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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
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