Items tagged with WiFi

There's progress, and then there's going too far. While you won't find too many technology lovers who are opposed to having Wi-Fi below 10,000 feet or being able to leave one's Kindle on from gate-to-gate, there's a fine line here that may soon be crossed. Enabling connectivity in the sky is a godsend for those who fly frequently and need to get work done, but by and large, all of this happens at a low volume level. The noise of one's keyboard is largely drowned out by the rumble of the airline engines, and there's a good reason that most in-flight Wi-Fi services don't allow VoIP or video calls. The airline is a cramped place, and any semblance of privacy is precious. But, a new report suggests... Read more...
Now that folks are able to read their Kindles and continue racking up high scores in Fruit Ninja while their plane is taking off and landing, we suspected that it was only a matter of time before the deaded "10,000 rule" was axed for in-flight Wi-Fi. That said, we didn't see it happening so quickly. Starting today, Southwest Airlines flyers will be able to keep their tablets, smartphones, and other WiFi enabled portable devices connected to the aircraft's internet service for the entire duration of the trip, which includes takeoff and touchdown. As Southwest puts it, customers will have the ability to remain connected "from the time they step onboard a Southwest plane to the time they exit."... Read more...
You and fourteen of your friends can stay connected via AT&T’s new Unite Pro Mobile Hotspot, which will be available for $49.99 with a two-year contract starting on November 22nd. The Unite Pro boasts 4G LTE connectivity to handle so many connections, and it has a BatteryBoost feature so you can have charge your smartphone from the mobile hotspot itself, which promises 16 hours on a single charge. Other features include dual-band WiFi and a 2.4-inch color touchscreen, and the display offers a handy visual for finding and managing connections as well as tracking data usage. The Unite Pro is ideal for anyone who needs connectivity on the go and either can’t or doesn’t want... Read more...
GoGo, known for its in-flight Internet connectivity service, is expanding its reach from WiFi access to texts and phone calls. Users will ostensibly be able to send text messages and receive phone calls at 30,000 feet using their own smartphones and an app found in the App Store or Google Play store. On the one hand, this is huge news for flyers who want to stay in touch with friends, family, or colleagues on the ground; on the other hand, it’s easy to envision a dystopian future where economy class is a wasteland of one-sided conversations filled with detailed descriptions of medical conditions, swoony lovers who can’t bear to be apart for three hours, heated arguments, mind-numbingly... Read more...
It seems like a lot of companies are getting in on the iPad trade-in action, including Microsoft, Best Buy, and now Target. From now until November 9th, you can take your old (but working and unscratched) iPad to Target and swap it for at least $200. That means you could potentially get more than that, depending on the age and condition of the iPad. The $200 will take the form of a Target Trade-In Gift Card, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding $200 worth of merchandise you want or need at Target. (They have groceries now, for crying out loud.) Target has a running program where you can trade in old electronics such as PCs, cameras, and the iPhone, but this deal is huge. For example,... Read more...
You’d think that if you lived in Mountain View, home of Google, you’d have killer Internet access. And if you were living there several years ago you’d be right, as the search giant installed free WiFi all over the city in 2006. It was no doubt a delightful perk, at least until last year when the citywide WiFi reportedly suddenly began flaking out. "The city has received many complaints in recent months regarding the performance and reliability of the free Google Wi-Fi system in Mountain View, particularly at our library," Kimberly Thomas, assistant to the city manager in Mountain View, told IT World. City Hall’s WiFi is apparently also down, as are other spots around... Read more...
Maintaining a connection can be tough even in the United States, but things become monumentally more challenging once you head overseas. High-priced roaming rates, incompatible 3G/4G bands, and unreliable rental SIMs can cause all sorts of headaches for those just looking to send one or two e-mails upon arrival, but thankfully, things are (slowly but surely) starting to improve. AT&T has in recent months lowered its rates for small overseas broadband tiers, and now, it has worked out a deal with a global provider of Wi-Fi hotspots in order to give customers even more options when traveling abroad. Via the AT&T Wi-Fi International App, AT&T customers traveling abroad can now gain access... Read more...
