You know that Louis C.K. joke about wifi on airplanes? He says, “It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amazing—I’m on an airplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is bullshit.’” It’s so true.
Wireless technology is already amazing. It's any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone…
When Google first announced Project Loon, its plan to cover the world in a blanket of Wi-Fi using internet balloons, it was sort of hard to believe. It still is, but now Google's taking us inside the antenna.
There's a small army of adorable, little, (sometimes) phone-powered satellites out in space, circling the globe. And while they're damn impressive for their size, they face some challenges. They don't have much room for antennas, for instance. But MIT's new inflatable balloon antennas should change all that.
It seems that there are some people that still just don't get it, so here's a photo to illustrate it. This image shows what the whole Google's skydivers-with-eyeglass-webcam demonstration is all about: antennas. Yes, it's a great demo for wireless Cisco routers and antennas.
Between cable, Boxee, and Hulu, there's never been more ways to watch your favorite TV shows. So why are so many people turning to old-fashioned bunny ears to watch TV? Because it's good, it's cheap, and it's live.
Old cell towers are big, ugly, and inefficient. But the wireless wizards at Alcatel-Lucent say they've found a better way, one that will double signal strength, cut costs in half, and eliminate the need for the unsightly "hut" at the base of cell towers. Added bonus: the solution comes in an adorable cube form.
An executive at a Mexican cellphone carrier Telcel claims that Apple has a revised iPhone 4 coming late September that fixes the annoying antenna problems everyone's seen with the original model.
Good cell service is hard to come by, especially in NYC, but five bars won't do much good when you're DEAD. Some New Yorkers are convinced that the AT&T and T-Mo antennas on their roof are bringing the building down.
Untraceable infrared links. Backpacks full of back-up transmitters. Cloak and dagger secrecy. Hundreds of pirate radio stations broadcast in London every day, but this 20 minute documentary shows that only the tech-savviest stay a step ahead of the police.
In today's Remainders: Empires. Apple tends to theirs at their annual shareholders meeting; Verizon reinforces their cellular empire for Spring Break action; and the Galactic Empire's graphic design team faces off with Ole Miss's new rebel mascot. And more!
For sysadmins with an ache for the open road, these Ford E350 4x4 vans, complete with telescoping 35-foot mast, are datacenters on wheels.
Traditional copper antennas are rigid yet delicate. And in the age when almost every gadget we use requires some sort of antenna, they're a lousy solution. Luckily, new tech is on its way.
At first glance I jumped with joy over this project. Living in Kansas usually means a pretty weak cell signal unless I happen to be in a large city—which don't exist in Kansas. Unfortunately, this project isn't made for mobility—it is still cool, nonethless. Basically:
By Brendan I. Koerner