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  • Starbucks dumps AT&T for Google in Wi-Fi swap

    Posted July 31, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Starbucks says that it will drop AT&T as a wireless partner in favor of Google, boasting that the change will provide a 10-fold speed boost to the millions of users that use the coffee chain's free Wi-Fi every day.
  • Faster Wi-Fi deployed with launch of iPad program at prep school

    Posted July 16, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    The emergence of faster Wi-Fi on the 802.11ac standard has been a big hit with schools and universities that have struggled with slower networks because of the enormous influx of data-sucking smartphones, tablets and laptops used by students.
  • MIT researchers can see through walls using 'Wi-Vi'

    Posted June 27, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    If Google Glass isn't enough to get you worried about technology, how about a device that can see through walls using Wi-Fi?
  • Apple's 802.11ac Wi-Fi problems: They're for real

    Posted June 27, 2013 - 10:58 am

    The new MacBook Air, which is outfitted with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, is radically slower when it comes to transferring real-world files over a wireless connection.
  • Two different approaches to bridging the digital divide

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    In the U.S. the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is accused of waste while in the U.K. the grassroots B4RN community broadband network is a success. Is either approach the ultimate solution to bringing high-speed Internet access to rural areas?
  • A giant radio telescope, a small school and a Wi-Fi problem

    Posted February 7, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Students at a tiny Appalachian public school can't use Wi-Fi because any such network can throw the radio equivalent of a monkey wrench into a gigantic super-sensitive radio telescope just up the road.
  • Like WiFi at work? Then don't work for the government

    Posted February 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Apparently, many federal office buildings lack WiFi. Do you even remember what that was like?
  • Will the FCC's free WiFi plan bridge the digital divide?

    Posted February 5, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Are powerful, free WiFi networks coming soon to your neighborhood? Maybe, but don’t hold your breath
  • Students hurt by the digital divide

    Posted February 4, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Millions of students in the U.S. don’t have access to high speed Internet services at home and it’s hurting their chances for academic success, but fixing the problem is not going to be easy or cheap
  • The Weekly Hash - February 1, 2013

    Posted February 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    From Apple’s latest trademark coup to the secrets Anonymous hacked from the U.S. government to using Google Maps to find the best breakfast food in North Korea, we bring you the silliest stories in the tech world this past week
  • Rolling up developments in Wi-Fi

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Even though users typically only notice the major changes designed to improve the performance of Wi-Fi, the 802.11 specifications are constantly under development. For every "public" change there are five background changes, some of which are significant.
  • Fast 11ac adoption seen for smartphones

    Posted October 18, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    "Super" Wi-Fi will be available on seven of 10 smartphones in 2015, according to a market analysis by ABI Research. And they'll have more advanced Bluetooth radios and near-field communications (NFC) as well.
  • Proximity marketing: NFC vs. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Near field communication (NFC) is being hailed in some quarters as the future of mobile marketing. NFC tags that are embedded in products or on posters and signage can open a mobile browser in an NFC-enabled device (such as a smartphone) to transmit an offer or message. To start the communication, the consumer simply taps his or her smartphone to the tag to receive the transmission wirelessly.
  • How to set up a business-grade Wi-Fi network

    Posted October 9, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Setting up a robust Wi-Fi network for your business doesn't have to be a nerve-wrecking experience. Here are seven key factors you need to consider.
  • Resources for 802.11ac 'Gigabit' Wi-Fi

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 8:20 am

    There's a ton of information out there on 802.11ac, and at least two tons of opinions. Here's a sample from Network World and other sources. Feel free to jump into comments and share links to stories, blog posts, backgrounders, videos and the like that you've found helpful in getting a grip on "Gigabit" Wi-Fi.
  • Aruba tweaks Wi-Fi software to optimize mobile client links

    Posted August 16, 2012 - 2:09 pm

    Aruba Networks has released the latest version of its WLAN system software, with several changes designed to optimize throughput even as the wireless network is flooded with mobile clients.
  • Fix your Wi-Fi network: 7 tips

    Posted August 13, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Wireless Internet networks afford us the luxury of browsing the Web cable-free, but a connection that relies on radio waves is subject to failure due to interference, signal range limits, hardware problems, and operator error. With that in mind, we've put together a quick guide to the most common Wi-Fi troubles and how to fix them.
  • What's next for cellular? Try Wi-Fi

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    A perception exists that a network war is unfolding in the enterprise, with Wi-Fi facing off against up-and-coming cellular services, specifically 4G.
  • O2 launches free London Wi-Fi service in time for Olympics

    Posted July 26, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    O2 has launched the free Wi-Fi it promised to central London visitors and residents in time for the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Mobile networks insist they are prepared for mobile phone traffic during Olympics

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 11:25 am

    The UK's largest mobile phone operators believe that they will be able to cope with the expected increase in demand on their networks during the London 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to real-time data and more engineers.
  • Cisco to unveil Apple Bonjour gateway for enterprise WiFi networks

    Posted July 24, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Cisco plans to add code to its wireless LAN controllers to make Apple’s Bonjour-based technologies like AirPlay and AirPrint better behaved on enterprise networks.
  • 11ac chip with NFC, Bluetooth unveiled by Marvell

    Posted June 6, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    The next generation of Wi-Fi -- the superfast IEEE 802.11ac standard -- will integrate a range of wireless technologies on the same chip, as Marvell showed this week at Taiwan's giant annual Computex show. The semiconductor vendor announced a chip that will include 11ac with Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC).
  • BT on track to deliver 500,000 wi-fi hotspots for Olympic Games

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    BT has confirmed that it is on track to have 500,000 wi-fi hotspots across the capital in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Netgear adds to its 802.11ac lineup

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Netgear's first 802.11ac router, the R6300, will go on sale next week for $200, the company announced at a news conference yesterday. Touting the benefits of the next-gen Wi-Fi standard, the company also announced two more 802.11ac products: a lower-end router and a USB adapter for notebooks, both due this summer.
  • Wi-Fi Alliance's Passpoint program on track for June certifications

    Posted May 8, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint Program, which aims to make Wi-Fi hotspots work more like cellular and LTE networks, is on track to start issuing certifications this summer.
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