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Communications Archive

  • WhereWare

    Soon, hardware and software that track your location will be providing directions, offering shopping discounts, and aiding rescue workers-services that promise a windfall for ailing telecom carriers.

  • Networking From the Rooftop

    MIT researchers are developing new routing strategies for a wireless network that hops data in the roofs of the city.

  • Should E-mail Still Be Free?

    Dialogue: Per-message charging may be an effective way to stifle spam. But it is anathema to most Internet users.

  • The Myth of Generation N

    Contrary to popular belief, not all kids are naturally adept with technology and that spells trouble in an increasingly wired society.

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  • The Sound of Silence

    Shhh! Bose’s new noise-cancellation headset is the first to mute the outside world without adding an annoying hiss of its own.

  • Total Information Overload

    Co-program manager Robert L. Popp on the U.S. Defense Department’s Terrorism Information Awareness project.

  • Spam Wars

    The proliferation of junk e-mail is threatening to overwhelm the Internet. Software companies are rushing to build defenses-but will the new technologies do more harm than good?

  • The Last Laser Mile

    While the telecommunications industry still faces dark days, one technology-free-space optics-can see light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • Casting the Wireless Sensor Net

    Smart, networked sensors will soon be all around us, collectively processing vast amounts of previously unrecorded data to help run factories, maintain crops, and even watch for earthquakes.

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