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  • 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.
  • Review

    New Airport Express a tiny Wi-Fi base station powerhouse

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:05 am

    The redesigned 2012 model of the AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station has become the mouse that roars. The revisions transform this model into a tiny powerhouse by adding to its previous modest attributes a second ethernet port, simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, and a guest network option all in a form factor identical to the Apple TV (except white and an ounce lighter).
  • Microsoft makes bold move, pundits take tired swipes

    Posted June 22, 2012 - 11:22 am

    The talk around the Surface has quickly devolved into the usual Spec-Then-Snark pattern. Unnamed sources claim it will cost $600? Doomed. Wi-Fi only? Sunk. No Angry Birds announced? Pfah.
  • 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.
  • Ask the iTunes Guy: syncing tips

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:23 am

    [Ask the iTunes Guy is a regular column in which we answer your questions on everything iTunes related. If there's something you'd like to know, send an email to the iTunes Guy for consideration.]
  • New iPad: 4G no more (sort of)

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Apple has stopped calling the new iPad "4G-capable" after regulators cracked down on its U.S.-only capability to connect to high-speed LTE networks. Although it is still listed as being "4G LTE capable," the new iPad is now called "Wi-Fi + Cellular" instead of "Wi-Fi + 4G" in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and several parts of Asia.
  • The quirky conundrum of tethering and hotspots

    Posted January 20, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Can you use your phone as your go-to connection for getting work done? Yes, but only if you're willing to pay serious monthly cash--or play a game of hide-and-seek with your carrier.
  • The best Google security tool that you can't use now

    Posted January 17, 2012 - 11:49 am

    A nifty Google tool could log you into any computer without your typing a single character of your password. Let's hope it comes back soon.
  • 8 free Wi-Fi security tools

    Posted January 12, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Free Wi-Fi tools come in handy. Here are several free programs you can use to do Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying on all the popular platforms.
  • What tomorrow's phones really need: smarter Wi-Fi

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Here are all the problems with how smartphones handle Wi-Fi these days, and a few not-so-humble suggestions on how to fix them.
  • 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.
  • Wi-Fi calling: T-Mobile’s unused ace in the hole

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Living in the Northeast, I can honestly say I've dropped some voice calls in my time. I don't mean the AT&T oversaturation of 3G in cities like Boston, either; I mean a genuine lack of signal presence. Depending on what carrier you have and area you live in, you could be told flat-out by a salesperson that you'd better look elsewhere. It can be a very frustrating experience. I'm happy to say that I think the answer to the dropped call woes is here.
  • 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.
  • Concerned about public Wi-Fi after reading about Firesheep? Check out these secure Wi-Fi alternatives

    Posted October 27, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    The release of Firesheep (a FireFox add-on that let's anyone hijack your connection to common social media sites without knowing your password) raises a lot of concerns about using public Wi-Fi networks to access sites like Facebook and Twitter. In addition to steps to protect yourself, you can avoid the danger completely with these alternative mobile Internet solutions
  • 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.
  • Windows XP's built-in Wi-Fi Security Hole

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    Ever look for a Wi-Fi connection and see the "Free Public Wifi" SSID? It won't be a good connection, but it's also not an attempt to break into your laptop. It's an invitation for someone else to break into that user's laptop.
  • 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.
  • New digital cameras get fast, cheap and smart

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Higher resolution? Camera makers exhausted consumers' lust for higher pixel counts long ago. All those pixels just create a burden of bigger file sizes to deal with. Smaller? Small is nice, but with pocketability comes lower quality lenses, smaller displays and cramped controls.
  • Cheap WPA Wireless Cracking

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Pay your money, and a cracker will break open a WPA-protected Wi-Fi network for you using an automated cloud-based hacking tool.
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