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Submission + - Named Data Networking plan to revamp Internet gains momentum (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Much of the Named Data Networking (NDN) project codebase is still at the Version zero-dot-something level. But things are nevertheless starting to get real for this content-centric architecture designed to blast past today’s host-based and point-to-point Internet scheme to one more suited for hugely scalable networks that are mobile and attached to all sorts of sensor-equipped things. Backers from academia and industry (including Cisco and Intel) were among those sharing the latest NDN breakthroughs at several events over the past week. NDN spiritual leader and Internet Hall of Famer Van Jacobson said IP was like a good middle school education, the Web like high school and NDN is like going to college...

Submission + - Worries mount over upcoming LTE-U deployments hurting Wi-Fi (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: LTE-U is a technology developed by Qualcomm that lets a service provider broadcast and receive signals over unlicensed spectrum, which is usable by anybody – specifically, in this case, the spectrum used by Wi-Fi networks in both businesses and homes. By opening up this new spectrum, major U.S. wireless carriers hope to ease the load on the licensed frequencies they control and help their services keep up with demand. Unsurprisingly, several outside experiments that pitted standard LTE technology or “simulated LTE-U” technology, in the case of one in-depth Google study, against Wi-Fi transmitters on the same frequencies found that LTE drastically reduced the throughput on the Wi-Fi connection.

Submission + - Apple bans iFixit repair app from App Store after Apple TV teardown (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: iFixit, the fix-it-yourself advocate for users of Apple, Google and other gear, has had its repair manual app banned from Apple's App Store after it conducted an unauthorized teardown of Apple TV and Siri remote. iFixit blogged http://ifixit.org/blog/7401/if... "we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway." iFixit does still have Windows and Android apps, and has no immediate plans to rewrite its Apple app to attempt being reinstated.

Submission + - US rank drops to 55th in 4G LTE speeds (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The U.S. has fallen to No. 55 in LTE performance as speeds rise rapidly in countries that have leapfrogged some early adopters of the popular cellular system. The average download speed on U.S. 4G networks inched up to 10Mbps (bits per second) in the June-August quarter, according to research company OpenSignal. That was an improvement from 9Mbps in the previous quarter, but the country's global ranking fell from 43rd as users in other countries enjoyed much larger gains.

Submission + - AT&T says malware secretly unlocked hundreds of thousands of phones

alphadogg writes: AT&T said three of its employees secretly installed software on its network so a cellphone unlocking service could surreptitiously funnel hundreds of thousands of requests to its servers to remove software locks on phones. The locks prevent phones from being used on competing networks and have been an important tool used by cellular carriers to prevent customers from jumping ship.

Submission + - 2015 Ig Nobel winners for wacky research (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: It’s the 2015 Ig Nobel awards, the scientific equivalent of the Razzies, given out to real science projects “that make you laugh, and then make you think.” Or, in the case of several of this year’s “winners,” that make you squirm uncomfortably in your chair.

Submission + - How to watch 25th 1st Annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony online today (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: It's hard to believe that Improbable Research's Ig Nobel prizes have been around for a quarter of a century, but indeed tonight is the big 25th 1st Annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony in Harvard Square. The prizes recognize research that makes you laugh AND think, and over the years has focused on everything from the antics of dung beetles to Nigerian spammers. A webcast of the ceremony starts at 5:40 EST here. http://www.improbable.com/ig/2...

Submission + - California wildfire ravages American telephony museum (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: In this day of smartphones, cell towers and wearables, the American Museum of Telephony in the Mountain Ranch community of northern California preserved artifacts of a much different world of communications. But the museum, along with surrounding residences, burnt to the ground late last week during the raging Butte Fire and it's assumed that the collection is largely lost. But the operator is vowing to rebuild...

Submission + - 25 years ago, this meaning spawned WiFi

alphadogg writes: It was retail remodeling that spurred NCR, a venerable cash-register company, to find out how it could use newly opened frequencies to link registers and mainframes without wires. Its customers wanted to stop drilling new holes in their marble floors for cabling every time they changed a store layout. In 1985, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to leave large blocks of spectrum unlicensed and let vendors build any kind of network they wanted as long as they didn't keep anyone else from using the frequencies. NCR jumped at the chance to develop a wireless LAN, something that didn't exist at the time, according to Vic Hayes, a former engineer at the company who's been called the Father of Wi-Fi.

Submission + - Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacenters really matter to mobile's future (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Microsoft Research distinguished scientist Victor Bahl has been spreading the word about Micro Datacenters, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimizing the performance and usefulness of mobile and other networked devices via the cloud. Service providers have embraced this vision most strongly from the start, but it won't be long before enterprise IT pros will likely do the same, Bahl says. Here's a more in-depth look at the What, Why and When of mDCs.

Submission + - US agency to seek consensus on volatile topic of vulnerability disclosures (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: A U.S. agency hopes to gather security researchers, software vendors and other interested people to reach consensus on the sticky topic of how to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Beginning in September, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a series of meetings intended to improve collaboration among security researchers, software vendors and IT system operators on the disclosure of, and response to, vulnerabilities. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federa...

Submission + - Massachusetts boarding school sued over Wi-Fi sickness

alphadogg writes: The parents of an anonymous student at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., allege that the Wi-Fi at the institution is making their child sick, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court earlier this month. The child, identified only as “G” in court documents, is said to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome. The radio waves emitted by the school’s Wi-Fi routers cause G serious discomfort and physical harm, according to the suit. http://ftpcontent3.worldnow.co...

Submission + - New malware turns your computer into a cellular antenna (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: A group of Israeli researchers have improved on a way to steal data from air-gapped computers, thought to be safer from attack due to their isolation from the Internet. They’ve figured out how to turn the computer into a cellular transmitter, leaking bits of data that can be picked up by a nearby low-end mobile phone. Their research, which will be featured next week at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., is the first to show it’s possible to steal data using just specialized malware on the computer and the mobile phone.

Submission + - SDN switches not hard to compromise, researcher says (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Software-defined switches hold a lot of promise for network operators, but new research due to be presented at Black Hat will show that security measures haven't quite caught up yet. Gregory Pickett, founder of the Chicago-based security firm Hellfire Security, has developed several attacks against network switches that use Onie, the Linux-based Open Network Install Environment that competes with OpenDaylight. Being able to exploit the vulnerability to put malware on SDN switches would have full visibility into all of the traffic running through the switch, enabling large-scale spying.

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