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Ask Engadget: best sub-$200 super-powerful router?

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We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Richard, who needs a router capable of handling all of his not-inconsiderable household traffic. If you're looking to send in...
Ask Engadget: best sub-$200 super-powerful router?

Bell Labs doubles beams in fiber optic lines to reach 400Gbps on a global scale

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It's comparatively easy to run fiber optic lines at high speeds; it's another matter to sustain that pace between continents. Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs has found a way to go that extreme distance by relying on the basic concept behind noise-cancelling headphones. When the researchers send data across two light...
Bell Labs doubles beams in fiber optic lines to reach 400Gbps on a global scale

FCC issues order to boost wireless connectivity at stadiums, tunnels, airports

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CenturyLink Field (Photo via Rennet Stowe) Have you ever lost your cell phone connectivity in a tunnel, subway or sports stadium? We have, including some of our frustrating visits to CenturyLink Field here in Seattle. Well, a new order from the Federal Communications Commission could help solve this wireless bottleneck. The FCC...
FCC issues order to boost wireless connectivity at stadiums, tunnels, airports

HTC Knows The One X Has A Hardware Wi-Fi Problem, Has Fixed Issue In Production

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If you're a One X owner (or an avid XDA reader), you're probably aware that some poor souls have been basically unable to reliably use Wi-Fi on their devices because of a manufacturing defect. A few One X units have been affected by a poor connection on the Wi-Fi component...
HTC Knows The One X Has A Hardware Wi-Fi Problem, Has Fixed Issue In Production

OpenSignal raises $1.3M to map mobile network quality

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Crowdsourced mobile network measurement startup OpenSignal has raised a $1.3 million seed round from Qualcomm Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Passion Capital, which it will use to build up its database of mobile network performance metrics. OpenSignal has an Android app that allows you to track the towers your phone...
OpenSignal raises $1.3M to map mobile network quality

LAPD Joins Feds In Skirting Fourth Amendment With Cell Phone Tracking Devices

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About this time last year, details emerged on a new cell phone tracking device being used by the FBI to triangulate suspects' locations via their cell phone signals. One of these, the StingRay, mimics mobile phone towers, allowing the feds to triangulate someone's position using signal strength. It had been...
LAPD Joins Feds In Skirting Fourth Amendment With Cell Phone Tracking Devices
Stroke victim sends email through homemade Kinect interface

HTC Acknowledges One X WiFi bug on Tegra 3 models

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There's always some snag with these big flagship devices it seems. The iPhone 4 had antennagate, Verizon's Galaxy Nexus couldn't seem to stay connected and now the One X is joining the parade with some serious WiFi issues. Some users have complained of weak WiFi reception and, alarmingly, a...
HTC Acknowledges One X WiFi bug on Tegra 3 models

Video test: Does the Linkase for iPhone 5 really boost Wi-Fi signals?

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Last month, I wrote about an interesting iPhone 5 case called the Linkase. And by interesting, I mean it claims to something that most cases can’t: Boost your iPhone’s Wi-Fi signal strength by up to 50 percent. It’s made by a company in Taiwan called Abosolute Technology. The case has...
Video test: Does the Linkase for iPhone 5 really boost Wi-Fi signals?

Qualcomm tackles indoor location with new generation of chips

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Qualcomm hopes to make mobile phones just as adept at pinpointing your location within a building as they are at tracking your presence on city streets. The company announced on Thursday an ambitious plan to extend indoor positioning capabilities to all future handsets and Wi-Fi networks powered by its chips using a...
Qualcomm tackles indoor location with new generation of chips

Check your phone bill: You're probably being overcharged for data

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The next time you get your smartphone bill, you might want to double check your data usage.A recent study conducted by UCLA professor Chunyi Peng shows that carriers generally count data usage correctly, but those customers who commonly use their device in areas with weak signal strength or to stream audio...
Check your phone bill: You're probably being overcharged for data

Apple starts paying out $15 to iPhone 4 “Antennagate” “sufferers”

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The “Antennagate” scandal that “plagued” the launch of the iPhone 4 has for the most part been put to rest. Despite the fact that a settlement was ultimately reached in a class action lawsuit offering customers a free case or a $15 cash payout to U.S. iPhone owners, Apple...
Apple starts paying out $15 to iPhone 4 “Antennagate” “sufferers”
HTC settles federal case over its smartphones and tablets logging your data
Carrier IQ is getting serious about privacy with surprising new hire