Republic Wireless made waves with its $19 per month unlimited everything wireless plan, but the catch was that you had to buy the phone outright--a decent but decidedly midrange Motorola Defy XT, which cost $249. Now, the company has scored a high-end handset with the Moto X (review here) for just $299, and in doing so, it’s seriously threatening the major carriers. The Moto X is a solid high-end smartphone, but more importantly, it’s one that customers are excited about buying. And considering that the major carriers are essentially all offering the device for $199 on contract, paying an extra hundred bucks to eschew a contract at all is incredibly compelling. Indeed, Republic Wireless... Read more...
You should always practice caution when connection to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, but Windows Phone users need to be extra careful due to a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's mobile operating system. If a Windows Phone user connects to the 'wrong' hotspot, a hacker could sniff out and steal their domain username and password. "Microsoft is aware of a public report that describes a known weakness in the Wi-Fi authentication protocol known as PEAP-MS-CHAPv2 (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol with Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2), used by Windows Phones for WPA2 wireless authentication. In vulnerable scenarios, an attacker who successfully exploited... Read more...
Like an old cup of coffee, Starbucks is getting rid of AT&T as its complimentary Wi-Fi service provider and replacing it with something new and fresh. Specifically, Google will provide the next generation of wireless service to Starbucks customers, but it's not just a change in provider, it's an upgrade in speed as well. According to Starbucks, Google's Wi-Fi service will provide its customers with up to 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi speeds than they're currently getting with AT&T. In addition, Google and Starbucks will work together to co-develop the next generation Starbucks Digital Network. "Every day, our customers rely on the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks to study, work, connect with... Read more...
Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed a tiny sensor that can be embedded into a tooth cavity, dentures, or braces to stop you from lying through your teeth, in a manner of speaking. The sensor is able to detect with nearly 94 percent accuracy common oral activities such as chewing, drinking, speaking, and coughing. The end goal of something like this is to enable healthcare applications, such as fluid or intake monitoring, or to tell if a patient has been smoking. There have been other similar sensors before, but rather than being placed on the body, this one goes inside the body, right in the mouth. According to the researchers who developed the device, the advantage of this... Read more...
Google has deep pockets--so deep that the company can drop $600,000 to set up free WiFi hotspots in 31 San Francisco parks, just because. Google will also throw in two year’s worth of maintenance costs, which look to be about $25,000 per year. Before San Francisco accepts Google’s gift, the city has to decide if it’s willing to pay for the annual maintenance; officials are likely more than happy to have the WiFi service, as it’s very much a hot tech city these days and would surely prefer to offer up that level of Internet access at popular places. Mission Dolores Park Reuters says that proposed areas to get the free WiFi include Mission Dolores Park, Alamo Square, Washington... Read more...
Guess what, New Yorkers? Next time you're down in the city and are passing underground, your mobile signal might be a bit stronger. If you're working on Sprint's network, that is. Transit Wireless and Sprint today announced that the companies have finalized their contract to bring Sprint's wireless voice and data service to the state-of-the-art wireless network in the New York City subway system. Sprint has signed on to the full scope of the project – all 277 underground subway stations. Wireless customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can expect to begin receiving coverage underground in the 36 stations already online in mid-town Manhattan and Chelsea by early 2014. "As we... Read more...
Internet, anyone? If you're cruising over to the Big Apple, the answer is a resounding "yes." Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, Cablevision Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Lee Schroeder, and Time Warner Cable Vice President of Government Relations for New York City Cathleen Sims today announced the launch of new WiFi service in 32 New York City parks. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices for free up to 30 minutes each month, and for 99... Read more...
Southwest is already one of America's most beloved airlines due to its bags-fly-free policy, and now, technology lovers are about to have one more reason to chose this airline over the others. Dish and Southwest have joined hands in order to deliver a new TV Flies Free program. This will bring free live and on-demand TV to certain personal devices onboard all Southwest planes with Wi-Fi. iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and "most other Internet-ready personal devices" will have access starting today, with live TV as well as up to 75 on-demand shows being on tap. For the first time, Customers flying on Southwest Airlines can stream directly to their personal devices live TV and up to 75 on demand titles... Read more...
