Samsung develops 60GHz WiFi capable of 4.6Gbps, will be in devices next year October 13, 2014 at 11:30 amSamsung has announced that it’s entering the 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi game. Samsung says it has a commercialized version of 60GHz WiFi (aka WiGig) that’s capable of 4.6Gbps, or 575 megabytes per second — or about five times faster than current dual-stream 802.11ac devices. Samsung says the first devices supporting its 60GHz WiFi tech will be available in 2015.
HP announces split into two companies, but sadly they won’t be called H and P October 6, 2014 at 7:47 amHP, after years of will-they-won’t-they deliberation, has officially announced that it will be split into two separate companies: HP Inc, which will focus on PCs and printers, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will take over the servers, storage, and other enterprisey aspects of HP. Current CEO of HP Meg Whitman will become the CEO of HP Enterprise; HP’s head of printers and PCs, Dion Weisler, will become HP Inc’s new CEO.
Hong Kong protesters turn to mesh networks to evade China’s censorship September 30, 2014 at 8:29 amThe rather cramped streets of Hong Kong are currently lined with tens of thousands of people — the Umbrella Revolution. The Chinese government, as always, has blocked and censored a number of social media sites so that mainland China can’t see what’s going on in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong protesters won’t be so easily thwarted, however: They are already using a mesh networking app called FireChat, which allows the protesters to communicate freely without any kind of centralized cellular or WiFi network.
You can now stream Photoshop to your Chromebook: A huge win for Google September 29, 2014 at 2:26 pmIn a somewhat surprising move, Adobe and Google have announced a streaming version of Photoshop for Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and the Chrome browser. This is potentially massive news for Chromebooks, as the lack of Big Software — those big, killer software suites for Mac and Windows — has always been a thorn in the side of Chrome OS’s attempted takedown of Microsoft and Apple’s domination of the laptop market.
IBM leaves the x86 market at long last: Lenovo’s $2.1 billion acquisition approved (updated) September 29, 2014 at 9:09 amIBM is exiting the server market and the last of its x86 businesses. Does this mean rocky times and low margins are looming for Intel’s core business?
Shellshock: A deadly new vulnerability that could lay waste to the internet (updated) September 29, 2014 at 8:10 amThere’s a new internet-crippling zero-vulnerability in town called Shellshock. It potentially affects around half of all websites on the internet (around 500 million), and millions or billions more internet-connected devices such as routers, smartphones. In simple terms, this means that it’s now relatively simple for anyone to gain unauthorized access to a large portion of the world’s computers.
DirecTV shareholders accept $48.5 billion AT&T takeover – but it was almost Dish instead September 26, 2014 at 2:20 pmOn Thursday, DirecTV shareholders overwhelmingly voted to approve AT&T’s offer to acquire the company. Now the only obstacle to merging into AT&T is approval by the FCC and the DOJ. Interestingly, the proxy statement released to shareholders reveals that DirecTV considered merging with Dish instead.
Google’s war on spam and how encryption could finally win it – for the spammers September 22, 2014 at 12:35 pmJust about everybody wants encryption to move forward to one extent or another, but as one former Google researcher points out, truly large scale encryption would be the end of the internet as we know it.
Towards infinite-capacity wireless networks, with twisted vortex radio waves September 18, 2014 at 12:35 pmResearchers at the University of Southern California, building on its previous work on infinity-capacity twisted vortex wireless networks, has now adapted its technology to work with radio waves. The previous laser-based technique was only workable over short distances, with minimal atmospheric interference. Twisted radio waves are more rugged and can be reliably transmitted over much larger distances, potentially allowing for wireless networks that can carry much more data than your existing WiFi router — perhaps into the hundreds- or thousands-of-gigabits-per second range.