New Wi-Fi Spec to Permit Direct Device-to-Device Linking
Today the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new specification for Wi-Fi technology, called Wi-Fi Direct. Once implemented, Wi-Fi Direct will let devices such as mobile phones, cameras, printers, laptops, keyboards and headphones to connect with one another directly — without the need for a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot. The spec will allow for one-to-one connections, as well as mesh-style group connections. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the specification will include WPA2 security features for businesses, though the spec will be targeted at both consumer and business devices. Any device labeled with the "Wi-Fi Certified Wi-Fi Direct" icon will be compatible. The specification will be limited to the current capabilities of Wi-Fi with respect to distance (100 meters) and data transfer speeds. Existing devices should be able to upgrade to Wi-Fi Direct with a software update. The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to begin certifying devices with Wi-Fi Direct by the middle of 2010.
USB 3.2 Spec Promises to Double Data Transfer Speeds
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group this week released the spec for USB 3.2, which has the potential to boost speeds through cables. Specifically, USB 3.2 takes advantage of the multi-lane operation that has been built into existing USB Type-C cables.
Bluetooth's IoT Ambitions Boosted By Mesh Networking
The Bluetooth SIG today added support for mesh networking to its core Bluetooth specification. The move targets the internet-of-things, smart homes, and business applications where simple connections between many devices are needed.
Instagram Direct Puts Private Messages in Standalone App
Instagram is testing a new standalone app for direct private messages. Called Direct, it's available today, but only in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.
Sprint to Perform House Calls with 'Direct 2 You' Service
Sprint today announced a new service called Direct 2 You, wherein a Sprint technician will bring the store experience to customers who purchase a new phone. According to Sprint, some customers prefer to shop from home, but are uncomfortable setting up their new device on their own.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
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