wifi

Time Warner Cable combats Google Fiber with free WiFi hotspots

Time Warner Cable combats Google Fiber with free WiFi hotspots

Time Warner Cable is attempting to combat Google Fiber, or at least suppress the damage Google Fiber will bring to its business, by offering free WiFi hotspots throughout the city of Austin, Texas. The catch is that in order for you to take advantage of TWC's "free" public WiFi hotspot, you have to already be a TWC internet subscriber. Those that aren't yet subscribers will be charged a fee.

Continue Reading

WiFi and cheaper prices are key to smartphone penetration in Latin America

WiFi and cheaper prices are key to smartphone penetration in Latin America

According to Fabricio Bloisi Rocha, the CEO of Movile, the largest mobile services company in Brazil, more WiFi connections and cheaper smartphones are the key to penetrating the smartphone market in Latin America. Bloisi spoke at All Things D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile about the future of mobile in Latin America. He stated that in Latin America, "The smartphone will be your whole connection to the internet."

Continue Reading

OS X 10.8.4 beta code hints at 802.11ac WiFi in upcoming Macs

OS X 10.8.4 beta code hints at 802.11ac WiFi in upcoming Macs

It's inevitable that Apple is going to release new Mac models at some point this year, particularly new MacBooks, since the iMacs just received a recent refresh. On the software end, Apple recently seeded the second beta version of OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion to developers, and the code inside of the operating system hint at the possibility of 802.11ac WiFi for new Mac models sometime this year.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading