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Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Connecting your home thermometer to your Wi-fi network wasn't the first thing you were thinking about the last time your kid ran a fever. That's what Withings wants you to think about, though, as the Withings Thermo works with what may be the smartest electronics ever jammed in to such a device. Today we're getting our hands on this device for the first time.

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Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova's first consumer sous-vide was a touchscreen-topped wand both credited with helping the fashionable cooking style broach a broader market and criticized for being a little confusing. The follow-up Precision Cooker Bluetooth dialed back the display to a couple of temperature read-outs, added a literal dial for local control, and threw in short-range wireless to link with your phone. Now there's the Precision Cooker WiFi.

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Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow plans to expand its number of public WiFi networks by installing additional hotspots in the city’s cemeteries. The hotspots will be free to use, and are set to go live next year in the Novodevichy, Vagankovo, and Troyekurovo cemeteries. The selected cemeteries are each notable for the well-known individuals buried in them, making them so-called “open-air museums.” The networks will, hopefully, help visitors learn more about the people buried there.

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Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is a new open source product that aims to make it easy to develop Internet of Things products and services. The Wio Link is an ESP8266 based WiFi development board that is made specifically for creating IoT applications using virtualized plug-n-play modules to RESTful APIs with mobile apps.

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Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon announced over the weekend that it would finally be joining the other major US mobile carrier in launching support for WiFi calling, starting this week. The bad news is that it will be fairly limited in terms of which phones subscribers can use with the feature: it will only be compatible with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge until "early next year." Verizon says they will begin rolling out the necessary software update tomorrow, December 8th.

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No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

Are your Christmas lights killing your WiFi and ruining Netflix and Festive-Chill? It's possible, but only if your idea of holiday decoration centers oddly on your router. A recent report from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, put the fear of interference into tree lighting, warning that the multi-colored lamps could be wreaking havoc on your connectivity.

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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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Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

Amazon Prime video, music available for streaming on JetBlue flights

The war between streaming video services is no longer bound to our terrestrial ethernet cables. Not to be outdone by Netflix and Virgin America's partnership to bring streaming to the skies, Amazon has announced its Prime Video and Music service are now available to subscribers aboard select JetBlue flights. Even better, those travelers don't need pay for the in-flight WiFi they use. The partnership was first announced earlier this year, and is now launching on the airline's Fly-Fi equipped planes.

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