Cellular? You "don't need no stinking" cellular if you have Open Garden's recently released FireChat app, which is driving interest in a heretofore little-known connectivity feature that Apple included in iOS 7.
A mesh-networking toolkit, Commotion 1.0, is being proffered by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, which says the technology can enable communities to build and own decentralized broadband infrastructure.
Madrid-based Fon, which encourages users to share their Wi-Fi router signal with others in exchange for free access to other Fon hotspots around the world, jumped into the U.S. market with a new router that accepts Facebook credentials in lieu of a password.
Firetide deployed an intriguing private wireless broadband network using its mesh technology in Makati City, Philippines, which is using the network for its new traffic management center.
Ford is studying the way robots in space use multiple wireless network links to stay connected with mission control and hopes to use lessons learned for the next generation of connected cars.
Commotion, a new wireless mesh-networking platform, is being deployed across Detroit by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI), which said it intends to publicly release the technology in early 2013 for distribution around the globe.