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Wi-Fi Aware makes smartphones 'aware' of nearby devices

New Wi-Fi Aware will enable smartphones within close proximity to communicate with each other; a new program will provide Internet access to public housing residents.


Random MAC addresses could improve Wi-Fi security

An IEEE group advocates random MAC addresses for increased Wi-Fi security, while networking pros say enterprise security isn't strong enough for moving applications to the cloud.


FCC to act if municipal broadband doesn't improve

The FCC says it will intervene if broadband carriers don't improve their offerings; a new LTE technology could impact Wi-Fi, setting up a confrontation.


News recap: Advance could double fiber optic capacity

A fiber optic cable advance could give networks the ability to transmit more data over longer distances at lower costs, and a Google startup will reinvent old phone booths as Wi-Fi hot spots.

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