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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.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom
Saturday, 16 December 2017 02:32

Just over a million premises in Blighty, or 4 per cent of properties, cannot get speeds of 10Mpbs, according to a comprehensive report by regulator Ofcom.

That figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year, according to the Connected Nations 2017 research (PDF).

Not surprisingly, 17 per cent of rural premises are not getting decent broadband services, compared to just 2 per cent in urban areas.

However, superfast broadband – defined by Ofcom as a download speed of 30Mbps or more – continues to improve. The option of taking superfast broadband was available to 91 per cent of UK

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BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels
Friday, 15 December 2017 22:14

BT and Sky have set aside their long-running feud and signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms in the UK.

Under the deal, BT will supply its sports channels, which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football, to Sky. In return BT will be able to sell Sky's Now TV service, which includes Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, to its customers.

BT has splashed £3.5bn on Champions League and Premier League football since 2012 in its bidding war against Sky.

Paolo Pescatore, senior veep of multiplay and media at CCS Insight,

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Cable Labs gives OpenStack, and itself, some help on the edge
Friday, 15 December 2017 13:02

CableLabs, the organisation that figures out to help pay TV operators sweat their networks, has launched OpenStack installers for its software-defined networking and network function virtualization efforts.

The organisation has had its eye on this for a while with an effort called “SNAPS” the “SDN & NFV Application Platform and Stack. SNAPS exists to help cable network operators implement SDN and NFV on their HFC networks.

SNAPS is designed to allow interoperability across cable networks, a more-than-useful quality given that those who provide virtualized network services will want them to work regardless of network operator. With many millions of homes

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Neural Network Learns SDR Ham Radio
Monday, 18 December 2017 03:00

Identifying ham radio signals used to be easy. Beeps were Morse code, voice was AM unless it sounded like Donald Duck in which case it was sideband. But there are dozens of modes in common use now including TV, digital data, digital voice, FM, and more coming on line every day. [Randaller] used CUDA to build a neural network that could interface with an RTL-SDR dongle and can classify the signals it hears. Since it is a neural network, it isn’t so much programmed to do it as it is trained. The proof of concept has training to distinguish FM, …read more

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