Stories by Stephen Lawson

Distance detection may help secure Wi-Fi

Intel is developing a way to locate a Wi-Fi user by timing how long it takes for packets to travel to and from a wireless access point, which could prevent users outside a house or office from accessing a Wi-Fi network indoors.

McAfee readies home Wi-Fi security tool

All home Wi-Fi gear comes with the bricks and mortar to put up at least a basic security wall against intruders and eavesdroppers, but McAfee wants to sell consumers a better trowel for building it.

Qualcomm-Flarion deal may rock wireless world

Qualcomm's planned acquisition of mobile broadband vendor Flarion Techologies sets up a powerful competitor to the emerging mobile WiMax technology and its deep-pocketed proponents, such as Intel.

Amazon.com worldwide revenue grows in Q2

Amazon.com's revenue surged ahead in the second quarter both inside and outside the US as electronics and other merchandise made up more of its business, the company reported Tuesday.

3G - Flexible chips to let phones do it all

A startup claims it has a programmable cellular phone chip that can handle the communications processing for a wide range of protocols, as well as multimedia and application processing, which could drive down handset prices or help add network capabi...

Third-party technologies enhance Skype

Skype Technologies' strategy of welcoming third-party vendors is spawning numerous extensions to its popular Internet telephony service, which is beginning to branch into videoconferencing, data collaboration and mobile wireless calls.

Vendors ready WiMax gear for testing

Broadband wireless is blowing into Supercomm in Chicago this week just as certification tests are about to begin based on the WiMax fixed-wireless specification.

Wireless USB group finishes 1.0 specification

A cable-free version of USB (Universal Serial Bus) took a big step forward on Tuesday with the completion of the Wireless USB 1.0 specification, but there is still some work to be done and questions remain about its prospects for widespread adoption.

Bluetooth looks to UWB for bandwidth

The body that oversees the Bluetooth personal-area wireless specification wants to take advantage of emerging UWB (ultrawideband) technology to create fast networks that are backward-compatible with current Bluetooth products.

Cisco to buy VOIP gear maker Sipura

Cisco Systems has agreed to acquire VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) vendor Sipura Technology for integration into its Linksys Group division, the networking giant announced Tuesday.

Sprint sees advertising-supported mobile services

Sprint sees many new opportunities emerging in mobile data services in the coming years, among them the chance to sell advertising on its mobile entertainment offerings, a company executive told a wireless conference on Tuesday.

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