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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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Displio WiFi display shows you what you want to see

Displio WiFi display shows you what you want to see

We all have smartphones with calendars today or calendars on our computers at work and home that can help us keep organized. The problem for some of us is that we need to see what we have going on during the day frequently to keep from forgetting when we get busy. You could constantly pull out your smartphone and check your calendar, but that gets annoying. This is where Displio comes in.

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FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop WiFi opens 10m hotspots in new carrier challenge

FreedomPop seems diametrically opposed to charging what the other carriers demand, and after taking on calling fees and mobile data, it's now turning its attentions to WiFi hotspots. Priced at $5 per month, the new FreedomPop WiFi service is $5 per month for unlimited use of ten million hotspots across the US, though that number is expected to ramp up to 25m by the end of the quarter. Initially available on Android, but with an iOS app in the pipeline, it even promises an end to annoying hotspot login forms.

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Gogo gets FCC nod for 70Mbps in-flight WiFi tech

Gogo gets FCC nod for 70Mbps in-flight WiFi tech

Gogo, who provide in-flight WiFi options for many flights, have announced something exciting for the future of connectivity. The FCC has given Gogo the green light to start operating using their next-generation technology, dubbed 2Ku. According to Gogo, 2Ku will bring peak speeds of 70Mbps to you in-flight via a new spectrally efficient antenna. Gogo also says it costs less that competitor’s solutions, and is only 4.5-inches tall. The company even says future satellite technology could push 2Ku even further.

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Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

Marriott drops hotel WiFi-blocking efforts

You've likely heard the news by now: Marriott was slapped with a big fine for blocking patrons' WiFi hotspots, something done under the guise of "security" but criticized as being a ploy to force guests to pay for WiFi access. This led to an official push for permission from the FCC to jam guest hotspots, and many entities and companies -- including Google and Microsoft -- spoke out against the petition. Now Marriott has backed down, saying it won't go through with the plan.

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WiFi-capable Anova Touch lets you Sous Vide anything from anywhere

WiFi-capable Anova Touch lets you Sous Vide anything from anywhere

Sous Vide cooking is nothing new, but chefs and home cooks the world over are again discovering just how subtly amazing it really is. The long-form cooking process brings your food to perfection more reliably than more traditional methods, but Sous Vide takes longer to get there. If you’re in the mood for great food when you get home from work, Sous Vide is probably not where your mind goes, but the new Anova Touch wants to change your thinking and eating habits.

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IDrive WiFi puts an encrypted cloud in your pocket

IDrive WiFi puts an encrypted cloud in your pocket

Backup is one of those dull-but-worthy topics, and that's even after you've decided whether to trust a hard-drive or the cloud with your precious documents and cat photos. IDrive has traditionally pushed the latter - the cloud, that is, not the cats - but is throwing out a physical storage device, the imaginatively named IDrive WiFi for consideration when it comes to local backup, too. As the title suggests, the portable hard-drive has wireless baked in for cable-free connectivity, but it can also use that for hooking up with the company's existing online services, too.

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Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

Chromecast opens up for streaming music to connected speakers

The greatest thing about Google’s Chromecast is not that it’s cheap (even though that’s an amazing aspect), it’s that Google made it wide open. All any software provider has to do is support the Chromecast rather than wait for it to come around to them. To that end, Google is aiming for the growing connected speaker market, and will make their dongle available for streaming to speakers and soundbars. They’ve also got a lineup of heavy-hitting partners in Sony, LG, and Denon to kick this new functionality off.

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Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

Smarter’s WiFi Coffee Maker adds caffeine to IoT

A coffee machine with built-in WiFi and its own app may not be the weirdest connected gadget CES 2015 has for us, but it could be one of the most useful. Smarter's simply titled WiFi Coffee Machine does exactly what it says on the box, a grind-on-demand drip brewer that can not only be instructed to start the process on a regular timer, but at the touch of a button in the companion iOS and Android app, or even using geofencing. Walking through the front door to a fresh pot of Joe is the future, Smarter explained to me when I checked out the kitchen gadget at the show.

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Sengled LED lights boost WiFi, enhance sound at CES 2015

Sengled LED lights boost WiFi, enhance sound at CES 2015

At CES, Sengled is showing off a series of smart lighting devices meant for a myriad of purposes. From music to better WiFi, your lights are about to make your home a lot brighter. Their Pulse Solo is the first LED light with a built in dual speaker for audiophiles, while the Boost is meant to enhance WiFi anywhere in your home. Of course, all this goodness is controlled via their app, so you still won’t have to get up to turn the lights off!

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