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No Moving Parts: Phased Array Antennas Move While Standing Still
Saturday, 12 January 2019 16:31

If you watch old science fiction or military movies — or if you were alive back in the 1960s — you probably know the cliche for a radar antenna is a spinning dish. Although the very first radar antennas were made from wire, as radar sets moved higher in frequency, antennas got smaller and rotating them meant you could “look” in different directions. When most people got their TV with an antenna, rotating those were pretty common, too. But these days you don’t see many moving antennas. Why? Because antennas these days move electrically rather than physically using multiple antennas …read more

Big cable trolls big mobile with '10G' trademark application
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 21:58

CES 2019 America's cable cabal has used CES to fire up interest in 10Gbps access networks, and in a snipe at the mobile 5G market, the Internet & Television Association (NCTA) has applied to trademark "10G" with the tagline "The Next Great Leap for Broadband".

It won't surprise readers to hear that 10Gbps customer access networks depend on a suite of technologies, some of which have been standardised for years.

As standards-setter Cablelabs pointed out in this blog post , the fibre network spec 10G-PON was first standardised in 2009, and work is now happening on the fledgling 25G-PON and

Forget your $145m Apple patent payout, WiLAN told – it's $10m or gamble on a new trial
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:47

WiLAN has been told by a US judge it can either walk away with $10m in patent-infringement damages from Apple – somewhat lower than the $145m set by a jury – or go to trial again to set the figure.

This comes after WiLAN battled the iPhone giant over US patents 8,457,145 and 8,537,757, a lawsuit running since 2013 in southern California. After a trial found in 2018 that Apple had ripped off technology held by WiLAN, the biz was awarded $145m in damages by the jury.

WiLAN has now announced that federal district judge Dana Sabraw has given it

Huawei's 5G security scrutiny pain could be Cisco's gain – analysts
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 00:43

Cisco could reap the benefits of the Western world's security crackdown on Huawei enterprise networking equipment, analysts from JP Morgan have said.

"We expect companies with established global presence (again primarily Cisco and Ciena amongst others) to be well positioned to benefit from a pullback in business wins relative to 5G networks for Huawei," wrote analyst Samik Chatterjee, as quoted by US financial blog The Street.

As reported over the second half of 2018, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been proposing to exclude Huawei kit from Universal Service Fund broadband subsidy support, a move that has been vociferously

WiFi Remote Control Those Cheap LED Strips with an ESP8266 Passthrough
Thursday, 10 January 2019 06:00

The explosion of cheap LED lighting products has given a never-ending array of opportunities for the resourceful hacker. A few dollars can secure strings of colourful illumination, but without further expenditure they lack the extra utility of electronic control. This is something that [Albert David has addressed] with his simple ESP8266-based WiFi switcher that he’s added to a string of USB-powered LEDs, and he’s neatly mounted the ESP-12 module it used atop a USB plug.

The circuitry is pretty straightforward, with only a couple of I/O lines being used. A transistor takes care of the heavy lifting, and the software …read more

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone
Saturday, 05 January 2019 01:07

Huawei has slapped two employees on the wrist for making promotional tweets using a rival Apple's iPhone.

Citing an internal memo, Reuters said that digital marketing agency Sapient had "VPN problems" sending the tweet by desktop – because of China's great firewall . An iPhone with a roaming SIM was used instead.

Huawei may have shipped 200 million phones in 2018, but not one was good enough for its media agency. A New Year's tweet betrayed its origins on an Apple device and the company was rapidly mocked for the blunder.

Two employees have been fined ¥5,000 ($728.27) and one

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