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FCC Fines Another Company Over Wi-Fi Blocking

FCC Fines Another Company Over Wi-Fi Blocking

The Federal Communications Commission has fined an internet provider $750,000 for using Wi-Fi monitoring systems to jam people’s personal hotspots at hotels and convention centers. The FCC says that Smart City, described as an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels, was guilty of blocking people’s mobile hotspots in order to force them to pay for Smart …

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Can Google Make Your Wi-Fi Less Annoying?

Can Google Make Your Wi-Fi Less Annoying?

Google has partnered with TP-LINK on a new router called OnHub aimed at simplifying Wi-Fi and making it less annoying. According to Google, it gives you fast, easy, secure Wi-Fi as opposed to “unplugging and re-plugging cords, trying to decipher blinking lights, or contemplating a call to customer support.” Here’s what OnHub looks like. Pretty simple. As Google notes, it …

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iOS 9 Fixes an Annoying Wi-Fi Issue

iOS 9 Fixes an Annoying Wi-Fi Issue

In gee that’s a simple solution, why isn’t that already a thing news, Apple has built a new Wi-Fi feature into its newest iOS. Apple products never want to let go of Wi-Fi. The signal might be terrible, but iOS will cling to any available Wi-Fi – even if it’s so slow as to render your phone a brick. Instead …

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FCC to Businesses: Blocking Wi-Fi Is 100% Illegal

The Federal Communications Commission has stated, unequivocally, that businesses which interfere with consumers’ Wi-Fi are in direct violation of the law. “In the 21st Century, Wi-Fi, represents an essential on-ramp to the internet. Personal Wi-Fi networks, or “hot spots,” are an important way that consumers connect to the Internet. Willful or malicious interference with Wi-Fi hot spots is illegal,” says …

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Comcast Hotspot Lawsuit Alleges Company Broke the Law with Xfinity Public WiFi Initiative

A couple of Comcast customers are none too happy with the company’s Xfinity WiFi hotspot initiative, and have filed a class-action lawsuit against the ISP in a California district court. Toyer Grear and Joycelyn Harris allege Comcast is violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and various other state statutes when it uses customers’ wireless routers to “generate additional, public …

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FCC Says Marriott Jammed Guests’ Wi-Fi, Will Pay $600K Fine

The FCC and Marriott have come to an agreement on allegations that the hotel chain puprosefully jammed its customers’ Wi-Fi. The civil penalty will amount to $600,000 for the largest hotel company in the world. The whole thing started with a complaint, which the FCC received in March of 2013. The complainant, who had recently stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland …

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Plane Crash? Nah, Just a Google Internet Balloon Returning to Earth

As it turns out, giant, falling internet balloons kind of resemble a crashing plane. Emergency responders (including a rescue helicopter!) were called to an area in New Zealand’s South Island Friday morning after reports of a plane crash. But when they found the site of the ‘wreckage,’ it wasn’t really wreckage at all. It was just a bog ol’, partially-deflated …

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Comcast Launches Wireless Gateway For Small Businesses

Comcast just announced its new Business Wireless Gateway to provide WiFi to small and medium-sized businesses. A spokesperson for Comcast Business tells WebProNews, “A key difference of this product is how it keeps public and private WiFi separate, and all in a single device.” As the company explains, the offering enables entrepreneurs to assign one private wireless signal for their …

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D-Link Launches Facebook Wi-Fi Router For Small Businesses

D-Link has teamed up with Facebook on a wireless router for small businesses that utilizes Facebook Wi-Fi. The router enables businesses to offer their customers a Wi-Fi hotspot, which they can access by checking into the business on Facebook. You may recall that Cisco launched a similar offering last fall. “The solution offers small businesses improved Page insights into customers …

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Japan Wants to Give Tourists Free Wi-Fi in Tons of Public Places by 2016

There are a bunch of wonderful things about being a tourist in Japan–the food, the culture, the nightlife, and the history, to name a few. But one thing tourists have complained about for years is the difficulty of accessing Wi-Fi in the country. When navigating a foreign country (especially for the first time), access to reliable internet is crucial. Now, …

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Baby Monitor Hacked in Toddler’s Room

Baby monitors are used by parents to do exactly as their name suggests, monitor the baby. We don’t imagine that we are possibly inviting strangers into the safety and security of our homes. Imagine putting your toddler to bed, and using a baby monitor to ensure her safety, only to hear profanities being screamed at her through her monitor while …

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Starbucks Partners With Google For Faster Wi-Fi

Starbucks recently made a deal with Google to offer their customers Wi-Fi connections that are considerably faster then they are today. Starbucks has been a long-time hang out spot and trendy temporary workspace for many around the world. However, those that choose this workspace option have been faced with limited connectivity speeds. From my personal experience in many of the …

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