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Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Qualcomm’s wireless music tweak needs to be in all speakers

Wireless speakers have traditionally fallen into one of two camps, either Bluetooth or WiFi, but Qualcomm is aiming to harmonize the two. The newest version of Qualcomm AllPlay now supports Bluetooth to WiFi re-streaming, allowing music piped from a smartphone or tablet to a Bluetooth speaker to them be funneled to further WiFi-connected speakers, with all zones fully synchronized.

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WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

UK-based OpenSignal has made a record for themselves of gathering useful mobile network coverage data via crowdsourcing. Then they went on to use the same technique for gathering weather information. Now the company has released a new app that crowdsources the next most useful information: free public WiFi hotspots. WiFiMapper, now available for iOS, not only relies on users submitting information on hotspots, but uses OpenSignal's existing data from Foursquare to identify the type of location.

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Linksys EA8500 WiFi router supports 802.11AC and MIMO tech

Linksys EA8500 WiFi router supports 802.11AC and MIMO tech

Linksys has announced its latest router called the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMI Gigabit Router EA8500. The new wireless router has a lot of tech crammed inside its body with MIMO technology that helps to provide an uninterrupted WiFi signal to all the items in your home. The tech allows each device in your home to behave as if it has its own router according to Linksys. This allows multiple devices that use lots of bandwidth to be used in the home at the same time without lag and slowing speeds.

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Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Google Nexus 6 carrier plan, Project Fi, officially announced

Today, Google is doing what we all expected they might, introducing their mobile network. Dubbed Project Fi, Google’s network is exactly as rumored; you get access to two different LTE networks, as well as WiFi hotspots Google has deemed good enough. Once connected, data via Project Fi is encrypted, giving you a secure connection wherever you are (or are going). Also, the service is strapped to the Nexus 6, but comes to users as low as $30/month, which brings 1GB of data service and unlimited talk, text, and WiFi tethering with International service to 120 countries.

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iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

iPhone spreads WiFi calling in iOS 8.3 to more carriers

Apple's release of iOS 8.3 yesterday may have initially wowed with a whole bunch of new emojis, but it's the spread of WiFi calling that could have longer-term appeal for iPhone users. Until now only supported on T-Mobile USA, the functionality means that even when you have no carrier network connection, an iPhone on WiFi will still be able to make voice calls. That is, assuming you're with one of the carriers for whom iOS 8.3 activated the tech this week.

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Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

Cuba launches its first free public WiFi hub in Havana

In a first of its kind project in Cuba, the nation's government has approved the opening of a WiFi hub in the city of Havana that's free for the public to use. The country has had limited internet access resources before this, but they have been strictly allocated for schools and necessary businesses. Not only will the WiFi be free to use at a local cultural center, but the service itself is being generously shared by the center's operator, a popular visual artist by the name of Kcho.

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Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

Google flight searches to show if WiFi, power outlets available

With in-flight WiFi becoming more and more common, and recent regulation changes allowing the use of personal devices during take-off and landing, air travel has become that much more tech-friendly to travelers. However, it's still pretty much a toss-up if your airline or flight will have amenities like WiFi or in-seat power outlets available for you to use. But thanks to a new partner ship between Google and Routehappy, checking the availability of these services while planning your trip is now just a bit easier.

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Android 5.1 has hidden (and inactive) VPN feature

Android 5.1 has hidden (and inactive) VPN feature

Data security is (or should be) important to everyone, which is why public WiFi hotspots can be so troublesome. In an increasing mobile world, securing yourself on open networks isn’t always easy, but it seems as though Google is making strides in that arena. Deep in Android 5.1, which is just rolling out, is a service that lets you set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) right on your Android device. Though not quite functional just yet, it gives insight into what might be around the corner.

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Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

When you’re out and about snapping pics, the last thing you want to think about is whether or not you have (or will have) a reliable WiFi connection. Your camera probably has an SD card slot, but does your computer? Instead of forcing compromise, Eyefi wants to let you take pics or video and leave the rest to technology with their new Mobi Pro WiFi SDHC card. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to transfer files from your SD card to your computer, Eyefi is taking care of everything.

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Olympus Stylus SH-2 packs 24x zoom, OIS and WiFi

Olympus Stylus SH-2 packs 24x zoom, OIS and WiFi

Olympus has outed a new retro-styled camera, the Stylus SH-2, a compact point-and-shoot that still squeezes in a 24x optical zoom, image stabilization, and RAW support. Offered with its aluminum alloy body in either silver or black, the SH-2 has a 16-megapixel sensor and records 1080/60p video, though is also capable of turning its metaphorical hand to 120fps and 240fps slow motion. Unlike many point-and-shoots, meanwhile, in addition to spitting out JPEGs the latest Stylus can deliver RAW format frames as well.

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