If you have ever wanted to see through walls, but couldn't afford the expensive equipment to do so, then some MIT researchers deserve your attention. They've devised a system called "Wi-Vi", which is designed similarly to sonar where a signal is blasted out and bounced back. An image is then created based on what it hits, and if it happens to be a moving object, then that will become visible on the display immediately. At the moment, the technology is in its infancy, and so not surprisingly, the resolution of the data is small... very small. You'll clearly be able to see movement in another room, but as for distinguishing whether or not it's a male, female, or perhaps even a big dog, might be... Read more...
While sometimes rewarding, being an early adopter also carries its share of risks and pitfalls, and not just for the consumer. Manufacturers are prone to buyer's remorse as well, and Apple may feel that way if it can't come up with a fix for its 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology baked into its newest MacBook Air models introduced at the Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) earlier this month. We'll get to that in just a moment, but first a primer. The new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard offers up to three times the wireless speed of 802.11n, paving the way for streaming Ultra HD content and faster transfers at longer ranges. However, the 802.11ac is still in Draft form, as the IEEE (Institute of Electrical... Read more...
Whether or not you believe Google when it says that it didn’t mean to snoop data from WiFi networks while its Street View cars traversed the globe, the fact of the matter is that the company was sloppy with its code and ended up snagging data it wasn’t supposed to have. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has been interested in this issue since at least 2010, when it tasked Google with performing an internal audit concerning this WiFi snooping. Now, the agency has told Google that it must delete the data it still has within 35 days, and if it finds more disks containing additional data, Google must destroy that, as well. A failure to eliminate the data, the... Read more...
Apple's WWDC keynote today focused primarily on software, as well it should have, but a bit of hardware news also made it out. On the networking side, the company's long-standing AirPort line received a new AirPort Extreme. The design is actually massively different than anything we've seen before, with a taller and slimmer body replacing the flatter version that came before. From a technical standpoint, the ability to support 802.11ac transfers is all new, promising up to 3x faster local connections and transfers with hardware that supports it. There are six total antennas, three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. There's also a built-in firewall, three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports,... Read more...
It only makes sense that a high-speed train would provide wireless service that's also high-speed right? In that case, all aboard! Amtrak this week announced an upgrade to its AmtrakConnect cellular-based Wi-Fi service to take advantage of 4G technologies. Amtrak says the 4G upgrade is already in place on Acela Express and California-supported Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfline, and San Joaquin services, and will be rolled out to its remaining fleet of Wi-Fi equipped trains by late summer. "We continue to place a strong focus on improving customer satisfaction, and this upgrade is delivering the improved speeds and connectivity required to maintain a competitive edge," said Deborah Stone-Wulf,... Read more...
It’s router time, baby. D-Link has a new quartet of them, and they all sport 802.11ac technology, which is the next generation of WiFi speed, which will enable more flexible options for streaming movies, gaming online, and other activities. "Today's average home now has more than 15 devices, oftentimes with multiple iPads, iPhones, as well as Android phones and tablets," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. That’s a lot of devices fighting for bandwidth. D-Link's AC router family D-Link’s AC routers feature advanced remote network management and sharing capabilities, a USB port for streaming and sharing, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) technology,... Read more...
Outgoing FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is leaving his post sometime in the near future, but he’s no lame duck; according to the New York Times, Genachowski and the rest of the FCC are working hard on making in-flight WiFi cheaper, faster, and more readily available. The FCC voted to begin the process of using newly-available 500MHz spectrum to bolster in-flight WiFi. The process will likely years, but the end result will ideally be in-flight WiFi speeds that rival those that people enjoy at home and in various coffee shops and other restaurants. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Unlike airplane-to-satellite Internet service, which is expensive and relatively slow, the ground-to-airplane... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next ... Last