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Tuesday, March 19... 

FCC Approves Experimental Spectrum Bands in New Order
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to approve the creation of a new class of experimental wireless transmission licenses. The new classification will manage frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz, well above the megahertz and low gigahertz ranges that most commercially available wireless devices operate at today. The so-called "Spectrum Horizons order" clears the way for companies to tinker with the usage of these high to ultra-high frequency bands for up to 10 years, while also providing an avenue to the legal sale of commercialized products using these frequencies. As part of the same order, the FCC has also set aside 21.2GHz of spectrum for use by unlicensed devices. The agency noted that the spectrum included in this block was chose to minimize interference with government and scientific deployments that make use of nearby bands.

New Study Suggests the Majority of Android Anti-Virus Solutions Just Don't Work
A new series of tests from anti-virus researchers AV Comparative found that, of the 250 anti-virus programs tested for the Android mobile operating system, only 80 of them passed even the most basic standards for a functional anti-virus solution. This standard required the tested apps to successfully detect no less than 30 percent of the malicious apps present on AV Comparative's 2018 database of threats, while also producing no false positives. The dominant flaws among the failed apps seemed to run in two directions: multiple false positives, with some apps even flagging themselves as viruses; and missing legitimate viruses due to simple evasion tactics from the malicious software, such as including the names of well-known apps in their delivery packages to trigger whitelisting by the AV programs. Most of the solutions from well-established security software providers did pass the test, including those from AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Symantec. The study noted that those that did fail were mostly written by amateur developers, or were simple copies of each other placed on Google Play to gather revenue while providing little actual security. 32 of the tested apps have since been removed from the app store, AV Comparative noted.

Motorola Solutions Debuts MOTOTRBO Nitro, a CBRS-Based Communications Solution
Motorola Solutions announced the launch of MOTOTRBO Nitro, a new "end-to-end enterprise communications solution with premium voice communications and lightning-fast private broadband data." According to the company, the new offering employs the CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum to provide better indoor coverage for voice and data across an entire organization, as well as faster private broadband data with twice the capacity and up to four times the range of Wi-Fi-based alternatives. Motorola Solutions also noted that it designed MOTOTRBO Nitro to be scalable to growing customer needs, including the future integrations of video surveillance, a secure operations center, or introducing artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics to it.

.... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services


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