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AT&T begins rolling out WiFi calling feature

AT&T begins rolling out WiFi calling feature

Well, it turns out it's not taking long at all for AT&T to start taking advantage of its just-received FCC waiver. The carrier seems to have begun activating its WiFi calling feature for customers with eligible plans. While most of the reports of successful activations seem to be coming from iPhone users running iOS 9, it appears to be somewhat random in terms of location within the country. One user from Utah, for example, was able to turn on WiFi calling, but others in New York haven't yet.

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FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

Following AT&T's letter to the FCC last week essentially tattling on rivals T-Mobile and Sprint for offering WiFi calling without actual permission, the carrier has announced that it was finally granted its waiver from the government organization, and can also launch its own WiFi calling in the right and clear. According to the FCC's rules, a waiver is required in order offer WiFi calling, as the feature does not support teletypewriter (TTY) for those with hearing impairments, something else the FCC enforces.

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AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

Apple's iOS 9 and new iPhones now have support for WiFi calling, a feature that lets users place voice calls over a WiFi connection instead of using cellular. US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already launched the feature on their networks, but some are wondering why AT&T hasn't when it was expected to debut with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, as AT&T is putting it, their rivals have implemented WiFi calling without the approval of the FCC.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI and AT&T announce luggage tracking device

TUMI has teamed up with AT&T and the group called LugTrack to launch the TUMI Global Locator for luggage. The folks at TUMI make their living from providing consumers with high quality bags of all sorts - this device would make certain that luggage owners know where their luggage is at all times. The TUMI Global Locator is a wireless tracking device you place in your luggage when you're going on a long flight and cannot do without whatever you've packed along.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A6 is another would-be Sonos dethroner

B&O’s BeoPlay A6 is another would-be Sonos dethroner

Bang & Olufsen's Play series of more affordable, playful speakers has gained a new behemoth, in the shape of the fortune cookie-like BeoPlay A6. The unusually shaped speaker joins its smaller brethren in packing wireless for streaming from a computer or smartphone, including support for B&O's multi-location system.

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Behold, ASUS’ monstrous Crown of Thorns router

Behold, ASUS’ monstrous Crown of Thorns router

Nobody ever said that home networking kit couldn't be terrifying, and ASUS clearly took that to heart. The company's latest wireless router, the ASUS RT-AC5300, takes "world's fastest WiFi" as its primary boast, but we can't get past the intimidating looks.

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AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

AT&T caught injecting extra ads on airport WiFi hotspot

It seems AT&T may be tampering with mobile users' internet traffic for their own benefit on their "free" public WiFi hotspots. The company's hotspot at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia was found to be using ad-injecting code to deliver more advertisements to users while they browse the web. Stanford lawyer and computer scientist Jonathan Mayer made the discovery, detailing the tactic on his blog Web Policy.

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Hack turns Amazon Dash Buttons into do anything switches

Hack turns Amazon Dash Buttons into do anything switches

As seen previously, Amazon's new Dash Buttons are physical equivalents of 1-click checkout options, allowing Amazon Prime members to order common household items with a single press of the WiFi-connected device. But one programmer has come with a fairly simple hack that turns the $5 buttons into something that can track just about any type of data point. In a detailed post on Medium, Edward Benson explains how he turned a Dash Button into a system that collects data on his baby.

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Select iOS 9 beta users able to use AT&T WiFi calling

Select iOS 9 beta users able to use AT&T WiFi calling

While the latest beta of iOS 9 was available to users starting last week, AT&T on Tuesday began rolling out support for the new WiFi calling feature. A number of AT&T subscribers across the US have reported they've been successful in activating and using WiFi calling within hours of the rollout. The feature, which will be limited to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when the final version of iOS 9 is released this fall, lets users place a traditional phone call over a WiFi network instead of over their cellular network.

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Hamburg, Germany to test first smart road in Europe

Hamburg, Germany to test first smart road in Europe

Hamburg, Germany has been chosen as the first location in Europe for testing of smart roads to begin. The Hamburg Port authority and Cisco built the section of road in an effort to make the first smart road a reality. The roadway took four months to build near Hamburg's docks and the road links three streets and the Kattwykbrucke bridge.

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D-Link AC1900 WiFi USB adapter is mostly spherical

D-Link AC1900 WiFi USB adapter is mostly spherical

D-Link has unveiled a new USB WiFi adapter that is an orb that resembles the Death Star. The adapter is model number DWA-192 and it aims to bring extended WiFi range and speed to desktop PCs and laptops. The orb has 3x3 internal antennas, dual-band tech supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, and supports speeds up to 1900 Mbps.

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