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Portuguese buses and taxis are also wi-fi routers

Routers on 600 buses and taxis allow free Internet access and collect data for city planners. A massive mobile Wi-Fi network that could be a model for many cities was launched in the city of Porto, Portugal, this fall. Buses and taxis are equipped with routers that serve as mobile Wi-Fi hot spots for tens of thousands of riders. Show More Summary

Robert Dietz: Sex Offender Arrested, Downloads Child Porn Using Starbucks’ Free Wi-fi

Robert Dietz, also known as Robert Edward Dietz, was arrested on Saturday in Hillsboro, Oregon, for downloading child porn at a local Starbucks. According to FOX 12-Oregon, Law enforcement officials, who had been watching Dietz, caught him red handed at around 9 a.m., at the Starbucks trying to download sexually explicit photos of children. Show More Summary

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1. MBA programs go digital. 2. Claims about pain.  Or is it contrast?  Or something else? 3. Will the Thai military bring free wi-fi to the country? 4. Apps to measure (and help control?) epilepsy. 5. Why is everyone so busy? 6. MindGeek, monopsony, copyright, and the economics of adult entertainment.  More interesting than it […]

How a Portuguese City Turned Its Buses and Taxis Into Wi-Fi Hotspots 

In Porto, Portugal, picking up a free Wi-Fi signal is as simple as hopping into a bus or taxi. The city recently launched a Wi-Fi program that serves 70,000 people a month by offering free internet connections in more than 600 buses and taxis. Read more...

Microsoft and Google team-up against hotels blocking personal Wi-Fi

In an effort to block hotel chains controlling Wi-Fi at their locations, Google and Microsoft have formed an unlikely alliance. The two tech giants, as well as other tech companies, are lobbying in opposition to a petition by the hotel … Continue reading ?

An Entire Country Will Have Free Wifi By April. You’ll Never Believe Which One.

Thailand’s military government is pushing forward with a plan to offer free wifi throughout the country by April. The free Wi-Fi service will see more than 130,000 Wi-Fi hotspots installed throughout the country and is part of the government’s pledge to return happiness to the Thai people. Show More Summary

LG Flow punches Sonos right in its portable battery speaker hole

Also: Bonky play tech for seamless cans handoff Aiming to compete more strongly with Sonos, LG Electronics is updating its streaming Wi-Fi loudspeaker/music-player product line with something that Sonos users have (so far fruitlessly) requested; a portable, battery-powered job.…

The Apps You Need Now to Keep Your Privacy Intact

Give yourself the gift of better digital security this holiday season. There are the basic things you can do to protect your data and your phone, like avoiding public Wi-Fi networks, enabling built-in tools like "Find My iPhone," and using a good password. Show More Summary

Marriott Wants to Jam Guests' Wi-Fi Devices

Google and Microsoft have joined a growing chorus of businesses that oppose Marriott's attempt to block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots in their hotel rooms. At Marriott connection rates start at $14.95 per day. In its FCC petition, MarriottShow More Summary

Ebuzz: Outlet allows Wi-Fi to give you a smarter home

When Naperville-based Grid Connect last year debuted a line of Wi-Fi sensors, consumers were able to control the temperature, humidity, security, motion and lights as well as detect water leaks around their house. But with the move toward the smart house of the future, customers also told owner Mike Justice and his son, Adam Justice, Continue reading ?

Google and Microsoft Join Fight Against Hotels Blocking Personal Wi-Fi

The hotel industry wants to prevent travelers from using their own Wi-Fi hotspots. Opponents say this could put travelers at risk for cybercrime.

Make Your Home Network More Festive with a Santa Emoji

If you have family and friends coming over for the holidays, there's a good chance they'll be looking to connect to your Wi-Fi. If you want to make things a bit more festive, blogger Jacob Salmela shows off an easy way to put Santa's face right in the network name. Read more...

LG Music Flow Wi-Fi Series range set to rock and roll at CES 2015

Boy, has another year passed us by so quickly, that it felt just like it was last month that the madness of CES has passed us by. Before you know it, another monster edition of the world’s biggest consumer electronics show is about to happen, and you can be sure that the industry’s biggest names are going to be there to make a statement for the year ahead – which...

Hobbit Sword Glows When It Detects Wi-Fi

WarSting is a replica of Bilbo Baggins' famous sword Sting, with a twist: instead of glowing blue when it detects Orcs, it glows blue when it picks up an open wi-fi network. Read more...

PERI Duo: It's a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker, a battery case, and more

If there are two product areas that seemingly don't need any new entries, those are probably portable Bluetooth speakers and iPhone battery cases. But what if you could get both of those product genres in one product? That's the idea behind the PERI...

Looks Like North Korea's Internet Is Still Sputtering

Yesterday, North Korea’s connection to the internet had a bad day. Then it kinda sorta came back! But not before taking another vacation. It’s like in-flight Wi-Fi over there. More »      

Google, Microsoft, Wireless Carriers Form Rare Alliance To Battle Marriott's Dumb Wi-Fi 'Jamming'

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in October we noted how the FCC had fined Marriott $600,000 for the company's decision to block cellular signals in the company's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville. The move was pretty clearly intended to...Show More Summary

A Researcher Found A Clever Way To Solve Wi-Fi Problems In Rural Areas — By Using Sheep

A researcher in England is working on practical ways to bring improved internet access to rural and remote areas of the world — and one of his strategies involves planting Wi-Fi hotspots on sheep. Professor Gordon Blair from Lancaster...Show More Summary

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