Mobile & Wireless

The NSA Patented Tech to See When You Swap SIM Cards

The NSA Patented Tech to See When You Swap SIM Cards

Now that it's been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might've thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card. Last ...

WSJ: France’s Iliad Makes a Bid to Acquire T-Mobile

WSJ: France’s Iliad Makes a Bid to Acquire T-Mobile

Sprint isn't the only company trying to buy T-Mobile US. Iliad, a telecom in France, "has made an offer for T-Mobile US in a bold bid to counter an offer for the country's fourth-largest wireless carrier by Sprint," The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. But it may be too late. While Sprint and T-Mobile haven't ...

Danish Researchers Just Transferred Data at 43 Terabits Per Second

Danish Researchers Just Transferred Data at 43 Terabits Per Second

Danish researchers just created the Usain Bolt of networks. A team from the Technical University of Denmark used a single multi-core optical fiber to transfer 43 terabits per second, making it the world's fastest fiber network. I'd say it makes Google Fiber look like 1996 AOL dial-up from a decrepit rural phone line, but ...

Facebook’s Internet.org Program Brings Free Internet to Zambia

Facebook’s Internet.org Program Brings Free Internet to Zambia

When you think of the billions of people worldwide who don’t have internet access, you probably think of people living in very remote areas, where it simply isn’t available. But even though only a third of the people in the world are connected to the internet, 85-percent of the world’s population lives within the ...

Runtastic’s ‘Orbit’ is Part Fitness Tracker, Part Running Watch

Runtastic’s ‘Orbit’ is Part Fitness Tracker, Part Running Watch

If you've heard of Runtastic, it probably means you're something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it's been making all sorts of gear to go with it, including a GPS watch, armband, heart-rate monitor, speed sensor, bike ...

The NFL is Tracking Every Player With RFID This Season

The NFL is Tracking Every Player With RFID This Season

The National Football League (NFL) announced in-game player tracking technology today for 17 stadiums for the 2014 season. And, while limited to a little more than half the buildings in the league, the NFL is doing things differently than other leagues. RFID tracking chips will be placed on every player at some point this ...

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is in Funding Talks With a Valuation Around $10 Billion

Snapchat is reportedly in talks with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba for a financing round that would value the company at a whopping $10 billion, according to a Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources. At this point, nothing should shock the public about messaging APP valuations. With WhatsApp going to Facebook for ...

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Square’s New Card Reader Supports EMV Credit Cards

Traditional swipe-and-sign credit cards are slowly being phased out, and Square is adapting to the times with new support for EMV credit cards. Commonly known as chip-and-PIN cards in the UK and Ireland, these are compliant with the EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) global standard and are reputedly harder to hack or ...

Netflix is Now Paying AT&T for a Better Stream Experience, Too

Netflix is Now Paying AT&T for a Better Stream Experience, Too

AT&T has become the latest company to sign a deal with Netflix to ensure that the company's streaming videos get to consumers without lagging or delay. Netflix said Tuesday that the two companies had reached an agreement on interconnection in May. "We're now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be ...

FreedomPop Brings its Free Mobile Service to Tablets

FreedomPop Brings its Free Mobile Service to Tablets

Tablet owners in the US have cause for cheer as they can now get free mobile access from freemium mobile network FreedomPop, which announced that it is now supporting the iPad Mini and Samsung Tab 3. The iPad Mini will sell for $319 and the Samsung Tab 3 for $199. Other than providing free data, FreedomPop is also letting ...