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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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Torch simplified WiFi router is a tool for parents

Torch simplified WiFi router is a tool for parents

Torch is an elegantly designed Wi-Fi router that aims to keep kids safe online and, subsequently, makes parents lives a little more simple. The router is designed to limit, monitor and otherwise enable parents to better control their kid’s access to the Internet, doing so through the promise of simple interfaces and ample tools. Parents are able to see things like how often a site is visited, recent activity, and more.

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Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

There's a router - which you already have - then there's a Smart Wifi system like Luma. The folks behind Luma have decided that it's time we started really digging in to how well wireless internet is applied to our homes - especially since we no longer just have a set of 2 or 3 computers as we did ten years ago. Luma is a also a secure system, promising monitoring abilities for kids and alerts of incoming hacker attacks.

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Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma Go hotspot launches $50 unlimited data plan

Karma, the makers of the Karma Go WiFi hotspot device, have just announced its second data plan since its latest model debuted this past summer. Now, in addition to the existing $14 per gigabyte Refuel plan, users can choose the new Neverstop option, which offers unlimited data for $50 per month. Just like the pay-as-you-go Refuel plan, Neverstop still relies on Sprint's network with a capped speed of 5 Mbps for downloads and uploads, so it won't suffice for Netflix binges, but with no usage limits or throttling, it could be a godsend in the right situation.

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Apple iOS 9.2 beta lets AT&T WiFi calling work on the Mac

Apple iOS 9.2 beta lets AT&T WiFi calling work on the Mac

Apple has released the latest beta version of iOS 9.2 to developers this week, and among the updates is a handy feature that works in conjunction with AT&T's recently announced NumberSync service. iOS 9.2 will allow iPhone users to extend the WiFi calling feature to their Mac, iPad, or iPod Touch. It's similar to how Apple's Continuity features let phone calls be placed from a Mac or other device as long as the iPhone is connected to same the WiFi network, but with NumberSync, a call can be placed when the phone isn't in the same location, let along on the same WiFi.

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FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. be hit with a $25,000 fine for reportedly obstructing a probe into whether it was jamming guests’ WiFi hotspots. In addition, the FCC has ordered Hilton to “immediately provide essential information” detailing its WiFI practices, and has threatened to increase the penalties if the company delays or obstructs the process in any way.

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Bud-E Fridge Review

Bud-E Fridge Review

Over the past few weeks we've been using the Bud-E Fridge, and it's quickly become our favorite non-traditional smart device ever. While we're not generally in the business of reviewing devices that are made solely for keeping food fresh, in the Bud-E Fridge we've found an appliance that's as entertaining to use as it is helpful. While we've used tiny, dorm-friendly fridges before, this machine takes the art to a whole new level. One with can sensors and blinking lights.

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MIT researchers develop software that identifies people through walls via WiFi

MIT researchers develop software that identifies people through walls via WiFi

It seems like there's no limit to what we can do with WiFi these days, from syncing health data from a watch to our smartphones, to pressing a physical button to order more coffee. But now MIT researchers have found a way to use it to identify people, but not necessarily with the internet itself. Instead they've developed software that can detect people's silhouettes through walls based on variations in WiFi signal.

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Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader WiFi hotspot

Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader WiFi hotspot

What’s a city to do with old statues of dead leaders from fallen regimes? One could topple them over and/or melt them down, as is somewhat common, or could approach the matter from a more artsy perspective, and give them a makeover instead. One Ukrainian artist did just that with an old Vladimir Lenin statue located in Odessa, where it now stands tall as a different sort of leader: Darth Vader.

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