Jamming communications isn’t a new idea, but with battlefields becoming increasingly digital, it’s an evermore concerning threat. Now, though, DARPA has built a super-fast chip that will help create devices able to shrug off radio-frequency attacks.
Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to rural communities that cable companies don’t serve.
Imagine what would happen if every cell phone tower in the country spontaneously combusted. We’d be in big trouble, which is why the Pentagon is exploring other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency. Chief among them is the idea to connect every cell phone in America with mesh networking technology.
If you've been trying to look up your forecast on the National Weather Service's website this afternoon, you may have noticed that the forecasts are days out of date or not loading at all. Apparently, this is the result of a single "abusive" Android app overloading the agency's servers.
The March 1931 issue of The Country Gentleman magazine included this advertisement for Timken bearings. With the bold headline "100 YEARS AHEAD" the ad promises that the farmer of the future may be unrecognizable — thanks to Timken bearings, of course. Our farmer of tomorrow wears a suit to work and sits at a desk…
If you're about to get on an airplane, you might want to wait until you land before you read this post. Because cyber security whiz Ruben Santamarta says he has devised a method that can give hackers access to a passenger jet's satellite communications equipment through the passenger Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment…
Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company.
NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look.
The AMC show Mad Men is in its final season, with its mid-season finale (yeah, I don't know what that means exactly either) airing this past Sunday. The show started with 1960 as its backdrop, and we now see characters in the world of 1969. A lot changed in that decade and, of course, it's a fictional representation…
AT&T's plan to roll out next-gen fiber optic cables nationwide as a replacement for its traditional copper-based telephone networks is great in most respects—save for the fact that it won't support the government's special telephone service for national emergencies.
Throughout the 1950s, broadcast television was limited to domestic transmissions simply because we didn't have a means to relay signals far enough to span the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. It wasn't until NASA shot Telstar, an unproven, newfangled "active" communications satellite into orbit in 1963, that mass…
Back in 1968, the videophone was supposed to be just around the corner. Phone companies around the world were working diligently to make it a reality. But sometimes their futuristic promises could go a little overboard, like in this Southwestern Bell ad that promised not just videophones, but three-dimensional…
Marine biologists have been recording the "signature" whistles of captive dolphins for decades but have never been sure of their function. However a new study suggests that these personalized calls are in fact the the cetacean equivalent of shaking hands and trading business cards.
Are you still there? Has power cut out yet? It's Irene, baby, and she's barreling down the New England seaboard as I type this! But don't panic. The FCC is here with some last-minute tips on communicating during the storm.
These lenticular lens floor tiles are designed to organize pedestrian traffic flow, forcing people to walk on one side of the thoroughfare. It'll work, if only because people will need to step to the side to puke.
If you haven't heard, Egypt's government is trying to quell an internal resistance movement by shutting down all communication avenues in the country, including radio, television and internet. If you think these claims are dubious, you can see for yourself.
In the far future, humans might communicate across great interstellar distances—light years, in fact—using an immense intergalactic communications array powered by the Sun.
Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Echo 1, history's first passive satellite. NASA's Echo mission began rather poorly. A test launch had exploded so brightly, so spectacularly, that it prompted frightened calls up and down the entire eastern seaboard.
There has been a zombie satellite in space for the last few days. Apparently, the sun's radiation—or space Gremlins—turned it into a rogue spacecraft. Since then, Galaxy 15 has been threatening other cable TV satellites, like MTV's.
Right now, data is arriving across 238,800 miles at 100MBps (as in megabytes per second, not megabits), dwarfing every home internet connections out there. That's a total of 461GB of data transmitted per day, thanks to this device.