website (factsheet), fliers will now be able to use electronic devices for much of the flight, in some cases even during takeoff and landings. Talking on cellphones is still forbidden, but using WiFi on smartphones is now mostly […]

Wheeler New FCC Chair

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 30th, 2013

The Senate late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC chairman. It also unanimously confirmed Michael O’Rielly, a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), as one of the two Republican commissioners on the five-member panel. He will fill the vacant seat left by Republican FCC commissioner Robert McDowell. The confirmation vote was […]

Sprint Spark: 50-60 Mbps

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 30th, 2013

Sprint today outlined its plans for ultra high speed mobile wireless under the brand Sprint Spark, with speeds of 50-60 megabits per second. It is being rolled out initially in five cities: Los Angeles, Tampa, Miami, Chicago and New York and enables handsets and devices to seamlessly roam from LTE networks in the 850 MHz, […]

Li-Fi: LEDs Do 10Gbit/s

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 29th, 2013

UK researchers say they have achieved data transmission speeds of 10Gbit/s via “li-fi” – wireless internet connectivity using light. The researchers used a micro-LED to transmit 3.5Gbit/s via each of the three primary colours – red, green, blue – combined that makes over 10Gbit/s. Li-fi, or “light fidelity”, promises to be cheaper and more energy-efficient […]

FCC Orders Lower 700 MHz Interoperability

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 29th, 2013

The FCC on Monday formally adopted an agreement by AT&T, Dish Network and other wireless companies to give smaller operators access to devices now made only for AT&T’s airwaves. AT&T uses the “B” and “C” Blocks of the lower 700 MHz band. The “A” block, at the bottom of the 700 MHz band, adjoins the […]