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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

If you're going to protect people's privacy, protect our profits, too – US broadband biz to FCC
Saturday, 13 February 2016 08:48

Groups representing telcos, cable operators, and wireless carriers are pressing the FCC on its plans for privacy protections in the US.

In an open letter [PDF] to the regulator's boss Tom Wheeler, the groups ask that the FCC consider "balancing" the business considerations of service providers with user privacy rights.

"If the courts determine that the FCC has authority to regulate broadband privacy, we encourage you to develop a framework that offers consumers robust privacy protection, while at the same time allowing broadband providers to continue to innovate and compete," the letter states.

Specifically, the groups want Wheeler and other

Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT T, TWC didn't want that to happen
Saturday, 13 February 2016 07:16

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has approved a plan to bring Google Fiber service to residents and businesses.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the US city's Metro Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance granting Google and other high-speed carriers access to city-owned utility poles.

The move provides Google and its subcontractors the rights to string fiber lines, a critical component for the creation of the high-speed internet service.

"Tonight's vote puts Louisville one step closer toward becoming a Google Fiber city," Mayor Greg Fischer was quoted as saying.

Louisville is considered by Google to be a possible market for

Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 06:59

Northern Europe and Scandinavia enjoy the fastest streaming speeds for Netflix.

This according to the video streaming giant's latest ISP speed index , where Luxembourg (4.12Mbps), Norway (4.07) and Belgium (4.02) claimed the top spots. Rounding out the top five were Denmark (3.97) and the Netherlands (3.96).

The US, meanwhile, was 14th overall as the average Netflix stream was delivered at a speed of 3.5Mbps. This puts the US behind the likes of Finland (3.65), Canada (3.55) and France (3.55).

If you want the top streaming speeds in the US, you should consider moving to a city with Verizon FiOS

BBQ Thermometers Get Serious
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 03:00

You can write with a fifty cent disposable pen. Or you can write with a $350 Montblanc. The words are the same, but many people will tell you there is something different about the Montblanc. Maybe that’s how [armin] feels about meat thermometers. His version uses a Raspberry Pi and has a lengthy feature list:

  • 8 Channel data logging
  • Plotting
  • Webcam (USB or Raspicam)
  • Alarms via a local beeper, Web, WhatsApp, or e-mail
  • Temperature and fan control using a PID
  • LCD display

You can even use a Pi Zero for a light version. There’s plenty of information on Hackaday.io, although …read more

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