Wi-Fi

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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Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Imagine reaching the end of an exhilarating but also tiring mountain climb. You reach for your phone to take a selfie or tweet to the world about your accomplishment. But alas, you have no Internet connection. Big problem, right? Well, not if you're on top of Japan's highest peak. That's right, the iconic Mount Fuji is going to have free Wi-Fi hotspots, eight of them, in fact, and they are being placed exactly so that you can share to the world your wonderful hiking experience.

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Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

The Internet has become so ingrained in our digital culture that people have started to look for it, and in massive doses, even in places that, until a few years ago, you'd never imagine would offer the service. But while in-flight Wi-Fi is no longer rare as a unicorn, airlines are still in a race to advertise the fastest and best speeds on can offers miles up in the air. The latest to boast of this is Virgin America, whose partnership with ViaSat means that, theoretically, their planes' Wi-Fi will be good enough for video streaming.

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Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Sharing a Wi-Fi password in a room or office isn't exactly a herculean task. One can write it down, for example. It can, however, certainly be made easier. And by easier, Microsoft means automagical. That's why it invented Wi-Fi Sense as a way to easily share Wi-Fi credentials with friends so that they can easily connect to the same network you're on. Sounds convenient? Probably, but considering the way things are going right now, it might also be a security nightmare waiting to happen.

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Wi-Fi proxy could thwart cops, spies from finding you

Wi-Fi proxy could thwart cops, spies from finding you

The almost ridiculous extents which government agencies go through to get otherwise private data is sometimes being matched by equally almost ridiculous extents to protect it. Since Tor and VPNs no longer seem to be enough to protect user privacy, for good or for ill, some have taken seemingly drastic countermeasures. Like this Proxyham for example, which combines a Wi-Fi proxy with the concept of a HAM radio. Not only does it let users anonymously connect to Wi-Fi using almost unidentifiable low frequency radio channels, it also lets them connect from about 2.5 miles away.

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Google Sidewalk to put Wi-Fi hubs in bus stops, phone booths

Google Sidewalk to put Wi-Fi hubs in bus stops, phone booths

Just two weeks ago, Google launched a new subsidiary simply called Sidewalk that will put technology at the service of city building. Now, Sidewalk has announced its first acquisition and also its first project, an ambitious one at that. Called Intersection, the project aims to put Wi-Fi hubs in various public spots and infrastructure, where the intersection of people take place, hence the name. In practice, this means putting up kiosks or reusing bus stops and pay phone booths to provide not just high-speed but also free gigabit Internet to the public.

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Honeywell, Inmarsat successfully test faster in-flight Wi-Fi

Honeywell, Inmarsat successfully test faster in-flight Wi-Fi

The need for better, faster Internet connection is growing, and not just on land. That need extends even when miles above. Whether it be for serious work or well-needed relaxation, plane passengers as well as crews have started to demand for better quality Wi-Fi service while flying over land or sea. Aiming to corner that market before it actually blossoms into a full-blown business, Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat have joined forces, a partnership that has just born fruit, reaching that first but critical milestone that paves the way for the rest.

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