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This sticker can wirelessly charge your smartphone or tablet

A French startup opened a crowdfunding campaign for a paper-thin sticker that adheres to the back of a smartphone or tablet, enabling wireless charging from a pad that handles multiple devices at the same time.

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Afraid of floods and hackers? Put your data in space

Satellite-based data centers with room for petabytes of data may start orbiting Earth as early as 2019. But when it comes to keeping secrets safe from the long arm of the law, the black void may not be far enough.

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Top-level domain expansion is a security risk for business computers

The explosion of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) in recent years can put enterprise computers at risk due to name conflicts between domain names used inside corporate networks and domains that can now be registered on the public...

Because that's what's REALLY important, right?

It's the early 2000s, and this network consultant at a state agency has to upgrade a NetWare network. Just one catch: There's another agency's accounting package that has to work with it, too.

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Cisco's Meraki spreads its cloud to voice

If you manage your whole LAN in the cloud, why not add in the desk phones, too? That's what Cisco's Meraki division has done. Its first phone, the MC74, can be managed on the same dashboard Meraki provides for its switches, Wi-Fi...

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Facebook's plan to disrupt cellular gets big-name support

Several of the world's largest cellular carriers, representing almost 1.3 billion subscribers, have pledged support to a Facebook project that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of building and expanding wireless data networks.

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13 things you need to know about MU-MIMO Wi-Fi

It's a big breakthrough in wireless connectivity, but don't let MU-MIMO's limitations catch you off-guard.

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Worm infects unpatched Ubiquiti wireless devices

Routers and other wireless devices made by Ubiquiti Networks have been infected by a worm that exploits a one-year-old remote unauthorized access vulnerability.

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Cisco patches high-severity flaws in its Web Security Appliance

Cisco Systems has fixed four denial-of-service vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to cause Web Security Appliance devices to stop processing traffic correctly.

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Cisco sees network spending hampered by economic jitters

Economic uncertainty is still putting a damper on some network spending, and that won't change in the next few months, Cisco Systems said Wednesday.

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John Deere is plowing IoT into its farm equipment

John Deere is taking the Internet of Things out into the field by developing new technologies and embracing existing ones to boost the efficiency of prepping, planting, feeding and harvesting with the goal of improving per-acre crop...

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Cisco retools core routing and switching certification to sharpen focus on SDN, IoT

The refreshed CCNA Routing and Switching certification reflects new skills requirements brought on by digital transformations.

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IBM may have a cheaper DRAM alternative

PCM, a cheaper alternative to DRAM, just took a step closer to enterprise data centers as IBM unveiled a way to make it more dense.

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What is Wi-Fi beamforming and MU-MIMO?

New home Wi-Fi routers have some impressive advanced features to help boost speed, range and capacity. Network World Lab Alliance member David Newman explains how beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies work in the latest Wi-Fi routers.

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Networks need automation -- just ask the U.S. military

IT professionals are looking to software-defined networking to automate what are still complex and vulnerable systems controlled by human engineers. Major General Sarah Zabel knows where they’re coming from.

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Opera offers iPhone users free VPN, with strings attached

Opera Software yesterday released a free VPN app for Apple's iOS.

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Enterprise networkers have organized: Here's what they want

A user group for enterprise IT managers is taking on software-defined networking, calling for new technologies they say would better serve enterprise needs.

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Wi-Fi's next step: High-density scenarios

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme Networks, about what comes next for enterprise Wi-Fi deployments after they've covered the office building and/or large campus.

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