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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!
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

“Communications should not just be for the geographically, financially otherwise fortunate — for it is the unfortunate who need it most. ”
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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Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos
Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:39

The tossing away of user-generated content on Yahoo ! 's long-running Groups site on Wednesday was not just bad news for all the hardcore users who are about to lose all their precious things stored there. Many were quick to point at telcos, who were using Yahoo ! Groups to manage phone number assignments.

From 28 October, the notice posted earlier this week read, users will no longer be able to post new content to the site, and on December 14 it will permanently delete all previously posted content.

"We are tailoring Groups' features to match the preferences of our

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Orange you happy to be a customer? Spammy sextortion malware only targeted French ISP
Friday, 18 October 2019 21:48

Sextortion is bad. Malware is bad. Spam is bad. Unhappily for a French ISP's users, online crooks combined all three in a hideous attempt to extort cash with custom malware that records their on-screen doings, according to infosec researchers.

In a curious evolution of online attempts to scam people, the Varenyky malware being tracked by Slovakian anti-malware company ESET briefly included a screen-recording feature that scanned for particular pornography-related terms before recording what was on screen.

During a presentation at the company's HQ in Bratislava, ESET's Ondrej Kubovic described how the malware "was able to record what was going on

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Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report
Friday, 18 October 2019 21:14

In the dash to move everything to next-generation services, mobile operators mustn't be too hasty to switch off 2G, a report by industry bodies has warned.

As Blighty starts to deploy 5G networks, operators are beginning to make noises about switching off older networks to free up much coveted spectrum.

However, 2G is still relied on by the elderly, users in rural locations and numerous machine-to-machine (M2M) applications such as smart meters, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum by Real Wireless noted in its report.

Additionally, the European Commission-mandated in-vehicle eCall system, which automatically contacts emergency services in the event of

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Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:50

No next-gen mobile internet for you but, hey, no cancer either

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A poor citizen suffering acute 5G shock

Brighton and Hove has been claimed as the latest victory in the battleground against common sense, with the council agreeing to ban the erection of three 5G masts.

The 20-metre masts were set to be installed in Brighton, but the city council has refused planning permission, saying the masts would create "visual clutter" and harm the character of the area, according to local rag The Argus.

It follows moves by other local authorities in England to ban the technology from their towns.

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