Wi-Fi

LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

Who would have thought that free, especially from the government, would be this sweet? New York City's mission to lift the city's profile on the Internet map might just truly take off. LinkNYC, which will install gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots all over the city, has just launched in beta for a few locations. And already, the blazing fast speeds are earning it quite the accolades, at least for now. With still a few simultaneously connected users not doing anything extraordinary, not to mention improper, that might not be much of a surprise. Still, it's an achievement worth commending.

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Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

Karma Go Neverstop puts a cap on data, not speed

These days, the word "unlimited" no longer really means unlimited. It's more like "unlimited except". Sometimes that's because it almost seems like human nature to abuse such untethered offers. At least that is what Karma experienced, the hard way, when it launched its unlimited Neverstop service. What was intended to be a painless way to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots across the country was turned into a backup or streaming connection at home, with users raking in over 1,000 GB. And that's for a single month only.

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iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

Not all changes that new software versions bring are always welcome with open arms. It isn't uncommon for one or two or even more new features, or the removal of such, while strike a nerve. In the case of Apple's iOS 9, that is probably the contentious Wi-Fi Assist. Supposedly designed to make surfing the Web a more fluid and painless experience, it has actually caused more pain for users unaware of the feature and the data charges that it brings. Apple isn't disable the feature in iOS 9.3 beta 1, but it will let you keep an eye on it at least.

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Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, has been around for quite some time. It's a smart doorbell that lets your monitor and even respond by voice to visitors at your door. Some consider it to be one of the few Internet of Things devices that makes a lot of sense and can be considered really beneficial to an automated home. However, while Ring might protect your door and your house, it might not be doing the same for your home Wi-Fi network, potentially exposing home owners to hacking.

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Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

It seems that the "Neverstop" nanme to the unlimited data plan for Karma Go's Wi-Fi hotspot service may not be so appropriate anymore. Within just two months of launching the subscription option, the service provider is actually stopping one of the main features of the service. Karma will be substantially throttling the data transfer speed of subscribers. The reason? The human desire to overcome boundaries. That and hogging up all the bandwidth to use the data plan for things deemed inappropriate and beyond Neverstop's true intentions.

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Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

The rate of use of the Internet has ballooned in the past years thanks to the prevalence of mobile devices lie smartphones. These phones in particular connect to licensed bands of the radio spectrum that envelopes our air and those bands are quickly getting congested. The solution proposed by carriers like Verizon and chip makers like Qualcomm is to utilize the unlicensed spectrum used by other wireless connections like Wi-Fi and garage door openers. But according to some tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Comcast, such a solution would come at the expense of wrecking havock on Wi-Fi.

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What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.

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Architecture of Radio app lets you “see” Wi-Fi, radio signals

Architecture of Radio app lets you “see” Wi-Fi, radio signals

Ever wondered what those invisible radio waves would look like if they weren't, well, invisible? Or maybe you fancied having some high tech sci-fi cyborg eyes that would let you see those radio waves. If so, then maybe you'd be interested in this new app called Architecture of Radio, now available for purchase on iOS. The app is really simple in its function but beautiful in its execution, creating a visual representation of cell towers, Wi-Fi, and satellite locations as well as the waves of communication that happens between them.

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Apple explains iOS 9’s controversial Wi-Fi Assist feature

Apple explains iOS 9’s controversial Wi-Fi Assist feature

Like any other major iOS release, iOS 9 brought a new set of features to delight users and make their lives more comfortable. Or at least that's the goal. We've seen multi-window multitasking on iPads and the space saving app slicing, for example. But like any other release as well, there are some features that may not always work to the user's benefit, depending on how you see it. One of those is the Wi-Fi Assist feature, and Apple has now put up a support page to clarify what it does and does not do.

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Karma switching off WiMAX network, users must buy new box

Karma switching off WiMAX network, users must buy new box

The writing has been on the wall for almost a year now, but it doesn't make this latest development any less disconcerting. Karma will be shutting down its WiMAX network come November 6, as it had already hinted last year. Understandably, that will require existing users to upgrade their devices to the new LTE-enabled Karma Go. But if that weren't inconvenient enough, they will practically be paying for it with the same price tag that they paid for when they bought the original Karma little less than 2 years ago.

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Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

Wi-Fi Aware: your router knows you’re near

The Wi-Fi Alliance reveals their next Wi-Fi CERTIFIED service - Wi-Fi Aware. This certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance is for a technology that works with your smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi sensing capabilities, allowing Wi-Fi Aware devices to discover one-another before they even make a Wi-Fi connection. In one sense this technology is similar to Bluetooth Beacons, sending your smartphone information when you get close enough to them to speak with them wirelessly. While Bluetooth beacons have been in testing for several years, Wi-fi Aware is brand new.

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