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Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

The FCC is putting WiFi in schools, but what about when kids leave for the day? Not all kids have access to the Internet, much less a reliable WiFi connection. Facebook is working on that, and are piloting a program that could see kids get free WiFi access at home.

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FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

The FCC has approved a funding grant that will bring WiFi to more schools. The $2 billion influx has come under fire, and likely won’t leave key groups happy. Still, the FCC is pushing forward with improving Internet access to schools nationwide.

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The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

Whether at home or on the run, a good mobile connection is often important. If you’ve got work to do while traveling, or just want to check on your own home connection, this simple app can help you. Even better, the iOS version received an update today, making it faster and much more responsive.

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Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

You want a connected home, but what about the expense involved? Quirky’s Wink Hub makes having a connected home a pretty streamlined endeavor, serving as a base platform for all your connected devices. The hub itself is low-cost and readily available, but what about the devices that link to it? Here are five that we really like for starting your connected home project.

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Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

Hack shows ‘smart’ lightbulbs may allow WiFi access

When considering your connected home, one of the biggest concerns is how much you’ll end up spending. Those gadgets that link to your smartphone via apps can end up costing quite a bit, but a new hack shows a vulnerability that many hadn’t thought of. In the wrong hands, this workaround could have dire consequences.

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Android sends WiFi location history when screen is off

Android sends WiFi location history when screen is off

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has discovered what could be a serious privacy leak in most recent Android device. According to them, smartphones and tablets running Android 3.1 or later whose screens are turned off are broadcasting their previous WiFi connection history to anyone within WiFi range willing to listen, leaving the user vulnerable to future attacks.

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Qualcomm wants gigabit mobile WiFi with acquisition

Qualcomm wants gigabit mobile WiFi with acquisition

Qualcomm, who already bring you unreal mobile speeds via their Snapdragon chipsets, are aiming for your WiFi connection, too. They’ve announced an acquisition of Wilocity, an California startup with offices in Israel who make chips for next-gen WiFi connectivity. If all goes accordingly, Gigabit WiFi may be a very Qualcomm thing in the near future.

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 is the first consumer Tri-Band router

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 is the first consumer Tri-Band router

Network equipment expert NETGEAR is once again trying to claim an "industry first" title. With the Nighthawk X6 AC3200 (R800), it is unveiling the first Tri-Band router to hit the market, promising to deliver to home users the best WiFi band compatible with their device, whether old or new, and adjusted for their particular needs.

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Nest finally tells us what they’re doing with all the data we give them

Nest finally tells us what they’re doing with all the data we give them

Nest, maker of connected home products that sometimes work properly, has released their first white paper on Carbon Monoxide levels in the home, pulled from their Protect devices. According to their findings, a minority of homes actually have any CO incidents. To scale, though, it shows just how dangerous CO can be.

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‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.

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Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Houston Texas has just had about 150,000 Comcast routers activated with a new "xfinitywifi" initiative that effectively makes them wi-fi hotspots. Not just anyone can access these hotspots - you’ll have had to have logged in to Comcast’s system at some point as a customer - but you do not need a unique password for every router you come in contact with. These hotspots are new to Houston, but have been around for a while around the rest of the country.

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D-Link WiFi Audio Extender streams music, boosts WiFi

D-Link WiFi Audio Extender streams music, boosts WiFi

Networking specialist D-Link is slowly but surely filling the market with these little gizmos that add value to your home WiFi network at an affordable price. The latest to join the fray is the DCH-M225, an inconspicuous little box that not only plays music from mobile devices to any connected speaker but even extends your WiFi connection inside the house.

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