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General Chromebooks enable Instant Connect internet tethering

General Chromebooks enable Instant Connect internet tethering

Assuming your smartphone has the ability to tether to other devices and share internet, your Chromebook might well be able to make use of said ability this week. The most recent update from Chromebooks Product Manager Jesse Johnston gives us the situation - there's need to get on the web on your Chromebook, but there's no local wi-fi. What do you do? You start your smartphone's cellular network connection tethering ability up and you're on your way.

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Chromebook Instant Tether coming to non-Pixel Android phones in Chrome OS 73

Chromebook Instant Tether coming to non-Pixel Android phones in Chrome OS 73

Although some laptops these days are starting to sport SIM card lots for their own connectivity, majority still don’t. That’s true even for more portable 2-in-1s. And while it’s possible to use your phone as a hotspot, the process of tethering isn’t as seamless and quick as just flipping a single switch. Google’s solution, inspired by Apple’s Instant Hotspot, is to implement Instant Tethering between Chrome OS and Pixel or Nexus phones. Now that feature is reportedly becoming available even on phones not made by Google.

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Punkt MP02 is a 4G Android phone for calls and not much else

Punkt MP02 is a 4G Android phone for calls and not much else

We live in a smartphone-centric world so it’s not surprising that there is a sort of counter-culture rallying against it, from advocating analog/physical notebooks to pushing for simpler mobile phones. The latter often means going old school but also wasting the power of the Internet, not to mention the money you pay for data plans. Swiss company Punkt, which almost sounds like “punked”, has a compromise. The Punkt MP02 is a simple 4G phone that lets you still use the Internet, except that you’ll need a separate computer or device to do so.

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Android Instant Tethering goes live for Pixel, Nexus devices

Android Instant Tethering goes live for Pixel, Nexus devices

We live in a very Internet-centric world, but access to the Internet isn't as ubiquitous or as stable as we might like. And that's not even counting the devices that can't connect to the 'net anytime, anywhere, a.k.a. WiFi-only devices. Especially for the latter class of devices, tethering is one of the workarounds to this problem but it's, more often than not, a multi-step process. Not if you're using a Pixel or recent Nexus device, though, with the rollout of Android Nougat's new Instant Tethering feature.

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Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Android users who own recent Pixel or Nexus devices running Android Nougat 7.1.1 may notice a new feature rolling out in the near future, or in some cases, already available. Called Instant Tethering and introduced as part of Google Play Services 10.2, it aims to make connecting to the phone's hotspot an easier, almost automatic process.

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T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been known never to mince words when it came to the company's rivals. Now he is using that same aggressive attitude towards not rivals but "customers" that are gaming and hacking the system in order to abuse the carrier's network. To be more specific, he will be going after a small subset of individuals whom he describes as "stealing" data from T-Mobile by finding ways to go around set limits to LTE tethering, raking in terabytes of data per month.

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Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

After being scolded by the FCC for blocking Wi-Fi signals inside their own hotels, the Marriott International have responded with a begrudging agreement. In addition to Marriott Rewards members receiving free Wi-Fi starting on the 15th of this month (earlier this month, that is), the Marriott will no longer block Wi-Fi signals from 3rd party sources. This means that if you bring your own smartphone and want to tether to it, you're now free to do so. You weren't allowed to connect with your own devices as recent as January of this year.

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Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!)

When you’re traveling, connectivity can be important. When you least expect it, a data connection becomes crucial, often leaving you teetering on what happens next on your trip. Everything from directions to planning — even work — can depend on access to the Internet. But how will you know if you can get Internet? Where is it offered? Rather than fly blind when you’re in a strange locale, we’ve got some handy tips for making sure you’re connected every time you leave home, regardless of where you go.

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T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

If you’re tethering with T-Mobile, you might want to read through your terms and conditions. The carrier has reportedly sent an internal memo, suggesting they will take issue with certain folks who are tethering, and using their mobile devices on a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection. If that’s you, there may be consequences.

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Three to place 2GB tethering data limit on new customers

Three to place 2GB tethering data limit on new customers

UK wireless carrier Three has made a significant change to its data plans for new users. The carrier will begin placing a 2GB data limit on tethering for all new users, no matter what plan they are on. That means that even subscribers that are on an unlimited data plan will still have a 2GB monthly data limit for tethering.

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AT&T GALAXY S 4 bug hits Wi-fi tethering: fix in the works

AT&T GALAXY S 4 bug hits Wi-fi tethering: fix in the works

This week the AT&T Samsung GALAXY S 4 has been discovered to have a bit of a bug in its build affecting users' ability to work with stock wi-fi hotspot and tethering. While some third-party services still work to allow tethering and wi-fi hotspot, AT&T's direct menu support is not appearing working on some (if not all) units at the moment. SlashGear has reported this issue to Samsung and they are currently looking into it.

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Porsche Communication Management System with Harman’s Aha hands-on

Porsche Communication Management System with Harman’s Aha hands-on

This week the folks at Harman have pushed their Aha system to several vehicle communications systems including Porsche, this system being the one we're having a peek at today. Porsche's Communication Management System is shown here working with the newly announced Aha integrated with vehicle systems. Here we're seeing the full 30,000 Aha internet-based stations in action, everything from internet radio to Facebook integration.

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