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AT&T Brings Gigabit Fiber & WiFi to North Carolina

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 10th, 2014

AT&T plans to begin building out its 1 Gbit/s broadband service in parts of North Carolina, in the next few week, marking its second deployment of the fiber service, after Austin, Texas. AT&T introduced GigaPower in Austin after Google Fiber announced its intention to enter that market. It’s the same deal with North Carolina, reports […]

Qualcomm Announces Multi-User MIMO Chipsets

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 4th, 2014

Qualcomm has announced chipsets on the way that use new antenna technology to boost Wi-Fi download speeds in crowded spaces. On Thursday, Qualcomm announced radios that can send three or four data streams as well as chipsets for mobile devices using 802.11ac solutions with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). MU-MIMO will let networks transmit data to many […]

Google Fiber Going Wireless?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 4th, 2014

Google is weighing the possibility of launching its own wireless service in markets where it offers its Google Fiber, according to a report in The Information. Google’s plan is to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator buying service, possibly through a partnership with Sprint or Verizon Wireless at wholesale prices and reselling it to consumers […]

Gigabit Squared: DOA?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the state of Illinois is now trying to get $2 million in grant money back from Gigabit Squared, the company that promised 1 Gigabit fiber optic connectivity to the city of Chicago. A $2 million grand from the state for Gigabit Squared’s pilot project was matched by the University […]

Interactive Sculpture Illuminates TED’s 30th Anniversary

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive net sculpture that spans 745 feet between the Fairmont Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver BC. Passersby can control it via their smartphones, notes The Verge. Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin collaborated to create Unnumbered Sparks, for TED’s 30th anniversary. Spectators connected to the project’s Wi-Fi can use […]

Cloudy Horizon for Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Cisco plans to offer cloud computing services, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter the cloud services market currently led by Amazon’s AWS service. The Cisco global Intercloud would be hosted across a global network of data centers, and offer an expanded suite of value-added application- and network-centric cloud services […]