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Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Delta to improve in-flight WiFi with faster satellite-based system

Airline Wi-Fi is notoriously slow, it's easy to get frustrated when online games like Words with Friends are inaccessible at 35,000 ft. There is nothing worse than a long flight when the Wi-Fi that you've paid a premium for can't deliver anything but video that never stops buffering. Long flights will be getting more bearable because Delta is planning to improve its Wi-Fi service's broadband speed and coverage by switching to the Gogo's new 2ku satellite service. This will replace their older Gogo Wi-Fi which was said by frequent-flyers to have speed and coverage availability issues.

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Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

Microsoft Wireless Display makes streaming super-simple

This week the folks at Microsoft have teamed up with Intel on Wireless Display to make good on the no-wires-required equation. With this Wi-Fi Certified Miracast device, you'll plug one end in your HDMI port on your display, the other end in a USB port for power, and boom! You're ready to go. You'll be able to send your screen - from whatever Intel Wireless Display-capable device you have - to your larger display with a tap. PCs, notebooks, and smartphones are all included.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

WiFi calling isn’t new, but services that offer it as your only means of communication are quickly on the rise. Freewheel, a WiFi-only service we told you about previously, is now going nationwide, and will turn your phone into a WiFi calling monster. Rather than choose to make a WiFi call, it’s your only option, and might just be cheaper than your existing plan. For as little as $9.95/month, you can snag a plan, which is available on the Moto G, sold via Freewheel.

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Eero wants to create mesh network for your home WiFi needs

Eero wants to create mesh network for your home WiFi needs

However the FCC rules on Net Neutrality (we hear you’ll like the outcome), we’re sure most people consider their home Internet a utility. Connectivity is crucial to thriving in society, as we’ve migrated our physical existence to the digital world. That’s why poor WiFi, especially at home, is rage-inducing. A new startup, Eero, wants to change all that. Their small hardware, when positioned strategically around the home, cobbles together a range extender, repeater, and router into one device. By connecting more than one Eero, you’re creating a mesh network, scalable to your wants. and needs.

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Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

After being scolded by the FCC for blocking Wi-Fi signals inside their own hotels, the Marriott International have responded with a begrudging agreement. In addition to Marriott Rewards members receiving free Wi-Fi starting on the 15th of this month (earlier this month, that is), the Marriott will no longer block Wi-Fi signals from 3rd party sources. This means that if you bring your own smartphone and want to tether to it, you're now free to do so. You weren't allowed to connect with your own devices as recent as January of this year.

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FCC to hotels on WiFi blocking: it’s illegal, don’t do it

FCC to hotels on WiFi blocking: it’s illegal, don’t do it

Marriott may have dropped its WiFi-blocking efforts, but that doesn't mean the FCC has forgotten about its petition and the WiFi-blocking habits of some other companies. In a warning issued today as an "FCC Enforcement Advisory", the agency made it clear that it is not acceptable to jam others' WiFi hotspots regardless of whether you're an individual or a company, and it specifically pointed toward hotels as an example. In addition, the FCC called hotspot-jamming actions a "disturbing trend" that must stop.

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Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

Google’s Wireless Service: sooner than later

While Google hasn't said anything about a supposed WiFi and Cellular service as of yet, rumors surrounding such a move have been popping up for years. Today we've seen word of Google dealing with both Sprint and T-Mobile USA to create a wireless hot-spot system that'd handle Google's calls, data, and text messaging. This rumor pops up right alongside the real-deal official Cablevision WiFi-only smartphone system Freewheel, a system that'd be very similar to what's rumored for Google in the very near future.

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Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

Cablevision’s WiFi calling service: another reason you don’t need an iPhone

This week the folks at Cablevision released a WiFi calling service called Freewheel without the iPhone and without the Samsung Galaxy S5. What does this say to the two biggest names in smartphone manufacturing inside the United States? What does it say to those consumers that seek out Samsung or Apple because they've seen their friends using said brands on phones? It says - clearly - that you don't need a top-end phone to go about your normal, everyday smartphone business. And you don't need a Galaxy phone or an iPhone to launch a nation's-first service like all-WiFi calling.

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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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