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US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:09

Washington state is suing Comcast and demanding $100m in damages for allegedly misleading customers.

At a press conference on Monday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson claimed the US cable giant's Service Protection Plan ( SPP ) had cheated at least 500,000 people out of their money.

People who take out the optional $4.99-per-month plan are told they can, at no extra cost, make unlimited service and troubleshooting calls, and get hassle-free replacement and repairs of cable wiring and equipment in their homes. Basically, you cough up 60 bucks a year to avoid getting lots of charges for support and repairs.

UK telco market worth £37.5bn, Ofcom reports
Thursday, 04 August 2016 18:01

Total UK telecoms revenues grew for the first time in five years – increasing by £0.2bn to £37.5bn between 2014 and 2015, according to research from communications regulator Ofcom.

This was partly due to a sharp increase in people switching to superfast broadband, with 9.2 million homes having speeds of up to 30Mbps in 2015 compared with 7.1 million in 2014.

Average monthly household spending on telecoms services increased in real terms between 2014 and 2015 by £2.52 to £82.17, found the Communications Market Report , which will be available Thursday.

Ofcom found that superfast broadband is generally around £10 more per

DIY Linux Computer and 6LoWPAN Gateway
Friday, 05 August 2016 19:00

We toss together our own PCB designs, throwing in a microcontroller here or there. Anything more demanding than that, and we reach for a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone (or an old Linksys router). Why don’t we just whip together a PCB for a small Linux computer? Because we don’t know how…but [Jonas] apparently does. And when we asked him why he did it, he replied “because I can!”

His Ethernet-to-6LoWPAN gateway project is a small, OpenWRT-capable Linux computer in disguise. Rather than yet another Raspberry Pi project, he designed around an Atmel AT91SAM9G25 400 MHz CPU, and added some memory, …read more

FCC Reaches Agreement With Router Manufacturers
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:00

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a rule governing the certification of RF equipment, specifically wireless routers. This proposed rule required router manufacturers to implement security on the radio module inside these routers. Although this rule is fairly limited in scope – the regulation only covers the 5GHz U-NII bands, and only applies to the radio subsystem of a router, the law of unintended consequences reared its ugly head. The simplest way to lock down a radio module is to lock down the entire router, and this is exactly what a few large router manufacturers did. Under this rule, …read more

Sniffing Bluetooth Devices With A Raspberry Pi
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:31

Hackaday was at HOPE last weekend, and that means we got the goods from what is possibly the best security conference on the east coast. Some of us, however, were trapped in the vendor area being accosted by people wearing an improbable amount of Mr. Robot merch asking, ‘so what is Hackaday?’. We’ve all seen The Merchants Of Cool, but that doesn’t mean everyone was a vapid expression of modern marketing. Some people even brought some of their projects to show off. [Jeff] of reelyActive stopped by the booth and showed off what his team has been working on. …read more

nbn™ talks up HFC upgrades to gigabit speed
Friday, 22 July 2016 11:51

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has started to talk up the scalability of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks it will use to provide services to many Australians.

The company commissioned analyst firm Ovum to research the role of HFC in broadband around the world. In what cannot have come as surprise to nbn™, the research suggests HFC is in wide use around the world because it can deliver broadband at many megabits per second. Which is why it is widely used by carriers able to access HFC plant.

As nbn™ has been directed to

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