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At Austin airport, Wi-Fi predicts how long the security line will be

By Stephen Lawson | 23 October, 2014 11:43

The Internet can ease travel concerns in many ways, including flight-delay information, maps of road congestion, and ride-sharing apps. But a Wi-Fi network at the Austin, Texas, airport can now answer one of the great unknowns: How long will I have to wait in line at security?

Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

By Stephen Lawson | 22 October, 2014 11:39

The Internet of Things is raising a host of concerns over the control of data that could lead to government regulation, but tech companies can rein in those worries on their own if they act fast, according to a former White House technology official.

Ford wants to keep drivers alert on the long road to autonomous cars

By Stephen Lawson | 22 October, 2014 09:37

Self-driving vehicles will make the driver redundant, but long before that, smarter cars may leave the driver thinking about other things.

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

By Stephen Lawson | 21 October, 2014 07:41

Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering US$540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

By Stephen Lawson | 21 October, 2014 06:22

Some mobile researchers think future networks will reach into higher frequencies to keep up with traffic, and the FCC now wants to know how it might help to make that possible.

Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

By Stephen Lawson | 20 October, 2014 11:58

Ethernet's future is now about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.

Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

By Stephen Lawson | 16 October, 2014 07:53

Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a system that's based on Wi-Fi hardware and could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home.

Dell, HP keep moving to help carriers virtualise their networks

By Stephen Lawson | 15 October, 2014 08:40

The next frontier for virtualisation and standard x86 servers is in service-provider networks, and big computing vendors are moving fast to blaze the trail there.

Jitters over US surveillance could break the Internet, tech leaders warn

By Stephen Lawson | 09 October, 2014 10:20

Overly broad U.S. government surveillance is breaking down trust on the Internet in ways that could hurt users everywhere and make it harder to launch new kinds of services, tech executives told a U.S. senator pushing for reforms.

Sprint's long, rocky WiMax journey will end next Nov. 6

By Stephen Lawson | 09 October, 2014 05:11

Sprint's WiMax network, launched in 2008 as the first commercial 4G system in the U.S., will finally shut down in November 2015.

AllSeen Alliance's IoT crusade takes aim at smart lighting

By Stephen Lawson | 08 October, 2014 08:27

The "Internet of things" encompasses a dizzying range of connected devices, some real and some still imaginary, but setting standards for all those things to work together will require getting down to specifics. The AllSeen Alliance did just that on Tuesday, forming a working group just for networked lightbulbs.

Data leak lets out account information from bond insurer MBIA

By Stephen Lawson | 08 October, 2014 05:32

A data leak from the Municipal Bond Insurance Association has exposed a large amount of customer information including account numbers, balances and account holder names, according to the blog KrebsOnSecurity.

VCE rolls out an all-in-one system with EMC's all-flash XtremIO array

By Stephen Lawson | 07 October, 2014 08:07

VCE is expanding its line of all-in-one cloud systems, adding one with all-flash storage and offering more options for enterprises that want an easier path to the cloud.

IBM set to sell Elastic Storage in a Power-based box

By Stephen Lawson | 04 October, 2014 11:27

IBM will extend its Elastic Storage technology with two new products as the company moves to offer software-defined storage in several forms.

Cisco, Acer, others join Intel-backed IoT standards group

By Stephen Lawson | 03 October, 2014 10:34

"Internet of things" standards groups are rallying the troops for efforts to make thermostats, door locks, sensors and other connected devices find each other and share information.

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