10-Gigabit Wi-Fi Is Promised By 2015

Think your 802.11ac Wi-Fi is fast? Think again: Quantenna Communications has announced that it’s working on a chipset due 2015 that will supports speeds of up to a staggering 10Gbps.

The New Wireless: How Aussies Invented Wi-Fi To Connect Us All

In the world we live in today, Wi-Fi is ubiquitous. It’s in every smartphone, tablet, and laptop, and you’ll find Wi-Fi signals broadcast everywhere — throughout your house, your office, the local shopping centre, fast food store and cafe. It wasn’t always that way. 20 years ago, connecting a computer network wirelessly simply wasn’t practical or possible — a few particularly pesky physics problems got in the way. Australia’s boffins took care of it, though, and the legacy of that innovation is in every wireless device you use at home, at work and everywhere in between. This is how they discovered fire in the 20th century.

FireChat For iPhone Uses Bluetooth And Wi-Fi For Ad-Hoc, Crowdsourced Communication

If you’ve ever been stuck at a sporting event or music festival with a clogged mobile network or snail’s-pace Wi-Fi, salvation is at hand. FireChat, a new app for iOS, creates a hyper-local, anonymised chatroom using Apple’s new Multipeer Connectivity Network — using your iPhone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to directly connect to other iPhones in the immediate vicinity. One phone links to another, which links to another, to another, and pretty soon you’ve got a FireChat network going.

You Can Wear This Fabric Wi-Fi Antenna

Forget what you know about wearable technology. The future of wireless connectivity is going to be woven into the very threads of your clothes.

CSIRO Braces For Massive Staff Cuts

Australia’s peak science body is facing a swathe of staff cutbacks in the coming months, with hundreds of scientific support staff, ancillary teams and senior managers heading for the chop in a bid to save cash.

Watch This Animated Fairy Tale About A Noble Quest To Fix Wi-Fi

In this modern age, there aren’t many sleeping beauties to wake, dragons to fight or treasures to hunt. But there are plenty of ageing family members whose Wi-Fi needs fixing — and that’s the tack this animated fairy tale takes.

Melbourne To Trial City Wi-Fi

Do our cities even need Wi-Fi anymore? Regardless of the answer, Melbourne is charging ahead with a plan to deliver Wi-Fi into the CBD.

Location-Aware Wi-Fi Could Send You Free Beer At A Football Game

Potential buzzkill alert: you’re at a concert, and your section runs out of beer. But magically, your phone gets a message that says you should head one section over where there’s plenty of Buds to be had. Thanks to a developing Wi-Fi tech that knows exactly where you’re sitting, that might soon be a reality.

Your Phone's Wi-Fi Hotspot Could Act As An SOS Beacon In A Disaster

Trapped under rubble, unable to move following a natural disaster, it would be easy to assume the worst. But soon the Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone may be able to help raise alarm — acting as an SOS beacon to guide rescuers your way.

These Prints Visualise Wi-Fi's Real Life Peaks And Valleys

Last time we checked in with Peter Jellitsch, the Austrian artist was using modern alchemy (aka a radio-wave-measuring device) to turn Wi-Fi’s invisible peak-and-valley signals into physical objects. Now he’s gone 2D, creating a series of diagrams that depict Wi-Fi bandwidth.