All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Wi-Fi’

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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Google Settles With 38 States Over Wi-Fi Spying Charges

In 2010, Google was caught siphoning data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks with its Street View cars. It’s now been almost three years since the practice was first revealed, and Google may have finally tied the last loose string of this affair. Connecticut Attorney State General George Jepsen announced today that Google has paid out $7 million to settle charges brought …

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Student Hacker Directs FSU Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Video (For a Good Cause)

A 26-year-old Florida State University student has been charged with “offenses against computer users,” a third-degree felony, for hacking the campus’ Wi-Fi network and directing users to an infamous shock site. Benjamin Blouin fully admits to hacking the network, but he says that he only did so to illustrate its flaws. Anyone trying to access the FSU Wi-Fi on March …

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FCC Votes To Free Up Spectrum For Wi-Fi Devices

The spectrum freed up for Wi-Fi is a finite resource. Too many devices can congest the networks and slow down service for everybody. The FCC wants to prevent that from happening, and have taken steps to relieve congestion with its latest proposal. The FCC announced today that it has unanimously voted to free up 195 MHz of additional spectrum in …

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