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Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots

Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

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How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

How fast is your new iPhone 6 Plus?

This week there’s little doubt the iPhone 6 hype continues as lines for stores around the United States continue - somehow - to exist. The image you see at the head of this article, for example, was shot at a mall in Las Vegas, Nevada - all in line for the iPhone 6 Plus well over a week after launch. Not that they’d been standing there that long, but a new shipment was set to arrive that day - you can’t make this up!

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FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

FAA, Boeing squabble over cockpit screens and WiFi

When you fly, the flight attendants always tell you to put your digital self into airplane mode. Some of those flights offer WiFi, with a smaller percentage offering gate-to-gate connectivity, even during takeoff or landing. Now the FAA is ordering planes with components that could suffer from WiFi signals have them replaced.

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Doorbot evolves into Ring, looks less conspicuous

Doorbot evolves into Ring, looks less conspicuous

Doorbot is shedding of its somewhat industrial and rather geeky image, changing its name to a more generic-sounding Ring and looking more like a doorbell that can blend into your house's design. But more than just shedding off appearances and names, Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, picks up a few new tricks that turns the WiFi doorbell into a more well-rounded security system.

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Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

When you’re logging into a public WiFi hotspot, do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not, but you’re not alone. While it’s not clear what percentage of people aren’t reading the fine print, quite a few Britons in London recently gave up their first-born child for free WiFi, all because they didn’t read the T&C when logging in.

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iOS 8 WiFi calling: here’s which carriers will offer it

iOS 8 WiFi calling: here’s which carriers will offer it

WiFi calling is one of the neat features available on iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, but not everyone is ready to make it happen for you. The function still needs carrier support, and that’s not up to Apple. Now that the major carriers have chimed in, we get a full rundown of which support WiFi calling — and why you might not even care if they don’t yet.

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Verizon WiFi calling coming in mid-2015

Verizon WiFi calling coming in mid-2015

Verizon will launch WiFi calling in mid-2015, the carrier has confirmed, having previously dismissed the technology as needless given the breadth of its existing voice network. The decision was announced by Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo this week, conceding that the carrier will need to do some technical work to upgrade its network, and pointing out that the system was "never a top priority" in the past.

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Wifi smartphone charging adopted by mystery brand

Wifi smartphone charging adopted by mystery brand

Well if that isn’t the most mysterious title for an article about a next-generation wireless charging technology, I don’t know what is. The folks at Energous have shared some information this week about their technology "WattUp", a technology that’ll allow you to charge your phone while you walk around your home. Someone adopted their technology, but they can’t say who.

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Here come the PowerShots: N2, G7 X, SX60 HS

Here come the PowerShots: N2, G7 X, SX60 HS

Three new PowerShot cameras are coming soon from Canon, the lot of which works with unique features made to advance the point-and-shoot universe - even as their competition hits the smartphone environment. The PowerShot N2 works with a flip-up touch panel and NFC. The G7 X works with a one-in sensor. The SX60 HS has a cool 65x Optical Zoom lens as well as a broad focal length: 21mm-1365mm.

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T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

If you’ve got a newer smartphone via T-Mobile, you might have the ability to text for free when you travel. Today, at their Uncarrier 7.0 event, T-Mobile announced they were working with Gogo to allow customers to text worldwide while at 30,000 feet. Rather than relying on slow WiFi for an email, you can now fire off a quick text in the air.

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T-Mobile announces WiFi calling for EVERY customer [Update]

T-Mobile announces WiFi calling for EVERY customer [Update]

T-Mobile today has announced their latest move to bring in customers. Though they are consistently touting the importance of a strong network, this one sidesteps theirs altogether. Instead, T-Mobile is giving you free WiFi calling — standard.

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Comcast is injecting Xfinity ads on public WiFi hotspots

Comcast is injecting Xfinity ads on public WiFi hotspots

Comcast has again drawn scrutiny, this time over its practice of injecting its own advertisements into Web pages visited by those connected to its public WiFi hotspots. According to a spokesperson that talked to the folks at Ars Techica, the company started doing this "months ago".

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