Tweet, tweet: UW tags help study animal social networks

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While researchers studying animal behavior can’t quite yet track how many tweeting birds have lots of “followers” and which ones use the most “hashtags,”  they are now able to study animal social behavior on a whole new level thanks to electronic tags developed at the UW. This is Twitter,...
Tweet, tweet: UW tags help study animal social networks

Galaxy Nexus users face signal woes after Android 4.0.4

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners are having problems with their phones after updating them to the latest Android 4.0 release. Users are complaining about signal strength problems or loss of signal since installing version 4.0.4, which Google began rolling out as an over-the-air upgrade last Wednesday. The problem appears to affect...
Galaxy Nexus users face signal woes after Android 4.0.4

Galaxy Note LTE gains access to T-Mobile's HSPA+ network with custom radio

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To all T-Mobile users that've privately longed to wield the Galaxy Note, yet've remained deterred by its nasty EDGE speed limitation, we've just one thing to say: welcome to flavor country. A new workaround designed specifically for AT&T's LTE variant of the monolithic smartphone (and ostensibly, Canadian versions, but...
Galaxy Note LTE gains access to T-Mobile's HSPA+ network with custom radio

OpenSignal lands $1.3m from Qualcomm, others for crowd-sourced mobile coverage maps

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OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is today announcing that it has raised $1.3 million in seed funding from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Passion Capital and Qualcomm Ventures. OpenSignal basically wants to bring transparency to mobile coverage maps by crowd-sourcing carrier signal strength worldwide via a custom Android app (with an iPhone...
OpenSignal lands $1.3m from Qualcomm, others for crowd-sourced mobile coverage maps
HTC One X users report iPhone 4-like ‘death grip’ for Wi-Fi

OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps

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We’re clearly entering a time when ‘big data’ is increasingly crowd-sourced information. There are few better examples of this than what OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is doing. Via it’s Android app which runs in the background and ‘sniffs’ for signal strength, it’s bringing transparency to those maps the mobile...
OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps
Experimental Android hotspot app lets you bank credit for sharing your signal
FCC approves new rules for cell phone signal boosters & proposes Wi-Fi decongestant plan

Arieso gets big bandwidth out of the smallest cell

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U.K. network monitoring company Arieso made a big splash in the U.S. in January, when it published figures showing that the iPhone 4S consumed double the amount of data of its Apple smartphone predecessors, a trend Arieso attributed to the device’s new voice interface Siri. Several months and — Arieso...
Arieso gets big bandwidth out of the smallest cell
Apple TV Teardown Reveals Upgraded Wireless, Single-Core A5

Android 4.0.4 leaked to Verizon Galaxy Nexus early, brings improvements

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Android 4.0.4 has been leaked early for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and of course in typical fashion, a user over on the XDA-Developers Forums has made a guide available to install the update. The update will presumably be rolling out OTA to the masses soon, but if you’re up...
Android 4.0.4 leaked to Verizon Galaxy Nexus early, brings improvements

Meet InToTally: the startup that’s souping up Vodafone’s 3G networks

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A tiny company you have never heard of is about to have an outsized impact on the global mobile industry. Global giant Vodafone plans to use a technology developed by a small  startup called InToTally to supercharge its 3G networks starting in June, GigaOM has learned. InToTally claims once the overhaul is...
Meet InToTally: the startup that’s souping up Vodafone’s 3G networks

New GPS Satellites Will Help Apps Better Pinpoint Your Location

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Location-based applications are all the rage right now, but anyone who uses them knows that current GPS technology only allows for a certain amount of accuracy. If you pull up Foursquare, Gowalla or any other social check-in app while in a dense business area, chances are the place you're looking...
New GPS Satellites Will Help Apps Better Pinpoint Your Location

Now there’s an iPhone app to pick your iPhone carrier

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Want a new iPhone, but not sure which U.S. carrier is best suited for your needs? Enter CarrierCompare, an iPhone app that uses real network tests in your location combined with crowdsourced data to help you choose the carrier that’s right for you. The app isn’t brand new as it...
Now there’s an iPhone app to pick your iPhone carrier
Sprint to expand 4G LTE to Kansas City and Baltimore this year
Why Samsung paying Apple billions in patent tolls is freakishly awesome for the mobile industry ... and you
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