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Pioneer BDP-160 Blu-ray deck packs WiFi Direct for digital converts

Pioneer BDP-160 Blu-ray deck packs WiFi Direct for digital converts

Pioneer has outed its latest Blu-ray deck, the BDP-160, seemingly targeted at those torn between high-res physical media and the convenience of digital downloads. The WiFi-toting player supports not only Full HD Blu-ray playback, but uses WiFi Direct to stream content from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, including support for YouTube's "Send to TV" function for one-touch big-screen playback.

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Google’s Project Loon uses giant balloons to bring affordable Internet

Google’s Project Loon uses giant balloons to bring affordable Internet

On May 24, we reported on a tip that Google plans to launch wireless Internet service in emerging markets that have little or no access to the Internet. While the leaked details were extensive, one bit stuck out among the rest: the use of balloons to transmit signals over long distances. At least that aspect of the rumor has turned out to be true, with Google announcing the method as Project Loon.

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iOS 7 Hotspot 2.0 adds WiFi roaming for ubiquitous connections

iOS 7 Hotspot 2.0 adds WiFi roaming for ubiquitous connections

iPhones and iPads running Apple's new iOS 7 later this year may be able to roam more easily between WiFi hotspots, thanks to quietly added support for Hotspot 2.0. The feature, confirmed among the new functionality in iOS 7 that Apple didn't have sufficient keynote time to detail yesterday, builds on the Wi-Fi Alliance's "Certified Passpoint" system, effectively a simple roaming system for WiFi access points.

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WiSee uses Wi-Fi to detect gesture commands from any location

WiSee uses Wi-Fi to detect gesture commands from any location

Gesture control systems abound, with one of the most popular devices enabling this perhaps being Microsoft's Kinect. One of the limitations of gesture control is the requirement to be positioned in front of the related device, something that is removed with the WiSee wireless Internet-based system. Using WiSee, an individual can use gesture control from anywhere within their home or wherever the network is located.

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Google plan to launch WiFi networks in emerging markets will connect millions

Google plan to launch WiFi networks in emerging markets will connect millions

Google has been throwing a lot of effort and money into its Google Fiber gigabit Internet plans, having announced several cities in the past couple months that are slated to get the service. That won't be the extent of its dabbling in the territory of Internet provider services, however, if sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal are correct. Reportedly, Google plans to bring wireless Internet to a billion or so new users in emerging markets.

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