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Living in the '90s? So are underwater wireless networks

Like Beanie Babies and Steve Urkel, the systems we use to transmit information through water bring to mind the 1990s. The flashback is due to the speed of today’s underwater communication networks, which is comparable to the sluggish dial-up modems from America Online’s heyday. The shortcoming hampers search-and-rescue operations, tsunami detection and other work. But that is changing due in ... Read More »

Study finds smartphones may decrease sedentary time, increase activity

Published on: 26th Jan 2016 A pilot study finds that using smartphone reminders to prompt people to get moving may help reduce sedentary behavior. The study was supported by the American Cancer Society, with technical expertise provided by the e Health Technology Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study appears in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Evidence ... Read More »

Woman Strangled With Mobile Phone Charger Cable

Published on: 23rd Jan 2016 A British woman who was staying in Spain has reportedly died after being strangled with her mobile phone charger cable. According to local news reports, the husband of the 49-year old woman called the emergency services, who found a woman suffering a heart attack and with ligature marks around her neck. She died at the ... Read More »

Norway Consults on Fresh radio Spectrum Auction

Published on: 22nd Jan 2016 The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has opened a consultation on the auction rules for the 900 MHz auction. Nkom will award approximately 2 x 20 MHz in the 900 MHz band. The frequencies are currently assigned to TeliaSonera Norge AS and Telenor ASA. According to plan the auction will be conducted summer 2016. The licenses ... Read More »

Led by iPhone 6S, Sensor Hubs Market is Growing Fast

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low power sensor processing tasks, is booming. In fact due to “always on” sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearl y 2.0 billion in 2018, according to IHS. Samsung, ... Read More »

Nepal's Ncell Facing Fuel Shortages for Operations

Published on: 21st Jan 2016 Nepal’s Ncell has warned that it is facing fuel shortages that could see some of its data centres shut down, affecting its telecoms networks. The company claims that it is no longer receiving sufficient supplies of diesel to power its generators from the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). Supplies built up in the past are now ... Read More »

Vodafone Fined for Employee Bullying

Published on: 19th Jan 2016 Vodafone New Zealand has been ordered to pay an employee compensation after it was found to have discriminated against the person. Vodafone employee, Katie Franich took the telecoms firm to the country’s Employment Relations Authority alleging that she had suffered an unfair demotion following managment bullying. Although the employment rights organisation did not agree with ... Read More »

Reliance Jio Infocomm Seeking $2.2 Billion from Shareholders

Published on: 19th Jan 2016 India’s long awaited new mobile network, Reliance Jio Infocomm has confirmed that it plans to raise USD2.2 billion from its existing shareholders via a rights issue. The company is raising the money ahead of its launch, which is now expected to take place sometime in the second-quarter of this year. The network, which is backed by ... Read More »

Orange Boosts African Presence – Buys Cellcom Liberia

Published on: 19th Jan 2016 Orange has announced it has entered into a firm agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications to acquire, through its subsidiary Orange C te d’Ivoire, 100% of Cellcom’s Liberia subsidiary. Cellcom’s founders will remain involved in the business to ensure a smooth integration, support performance and continue long-standing relations with the Government of Liberia. Liberia is a country ... Read More »