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Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:51

Cisco is to slurp up cloudy indoor location services biz July Systems to add to its Wi-Fi platform and boost customer experience capabilities.

July Systems, founded in 2001, offers services to track people's locations within buildings through Wi-Fi.

The idea is to allow companies to identify customers when they enter a space, sending more targeted communications for – as the biz would have it – a better customer experience.

Customers of the firm, which offers behavioural insights and instant customer activation, include Westfield shopping centres, the Intercontinental Hotels Group and a number of sports teams.

For Cisco, the acquisition is

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:13

The Sky Broadband service took an unscheduled half-time break last night, leaving residents of the UK Midlands unable to stream sporting action from Russia.

Problems began at around 4pm yesterday with Sky's status page (followed later by its support account) reporting multiple exchange failures in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and over the East Midlands.

As well as patchy internet access, Sky warned that users would struggle to make phone calls.

At 1903 UK time, when England's first game of its World Cup campaign was getting under way, Sky confirmed on its status page that the issue was a fibre break. By 2035,

And that is definitively that ... for now. 5G's carrier features frozen
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:30

Meta-standards group the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) last week rubber-stamped the first "frozen" 5G standards.

A plenary in the USA saw around 600 delegates approve 5G Release 15, which gives operators the first phase of standardisation for the mobile standard.

The 3GPP working groups involved in completing Release 15 were the TSG CT (core network and terminals), TSG RAN (radio access network, responsible for 5G New Radio), and TSG-SA (Service and System Aspects).

The delegates represented 29 vendors, 20 carriers, and two academic research institutions.

This release is aimed squarely at the OEM and network operator market, allowing them

Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN
Friday, 22 June 2018 07:40

The lobbying might of Big Cable was on show again this week when a critical net neutrality bill in the California legislature was gutted to remove its most important features.

Net neutrality advocates and the lead sponsor of the legislation were left fuming when the chair of the Assembly's communications committee in Sacramento, Democrat Miguel Santiago, pushed through a vote that significantly amended bill SB 822 .

Unusually, the vote was called before the committee had even opened its hearing into the legislation. The bill passed the California Senate largely intact, despite an earlier effort to kill off its main

Cisco passes around antidotes to noxious NX-OS code execution bugs
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:44

Get your ticket to the Cisco catwalk, sysadmins, and watch Switchzilla strut 24 FXOS and NX-OS software security advisories.

Five advisories in the June 2018 Cisco FXOS and NX-OS Software Security Advisory Collection are dressed in a luscious, Critical-rated red, while the remaining 19 merely hit the High.

Four of the critical bugs can affect the same list of products: the Firepower 4100 Series Next-Generation Firewalls, Firepower 9300 Security Appliance, MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders, Nexus 3000 Series Switches, Nexus 3500 Platform Switches, Nexus 5500 Platform Switches, Nexus 5600 Platform Switches, Nexus 6000 Series Switches,

LoRa With The ESP32
Monday, 25 June 2018 16:00

If you are interested in deploying LoRa — the low power long-range wireless technology — you might enjoy [Rui Santos’] project and video about using the ESP32 with the Arduino IDE to implement LoRa. You can see the video below. He uses the RFM95 transceivers with a breakout board, so even if you want to use a different processor, you’ll still find a lot of good information.

In fact, the video is just background on LoRa that doesn’t change regardless of the host computer you are using. Once you have all the parts, getting it to work is fairly simple. …read more

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