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Submission + - NASA wants new space net to sustain big data dumps; moon and Mars trips (

coondoggie writes: "What kind of network can support future commercial and government space trips around Earth and support bigger distances to the moon and Mars? NASA is in the process of exploring exactly what technology will be needed beyond 2022 in particular to support future space communication and navigation. The agency recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to begin planning for such a new architecture."

Submission + - FTC dumps on scammers who blasted millions of text messages ( 1

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said it has filed eight court cases to stop companies who have sent over 180 million illegal or deceptive text messages to all manner of mobile users in the past year. The messages — of which the FTC said it had received some 20,000 complaints in 2012 — promised consumers free gifts or prizes, including gift cards worth $1,000 to major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - FCC moves to boost wireless speeds, avoid congestion -- battle looms (

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Communications Commission said it wants to make up to 195 megahertz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band available to unlicensed wireless devices with the idea that such a move would enable Wi-Fi equipment that can offer faster speeds of one gigabit per second or more, increase overall capacity, and reduce congestion."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - First bionic eye gets FDA blessing (

coondoggie writes: "The US Food and Drug Administration today approved what it says is the first bionic eye, or retinal prosthesis, that can partially restore the sight of blind individuals after surgical implantation. pecifically the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System includes a small video camera, transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, video processing unit (VPU) and an implanted artificial retina. The VPU transforms images from the video camera into electronic data that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis."

Submission + - BYOD nightmare: iOS devices hobble Exchange servers when they synch (

coondoggie writes: "Microsoft and Apple recommend that businesses deny certain iPhones, iPads and iPods access to Calendar items until the companies can clear up a problem that slows Exchange servers to a crawl when the devices try to synch. The problem reveals itself to end users as an error message when they try to update items with Exchange Server 2010 that says "Cannot Get Mail" and "The connection to the server failed," according to a Microsoft support notification. The only option presented to users is to choose "OK," Microsoft says."
The Internet

Submission + - Cutting-edge program seeks to thwart radio spectrum battles, bottlenecks (

coondoggie writes: "With only a certain amount of truly useable radio spectrum it is inevitable that more battles of the use of that space become more frequent. Deflecting such battles will perhaps be the end result of a new program researchers at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will detail later this month. DARPA's Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) program has a goal of boosting radar and communications capabilities for military and commercial users by creating technical ways to enable spectrum sharing."

Submission + - US wants Apple, Google, and Microsoft to get a grip on mobile privacy ( 1

coondoggie writes: "When it comes to relatively new technologies, few have been developing at the relentless pace of mobile. But with that development has come a serious threat to the security of personal information and privacy. The Federal Trade Commission today issued a report on mobility issues and said less than one-third of Americans feel they are in control of their personal information on their mobile devices."
The Military

Submission + - DARPA wants to dot ocean floor with network of robotic pods that can spy, explor (

coondoggie writes: "This plan sounds a bit like a science fiction scenario where alien devices were planted in the ground thousands of years ago only to be awoken at some predetermined date to destroy the world. Only in this case it’s the scientists at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who want to develop a system of submersible pods that could reside in the world’s oceans (presumably not in anyone’s territorial waters) and be activated for any number of applications days, months or even years later."
The Military

Submission + - DARPA in search of a 100 Gb/sec wireless technology that can penetrate clutter (

coondoggie writes: "Researchers at DARPA this week will detail a program — with over $18.3 million in funding behind it — that looks to develop wireless communications links capable of supporting 100 Gb/sec capacity at ranges of 125 miles for air-to-air links and about 62 miles for air-to-ground links from an altitude of 60,000 ft."

Submission + - Toyota to show off autonomous prototype car at CES show (

coondoggie writes: "Toyota is going to show off its autonomous car/accident avoidance technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas nest week. The 2013 Lexus LS uses what the car company calls its Intelligent Transport System and is fitted with on-board radar, video cameras and sensors to monitor the road, surroundings, and the driver all with the goal of preventing accidents and avoiding problems."
The Internet

Submission + - DARPA competition seeks wireless bandwidth intimidators (

coondoggie writes: "What if your wireless communications just absolutely, positively have to be heard above the din of other users or in the face of massive interference? That is the question at the heart of a new $150,000 challenge that will be thrown down in January by the scientists at DARPA as the agency detailed its Spectrum Challenge — a competition that aims to find developers who can create software-defined radio protocols that best use communication channels in the presence of other users and interfering signals."

Submission + - Boeing uses 20,000 lbs. of potatoes to check aircraft wireless network signals (

coondoggie writes: "Boeing calls it Project SPUDS or rather Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution — that is, using sacks of potatoes perched on aircraft seats to test the effectiveness of wireless signal in an airliner cabin. Boeing said it was researching an advanced way to test wireless signals in airplane and needed a way to effectively simulate say 200-300 people sitting in seats throughout the aircraft."

Submission + - DARPA aims to find, shut backdoor, malware holes in commercial IT devices (

coondoggie writes: "It is likely every security IT person's nightmare: the new mobile phone, network router or computer they just tied into the network actually has a secret backdoor that lets the malicious users or governments have unfettered access to the company's assets. That sort of fear is behind a new program researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will discuss on December 12th known as the Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET)."

Submission + - Researchers claim performance fix for overused Wi-Fi points (

coondoggie writes: "Three researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a software protocol that better manages high traffic loads on a Wi-Fi router when too many users connect, the university said on Tuesday. The IEEE's 802.11 specification allows clients connected to a Wi-Fi access point to share the same transmission channel, but downlink traffic eventually surpasses uplink traffic, causing packet loss and the access point to be saturated, the researchers wrote in an abstract."

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