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  • Three essential tools for solving the worst Wi-Fi headaches

    Posted March 28, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Wi-Fi is great, except when it's not. Here are three tools that will make your wireless life easier.
  • How cable companies have quietly dominated public Wi-Fi

    Posted October 15, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    With more than 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots launched in the past few years U.S. cable providers are the runaway leaders in public Wi-Fi.
  • WiGig is great, but it won't replace your Wi-Fi network

    Posted September 10, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    The WiGig standard offers much faster wireless network speeds than Wi-Fi, but at a range far too short for many wireless functions.
  • With faster 5G Wi-Fi coming, Wi-Fi Alliance kicks off certification program

    Posted June 19, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled a certification program for 802.11ac Wi-Fi (also known as 5G Wi-Fi) designed to make sure devices using the wireless technology interoperate with older hardware.
  • How 802.11ac networking boosts the MacBook Air's Wi-Fi performance

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    One exciting aspect of the new MacBook Air release is the prospect of greater Wi-Fi speed and performance. That's because Apple's updated laptop sports built-in compatibility with the newest draft networking standard, 802.11ac, an upgrade of the current 802.11n. That draft standard (established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is also built into Apple's newly released AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Time Capsule hard drive. The new MacBook Airs are among a handful of laptops with internal 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters shipping to date.
  • The Weekly Hash - March 15, 2013

    Posted March 15, 2013 - 9:35 am

    The only review of the week’s top tech stories you’ll read that will include Google, the Pope and Larry King all together
  • United Airlines to offer satellite Wi-Fi on long-haul flights, beating Delta to the gate

    Posted January 26, 2013 - 8:13 am

    United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi on long-haul international flights after it added Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi from Panasonic Avionics to a Boeing 747. The Wi-Fi-equipped plane serves trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights; United has also added satellite Wi-Fi to two Airbus 380 aircraft that serve U.S. domestic routes.
  • The Weekly Hash - January 11, 2013

    Posted January 11, 2013 - 11:14 am

    A silly review of a bunch of tech stories from this past week, today featuring intelligent flatware at CES, John McAfee acting even crazier and the programming language of the year’s newest lady friend
  • Upgraded Wi-Fi network greets Democratic Party conventioneers

    Posted September 4, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    Charlotte, N.C., is rolling out the red carpet for the Democrats who arrive this week to formally renominate President Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. And Time Warner Cable Arena is rolling out a new, high capacity 802.11n Wi-Fi network for them.
  • Extend your Wi-Fi network

    Posted September 1, 2012 - 7:15 am

    If you’re not getting the range you want from your home or office wireless network, there are many ways you can go about expanding your coverage. In this guide we’ll discuss some of the most popular methods, many of which involve upgrading and purchasing new gear (always a fun topic). Before you spend a cent, make sure to check out our tips on how to fix your Wi-Fi network to see how you may be able to get better Wi-Fi coverage from changing your router’s channel or placement. If those tips don't do the trick, keep reading for a few more specific ways to extend the range of your wireless network.
  • Mobile users prefer Wi-Fi over cellular for lower cost, speed, reliability

    Posted August 20, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Smartphone and tablet users prefer using Wi-Fi over cellular connections, and consider Wi-Fi cheaper, faster, easier to use, more reliable and, even, slightly more secure than cellular.
  • Wi-Fi-extending robot sniffs out wireless networks, is built like a tank

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:45 am

    If you've ever lived or stayed in an area with a limited Internet connection or a 3G dead zone, you'll know exactly how frustrating it can be even to just quickly check your emails. Perhaps people living in such areas should invest in something like the Wi-Fi Extending Robot.
  • Can over-the-top voice services free you from mobile minutes charges?

    Posted July 21, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Even in an era when just about every service is available over the open Internet or through an app, consumers still have to pay for voice service. The "voice charges" line item still pops up on every cell phone bill, and it isn't cheap.
  • Samsung unveils MV900, A Wi-Fi camera with a flip-up screen

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    Last year's Samsung MV800 was a unique compact camera, thanks to a LCD viewfinder attached to a top-mounted hinge that flipped up a full 180 degrees to assist with self portraits. Today, Samsung announced its successor, the MV900, which is a bit bigger than the MV800 but offers the same kind of adjustable LCD.
  • New York City finds new use for old pay phones: Wi-Fi hotspots

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Here's a good idea. New York City wants to repurpose old pay phone kiosks by turning the locations into Wi-Fi hotspots across the city's five boroughs.
  • FaceTime via cellular: will it work, and can you afford it?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:54 am

    Apple's next-generation iOS will allow FaceTime video chats over cellular connections, but analysts question whether 3G networks offer enough bandwidth for quality chats and say 4G network use could be pricey.
  • Amazon releases Kindle software update with better font, support for additional formats

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Amazon on Monday announced the immediate availability of version 4.1.0 of the software that runs on the $79 Kindle--the non-touch screen version with no keyboard referred to as the Kindle With Special Offers (4th generation). The free update will install automatically via Wi-Fi over the next few weeks, but you can download it directly from Amazon and install it now instead.
  • Breakfast links: Google in big trouble over Wi-Fi snooping

    Posted July 1, 2011 - 9:24 am

    Also: 'Something awesome' from Facebook, for once.
  • Fun facts about Verizon iPhone 4 users (though maybe not so much fun for AT&T)

    Posted March 25, 2011 - 6:12 pm

    Mobile ad exchange network Mobclix recently conducted a survey of Verizon iPhone 4 users and published some interesting -- if not entirely surprising -- conclusions.
  • Qualcomm to acquire Wi-Fi specialist Atheros

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Qualcomm has entered into an agreement to purchase chip maker Atheros for US$3.1 billion, or $45 per share, in cash, the company said on Wednesday.
  • WiFi vulnerabilities: Advances and incidents in 2010

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    The 802.11n standard was ratified in 2009 and WiFi really took off in 2010, with support showing up in an array of consumer electronic devices. Unfortunately security related issues escalated right along with growing acceptance. Here’s a look back at the WiFi security issues that emerged this year.
  • Wi-Fi may re-emerge as a top mobile option as carriers move away from unlimited data

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 12:16 pm

    With the iPhone, iPad, Android devices of all stripes, netbooks, and MiFi cards driving the demand for wireless connectivity, carriers are beginning to rein in the unlimited 3G/4G free-for-all. At the same time, free and low-cost Wi-Fi is becoming a cheaper, faster, and better bet for everyone.
  • Google seeks consolidation of Wi-Fi snooping cases

    Posted June 11, 2010 - 9:57 am

    Peppered with lawsuits over its collection of Web traffic data from wireless networks, Google wants all the cases consolidated into one, and for that single case to be heard by a court near its Mountain View, California, headquarters.
  • New Mexico man sues neighbor for using wi-fi

    Posted January 15, 2010 - 5:48 pm

    Arthur Firstenberg suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity, which means that cell phones, computers, and wi-fi cause him great pain -- even when those devices reside in the house next door. And so he is suing his neighbor for not turning off electronic devices in her home.
  • Google to provide free Wi-Fi at airports during holidays

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 11:50 am

    Google announced today that the company is picking up the tab for your Wi-Fi at major airports across the United States starting today.
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