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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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Nokia Screen Sharing pipes Lumia to TV via NFC coaster

Nokia Screen Sharing pipes Lumia to TV via NFC coaster

How many times have you bothered connecting your smartphone to your TV? Microsoft is aiming to make the answer "at least once" with the new Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones, a circular set-top box with a companion NFC plate intended to ease the pairing process.

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Netgear Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router offers Gigabit, quad-stream

Netgear Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router offers Gigabit, quad-stream

Netgear has complemented its tri-band Nighthawk X6 (R800) router with a similar model, the quad-stream Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router (R7500). This quad-stream WiFi router offers Gigabit speeds (up to 1.73Gbps), and is aimed towards users who need high speeds for heavy streaming, serious gaming, and more.

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Sonos 5.1 bypasses Bridge with WiFi setup; Previews Boost hub

Sonos 5.1 bypasses Bridge with WiFi setup; Previews Boost hub

Sonos has powered up its much-anticipated wireless setup, removing the need for a Bridge or a wired connection from your router to at least one of its speakers, as well as revealing a new Boost hub coming later in the year. Sonos 5.1 consists both of new firmware for the speakers and a new app, with an updated setup process that uses an existing WiFi network to get online.

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