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FreedomPop Hub Burst offers free wireless home internet

FreedomPop Hub Burst offers free wireless home internet

Shackle-smashing mobile broadband upstart FreedomPop is hoping to do with home broadband what it's doing for WiMAX on the go, with the news that it plans to offer free home or small office connections. FreedomPop Hub Burst will, like its mobile counterpart, include a certain amount of free broadband use per month - 1GB, in this case - with the option to earn more data by taking part in promotions and recommending friends.

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Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Skifta to challenge AirPlay and Sonos with streaming speaker deal

Qualcomm's Skifta music streaming system has found itself an A/V partner, with speakers toting the chip firm's DLNA-based AirPlay rival set to hit stores in the summer of 2013. The Skifta team has inked a deal with Tymphany, a speaker ODM (original design manufacturer) whose hardware is rebadged under various brands and sold in stores like Best Buy, to embed the Skifta Audio Module into future systems as the default, replacing Bluetooth in the process.

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London Underground WiFi spreads to 20 new stations

London Underground WiFi spreads to 20 new stations

London's WiFi access on the Underground has spread, with Virgin Media lighting up a further 20 new locations where subterranean internet is available. Bringing the total count to 92, the new service goes live today and covers stations along the Northern line, the Central line, and others, with pay-per-use options along with bundled access for subscribers to certain phone networks from next year.

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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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