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A 60 GHz Phased Array
Sunday, 02 February 2020 00:00

Our friend [Hunter Scott] gave a talk at a past Supercon about created phased array antennas. He mentioned he was looking for collaborators to create an antenna with the SiBeam SB9210 chip. This is a specialized chip for WirelessHD, a more or less failed video streaming protocol, and it’s essentially …read more

The Internet of Football
Saturday, 01 February 2020 15:01

While football in the United States means something totally different from what it means in the rest of the world, fans everywhere take it pretty seriously. This Sunday is the peak of U.S. football frenzy, the Super Bowl, and it is surprisingly high-tech. The NFL has invested in a lot …read more

Poking Around the Wide World of Bluetooth
Friday, 31 January 2020 18:00

Bluetooth is a technology with a very interesting history. When it first came around in the late 1990s, it promised to replace the mess of wires that was tucked behind every desk of the day. Unfortunately, the capabilities of early Bluetooth didn’t live up to the hype, and it never …read more

Protesters backing Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou during her US extradition hearings were 'duped paid actors'
Friday, 24 January 2020 13:26

Protesters rallying outside court in Vancouver, Canada, this week in support of embattled Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou turned out to be paid actors – who said they thought they were extras for a film or music video.

Each person in the group held a white or red-colored poster that carried messages such as “Free Ms Meng Equal Justice!” or “Bring Michael home, Trump stop bullying us.”

Meng was in court to fight off America's attempt to extradite her to the Land of the Free: last year US prosecutors charged the Huawei executive with alleged bank fraud, and accused her

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fragged our business VOIP: US ISP blames outage on smash-hit video game rush
Friday, 24 January 2020 07:21

US ISP Windstream says a video game update is to blame for an outage affecting its business VOIP service earlier this week.

In a notice to customers, seen by The Register , Windstream explained that mass downloads for the latest Call of Duty title throttled its network capacity on January 22. This flood of traffic meant some customers in the southern US were unable to use the service on Wednesday evening.

"The catalyst for this event is another patch release within the on-line gaming community, specifically a 'Call of Duty' release that took place this afternoon," customers were told by

Protestors in Los Angeles force ICANN board out of hiding over .org sale – for a brief moment, at least
Saturday, 25 January 2020 11:00

It was only going to be one rogue member, then it wasn’t happening at all, and then the entire board of DNS overseer ICANN emerged from the organization’s headquarters into Los Angeles, blinking in the bright sun, to accept a 35,000-signature petition from those opposed the sale of the .org registry.

“We take this very seriously,” chairman of the board Maarten Botterman told those assembled, who numbered just over 20. “We are in discovery phase so we are not going to speculate on where it will go. We have asked for more information.”

All morning the protesters had been standing

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