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HP launches all-in-one printer with built-in WiFi hotspot

HP launches all-in-one printer with built-in WiFi hotspot

Most all-in-one printers these days usually only come with print, copy, scan, and fax capabilities, which is more than what most users need usually, but HP launched a new printer today in India that also has a built-in WiFi hotspot capable of hosting up to eight devices. Apart from that, the new printer also supports Apple AirPrint, along with HP's ePrint for wireless printing.

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A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

A Google plan to kill carriers with WiFi is all too believable

Could you live your mobile life on WiFi? Attempts to ween users off of expensive, subsidized smartphone deals have been more successful this year than every before; word earlier today that Google had acquired a WiFi hotspot company - and which later turned out to be false - was believable in part because the search company is a prime candidate for ousting cellular from the mobile equation. The ICOA deal may be fake, but Google's appetite to ditch the traditional carriers and strike out more or less alone isn't new.

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Google grabs ICOA WiFi hotspot specialist [Update: Or maybe not]

Google grabs ICOA WiFi hotspot specialist [Update: Or maybe not]

Google has snapped up ICOA Inc., a WiFi and wired broadband hotspot specialist providing internet access at airports and other public locations, in what could be another play to bypass traditional carriers. The deal, worth $400m, sees Google acquire more than 1,500 hotspot points across 45 US states, in addition to existing partnerships with other providers including Boingo Wireless and iPass.

Update: Sources close to the situation now tell us that, in fact, the acquisition did not go ahead, and that has been confirmed by ICOA's chairman. It's unclear why the press release was published, and there's no official comment from Google at this time.

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WiFox boosts WiFi by 700% using wireless traffic cop

WiFox boosts WiFi by 700% using wireless traffic cop

Faster WiFi from public hotspots could be in the pipeline, with researchers developing software that can make browsing in wireless-congested environments around four times faster. WiFox is the handiwork of a team at NC State University, and acts as a "traffic cop" to balance use of individual wireless channels so that multiple routers don't build up a backlog of data. In fact, WiFox only gets better the more people are active, with up to 700-percent boosts observed.

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Drift HD Ghost adds WiFi and clever two-way remote to action-cam

Drift HD Ghost adds WiFi and clever two-way remote to action-cam

Drift has launched a new wearable sports camera, the Drift HD Ghost, aiming to film every last detail of your awesome extreme adventures. The new model adds integrated WiFi for streaming directly to - and being controlled by - a smartphone, as well as a five minute video buffer which automatically caches the most recent view from the camera whenever it's powered on, and allows you to retroactively save it should you realize something dramatically exciting has happened.

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Boingo adds personal VPN for Wi-Finder Windows and Mac users

Boingo adds personal VPN for Wi-Finder Windows and Mac users

Venturing out into the world of public wifi can be risky, with malicious users potentially poking around the same network to steal data. Even if your laptop is full of nothing but cat pictures, it's important to utilize security measures whenever possible. Boingo has made this simple by adding a personal VPN feature to its Wi-Finder app for Mac and Windows users.

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Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Review

Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Review

For all that we're told to live digitally in the cloud, there are still plenty of people who rely on handwritten notes in a Moleskine or similar to keep their lives in order. Livescribe wants to build a bridge between paper and digital, and the new Livescribe Sky WiFi smartpen is its latest attempt: a digital pen that can record all of your handwriting and sketches, as well as audio, and upload it wirelessly to the ever-popular Evernote. New sharing features, and the promise of toolkits for integrating the smartpen with iPhone and Android apps, gild the deal, but do we really need a pen that can squirt ink onto the internet? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Researchers use algebra to boost bandwidth, reduce network congestion

Researchers use algebra to boost bandwidth, reduce network congestion

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that they can improve data speeds over cellular networks by reducing dropped packets without any new or added hardware. Using just algebraic equations, the researchers can transfer dropped packets to the receiving device in order to solve the problem of a missing chunk, which then frees up the network for other tasks.

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Libratone Zipp Review

Libratone Zipp Review

Time was, if you wanted a wooly column of wireless musical pleasure, you had to train a sheep to stand upright and sing. Libratone's new Zipp, however, changes that: a wool wrapped portable speaker delivering not only Apple's AirPlay but a tweaked version intended for the wide open spaces that the Zipp - or sheep, for that matter - might go frolicking in. Read on for the SlashGear review.

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