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NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

Free, city-wide WiFi already sounds like a pretty awesome thing, but Gigabit? If you’re in New York City, that might be what you’re getting. Today, city officials are unveiling an enterprising plan named LinkNYC, which will use kiosks placed throughout the city as WiFi hotspots. There will be as many as 10,000 of these kiosks placed throughout all five boroughs, and will bring free domestic voice calls to the US as well as Internet service. These WiFi hotspots could start to appear later next year.

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Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

The DIY aficionado has a new toy: the Spark Photon. Today, Spark is releasing their Photon board, which has the ability to add WiFi to just about any device you’d like. About the size of a postage stamp, the Photon is designed more for prototype devices, or the aforementioned tinkerer. While Photon is the board for your WiFi endeavors, Spark is also introducing the P0 and P1 modules, which are what actually go into your end product. The pricing for each is pretty special, too.

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AT&T backs out of in-flight wireless game

AT&T backs out of in-flight wireless game

Challenging GoGo in-flight wireless was going to be no small feat, but AT&T was poised to offer LTE service while we coasted above the clouds. A new report suggests AT&T is no longer interested in air travel and LTE service, and will be re-focussing tier efforts on the terrestrial front. Their recent purchase of Mexican carrier lusacell is evidence of that, according to a statement provided by AT&T. Seems the promise of AT&T flying the friendly skies is no more.

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Android Lollipop release delayed: battery issues persist

Android Lollipop release delayed: battery issues persist

You're going to love Android 5.0 Lollipop when it's released - but that might not be for a few more days. While the Android 5.0 Lollipop release for Nexus devices was originally scheduled for a soft launch this week, word now is that official builds won't be out until the 12th of November. The delay very much appears to be because of a bug in the system which uses significant amounts of battery when searching for a Wi-fi signal. And yes, this is important enough to delay the entire release for several more days at least.

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Google’s ‘Nearby’ may also be dubbed ‘Copresence’

Google’s ‘Nearby’ may also be dubbed ‘Copresence’

Earlier this year, we relayed to you info about a service dubbed “Nearby”, which is believed to be Google’s way of having otherwise disparate devices in communication with one another. It seems that service might be nearing our devices, though it’s not entirely clear how Google plans to occupy this space just yet. With several references to a service called Co-presence — which may be the back-end functionality for Nearby — this interconnectivity we once discussed might be bigger than originally thought.

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Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

There was a time when homes would be serviced by a single modem cable, but now even a simple wireless router setup isn't enough anymore. Houses and buildings do not and cannot easily adapt to the growing number of devices in a given area, leading to weak signals and dead spots. While WiFi extenders do the job of giving your home network a needed boost, they need not be as drab as your router or modem. Enter TAP-EX from Amped Wireless, an extender that adds a bit of flair thanks to a touchscreen of its own.

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Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Air travel is already a pain in the backside most times. You have to arrive early, maybe even check a bag or two, and possibly even grab a boarding pass (seriously, though, use the airline app). then there’s the TSA line, which can be — interesting. Your plane might be delayed, depending on where/when you’re travelling. The last thing you need is some wise-guy stalling the flight because they named their WiFi network “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork”. But that’s what happened in Los Angeles yesterday morning.

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Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy plans to boost economy, tourism with free WiFi

Italy is a country known for delicious food and amazing sights, but not so much for decent broadband internet access. The nation's government recognizes this, and a group of lawmakers have proposed a $6.3 million project that would install free, public WiFi in across the country in effort to not only attract tourists, but also strengthen its economy in comparison with the rest of Europe.

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Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

There's an interesting story coming out of the United Kingdom this week about an elderly woman who has paid a substantial amount of money to turn her house into an anti-wireless technology zone. Stefanie Russell, who is 72-years-old and from Steyning, according to The Argus, has spent several thousand dollars to have her home painted in a type of radiation shielding paint that keeps all wireless signals out, making it an Internet and cell phone-free zone. The reason, she says, is concern about her health.

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Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

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