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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Has Amazon found the ultimate lock-in? Cheap cellphone service for Prime
Saturday, 03 June 2023 07:07

Updated Folks in the United States might one day have another option for cheaper cellphone service: Amazon Prime.

Bloomberg claims Amazon is in talks with major US carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile US, and Dish Network, to offer low-cost phone service to Prime customers.

The move, if true, isn't all that surprising. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) are a dime a dozen. Google Fi Wireless, Boost Mobile, Mint Mobile, and Straight Talk are just a handful of the dozens of options available in the US. These companies pay to use larger carriers' networks, then resell that access to customers at low

Starlink bags US defense contract to keep war-torn Ukraine connected
Saturday, 03 June 2023 03:03

Starlink has scored an official US government contract to supply satellite services to Ukraine, according to reports.

The news follows confirmation earlier this week of an additional $300 million worth of weapons systems and other aid being sent to the country.

The satellite operator, part of Elon Musk's SpaceX business, started off providing much-needed satellite communications capability to war-torn Ukraine at its own expense, but it has now secured an official Department of Defense (DoD) contract to fund those services.

According to various sources , an unnamed DoD official said in a statement: "Satellite communications constitute a vital layer in

Cunningly camouflaged cable routed around WAN-sized hole in project budget
Friday, 02 June 2023 17:31

On Call Welcome once again, dear reader, to On Call, The Register ’s weekly reader-contributed tales of tortuous tech support traumas and triumphs.

This week, meet a reader we’ll Regomize as "Leif" who, back in the day, was given quite a challenge: a vendor's European office expanded into an adjacent office building, but the move would take months – and the network in both buildings needed to be connected throughout, and keep working within the buildings they served.

This was not a straightforward job. In the original office was an ageing Token-Ring network that served an AS 400, and in

Broadcom says Nvidia Spectrum-X's 'lossless Ethernet' isn't new
Wednesday, 31 May 2023 10:57

At Computex, Nvidia promised "lossless Ethernet" for generative AI workloads with the launch of its Spectrum-X platform – but if you ask Broadcom, it's not even a new idea.

"There's nothing unique about their device that we don't already have," Ram Velaga, SVP of Broadcom's core switching group, told The Register .

He explained that what Nvidia has actually done with Spectrum-X is build a vertically integrated Ethernet platform that's good at managing congestion in a way that minimizes tail latencies and reduces AI job completion times.

Velaga argues that this is no different than what Broadcom has done with

EU tells Twitter 'you can run but you can't hide' from disinformation policy
Tuesday, 30 May 2023 22:42

European Commissioner Thierry Breton told the world this weekend that Twitter had pulled out of the EU's voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation, but warned it has "obligations" anyway. "You can run but you can't hide."

And when are the enforcers going to do something about it? It could be as soon as August, said the internal markets chief, formerly CEO of France Télécom.

Breton continued : "Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be [a] legal obligation under [the Digital Services Act] as of August 25. Our teams will be ready for enforcement."

Twitter – only as recently as last month

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