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A Disney Means to Secure Family Internet

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A Disney Means to Secure Family Internet

Customers worried about the contents kids can access online? Circle Media offers a solution-- the Circle With Disney, a small cube providing parents with home network control.

First introduced through a failed 2013 Kickstarter, the Circle device wirelessly pairs with home routers. A companion iOS app allows parents to filter web content, set "bedtimes," block adds, view usage history and even simply block the internet entirely for specific devices. Four age-appropriate filters make such controls as easy as possible.

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Linux Light Bulbs for LED-Based Communications

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Linux Light Bulbs for LED-Based Communications

Disney Research presents a means for enable gadgets to communicate with each other inside smart indoor environments-- the Linux Light Bulb, an LED flashing out data using visible light.

The technology, dubbed Visible Light Communication (VLC) is not actually new. What the Disney researchers add is an IP stack and other networking protocols inside a Linux-based VLC system-on-a-chip (SoC) one can integrate into existing LED lamps.

Such a means of communications bypasses other wireless channels used in the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), such as ZigBee, wifi or Bluetooth, and can be supported by any device able to switch an LED on and off.

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Home Network Security via Cujo

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Home Network Security via Cujo

A company formed by a number of industry security veterans presents a means for customers wanting secure home networks-- the Cujo, a small device combining firewall, antivirus and malware protection.

According to the makers the device is fairly easy to use, as one simply needs to connect it to the router before setup via companion app. Once installed the Cujo scans incoming traffic for potential threats such as intrusions, malware and viruses.

In addition the app lets users know when home networks are under attack.

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Asus Claims "Fastest Wifi" With RT-AC5300

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Asus Claims

IFA 2015 sees Asus reveal what one can describe as the complete opposite of the Google OnHub take on wireless connectivity-- the RT-AC5300, a spiky router claiming to push the fastest wifi yet.

Looking somewhat D-Link ULTRA series router on steroids, the tri-band RT-AC5300 is capable of 1Gbps connections over the 2.4GHz band and up to 2.167Gbps on two 5GHz bands, for a total wifi bandwidth of 5.3Gbps. Pushing such bandwidth are 8 "ultra-wide area coverage" detachable antennas.

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Google Redesigns the Router

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Google Redesigns the Router

Google claims to have an easier way for customers to manage and connect to home networks-- the OnHub, a "different kind of router" promising quick and stable wifi connectivity with setup based around a mobile app.

The result of a collaboration with TP-Link, the OnHub does not like a regular, antenna-equipped router. Instead it is an Amazon Echo-style cylinder featuring 13 (six 2.4GHz, six 5GHz and one congestion monitor) internal antennas, 4GB internal storage and "subtle, useful lighting."

Wifi speeds clock at up to 1900Mbps, with smart device support including 802.154i, Bluetooth Smart Ready and Weave.

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Samsung Proposes "Space Internet"

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Samsung Proposes

Samsung proposes a means to provide the world with an additional zetabyte of data transfer capacity every month-- a "Space Internet" system consisting of 4600 tiny Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

In a paper titled "Mobile Internet from the Heavens," Samsung R&D president Farooq Khan forecasts global demand for mobile demand will reach 1 zettabyte per month by 2028, and as such companies need to gear up now if they want to provide the bandwidth required.

Enter the Space Internet. The system consists of a network of so-called micro satellites (weighting less than 500kg) at 1500-2000km altitude. Such satellites cost relatively less to manufacture and deploy, and can essentially blanket the world with faster mobile internet (providing 200GB/month for 5 billion users worldwide) following the widespread adoption of 5G technology.

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NASA's Low-Power Wifi "Reflector"

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NASA's Low-Power Wifi

Researchers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) design a wifi chip to bring great power savings to connected mobile devices through the use of reflections instead of the regular transmitter/receiver component.

"The idea is if the wearable device only needs to reflect the wifi signal from a router or cell tower, instead of generate it, the power consumption can go way down (and the battery life can go way up)," researcher Adrian Tang says.

In a few words, the concept uses a simple switch mechanism where incoming energy absorbed the circuit is "0" and reflected energy is "1." Such a system uses very little power and allows for fast data transfer between a wearable device and any other device capable of receiving data.

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Wifi Alliance Launches Wifi Aware

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Wifi Alliance Launches Wifi Aware

The Wifi Alliance presents a new certification program-- Wifi Aware, a means to validate the capability for energy-efficient, proxy-based service discovery among wifi-enabled devices.

In other words, it allows devices to discover other devices, applications and information nearby before making a wifi connection. The system continuously scans surroundings, anticipates actions and notifies users of available services and selected preferences.

The alliance adds the Wifi Aware operates indoors and in dense environments, and does not require cellular, wifi or GPS connectivity. Instead it makes use of small, power-efficient messages to create a common "heartbeat" between devices before an app initiates wifi connection to follow-up on activities such as photo sharing or multiplayer games.

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Powerline Kits from Netgear

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Powerline Kits from Netgear

Netgear launches a pair of next generation powerline adapter packages-- the Powerline 1200 (PL1200) and Powerline 1200 + Extra Outlet Adapter Kit (PLP1200), first seen back at CES 2015.

According to the company the kits deliver networking at up to 1.2Gbps with HomePlug AV2 compliance and support for multiple simultaneous data streams (MIMO) with Beamforming technology, making them ideal for video streaming, online gaming or whole-home video monitoring.

Further features include lug-and-play setup, automatic powering down when not in use and encryption capability. The PLP1200 package also includes a noise-filtered pass-through power outlet allowing customers to power devices as well as provide internet through the same socket.

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