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LTE Direct Will Let Your Phone Get Alerts With No Towers In Sight

Picture this. You walk onto the train, but you don’t lose service. Instead, your phone lights up with useful alerts — the train is delayed, a nearby kiosk is running a sale, your friend is standing on the other end of the platform. Meanwhile, there’s not a mobile tower within 500m. This is the world powered by the future of smartphones: LTE Direct.


Moto Hint Hands-On: Is This The First Non-Dorky Bluetooth Headset?

While the Moto 360 was unquestionably the wearable of last week, Motorola quietly showed off a little something else. Something very little, in fact. The Moto Hint is a teeny-tiny Bluetooth headset, and it’s the first I’ve seen that isn’t actively stupid-looking. But it’s not just for making calls — this is the new way to interact with your digital assistant.


These Wireless Earbuds Are 3D-Printed To Fit Your Ears (And Style)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed about a pair of earbuds that could pump music into my brain without the fuss of wires or plugs. And in recent years, various companies have tried (and failed) to make good ones. A funded Kickstarter project promises to finally succeed.


Aussie Tech Behind New Low-Power, 802.11ad Chip For Mobiles And Tablets

With 802.11n the wireless standard of choice, the market is already gearing up for the deployment of its successor, 802.11ac. Not that Nitero — a company spun off Australia’s ICT research hub NICTA — cares that much: it’s just announced a chip based on 802.11ad, aimed at low-power devices such as smartphones and tablets.


U-Boats, Spies, And White Magic: The Invention Of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United States who could tune their home-made sets to the station’s nightly press dispatches. All of this changed when one of those amateurs uncovered the station’s true purpose.


Your Next Phone Could Communicate Using Magnetism

3G, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are all well and good, but there’s perhaps an even geekier wireless protocol in town — and it uses magnetism for your phone to communicate.


Is 802.11ac Wi-Fi Actually Worth The Extra Cost?

Good Wi-Fi just makes life better — it’s a known fact. You can have the fastest NBN or cable internet in the world, but if you can’t actually access it in every corner of your house, there’s not really much point paying for it. To this end, you need a good Wi-Fi router. But it is it worth paying for an expensive 802.11ac model?


Linksys WRT-1900AC Router: Australian Review

Fast Wi-Fi is great. Fast, long range Wi-Fi is even better. Like a good pair of shoes, tyres or skis, investing in a powerful router can save you money in the long run and future-proof your home network. For my money, right now, the Linksys WRT-1900AC has no equal in the world of wireless networking.


These Wireless Earbuds Charge While They're in Your Pocket

These are perhaps the headphones of the future: earbuds which use Bluetooth to beam audio to your ears, with small rechargeable batteries to eliminate cables, in perhaps the smallest package of its type we’ve seen.


iiNet Is Building Australia's Largest Public Wi-Fi Network In Canberra

Australia’s number two ISP, iiNet, has been picked by the ACT government to build the country’s largest free Wi-Fi network, spanning 12 business districts throughout Canberra. More than 700 individual wireless access points will be distributed across those areas, blanketing high-traffic areas with free public wireless access.


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