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Google providing free WiFi in San Francisco parks

Google providing free WiFi in San Francisco parks

If there's anything better than WiFi, it's free WiFi, but that's usually hard to come by in public places, but that's quickly changing. San Francisco has been desperately trying to get with the times for a few years now, and thanks to a large chunk of money donated from Google, the city will be implementing WiFi into its public parks.

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Google Glass vulnerable to malicious wireless networks, says Symantec

Google Glass vulnerable to malicious wireless networks, says Symantec

Earlier this week, an exploit surfaced by way of Lookout Mobile Security that would allow Google Glass to be controlled by a hacker using malicious QR codes. This was quickly - and quietly - patched, but another threat remains, one that extends beyond Glass and could facilitate data theft: a WiFi-based vulnerability that utilizes a man-in-the-middle attack to get the device to connect to a malicious wireless network.

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Amped Wireless ACA1 500mW dual-band AC WiFi adapter available for pre-order

Amped Wireless ACA1 500mW dual-band AC WiFi adapter available for pre-order

On July 8, Amped Wireless put its 700mW 802.11AC dual-band Wi-Fi router up for pre-order, and now it has announced the same for its ACA1 500mW dual-band AC Wifi USB adapter. The device is currently available for pre-order from Amped's website for $89.99, with the shipping date being pegged as July 22. On an unspecified date later this month, it will also be launched in retail stores.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed several additions to the AR.Drone 2.0 ecosystem, not least of these being a new High Density Battery. While the current iteration of the Parrot AR.Drone's in-box battery does offer quite a bit of flight time, there's always room for more action - and longer-lasting action, at that: a non-stop 18 minute flight is in store with this slightly more orange-looking Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

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Netgear R6100 router brings futuristic speed with dual-band Wi-Fi

Netgear R6100 router brings futuristic speed with dual-band Wi-Fi

It's the sixth device that Netgear has released with future-ready 802.11ac wireless connectivity, but it's the first that's coming in at under a bill. That's right under a hundred bucks here in the USA, and at that point working with AC1200 dual-band technology becomes accessible by the masses. The company suggests that, when the situation is optimal, this device is capable of handling Wi-Fi speeds up to 1200 Mbps with Fast Ethernet wired connections - but you'll need the right gear to go with it, of course.

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Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

While some airlines are still trying to catch up by bringing WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts, Southwest Airlines is a step ahead of the crowd. Today, Southwest and DISH have teamed up to bring free live television, as well as on demand services, to all WiFi-equipped Southwest flights. This means that around 75% of Southwest's flights currently can take advantage of free TV while in the air, which they're calling "TV Flies Free".

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Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google's plans to squeeze wireless internet access into the "white space" in-between TV channels - and in turn further prise web control from ISP dominance - has received a boost, with its TV bands database system getting the green-light from the FCC. The TV white space (TVWS) database, which lists the existing TV services along with the frequencies they operate on in each area, and as such highlights the spare spectrum where other services could operate, gained FCC approval this week, after having been run in a public trial from March.

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Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Using WiFi to "see through walls" and track people when they're moving could be a new feature on your next smartphone, if MIT researchers have their way, with a low-cost method of tracking relying on the wireless connectivity cooked up in their labs. The project, dubbed Wi-Vi, repurposes WiFi in a similar manner to sonar or radar, pinging out radio waves and then tracking how they're bounced back. Since WiFi can pass through walls, so Wi-Vi can give a glimpse of what's happening through barriers, albeit with some limitations.

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