Networks


Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation Eero Home WiFi System

PCWorld

Now the company is preparing to ship its second-generation Eero WiFi System, which features Thread radios for controlling smart home devices, and a new type of access point that plugs directly into an AC outlet. The new Eero Beacon is roughly half the size of the original Eero and plugs directly into an AC outlet, eliminating the need for a power brick and cord. The Eero Beacon access point plugs into any AC outlet (and wisely does not block the second outlet). Eero is taking pre-orders on three SKUs: A $299 Home WiFi System that comes with one Eero router and one Eero Beacon, a $399 Home WiFi System that includes one router and two Beacons, and a Pro WiFi System consisting of three Eero routers (two of which will be configured as access points).


Software launches focus on AI, analytics, 5G for operators - RCR Wireless News

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Nokia launched a new offering that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to support customer care as well as analytics for crowd behavior and operational improvements. Rich Crowe, head of OSS marketing at Nokia, said that the new addition to Nokia's customer care suit relies on those algorithms to predict and assist customers in resolving common issues before they disrupt a customer's service. Crowe said that in one case with a fixed network operator delivering residential services, he machine learning capabilities were able to predict and resolve up to 70% of residential issues that would lead to service disruptions, such as issues with the home router or television and internet service, and resolve them before a subscriber was aware of disruption. Nokia's new Cognitive Analytics for Crowd Insight application relies on real-time network data and machine learning to track and analyze aggregated, anonymized user movement.


Your Home's Next Must-Have Accessory Is a Ridiculously Fancy Router

WIRED

Now those companies plan to turn their routers into speakers, voice assistants, and more, while using smarter back-end tech to make sure every connected device you bring into your home stays online and secure without interrupting your Netflix binge. Brown won't elaborate, but The Information recently reported that early versions of Google Wi-Fi included a microphone, speaker, and voice assistant, and that the next Google Home could include a built-in router. Sixty percent of Luma customers have seen their router discover a network security problem the user knew nothing about. The Fltr automatically offers VPN protection, ad blocking, and total anonymity through Tor.


Google's next smart speaker may double as a WiFi router

Engadget

If you're Google and you want the next Home speaker to clearly one-up the Amazon Echo, what do you do? A source speaking to the Information claims that an upcoming Home model will include a built-in WiFi router with mesh networking. You wouldn't need to buy a separate router (like, say, Google WiFi) just to connect devices around your household. The tipster also maintains that the original version of Google WiFi had a microphone and speaker for Home-style interactions, but that Google axed it to avoid confusion.


Google WiFi review: A hassle-free router comes at a price

Engadget

If you're looking for a router that mixes smart design with simple features and solid performance, Google WiFi is a solid choice. But if you do, Google promises the mesh network its router automatically creates will best most other solutions out there for full-home coverage and ease of use. The first time I ran an internet speed test, I experienced a slight sinking feeling. I also experienced similar performance improvements with PC to PC file sharing, with Google WiFi almost tripling the transfer rate of my old router every time.


Hey, Poker Face -- This Wi-Fi Router Can Read Your Emotions

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A team of researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a device that can measure human inner emotional states using wireless signals. Using EQ-Radio, which emits and captures reflected radio frequency (RF) waves, the team bounced waves off a person's body to measure subtle changes in breathing patterns and heart rates. "The whole thing started by trying to understand how we can extract information about people's emotions and health in general using something that's completely passive--does not require people to wear anything on their body or have to express things themselves actively," says Prof. Dina Katabi, who conducted the research along with graduate students Mingmin Zhao and Fadel Adib. In its test, the team says if their device is trained on each subject separately, it measures emotions with 87 percent accuracy and 72.3 percent accuracy when using a single classifier for all subjects.


Google might introduce another WiFi router on October 4th

Engadget

We're less than two weeks away from Google's big fall event in San Francisco, and we already have a good idea of what to expect -- Pixel-branded smartphones, maybe Google Home, maybe a 4K-capable Chromecast. The OnHub line launched late last summer as a router that's simple to control with your smartphone and good looks that'll make you want to place it prominently in your home. This new Google WiFi router would be presumably built in-house, like the rest of the hardware that Google is set to introduced in October. Additionally, Android Police says that buying multiple routers (they are rumored to cost 129 a pop) would link together to create a mesh network, a nice feature for larger dwelling that are hard to blanket with WiFi signals.


Blindspotter Uses Machine Learning to Find Suspicious Network Activity

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NEWS ANALYSIS: The use of machine learning to identify suspicious online activity is a new and important capability in securing the network, but privileged users were the weak point until now.


Sentiment Analysis on Social Network Data (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

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Sentiment analysis is a useful service for just about any business. It is always valuable to know whether your customers are saying positive or negative things about you. This gives you more flexibility to start with their sample and then tweak it to your needs. Then you would deploy it yourself and call it yourself.