Category: Wireless

Britain may shut down plan to switch emergency service communications from radio to private 4G cellular network

Britain has been moving toward shutting down traditional radio communications systems and moving all emergency services to a private “4G Emergency Services Network”. While much more expensive than their existing emergency radio system, it would at least be less reliable than what they have now. (Not a joke.) They are also considering running both – radio system for voice and 4G for data (the first rule of government contracting is never do one when you...

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AccuWeather app continues spying on user’s location #privacy

New tests reveal that while one privacy-invading feature was removed in an app update, the app still shares precise geolocation coordinates with advertisers. Source: Despite privacy outrage, AccuWeather still shares precise location data with ad firms | ZDNet This is done without the user’s consent. Accuweather says it uses one’s location data to provide local weather forecasts but it appears the primary purpose is to optimize ad revenue. A side effect is that a dossier...

Astronomers propose global network of low cost receivers or cell phones #Astronomy #Radio

Astronomers have proposed a global network of radio receivers to search for fast radio bursts. Their concept would use either smart phones and an app listening to a portion of the cellular spectrum allocation, or a low cost device that could be plugged in to the USB port of personal computers. Full paper available at the link. Source: [1701.01475] Searching for giga-Jansky fast radio bursts from the Milky Way with a global array of low-cost...

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University of Washington: upcoming Internet accessible lecture on #IoT #Wearables Technology

Next Thursday at UW CSE or view remotely: http://www.cs.washington.edu/events/colloq_info UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Computer Science and Engineering COLLOQUIUM SPEAKER:   David Kotz, Dartmouth College TITLE:     Amulet: An Energy-Efficient, Multi-Application Wearable Platform DATE:      Thursday, December 1, 2016 TIME:      3:30pm PLACE:     EEB-105 HOST:      Tadayoshi Kohno ABSTRACT: Wearable technology enables a range of exciting new applications in health, commerce, and beyond. For many important applications, wearables must have battery life measured in...

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