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Energia on the CC3200
Monday, 15 September 2014 01:00

The CC3200 dev board with Energia

If you’re looking to connect things to the internet, with the goal of building some sort of “Internet of Things,” the new CC3200 chip from TI is an interesting option. Now you can get started quickly with the Energia development environment for the CC3200.

We discussed the CC3200 previously on Hackaday. The chip gives you an ARM Cortex M4 processor with a built-in WiFi stack and radio. It supports things like web servers and SSL out of the box.

Energia is an Arduino-like development environment for TI chips. It makes writing firmware for these devices easier, since a lot … Read the rest

Green Light Your Commute with America’s Unsecured Traffic Lights
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:01

Green Lights Forever

Remember that episode of Leverage (season 5, episode 3), where Alec uses Marvin to wirelessly change all the street lights green so they can catch up to an SUV? And you scoffed and said “that’s so not real!”… well actually they got it right. A new study out of the University of Michigan (PDF warning), shows just how easy it is to make your morning commute green lights all the way.

The study points out that a large portion of traffic lights in the United States communicate with each other wirelessly over the 900Mhz and 5.8Ghz ISM band with absolutely … Read the rest

NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger
Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22

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The mayors of the two largest cities in America have sent letters to US watchdog the FCC expressing their concerns over the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).

The missives outline the issues both cities have with the cable giants and the problems they hope the FCC will work to remedy should it approve the merger.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio noted in his letter [PDF] a number of issues the Big Apple has had with Comcast and TWC in areas including network infrastructure improvements, customer

Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:58

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Time Warner Cable is staggering back to its feet after wrestling with a major network outage that hit a number of big cities in the US on both the East and West Coast of the country this morning.

A spike in users being kicked offline was reported by Down Detector around six hours ago.

Most Americans who are Time Warner Cable customers were tucked up in bed at that time. But they are slowly waking up to discover network problems blighting the telco.

The company told the Twitterati that it was attempting to

Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:31

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With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future.

In April 2013, Turnbull scorned predictions five to ten years in the future were uncertain, adding that he was ““knowledgeable enough and modest enough to know that you can't predict the future with great certainty”.

The Vertigan panel's report , which says the best decision would be to do nothing and leave broadband to the market, and that FTTP is $AU16 billion more expensive than the government's multi-technology model,

Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:59

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CloudFlare has carried the fail-bucket to Australia and dumped it on incumbent Telstra's doorstep.

The cloud provider has published benchmark peering price comparisons which it says show that Telstra is staggeringly expensive as an Internet transit provider: “we pay about as much every month for bandwidth to serve all of Europe as we do to for Australia. That’s in spite of the fact that approximately 33x the number of people live in Europe (750 million) versus Australia (22 million),” the post states.

The US$200 per megabit per second CloudFlare has to pay Telstra for

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