Science & Technology
How can you really tell whether your mobile phone provider is actually being truthful about coverage? Is crowd sourcing the answer?
As mobile data use continues to skyrocket, and mobile networks become more critical than ever, people are paying more attention to the sort of coverage they're getting from their mobile providers. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) frequently cites coverage problems as being one of the most-complained-about issues with telecommunications companies in Australia.
Who wouldn't want 50GBs of free Internet storage? Dropbox is all fine and well, but it starts with a mere 2GBs of free space. Kim Dotcom's newly launched Mega cloud storage service with its free 50GBs of storage sounds much better, but how well does it really work? Let me open by saying it's a long, long way from perfect.
To get your free 50GBs of storage, you first must register your account with a valid e-mail address. Once you've done this—and it may take a while since the system is heavily over-burdened—you'll get a link to use to login to Mega.
Dell is reportedly investigating a move to take the company private in a leveraged buy-out to clear the decks for a radical repositioning of the company. And according to a report from Atlantic Media's Quartz, that includes relaunching Dell's desktop and mobile business around a brand-new product: a computing device the size of a thumb-drive that will sell for about $50.
In a quiet suite removed from the insanity of the Consumer Electronics Show expo floor, a company aiming to build the fastest Wi-Fi chips in the world demonstrated its vision of wireless technology's future.
On one desk, a laptop powered a two-monitor setup without any wires. At another, a tablet playing an accelerometer-based racing game mirrors its screen in high definition to another monitor. Across the room, a computer quickly transfers a 3GB file from a wireless router with built-in storage.
India's proposal to restrict imports of an array of high-tech products, a move that Western companies fear could significantly undermine their business plans in the country, is aimed at protecting the nation's security while encouraging more local manufacturing, the government said Wednesday.
Today we talk about 801.11ac, 4G, and LTE Advanced, but what users really want is just fast, reliable wireless networking that works everywhere. According to the experts, we're going to give it to them... eventually.
In a CES panel entitled "Six Wireless Technologies You'll Want to Know," the conversation quickly spun from being an overview of such technologies to how these Wi-Fi and cellular networking were coming together.
Last week, Canonical finally showed the world how Ubuntu looks when running on a smartphone. And it looks good. The mobile version of the popular OS is fast, pleasant to the eye and features original design solutions not found anywhere else.
Moore's Law puts supercomputers out to pasture because power – not just the cost of electricity, but the availability of juice – is the biggest constraint at the big supercomputing centers. And sometimes the lack of budget helps lock the gate, and HPC cloud computing butchers the cow.
That's the case with the massive 28-rack supercomputer at the University of New Mexico nicknamed "Encanto," which was supposed to be a foundation for high-tech investment and research in the Southwest state with the motto "Land of Enchantment."
As you may have heard by now, the Linux kernel is dropping support for the 386 processor.
It's okay. I'll wait right here while you finish pushing over monitors and flipping over every desk at work in a nerd rage. I did the same thing. Get it out of your system.
Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called long-range entanglement, which could lead to new types of communications systems, and more.