Networks

This Network-In-A-Backpack Will Connect People In Disaster Areas

This backpack may not look much, but it has impressive hidden depths: it contains all the kit you need to establish an ad hoc mobile network in just 10 minutes — perfect for those working in disaster areas.


The Voice-Activated House Of Locks, Patterns And Networks

The networked home is something of an emerging zeitgeist, offering today’s consumers a domestic dreamworld in which every object in your house can be remotely controlled, synced together and activated according to preset patterns, from heating systems and coffee makers to alarms and personalised lighting.


Barbed Wire Fences Were An Early DIY Telephone Network

Before Ma Bell came to town, and long before DSL, it was barbed wire, of all things, that brought rural communities together. A Sears telephone hooked up to barbed wire — miles of which were already conveniently strung along fences — connected far-flung ranches in the recently settled American west. Thus an ingenious and unregulated telephone system sprung up a hundred years ago.


Your Next Soft Drink Could Come With Internet Access

Looks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter — or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What exactly is Coke planning on doing with that much networked hardware?


FCC's New Chairman Wants To Rewrite How Phones Work

Tom Wheeler, the newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, has ambitious plans. He’s already on a crusade to get carriers to allow mobile phone unlocking, and now he plans to rewrite the technology that supports America’s ageing landline phone network.


Telstra Finally Trialling LTE-Broadcast Tech In The Wild To Lower Network Congestion

The Big-T told us last year it was tinkering with fancy ways to send out 4G coverage so that more people would experience less congestion. Now one of those technologies if finally being trialled in the real world. It’s called LTE-Broadcast, and it means a great deal for the way you’ll experience network congestion.


How Innovation Will Keep Australians Online At This Year's Melbourne Cup

The Victoria Racing Club has spent $1.4 million installing a free, stadium-wide wifi network so that people’s smartphones won’t just be “dead weight” at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival this November.


Finally, An LTE Chip Which Will Work Anywhere In The World

Qualcomm has announced something that will make travellers everywhere very happy: a new radio chipset that can support every LTE network in the world.


British Farmers Build Their Own 1Gbps Fibre Network

Next time you whinge about your slow-ass internet, spare a thought for a bunch of British farmers who had to build, test and install their own fibre network this year — from scratch.


Apple, Samsung And Nokia Urge US Congress To Free Up Spectrum

A band of tech giants — including Apple, Samsung and Nokia — has sent a letter to US Congress, urging it to free more spectrum for mobile data. The Hill reports today that the companies explained to congress that authorising new spectrum auctions is “timely and relevant” to current debates over the “fiscal cliff”.