Searching for flights via Google Flight has instantly become more informative and useful. Thanks to a recently inked deal with Routehappy, Google Flight users will now be able to see which upcoming flights have Wi-Fi options available while also being able to compare flights based on other “happiness” variables such as leg room, in-seat power, and more. More →
When’s the last time you had to plug-in an Ethernet cable into your computer to connect to the Internet? Many people will likely struggle to answer that question, considering that most home computing is currently done on devices that are mobile and that connect wirelessly to networks.
But Wi-Fi networks aren’t always reliable, and can be very annoying at times, as can be seen in an amazing new illustration. More →
There’s no real evidence that Wi-Fi and LTE are dangerous for your health, but one woman out of a small town in the U.K. is taking drastic measures to protect herself from both wireless data technologies nonetheless. Stefanie Russell, 72, has spent thousands of pounds to block Wi-Fi and mobile phone signals from her house, as she claims that the signals cause nausea and headaches.
Being stuck on slow Wi-Fi can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you’ve got work to do, but there is a solution. David Nield at Gizmodo has written a handy primer on how to disable images and plugins on your browser in order to speed up loading times and counteract the crummy connection. More →
Everyone loves in-flight Wi-Fi… until it allows a hacker to infiltrate the plane’s satellite communications equipment. CBCNews brings us word that security researcher Ruben Santamarta of IOActive is going to present new findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week showing how to use a plane’s Wi-Fi and even its in-flight entertainment system to hack into its satellite equipment. More →
Google absolutely loves it when people spend more time using its assorted mobile apps and services which is why it wants to make sure you never have to stop using them if you’re in a location that doesn’t offer a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Information now reports that Google “has developed plans to offer heavily subsidized Wi-Fi network hardware and software to small and medium-sized retail businesses” that they can in turn offer to their customers. More →
It’s taken a while but it looks like New York City will finally go through with a brilliant plan that will greatly expand the number of Wi-Fi hotspots available throughout the five boroughs. New York mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced that he’s seeking proposals for how to best build a citywide Wi-Fi network that uses pay phone booths as hotspots. This initiative started under former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg but it was fairly limited in reach — de Blasio apparently wants to push it much further to create a Wi-Fi network capable of spanning huge chunks of the city. More →
Believe it or not, public Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t always the most secure way to access the web when you’re on the go. This is why security firm Secure Data Recovery has put together a handy infographic that gives you tips and tricks for avoiding some of the most common dangers associated with using public Wi-Fi hotspots. More →
The entire home automation industry is about to be upended by startups. Companies that are starting out small have a clear and concise vision: one in which your home and the many things in it can all communicate and work seamlessly with each other.
I have been looking for the perfect way to automate a room, a whole floor, and an entire house for the past ten years and have consistently been disappointed. Disappointed with the integration, the cost, the flexibility, and the ease of use. More →
Carriers have long complained about data-hungry smartphone users clogging up their networks, but a new study from Juniper Research suggests that their plans to limit their customers’ data consumption might be working a bit too well. Juniper’s latest report “forecasts that almost 50% of data traffic generated by mobile phones, tablets and other 3G/4G connected devices, will be offloaded to Wi-Fi and Small Cell networks this year.” While this is on the surface good for carriers because it relieves congestion on their networks, Juniper points out that it could also lead to more consumers choosing cheaper data plans with low bandwidth caps if they become accustomed to hooking onto Wi-Fi for most of their mobile data needs. Juniper notes that “in response, operators are actively partnering with existing Wi-Fi networks and launching their own carrier grade Wi-Fi solutions” so they don’t get completely left out in the cold.
Anyone who remembers the ’80s surely recalls the television ads for The Clapper, the sound recognition system that you could use to turn lights and appliances off and on just by clapping your hands. Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a more sophisticated version of this idea by configuring Wi-Fi antennas used in your home gadgets to interpret hand gestures so you can turn on lights, adjust your thermostat and change channels on your television all with the wave of a hand. The University of Washington says that its technology is very similar to the technology used for Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect sensor but adds that it’s “simpler, cheaper and doesn’t require users to be in the same room as the device they want to control… because Wi-Fi signals can travel through walls and aren’t bound by line-of-sight or sound restrictions.” A video demonstration of the technology is posted below. More →
In a move that’s sure to cheer everyone who likes having more unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that it wants to follow chairman Julius Genachowski’s plan to free up a 195MHz chunk of spectrum on the 5GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. The FCC says that freeing up the new spectrum will “provide access to additional contiguous spectrum with consistent technical requirements, allowing unlicensed devices to use wider bandwidth channels, leading to faster speeds.”