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German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

We've all done it. Gone on vacation to escape from work and other responsibilities, yet we still can't help ourselves from checking email and responding to messages on our smartphone and other mobile devices. One luxury hotel in Germany wants to help its guests combat this behavior, not by forcefully denying WiFi and other internet access, but by providing a single, easy to access switch that will remove the temptation. Each room at the Villa Stéphanie has a silver internet kill switch.

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Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

More widespread Internet in Cuba looked likely to happen back in December, and it arrived a short while later, but only in a very limited fashion. Half a year later, though, and things are changing again: the insular nation is about to expand the region that has Internet access by rolling out 36 WiFi hotspots in various places. In addition, the cost to get online is going to decrease, which is one of the biggest barriers currently. With the current prohibitive pricing, few can afford to get online in the nation.

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Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

As one of the seven wonders of the world, India's Taj Mahal has become one of the latest tourist destinations to offer free WiFi to visitors. The service was launched as a result of a government programs that not only aims to attract more tourists, but also to spread internet access to a greater number of cities. Now visitors will have to 30 minutes of free network access, allowing them to post selfies to their favorite social networks.

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Researchers harness the power of Wi-Fi to charge devices

Researchers harness the power of Wi-Fi to charge devices

A team of researchers from the University of Washington (UW) are working on perfecting a method of charging electronic devices using ambient Wi-Fi signals. They technology, PoWiFi (power over Wi-Fi) makes a small change to routers, so they send out a constant signal that can be harnessed and converted into DC power by a "harvester". The idea isn't new, embodied by Energous's WattUp, but the UW scientists' PoWiFi works with pre-existing hardware, so there is no need to buy a separate device. Their modified routers are able to send data and power over the same signal.

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Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

Microsoft Skype WiFi to become Microsoft WiFi

A new website has popped up that shows Microsoft intends to rebrand its Skype WiFi service to Microsoft WiFi. Skype WiFi is a service that makes it easier for people to connect to public hotspots as they go about their day to help save on data plan usage and reduce phone bills. The rebranding has been tipped by a website that has been pushed live, but Microsoft hasn’t said anything official about the change just yet.

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Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Wireless speakers have traditionally fallen into one of two camps, either Bluetooth or WiFi, but Qualcomm is aiming to harmonize the two. The newest version of Qualcomm AllPlay now supports Bluetooth to WiFi re-streaming, allowing music piped from a smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth speaker to them be funneled to further WiFi-connected speakers, with all zones fully synchronized.

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WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

UK-based OpenSignal has made a record for themselves of gathering useful mobile network coverage data via crowdsourcing. Then they went on to use the same technique for gathering weather information. Now the company has released a new app that crowdsources the next most useful information: free public WiFi hotspots. WiFiMapper, now available for iOS, not only relies on users submitting information on hotspots, but uses OpenSignal's existing data from Foursquare to identify the type of location.

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Linksys EA8500 WiFi router supports 802.11AC and MIMO tech

Linksys EA8500 WiFi router supports 802.11AC and MIMO tech

Linksys has announced its latest router called the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMI Gigabit Router EA8500. The new wireless router has a lot of tech crammed inside its body with MIMO technology that helps to provide an uninterrupted WiFi signal to all the items in your home. The tech allows each device in your home to behave as if it has its own router according to Linksys. This allows multiple devices that use lots of bandwidth to be used in the home at the same time without lag and slowing speeds.

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Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Today, Google is doing what we all expected they might, introducing their mobile network. Dubbed Project Fi, Google’s network is exactly as rumored; you get access to two different LTE networks, as well as WiFi hotspots Google has deemed good enough. Once connected, data via Project Fi is encrypted, giving you a secure connection wherever you are (or are going). Also, the service is strapped to the Nexus 6, but comes to users as low as $30/month, which brings 1GB of data service and unlimited talk, text, and WiFi tethering with International service to 120 countries.

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iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

Apple's release of iOS 8.3 yesterday may have initially wowed with a whole bunch of new emojis, but it's the spread of WiFi calling that could have longer-term appeal for iPhone users. Until now only supported on T-Mobile USA, the functionality means that even when you have no carrier network connection, an iPhone on WiFi will still be able to make voice calls. That is, assuming you're with one of the carriers for whom iOS 8.3 activated the tech this week.

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