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Configure ESP8266 Wifi with WiFiManager
Sunday, 19 March 2017 12:31

There’s no doubt that the ESP8266 has made creating little WiFi widgets pretty easy. However, a lot of projects hard code the access point details into the device. There’s a better way to do it: use the WiFiManager library. [Witnessmenow] has a good tutorial and a two-minute video (which you can see below).

Hard coding is fine if you are just tinkering around. However, if you are going to send your device away (or even take it with you somewhere) you probably don’t want to reprogram it every time you change access points. This problem is even worse if you …read more

Do you use .home and .mail on your network? ICANN mulls .corp, .mail, .home dot-word domains
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:31

For five years, more than a dozen companies have been waiting to hear whether they will be able to run the generic top-level domains .corp, .home and .mail. And this month they finally got their answer: we're still thinking about it.

In a letter sent by the head of the domains division of DNS overseer ICANN to the 15 companies of the original 24 that applied for the dot-word domains, he acknowledges a letter sent to the organization's board nearly seven months ago.

That letter, signed by the companies that have paid ICANN over $4m in application fees, demanded that

San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access
Thursday, 16 March 2017 06:56

The City of San Francisco has already put in place numerous plans to resist the policies of the Trump Administration – from immigration to healthcare to labor agreements. Now it is moving on to internet access.

Supervisor Mark Farrell has set up a "blue ribbon panel" to look at how to get the City by the Bay wired up with super-fast fiber that will offer gigabit speeds at vastly reduced costs.

Farrell will co-chair the panel with Harvard Law School Professor Susan Crawford, who has become a figurehead of a movement to introduce dark fiber across the United States as

Sources: Liberty Global, Vodafone take seats at negotiating table AGAIN
Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:38

Exclusive A corporate tie up between Vodafone UK and Liberty Global is back on the negotiating table, multiple sources have told The Register .

The fourth floor of Voda’s Newbury HQ has been sealed off with access only granted to execs from both firms, insiders claimed. Andrea Salvato, SVP and chief development officer at Liberty Global, is leading discussions for his company, a source added.

"Only certain high-level members of staff are permitted access. Visitors are permitted but only from Liberty Global," a company insider told us.

In January, the pair completed a merger in the Netherlands to form a

Speaking in Tech: WTH! Bitcoin costs more than Visa transaction?
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:35


speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise

This week in our enterprise tech podcast, Greg, Ed and Melissa are joined by Amy Lewis, who has recently been added as a co-host for the show. This week the team discusses Intel’s big move to redefine itself, Bitcoin problems and Uber podcasts.

The details…

  • (0:00) Bacon and Bourbon in Seattle
  • (2:43) Amy Lewis officially joins the podcast
  • (4:25) New '70s porn intro music
  • (7:40) Aussie and Singapore recap
  • (14:09) Intel nabs Mobileye and buzz words for over $15B
  • (24:07) Bitcoin miners huff and puff
  • (29:30) SXSW crowd get whiny over Uber
  • (30:54) Uber pushes anti-union podcasts
  • (37:15) Secret
UK's BT Openreach settlement highlights wider issues of 5G convergence
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:03

Comment There will be far tighter integration between fixed and wireless connectivity in 5G than ever before. Dense virtualized networks will require huge numbers of high-capacity fixed links; fixed broadband will be delivered over wireless as well as wireline; fixed/mobile convergence for content and service delivery will become table stakes; edge computing and the Internet of Things will be supported by a mish-mash of connection technologies (even ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing has now been renamed Multi-access Edge Computing).

This development will inform government policies on 5G. On the one hand, authorities will have to rethink M&A and antitrust policies. Consolidation,

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