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Qualcomm bringing WiFi improvements to MLB stadiums

Qualcomm bringing WiFi improvements to MLB stadiums

The 2013 MLB season is officially in full swing (pun intended), and thousands upon thousands of spectators will flock to MLB stadiums all around the country every day for the next few months. However, these spectators will be wielding smartphones, so providing a great WiFi experience is a priority for stadiums across the country, and Qualcomm is partnering up with the MLB to make such improvements.

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California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

This week, Santa Clara broke some new ground by blanketing its entire city with free public WiFi. The public WiFi network spans across 19 square miles, covering the 118,000 residents that live in the city. The free public WiFi network is part of an electric meter upgrade program provided by the city's utility provider, Silicon Valley Power. The new "smart" meters allow the company to wirelessly retrieve electricity and water usage data from homes, while also allowing its employees to connect while they're out on the field.

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T-Mobile iPhone 5 won’t support WiFi calling

T-Mobile iPhone 5 won’t support WiFi calling

It looks like T-Mobile's version of the iPhone 5 will lack a feature that many T-Mobile subscribers love to take advantage of. At T-Mobile's Uncarrier event today, it announced that its version of the iPhone 5 will not be supporting the carrier's exclusive WiFi calling technology. While it may not be a deal breaker for many, especially since T-Mobile's 4G LTE Network has just gone live, many others will be disappointed.

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Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

It looks like Apple may be jumping back into the Maps business, and in order to do so, it has acquired the indoor-GPS startup, WifiSLAM. The company was a startup that came to fruition about two years ago with the help of one of its co-founders, ex-Google software engineer intern, Joseph Huang. Before it was acquired by Apple, the company helped app developers add indoor mapping features to their retail and social networking apps.

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JetBlue names its WiFi service “Fly-Fi”, coming later this year

JetBlue names its WiFi service “Fly-Fi”, coming later this year

JetBlue first announced that it would be bringing in-flight WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts back in 2011, but we have yet to see anything from the airline at this point, although they announced back in September that free in-flight WiFi would be available soon. The project is still making progress, though, as the company has announced the name of their WiFi service, as well as a few other details.

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Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

Google $7m Street View fine shows how little we care about privacy

If you've heard about Google's latest fine at the hands of privacy seekers across the USA, you know good and well that their Street View cars are roaming around your neighborhood with their sensors on. But what are we doing to prepare for these traveling information collectors? Apparently not a whole lot, as part of the penalty being leveraged against Google is a requirement that they inform the public how to turn on the security on their own personal wifi hubs.

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Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google finalizes $7 million settlement in Street View debacle

Google has finalized a settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over its Street View privacy debacle. The entire issue began because of a "rogue" engineer who activated the wireless collection system on Google's Street View cars. The system tapped into various, unecrypted WiFi networks and obtained very private information from users, including their passwords, emails, website visits, and more.

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Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

Google nears settlement over Street View privacy breach

For most people, their worst fear is having their private information, like their search history or e-mails, leaked out to the public. While their information wasn't leaked publicly, many people found that their greatest fear almost became a reality when Google Street View cars accidentally came into possession of their passwords, adult-rated web site visits, and e-mails by activating their wireless collection system.

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