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

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

By Josh Wolford January 28, 2015

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 …

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

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

Baby Monitor Hacked in Toddler’s Room Baby Monitor Hacked in Toddler’s Room

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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 …

Starbucks Partners With Google For Faster Wi-Fi 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 …

Google Settles With 38 States Over Wi-Fi Spying Charges 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 …

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

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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 …

FCC Votes To Free Up Spectrum For Wi-Fi Devices 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 …

Is Google Building The Next Generation Of Wireless Networks? Is Google Building The Next Generation Of Wireless Networks?
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Whenever Google experiments in something, the results are oftentimes pretty awesome. Google Glass, self-driving cars and Google Fiber are all examples of something that started out as an experiment and are now some of the most exciting tech being developed …

Google Brings Free Wi-Fi To Chelsea Neighborhood In New York City Google Brings Free Wi-Fi To Chelsea Neighborhood In New York City

It was speculated this morning that Google would be bringing fiber Internet to residents of New York City due in large part to a job posting. That rumor turned out to be a bust as Google has instead announced that …

For $850K, This Company Will Bring Broadband Wi-Fi To Rural America For $850K, This Company Will Bring Broadband Wi-Fi To Rural America

The Internet is universally important to all Americans, and that’s especially true to rural Americans who are denied access to broadband Internet. The ISPs say it will cost too much to extend service to backroad homes and hard to reach …

Google Buys Wireless Broadband Company ICOA for $400 Million? Nope. Google Buys Wireless Broadband Company ICOA for $400 Million? Nope.
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Update: This seemed kind of fishy from the beginning, but now reports are out that both Google and ICOA have denied that this is real. As noted in our report, the only source of the news seemed to be an …

WiFox, a “Traffic Cop for Data,” Said to Improve Wi-Fi Performance by up to 700% WiFox, a “Traffic Cop for Data,” Said to Improve Wi-Fi Performance by up to 700%
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Anyone who has connected to public Wi-Fi knows that it can be painfully slow at times. Depending on the amount of users on the Wi-Fi access point, users can experience varying levels of “data traffic jam.” Those with other options …

Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart Technologies And Its Location Analytics Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart Technologies And Its Location Analytics

Cisco announced today that it has acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Ireland-based location analytics technology company. Cisco’s Hilton Romanski had this to say about the news in a blog post: The widespread proliferation of mobile devices and services provides opportunities for …

Microsoft Thinks Wi-Fi Is Just Fine For All Your Surface Needs Microsoft Thinks Wi-Fi Is Just Fine For All Your Surface Needs
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Do you like to use mobile data with your tablets? You might want to sit out on Microsoft’s Surface tablet, at least at launch. There’s no doubt that Wi-Fi is still the most popular, and preferred, method for people to …

Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia
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The Google Street View wi-fi spying scandal may have been quelled in the United States, but the fun’s just getting started in other parts of the world. Over the weekend, an independent privacy watchdog in United Kingdom launched an investigation …

Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal

When basically anything you want to know about the world is out there on the internet and all you need in order to find it is some gumption and know-how, is anybody surprised that the concealed identity of the engineer …