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Hotspot 2.0 guru talks Wi-Fi roaming, new job at Ruckus

Dave Stephenson is at the center of one of the most important efforts in mobile networking, the move to shepherd smartphones and other devices among Wi-Fi hotspots safely and automatically.

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ZyXEL integrates Alcatel-Lucent's small cell software

ZyXEL Communications will use software from Alcatel-Lucent to integrate mobile networking into its home networking equipment.

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Nokia Siemens targets carriers' Wi-Fi, small-cell rollout challenges

The suppliers of mobile carrier networks are still thinking small when it comes to making speeds fast and signals strong, and this year's Mobile World Congress next week will again host introductions...

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Operators set stage for international Wi-Fi roaming

International roaming between carriers' Wi-Fi networks has come a step closer, with AT&T, Boingo Wireless, NTT DoCoMo and Orange completing network assessments as part of the Wireless Broadband...

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Mobile devices will get next-gen Wi-Fi in early second half, Qualcomm says

Smartphones and tablets with the emerging Wi-Fi wireless networking technology, 802.11ac, will arrive early in the second half of this year, a Qualcomm executive said.

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Four Wi-Fi tools deliver mixed results

During our review of 802.11ac routers, some of the vendors sent along additional products that they thought we might be interested in. Here are short reviews of four WiFi tools that you might find...

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Gigabit Wi-Fi? Not so fast.

The newest Wi-Fi technology -- 802.11ac -- promises blazing speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, according to claims made by the leading vendors.

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MWC: Carrier Wi-Fi playing more prominent role

Underneath the mobile technology buzz at Mobile World Congress 2013 about expanding LTE deployments, and phasing in even faster LTE-Advanced networks later this year, is the strengthening market in...

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Fon and Deutsche Telekom hope to cover Germany with Wi-Fi

German operator Deutsche Telekom is joining forces with Fon to help expand its network coverage, as it does its best to keep up with growing data volumes.

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FCC approves Google project that will identify unused wireless spectrum

A Google project designed to collect information on available wireless spectrum into a central database has been given an FCC go-ahead to begin a public trial, the company announced today.

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Huawei leans on SAP to give enterprise push a boost

Huawei Technologies' enterprise division is ramping up its European presence, helped by the announcement this week that SAP has certified the company's servers to run its HANA in-memory platform. Such...

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Hotspot 2.0 will power the mobile Internet

With an estimated 800 million new Wi-Fi-enabled devices entering the mobile market each year, new Wi-Fi networks are emerging to connect businesses and users inside public venues ranging from malls and...

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Apple leverages Wi-Fi location with latest acquisition

Apple has bought a small software startup that lets smartphones and tablets pinpoint their location indoors using nearby Wi-Fi signals.

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Hot hotspot gateways

Offering Wi-Fi can be a good way to increase return customers and boost revenue in retail stores, hotels, cafes, etc. And it provides convenience for contractors and associates working in corporate...

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Miami hospital turns to Wi-Fi triangulation for smartphone mapping app

Miami Children's Hospital recently launched a free iPhone app that uses Wi-Fi triangulation to help patients and their families navigate through the center.

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Hotspot 2.0 will enable enterprises to wholesale Wi-Fi access

The most widely anticipated but least understood "next big thing" in the networked world is Hotspot 2.0 (HS 2.0).

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AT&T looks to Wi-Fi for international roaming

AT&T's addition of Boingo Wireless Wi-Fi hotspots to its international roaming coverage may point toward the future of mobile data across borders.

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Popular home routers contain critical security vulnerabilities

Thirteen popular home and small office routers contain security problems that could allow a hacker to snoop or modify network traffic, according to new research.

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Wireless networks may learn to live together by using energy pulses

Researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a way for different wireless networks crammed into the same space to say "excuse me" to one another.

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Directly connected to the Internet of Things

Last week here in Backspin I discussed how real-world "things" that aren't easily augmented with digital instrumentation, such as bicycles, cars and even dogs, can be indirectly connected to the...

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