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Transparent armor could be used to ruggedize smartphones: report

What's better than glass? A special ceramic called spinel, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which has been researching the technology for the past 10 years. It's actually a mineral called magnesium aluminate, according to Jas Sanghera, who leads the research.

Globalstar not interested in Iridium's latest spectrum sharing proposal

Iridium Constellation says it can share additional 1.6 GHz band spectrum without causing harm to Globalstar, but a Globalstar representative says the satellite company is just acting in its own best interests.

Jarich: 4.5G – What's the big deal about half a "G"?

A quick scan of these 5G discussions might leave you confused. On the one hand, you have announcements, demos, and innovations suggesting that 5G matters in the here and now. On the other hand, you have operators and vendors reminding us that 5G won't likely be a commercial reality for, at least, another five years. How do you reconcile this? Split the difference and start talking about 4.5G!

Amtrak still getting slammed for crappy Wi-Fi service in Northeast

It looks as though for all intents and purposes, Amtrak still hasn't managed to fix the Wi-Fi problems that have plagued the railroad service provider in the Northeast.

Seattle Center pilot uses TV white space to deliver faster Wi-Fi

Seattle Center is using TV white space as part of a pilot project to see how the technology could be rolled out to city neighborhoods.

Twitter-backed Swirl raises $18M to advance beacon technology

Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.

FirstNet board OKs draft RFP, setting comment period in motion

Let the games begin--the games being the comment period on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) draft Request for Proposal documents.

Summit take-away: Wi-Fi's still got a quality of service issue

It was probably apropos that Google would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.

Wi-Fi, LTE worlds bump into each other in WIS panel debate

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.

Boingo CTO calls on industry to be more disruptive

SAN MATEO, Calif.--Noting the "uncarrier" moves by operators like T-Mobile US that already are making waves, Boingo CTO Derek Peterson told attendees here at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit that he would like to see more disruption like that from the industry.

South Korean researchers develop app to help those with arm paralysis

An app that helps people with arm paralysis use smartphones is expected to be released to the Samsung Apps platform in a few months.

Google's Project Fi aims to combine the best of LTE, Wi-Fi

Finally and officially, Google has unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US.

AllCity Wireless launches ÜberWi cloud-based Wi-Fi management platform

AllCity Wireless, which provides solutions for enterprise-class wireless broadband and Wi-Fi deployments, introduced ÜberWi, a cloud-based solution that allows businesses to manage and monetize their own Wi-Fi networks.

Google's Loon refines processes, gets close to rolling out 'thousands' of balloons

Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at its Project Loon launch in 2013, Google says it has flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it will take to provide Internet connectivity with balloons.

Study: Dual-band Wi-Fi devices surpass single-band 2.4 GHz products

The use of dual-band Wi-Fi devices using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum has surpassed that of single-band 2.4 GHz devices, according to an ABI Research study.

New 3.5 GHz rules reveal less control-freaky Department of Defense

When the FCC voted to adopt new spectrum sharing rules for the 3.5 GHz band, it acknowledged the hard work the FCC staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and U.S. Department of Defense did in order to come up with a workable plan.

Ofcom identifies potential 5G bands above 6 GHz

UK regulator Ofcom has identified a preliminary set of bands in different parts of the 6-100 GHz range that it believes offer the best potential use for 5G in the UK and harmonization of 5G mobile services globally.

Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent combination to create 5G powerhouse, analysts say

Is Nokia Networks' $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent all about becoming a 5G powerhouse? Some analysts believe that's the case.

Reports cite Wi-Fi as potential security threat to avionics

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report recommending that the Federal Aviation Administration develop a more comprehensive approach to address cybersecurity as it transitions to its NextGen air traffic control system sparked a flurry of reports about how in-flight Wi-Fi could be used by terrorists or other hackers to take control of an aircraft's avionic systems.

ARM buys Bluetooth players Wicentric, Sunrise Micro in Internet of Things push

ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.