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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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Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected lighting was a big theme at CES 2015, but remotely-controlled bulbs are seldom cheap. That's something Cree is aiming to change with its new Connected Cree LED Bulb, a 60W equivalent priced under $15 apiece and offering wireless compatibility not only with Home Depot's Wink hub, but in fact any hub that's ZigBee certified. From there, control over on/off status and bulb brightness can be made.

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Arduino-based KeySweeper charger sniffs MS wireless keyboards

Arduino-based KeySweeper charger sniffs MS wireless keyboards

For geeks and professional typists, the choice of keyboard is like religion and some of them adhere to the religion of Microsoft's Wireless Keyboard line. These users, however, now need to be rather aware, if not paranoid, about their beliefs. Samy Kamkar, a hardware enthusiast and security buff, has just developed an Arduino-powered contraption that can sniff out any and every keystroke done on any Microsoft Wireless Keyboard within range, rendering even the most secure of passwords useless. And it even functions as a real USB wall charger to boot.

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WattUp promises wireless charging for up to 12 devices

WattUp promises wireless charging for up to 12 devices

Wireless charging is slowly becoming part of our actual, usable tech conversation. For quite some time, we’ve seen wireless methods and ideas slide across our screens, only to be let down when it never happens. With two of the largest wireless charging governing bodies partnering up to lead the charge forward, we’ve actually got reason to smile about wireless charging. We’ve also got license to discuss weird ideas again, because it’s actually possible we’ll get them! To that, we present WattUp.

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Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Bang & Olufsen Play H8 wireless headphones hands-on

Acclaimed audio makers Bang & Olufsen are no strangers to the mobile industry, but here at CES 2015 they are unveiling some rather interesting products that represent a few firsts. Among these is the Play H8 headphones. B & O are positioning this as their first wireless headphones, but they are definitely more than just that. Not only do they offer active noise cancellation for an even better listening experience, they also have a touch interface that makes it easier to control your music on the go.

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Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

In our increasingly connected world, having to pause and connect a USB cable or swap in an SD card to transfer files is a cumbersome, nearly archaic process. Wireless SD cards largely solve that problem, making it possible to shuttle, for example, pictures from a digital camera to a laptop quickly. Such is the usefulness of Toshiba's new third-generation FlashAir III, a standard SD card with a twist: the inclusion of its own WiFi for simple transfers among devices even if there's no wireless network available.

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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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Apple iBeacon puck detailed – but who is it for?

Apple iBeacon puck detailed – but who is it for?

Fresh details about Apple's mysterious iBeacon hardware, spotted crossing the FCC's test-bench last year, have emerged, suggesting the Cupertino firm could use it to encourage developers to adopt the micro-location system. Signs of the Apple iBeacon (A1573) first surfaced in mid-July, a battery-powered Bluetooth puck that would transmit location details to a nearby iOS device, allowing apps and services to understand the user's position with far greater accuracy than GPS or WiFi positioning would commonly allow. Now, thanks to the user manual and testing photos for the iBeacon becoming available, we know a little more about what Apple might have in mind for the gadget.

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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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