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T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere

The new Un-leashed offering allows unlimited calls and text message outside the U.S. and on U.S. airliners with Gogo in-flight service

4 cloud horror stories -- and how to survive them

Here are four cloud horror stories along with spoilers, so you can make it out alive


Researchers promote battery-free Wi-Fi technology

A research team at the University of Washington pushes forward with technology that uses radio frequency for power

PwC: IoT will become multitrillion-dollar market by 2020

The number of businesses adopting 'Internet of things' technology continues to grow

The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT trying to protect corporate data and IP

IoT inspires innovations in energy, wireless

A vibration-harvesting power supply and a chip architecture for low-power communications are the latest developments

What's next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete

Linksys WRT1900AC: The best open router yet

Linksys' ambitious, prosumer-grade Wi-Fi router is pricey compared to the classic WRT54G router that inspired it, but it comes with a great feature set

Can we talk? Internet of things vendors face a communications 'mess'

There's a wireless battle brewing, as many communications protocols that allow home devices to exchange information aren't interoperable

USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful

The next generation of USB cables will be easier to use and able to push more data faster

Phone foolery: Caught between a malcontent and a merger

After a company takeover, cold shoulders and closed ranks greet a techie trying to figure out the phone and Internet bills

Big carriers go political to kill local broadband

Major telcos are afraid that locally owned FTTH deployments will cut into their fat profits, so they seek to cripple competitors

Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018

Wearables will affect mobile traffic, too, but it's hard to predict by how much

Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks, Cisco says

Cisco engineers propose standards change to pare down traffic sent using old, slow forms of Wi-Fi that clog channels

Fon working with Qualcomm to expand Wi-Fi hotspots

The free Wi-Fi aggregator has also received new funding from the chip maker as well as from Google and Deutsche Telekom

Cisco promises to fix admin backdoor in some routers

The company plans to release firmware updates to remove the undocumented feature by the end of the month

Default settings leave external hard drives connected to Asus routers wide open

Private files can be accessed over the Internet by anyone with basic knowledge

More unlicensed spectrum could be on the horizon, FCC chairman says

If forthcoming spectrum auctions make more space available, it could allow the IT industry to develop new communications services

Riverbed may go private in a $3 billion deal

An investment company wants to acquire the WAN optimization vendor

The 5 mobile technologies to watch in 2014

64-bit apps, motion coprocessors, iBeacons, Miracast, and MBaaS all could be on the brink of achieving great things

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