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A Dog-Tracking Gizmo With a Novel Networking Technology

The next-gen Whistle dog tracker will be among the first products to tap into an emerging low-power cellular network. Image: Whistle Wi-Fi blankets our homes; speedy cell networks keep us connected everywhere else. Bluetooth Low Energy is poised to bring an unprecedented degree of locational awareness to our devices. Still, no single technology will be adequate for powering the whole of the internet of things. Tomorrow’s smart devices will need to be wirelessly multilingual, able to communicate not just many different networks but many different kinds of networks. They’ll need to be selective in their connectivity, tapping different technologies for different tasks to balance performance and battery life. In other words, they’ll need to be as clever as this doggie activity…

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A Dog-Tracking Gizmo With a Novel Networking Technology

A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

You’re on a nice, long domestic flight. In coach. There’s a screaming baby two rows up; the pages of the in-flight magazine are stuck together with someone else’s chewing gum; and the 9-inch overhead CRT is showing a 2-year-old episode of New Girl that you’ve already seen a half-dozen times — without sound, because you always end up in the seat with a broken headphone jack. Oh, and you have five hours left to go to LAX. If you play your cards right (and pack some noise-canceling headphones), your next cross-country haul could be a whole lot more pleasant, thanks to in-flight WiFi. Nearly all of the major US airlines now offer WiFi in the sky. Thousands of passengers flying above North…

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A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

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