Qualcomm Announces 'FlashLinq' P2P Mesh Network
Qualcomm today announced a new type of peer-to-peer network technology that will allow cell phones to find one another and share information at broadband speeds without the need for a network to connect them. The technology, called FlashLinq, uses TDD OFDMA on licensed spectrum (must be carrier approved) to connect the devices. Phones with FlashLin could find and connect to thousands of nearby FlashLinq-equipped phones (within 1km) and share information back and forth. FlashLinq can also use the macro cellular network to share a broadband connection among the devices. Because the devices need to be local to connect, they can be used for new types of "neighborhood-area network" applications and services. SK Telecom in Korea is going to trial the technology first.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Samsung Connect Tag Lets You Track Your Stuff
Samsung today announced the Connect Tag, a wireless fob that you can attach to just about anything to monitor its location. Samsung envisions the Connect Tag will work best on kids' backpacks, car keys, dog collars, or even tossed inside cars.
Twitter Adds 'Connect' Tab to Help Find Accounts Worth Following
Twitter today announced a new tool meant to make it easier to find new people and accounts to follow. The "connect" tab will appear on Twitter for the web, and in the Android and iOS mobile apps beginning today, where Twitter will curate a list of accounts it believe users might like to follow.