Items tagged with wi fi

Leave it to a couple NASA scientists to develop technology that supercharges their smartwatches. NASA announced this week that it has applied for a patent on a technology that lets wearable devices reflect wireless signals instead of using traditional transmitters and receivers. Once the new tech is implemented, it should speed up data transmission over Wi-Fi networks while simultaneously reducing power costs – dramatically.Image credit: NASA“The idea is if the wearable device only needs to reflect the Wi-Fi signal from a router or cell tower, instead of generate it, the power consumption can go... Read more...
Thanks to a new technology partnership with ViaSat Inc., Virgin America is about to upgrade its in-flight Wi-Fi service in a big way. How big? In vague terms, Virgin America says the partnership will bring "significantly faster" wireless connectivity that will allow its passengers to stream video content from the web. Good stuff, though let's talk numbers. Virgin America will pull Wi-Fi service from the ViaSat-1, the highest capacity Ka-band satellite in the world offering 140 gigabits per second. What this means for passengers soaring 35,000 feet about ground is the ability to enjoy Internet service... Read more...
With the "Internet Of Things" supposed to be a major part of our future, there are a number of challenges to conquer. For wearables, such as smartwatches, the issue of power isn't a serious one, as people can just plug them in at night and have them ready-to-go in the morning. But many consider that adding a smartwatch to their list of devices to keep constantly charged is challenging enough. What's going to happen when other wearables come along, or IoT devices, such as surveillance cameras? Believe it or not, it might be possible to help keep some of these devices alive with the same Wi-Fi signals... Read more...
If you’re at all interested in the wearables, things are really starting to get interesting as Apple has entered the fray with the Apple Watch and numerous vendors in the Android Wear camp release compelling designs to eager tech geeks. The wearables market is about to get even more competitive thank to a new software announcement by Google, which will bring perhaps the biggest single update to date for the Android Wear platform. The biggest update, at least to my eyes, is the addition of Wi-Fi support. Like previous feature updates which added GPS and offline music support, Wi-Fi support will... Read more...
When I think of camping, I think about loading the family (including the dog) in my station wagon and hitting the Blue Ridge Mountains to get away from the stress of daily life and embrace nature. There’s nothing like hiking trails in the wilderness and popping up a tent after a long day without worrying about answering emails or checking up on Facebook. But according to a recent survey conducted by Kampground of America (KOA), it appears that our overwhelming desire to be “connected” at all times is even intruding into our desire to reconnect with nature. The association surveyed 3,000 people... Read more...
While Cuba’s rapidly-warming relationship with the United States is dominating headlines, Cubans are also enjoying some smaller, but important changes. One of those changes is Cuba’s softening of its grip on Internet access. Cubans can now access the Internet through a single free Wi-Fi hotspot. Until recently, Cuba kept Internet access out of the hands of ordinary Cubans. Government officials had some limited access, but citizens had few options. Cuba recently softened its stance just a little, letting ordinary citizens access the Internet for exorbitant fees, not unlike the characters in Hugh... Read more...
Eyefi has announced the latest addition to its family of Wi-Fi-enabled SD cards. The Eyefi claims that its 32GB Mobi Pro is “the most powerful WiFi SD card ever” and will be a welcome addition to the arsenal of professional photographers everywhere. The Mobi Pro supports Selective Transfer, which allows users to tag individual images for syncing instead of transferring every photo stored on the card. However, this functionality is a bit cumbersome to use as each photo that you do want to sync has be marked as write-protected from the camera. The Mobi Pro also supports the wireless transfer of RAW... Read more...
Google may be moving into the wireless carrier arena a little sooner than you might have expected. The company reportedly plans to take the wraps off project Nova at the end of this month. When the service launches, it will support only one phone according to The Wall Street Journal: Google’s own Nexus 6.  What makes Google’s service interesting is that it will switch between wireless networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, depending on which can provide better service to the user at the moment. The Wi-Fi/carrier switching is meant to make for both better data transfer and higher-quality calls. Because Google is... Read more...
Remember that low-cost Wi-Fi mobile phone service we told you about a week ago? Well, it's here -- Cablevision has begun taking orders for its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service, which runs $10 per month if you're a Cablevision Internet subscriber and $30 per month if you're not. Either way, it's an affordable alternative to traditional wireless services, provided you often have access to Wi-Fi. "Cellular was built for voice and Wi-Fi was built for data, which is why Wi-Fi is the preferred choice for data usage today," Cablevision COO Kristin Dolan said in a statement. "Freewheel integrates... Read more...
Cablevision is taking exception to Verizon's claims that its Wi-Fi service is the fastest available, claims the wireless telecom has made in television, radio, and Internet ads. The way Cablevision sees it, Verizon is making "deceptive" claims intended to "mislead consumers," so it went and filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York. "Verizon's claim that it has faster Wi-Fi than Cablevision is false, deceptive, and designed to mislead consumers," Cablevision said. "Verizon has no public Wi-Fi network. In addition, Verizon’s in-home routers are not... Read more...
Give Marriott International a half-hearted gold star for finally committing to leaving Wi-Fi hotspots alone. Bruce Hoffmeister, Global Chief Information Office for Marriott, issued a statement saying the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition seeking "direction" from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on what legal Wi-Fi blocking efforts might be at its disposable. "Marriott International has decided to withdraw as a party to the petition seeking direction from the FCC on legal Wi-Fi security measures. Our intent was to protect personal data in Wi-Fi hotspots for large conferences,"... Read more...
After being hit with a $600,000 fine by the Federal Communications Commission over its Wi-Fi blocking efforts, the Marriott International thought better of its ill-advised policy and vowed to no longer block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of its managed hotels. Score a point for consumers, and kudos to the FCC, which has now taken things a step further by outright prohibiting people and businesses from intentionally interfering with Wi-Fi hotspots.In an FCC Enforcement Advisory issued this week, the FCC noted a "disturbing trend" by hotels and other commercial establishments... Read more...
Watch out wireless carriers, here comes Cablevision with a tantalizing offer that's sure to lure some subscribers away from traditional mobile phone plans. Beginning next month, the cable company will roll out a low-cost mobile phone service called Freewheel that works by piggybacking on millions of Wi-Fi hotspots. The plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data and runs just $9.95 per month for Optimum Online customers, and $29.95 per month for everyone else. Either way, there's no annual contract to lock yourself into, though it does require purchasing a Motorola Moto G from Cablevision for... Read more...
For as progressive as California can be, the Red Line subway in Los Angeles is behind the times when it comes to underground Wi-Fi and cellphone capabilities, both of which it lacks. However, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is looking to change that by announcing a two-year, $800,000 project that will bring Wi-Fi service to four underground stations of the Red Line subway by May, and in-tunnel cellular service by August.Los Angeles is catching up to subway systems in other areas such as Washington D.C., Boston, parts of New York, and the Bay Area that already... Read more...
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