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Smart cities present risks, opportunities

Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that […]

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China’s quantum satellite could make data breaches a thing of the past

China recently launched a satellite into orbit with a unique feature: it has the ability to send information securely, not with mathematical encryption but by using the fundamental laws of physics. China will be the first country to achieve this feat, and it marks a milestone in the development of quantum technologies. The next revolution in technology […]

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New Kendall Wi-Fi supports Kendall Square and nearby residential areas

Through a unique collaboration among MIT, Google, Boston Properties, the City of Cambridge, and the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA), an open and free-of-charge Wi-Fi network is now available in the Kendall Square area and the Newtowne Court and Washington Elms public housing neighborhoods. The idea, originally brought to MIT and others by Google, took three […]

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Where’s your data? It’s not actually in the cloud, it’s sitting in a data centre

Without data centres, today’s world stops. Flights are grounded, Wall Street closes, and the internet grinds to a halt. Yet despite their emergence as nerve centres of the global economy, data centres have drawn almost no attention in debates about globalisation and nor are they often discussed outside of business and IT publications. Even the […]

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The National Radio Quiet Zone: No Cell Phones, No WiFi, Just Peace and Quiet

Green Bank is located within the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law. This policy is enforced by a “radio police man” who uses specialized equipment to detect signals from unauthorized electronics. Green Bank is home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, […]

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Cuban Activists Say Telecommunications Infrastructure Must Stay In Cuban Hands

BIO Sujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of several books including Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, 2006), Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010), and, most recently, Close […]

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AT&T testing superfast 5G mobile network

AT&T announced plans Friday to begin testing a superfast fifth generation, or 5G, mobile network with speeds up to 100 times faster than the most rapid existing connections. The US telecom group said it would begin the field tests later this year in collaboration with US semiconductor giant Intel and Swedish networking group Ericsson. Global […]

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All About Cloud Computing

Businesses rely on solid computer technologies and networking capabilities. The way the world does business is being dictated by changes in technology and communications. One of the most talked about technologies on the horizon is that of Cloud Computing. This is an exciting breakthrough that consists of a pool of shared technological resources. It allows an on-demand […]

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Here comes Li-Fi

Communication using visible light could help alleviate the pressures on radio frequency spectrum. By Pavlos Manousiadis, Graham Turnbull and Ifor Samuel. How a Li-Fi network would work. Boston University The tungsten lightbulb has served us well over the century or so since it was introduced, but its days are numbered now with the arrival of […]

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Where Did Wireless Phones Come From?

Meet The Inventor of the First Cell Phone Published on Jun 24, 2015 Motherboard spends a day with Martin Cooper, the father of the first ever portable, handheld cell phone. If I were the brains behind a revolutionary invention that would reshape the world as we know it, I’d brag about it to everyone, but […]

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