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FCC's Wheeler: Agency still has regulatory role

The agency will focus on telecom competition and on Internet access and interconnection, Wheeler says

Huawei at Ceatec 2013

Huawei still leads in mobile wireless networks

The Chinese vendor holds more than 28 percent of the world's market, trailed by Ericsson

Meet WISP, the wireless future of Internet service

No cable or phone line required. No satellite lag. Traditional ISPs should be nervous.

Nokia lays groundwork for next-generation virtualized mobile networks

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Korean operator SK Telecom have demonstrated the potential for virtualizing the core of a mobile network, which will make it easier for operators to roll out new services.

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Setting usage boundaries for work, play remains a challenge

Many businesses of different types struggle with policies for setting clear boundaries for use of personal devices, especially mobile ones.

Verizon readies cloud systems to support 'Internet of Things'

Eager to be part of the so-called Internet of Things, Verizon has announced a cloud system designed to authenticate the billions of devices that might one day populate it.

Customer-tracking tactics move to brick and mortar

The ongoing battle over privacy is not confined to online. Besides security cameras and smart cars, cellphones are enabling retailers to track shoppers in stores.

Google quietly, selectively builds speedy Internet access

Google got 1000 applications for its first installation of gigabit-speed Google Fiber. SInce then, things have moved a bit slower.

Intel, NXP team on computers that take wireless transactions

Online shoppers will be able to pay by tapping a contactless card or an NFC-enabled mobile phone against their PC or laptop.

FCC's in-flight cellphone plan carries a lot of baggage

The FCC is scheduled to discuss the subject at its next public meeting on Dec. 12. If the agency adopts the rule, it will be up to airlines to install the onboard cells and decide the usage parameters.

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Apple issues firmware update for 802.11ac-equiped AirPort base stations

Apple on Thursday released firmware update 7.7.2 for both the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule that support the 802.11ac protocol.

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Carriers say smartphone 'kill switch' would be a juicy target for hackers

Mobile carriers are opposed to the plan for a smartphone 'kill switch' that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen, claiming that it could be misused by hackers to block critical services.

Southwest becomes first airline to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi

Takeoff? Landing? In-flight? It's all the same under Southwest's new gate-to-gate Wi-Fi policy.

Qualcomm tackling faster LTE, but how fast is up for debate

Mobile device chips coming next year from Qualcomm will be able to use wide spectrum bands that carriers are beginning to patch together with new technology, but its lofty performance claims need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Google building fiber networks in Africa through Project Link

Google has kicked off a project to build high-speed fiber-optic networks in parts of the world that lack fast broadband connections, starting with the Ugandan capital, Kampala.