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

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

By Josh Wolford June 20, 2014

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 …

Coming To A Local Starbucks Near You Coming To A Local Starbucks Near You

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 States Over Wi-Fi Spying Charges Google Settles With 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 …

Hacker Directs Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Vid Hacker Directs Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Vid
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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 A Wireless Network? Is Google Building A Wireless Network?
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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 New York Google Brings Free Wi-Fi To New York

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 …

Help Fund Rural Access To Broadband Wi-Fi Help Fund Rural Access To Broadband Wi-Fi

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 Does Not Buy Wireless Broadband Company ICOA Google Does Not Buy Wireless Broadband Company ICOA
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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 …

Data Congestion Software Improves Wi-Fi Performance Data Congestion Software Improves Wi-Fi Performance
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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 Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart Technologies

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 …

Surface May Only Be Wi-Fi Capable At Launch Surface May Only Be Wi-Fi Capable At Launch
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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 …

Street View "Rogue" Engineer ID'd Street View "Rogue" Engineer ID'd

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 …

Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software Google Knew About Street View Wi-Fi Spying Software
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Nearly two weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report about Google’s sponging up of emails, passwords, and other personal data via unsecured wi-fi networks, the company has released a full version of the report that reveals …

90% of Tablet Use In Wi-Fi: No Need For Data Plans 90% of Tablet Use In Wi-Fi: No Need For Data Plans

If you are putting off buying a tablet because you can’t afford to buy the necessary data plan required to surf the net, you don’t need to. It appears most users are merely using wi-fi to do a majority of …

San Jose Is Getting “Disturbingly Fast” Free Wi-Fi San Jose Is Getting “Disturbingly Fast” Free Wi-Fi

San Jose, California is about to give free Wi-Fi to everyone visiting its downtown. A partnership between the city, SmartWAVE Technologies, and Ruckus Wireless will bring what they call on the “fastest Wi-Fi networks available” to the city. ‚ÄúThis will …