Under chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC has had a lot of stupid initiatives that would only serve the interests of telecoms. Ranking high on the list was a plan to redefine speed requirements for fixed broadband to include slower mobile connections. As of Thursday, that plan appears to be dead. But never say never.
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Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centrepiece of a real-life mad scientist's laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter - this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did.
This fall seems like the season we're finally going to see an amazing new family of gadgets: completely wireless headphones that work properly. Sure, companies have tried for years, but most of those attempts have sucked (or been really hard to actually buy). And now, Jaybird is sprinting out of the gates with Run, a slick set of earbuds that practically disappear in your ears. Unfortunately, the new Jaybird buds have some problems.
Not having internet connectivity is the epitome of first-world problems and I'm sure there's someone, somewhere that expects to have Netflix on demand in as remote and dangerous a place as the heights of Mt Everest. Well, thanks to Everest Link CEO Tsering G Sherpa, you can now catch the latest episode of Game of Thrones while making your way to the Hillary Step.
Have you heard? AT&T is going to "pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds" with something called 5G Evolution. No, it's not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that's supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It's just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T's sad attempt at seeming innovative.
Your wi-fi is bad. Not the internet itself. Your internet is fine. It's your wi-fi that leaves you weeping as it cuts off the minute you try to browse from the toilet, or walk down the stairs, or lean just one particular way on your bed. Some part of you has known, for a while, that you need to upgrade your router so that you can watch Netflix and porn in peace. But a lot has changed since the last time anyone in your home considered forking over cash for a wireless router.
Unless you've upgraded to a whole home Wi-Fi solution like Linksys' recently announced Velop, you're probably finding your wireless network struggling to keep up these days. If you're a gamer, the last thing you want is lag and dropped frames during online multiplayer matches because someone in another room is watching The Crown on Netflix. So Linksys has created a wireless router that puts gamers first.
2016 was the year that virtual reality hit the mainstream. PlayStation VR brought acceptable quality, immersive experiences to the living room, but the long-awaited consumer iteration of the Oculus Rift brought higher detail to PC gamers, as did the room-scale Vive. But all those headsets are tethered, so you're dragging a decidedly physical cable around the virtual world with you.
At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, though -- kicking off in less than a week -- HTC will reportedly show off a completely wireless Vive. With higher-res screens, to boot.
Upgrading to wireless audio doesn’t have to cost a fortune -- at least not while the Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones are around. These premium earbuds are designed to fuel your day with hours of tangle-free audio.
The adorable NES Classic Edition won't be available for another week, but there's already a wireless replacement for the tiny console's included tethered controller. Because as much as we all love retro authenticity, we've learned to despise wires when it comes to gaming.
To date, Analogue has released adaptors allowing nostalgic gamers to use modern wireless controllers on both their classic NES and Super Nintendo consoles. But the company, working with 8Bitdo, is turning the clock back even further with a new wireless adaptor for the 40-year-old Apple II and IIc computers.
Everybody loves speedy internet, so it's no surprise that every major telecom in the world is working to make it even faster. Smartphones, watches, homes and cars are increasingly requiring stable internet connections. In order to pipe in enough bandwidth for that precious wireless feed, we're going to need an entirely new form of wireless signal -- that's where 5G comes in.