Moms and dads everywhere should check out the following threatening note that a fed up father wrote to his teenage kids after they had left the kitchen a mess one too many times. More →
Japan recently installed Wi-Fi hotspots on Mt. Fuji because even adventurous mountain climbers, apparently, need Internet access. So if you’re one of the brave souls intent on climbing to the top of the most visited mountain in the world, you’ll now be able to email selfies of your achievement to friends with ease.
Having a clean room, running water or a comfortable bed aren’t the only requirements guests have from hotels. Wi-Fi – and especially free Wi-Fi – is slowly becoming one of the top demands from travelers. More →
Next month during the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Ben Caudill will unveil a potentially game changing device called a ProxyHam. Without question, the promise of ProxyHam should leave proponents of Internet privacy and anonymity beyond excited.
By relying upon a 900 MHz radio connection, Caudill’s device effectively serves as a long-distance Wi-Fi router. Specifically, the ProxyHam can transmit a Wi-Fi connection up to a distance of 2.5 miles in ideal conditions. As a result, even in scenarios where authorities manage to track down a target’s Internet connection, they might arrive on the scene (presumably a location with public w-fi access) only to find a ProxyHam device transmitting a low level signal perhaps thousands of feet away in any direction.
Researchers from the University of Washington have found a way to use a Wi-Fi router to wirelessly charge batteries for a variety of devices, while simultaneously offering users unhindered access to wireless Internet. The best part about it is that the new tech is compatible with existing wireless routers, which could be upgraded via a simple firmware update to support it. More →
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 →