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Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

Smarter’s new WiFi-enabled coffee machine debuts at CES

The connected coffee machine is nothing new, and the folks who brought you the iKettle are cannonballing into the mix. Smarter is today announcing a WiFi-enabled coffee machine, controlled via an app. More than making a simple cup of coffee, Smarter’s offering can also grind your beans with its built-in grinder, and send you notifications to alert you when your caffeination is ready. For about $150, this new coffee machine isn’t the cheapest you can get, but it might be the most convenient.

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Portuguese city converts buses, taxis into WiFi hotspots

Portuguese city converts buses, taxis into WiFi hotspots

With the exception of certain passenger trains and buses, having access to WiFi while on public transportation can be hard to come by in most places. That's not the case in Porto, Portugal, however, where the city has converted hundreds of buses and taxis into WiFi hotspots. The massive network of router-toting buses and taxis was introduced this past fall, and is said to offer service to about 70,000 people every month -- taking as much as 80-percent of the WiFi traffic that would otherwise be going through the cellular networks.

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WarSting Hobbit sword glows blue when near WiFi

WarSting Hobbit sword glows blue when near WiFi

If you have found yourself with spare time on your hands over the long holiday weekend and feel like some DIY tinkering, the folks at Spark.io have an interesting new project in honor of the new The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies movie. WarSting is a plastic sword inspired by Bilbo Baggins' "Sting" sword, which glows blue when Orcs are around. Rather than glowing when beasts are nearby, however, WarSting glows blue when it detects a wireless network.

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Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

If you're like many of us, a trip to the hotel usually means eschewing the available WiFi in favor of setting up your own hotspot. The reasons for this are numerous: speeds are usually better, you don't like the risks of hotel WiFi, and you can side-step any fees the hotel might require. Marriott was recently fined $600,000 for jamming guests' hotspots at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, and around the same time it had petitioned for the right to continue blocking guest hotspots, citing security reasons.

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FiiV iPad case has SIM card slot to make a WiFi network

FiiV iPad case has SIM card slot to make a WiFi network

If you have an iPad that supports mobile broadband, you can get on the internet wherever you are without issues assuming there is a wireless signal. If you bought an iPad with WiFi only and then decided that you want to be able to get online away from a WiFi network, you normally need some sort of hotspot device that you carry separately from your tablet.

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Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Comcast facing class-action lawsuit over WiFi hotspots

Earlier this year, Comcast caught public attention with its home-based WiFi Hotspot network, which utilizes some subscribers' hardware to broadcast a second WiFi signal for other Comcast subscribers to use. As Comcast told us back in June, this secondary usage is tied to the user's own account, not the home subscriber's account. Many still have issues with the feature, however, and now Comcast is facing a class-action lawsuit over it.

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Keewifi router replaces passwords with a tap

Keewifi router replaces passwords with a tap

Keewifi is a router that aims to be easier to use than an ordinary router, as well as being safer by completely eliminating the use of passwords. Rather than entering a passcode, devices are connected to the Keewifi by putting them right up to the device -- tapping it, for example -- and are managed using the device's Android and iOS apps. With this, it is impossible for someone to connect to the network by guessing the password (since it doesn't use one). 

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onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

The more smart appliances we add to our house, the more remote controls or apps or whatnot we add to our tool belt, which can get pretty confusing at times. There are a few attempts, like SmartThings and Logitech Harmony, to corral them all under one control, but those usually don't cover those appliances that haven't made the leap to the smart generation yet. onecue does all of the above with one special feature: it lets you control those appliances, both smart and regular ones, like a Jedi master.

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NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

NYC residents may get free gigabit WiFi Internet kiosks

Free, city-wide WiFi already sounds like a pretty awesome thing, but Gigabit? If you’re in New York City, that might be what you’re getting. Today, city officials are unveiling an enterprising plan named LinkNYC, which will use kiosks placed throughout the city as WiFi hotspots. There will be as many as 10,000 of these kiosks placed throughout all five boroughs, and will bring free domestic voice calls to the US as well as Internet service. These WiFi hotspots could start to appear later next year.

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Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

Spark.io brings the IoT to everyone with tiny board

The DIY aficionado has a new toy: the Spark Photon. Today, Spark is releasing their Photon board, which has the ability to add WiFi to just about any device you’d like. About the size of a postage stamp, the Photon is designed more for prototype devices, or the aforementioned tinkerer. While Photon is the board for your WiFi endeavors, Spark is also introducing the P0 and P1 modules, which are what actually go into your end product. The pricing for each is pretty special, too.

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