Radio Wave Vortex Could Solve Finite Spectrum Problem?

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We only have a finite amount of wireless spectrum and that’s why providers are willing pay top dollar for their segment of said spectrum. However, it looks like some scientists have figured out a way for us to stretch that spectrum even further: twist the waves.

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Qualcomm WCN3680 Combo Chip Offers “5G” Connectivity

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Unless you have quite the interest in the wireless industry, it’s easy to get all those acronyms confused. CDMA, GSM, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE… I guess that’s why they’ve pushed toward simplifying things with “3G” and “4G,” even though the definitions are muddled at best. Well, Qualcomm Atheros is ready to push forward into the next generation, officially announcing the WCN3680 combo module. This supports the “5G” 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

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Japanese Vending Machines By Asahi Dish Out Free Wi-Fi

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It’s not just about Coke and Sprite, because you also get a range of iced coffees, iced teas, Calpis, and more. Now, it turns out that the “and more” with Asahi Soft Drinks vending machines refers to the inclusion of complimentary Wi-Fi.

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IEEE 802.22 wireless network standard completed, offers 62 mile range

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Time to add another series of numbers and letters to your growing roster of acronyms. Most people know about 802.11 as the standard for Wi-Fi and some people might know that 802.15 as Bluetooth. Well, the folks at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers have completed the new IEEE 802.22 wireless network standard.

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Google Street View was sharing cell phone and laptop locations

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It seems that the Google Street View cars were not only taking pictures of the streets and buildings; they were also collecting (and sharing) the locations of millions of laptops, PCs, cell phones, and other WiFi-enabled devices. This goes beyond the sharing of unsecured WiFi networks that they already collected and shared.

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Android Faceniff App Makes it Easy to Hack Your Facebook and Twitter Accounts

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FaceNiff is an Android app that can be used to hijack sessions on public or private Wi-Fi networks without the need for a computer. It can hack Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon and Nasza-Klasa (a Polish social network), and more services are coming soon. Thankfully, the app only works on very certain handsets and requires jailbreaking, so it’s not going to fall into the hands of too many mischievous Android operators; at least, not yet.

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