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.
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.
Motorola Intros Fob for Finding Lost Keys or Phones
Motorola today announced the Keylink, a Bluetooth device meant to help the absent minded find their missing keys or phone. The Keylink can be attached to a key ring and is paired with devices via Motorola's Connect application.
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.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.