Researchers promote battery-free Wi-Fi technology

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By Grant Gross, IDG News Service | August 5th, 2014 A research team at the University of Washington pushes forward with technology that uses radio frequency for power. The coming Internet of things (IoT) revolution may not run on batteries, but on power plucked from the air, according to researchers at the University of Washington.…

How to find the hotels, beaches and airports with the best Wi-Fi

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | July 28th, 2014 If you’re looking for a place to stay where you can hole up with Netflix in the evening, avoid some of the hotel industry’s biggest names. Hotel chains like the Radisson, Hilton, and Doubletree usually end up near the top of the list of approved places…

Small cell device tech set to connect workplace Wi-Fi with 3G and LTE

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By Matt Hamblen, Computerworld | July 22nd, 2014 Cisco sees its effort to bring small cell devices to businesses leading to explosive growth of the technology. Small cell technology products today are used to fill in gaps where traditional cellular has problems working — such as between downtown buildings that aren’t reached by traditional cell…

AirMagnet Wi-Fi security tool takes aim at drones

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By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 21st, 2014 It can identify a Parrot AR Drone nearby to help narrow down the search for the rogue APs. In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies. In a free software…

Say goodbye to desktop phones

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By John Cox, Network World | July 15th, 2014 VoIP apps and a high-density 11ac Wi-Fi network let an Oklahoma insurer scrap its desktop phones. “When are we going to get rid of these things?” said Ken Henderson’s boss as he pointed at the corded desktop telephone that has been emblematic of the American office…

OS X 10.9.4 update fixes Wi-Fi network issue, includes Safari 7.0.5

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By Dan Moren, Macworld.com | June 30th, 2014 It never rains software update, but it pours. Apple on Monday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4, incorporating a number of small fixes for the Mac OS, as well as patching some security holes. Apple also released iOS 7.1.2. OS X 10.9.4 fixes a problem where some Macs…