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Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AX3000

Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AX3000

It may have been Apple's day yesterday, but Xiaomi is daring to claim today for its own. Not content with just announcing the Xiaomi 11T series and the affordable Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, the company is showing its hand and announcing new products across the board. Taking advantage of the recent surge in tablet sales, Xiaomi is unveiling the Xiaomi Pad 5 as its racehorse in the new world order in work and personal life. It also has some new devices designed to upgrade your home life and keep you safe even when you have to buy things outside.

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Airbnb’s new tool lets people check Wi-Fi speeds before they book

Airbnb’s new tool lets people check Wi-Fi speeds before they book

There are a lot of people who frequently travel for work. While many of those people choose to stay in a regular hotel room, some opt for more comfort and the ability to cook for themselves by staying in a short-term rental booked via Airbnb. Anyone traveling and trying to work with increased reliance on virtual meetings like Teams wants to know if the place they are staying has available Internet and Wi-Fi.

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iPhone WiFi bug has an even more severe variant

iPhone WiFi bug has an even more severe variant

A rather worrying report broke out two weeks ago regarding a strange bug that afflicted iPhones, causing them to be unable to connect to any WiFi access point when triggered. Fortunately, the bug had a simple though inconvenient fix and could be easily avoided by not connecting to wireless networks with symbols in their names. It turns out there is another iPhone bug with almost similar characteristics, except that it is almost impossible to avoid and harder to fix as well.

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iPhones lose the ability to connect to WiFi when hit by this bug

iPhones lose the ability to connect to WiFi when hit by this bug

There is a wide variety of bugs ranging from the embarrassingly nonsensical to the deviously malicious. Almost all bugs, however, are born when humans and systems fail to cover all possible scenarios and cases, which actually happens far more often than you can imagine. In this particular case, an iPhone may be rendered unable to connect to any and all WiFi networks after it tries to connect to one with an odd sequence of characters. Fortunately, there's an easy but inconvenient fix to get things working again.

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Google Fiber TV upgrade brings Google Wifi and Chromecast with Google TV

Google Fiber TV upgrade brings Google Wifi and Chromecast with Google TV

It has been almost a decade since Google launched its Fiber TV service and far longer since it debuted its Google Fiber Internet. Just as it has been shedding old services, features, and devices for the latter, Google is now moving to "upgrade" its Fiber TV experience. That upgrade, however, won't come without some disruption, but, as always, Google is pushing it as something good. In exchange for the old Fiber TV box and expensive fee, you'll get a free Google Wifi, a free Chromecast with Google TV, and the choice to pay for services on your own.

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T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling will soon stop working on some old phones

T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling will soon stop working on some old phones

Some joke that people these days use their phones and the Internet for almost anything except making phone calls but that's only partially true. One particular piece of technology actually does make use of the Internet when making calls, even if you're not calling via services like Messenger or WhatsApp. This Wi-Fi Calling has been around for years and it's no surprise that T-Mobile is retiring an older version of the tech that's only used in older phones anyway.

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China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

On February 5, 2021, the China Academy of Space Technology relayed details of Tianwen-1 and its journey to Mars. Per the Fifth Academy of the Aerospace Science and Technology Group noted that the engine ignition of Tianwen-1 "successfully completed the fourth midway correction of the ground fire transfer section to ensure that Mars capture was implemented as planned." This craft also took a lovely photo of the red planet with its grayscale navigation camera.

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Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys has built a new mesh Wi-Fi system for home users with enhanced motion detection technology called the AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E. The new mesh Wi-Fi system leverages the newly opened 6 GHz band to reduce typically congested and unsteady Wi-Fi connectivity within the home or office. Linksys says 6 GHz delivers more bandwidth, increasing network speed and reliability.

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NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

While 5G is always in the news for the past one or two years, it isn't the end-all and be-all of wireless communication technologies. On the one hand, there are still more people and devices who use and need 4G LTE networks. On the other hand, WiFi, especially the latest WiFi 6E iteration, still offers a more stable multi-user solution. At CES 2021, NETGEAR is addressing all of these use cases with a number of new networking equipment, including a rather rare mobile wireless router.

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Google Fiber now lets you use your preferred Wi-Fi router

Google Fiber now lets you use your preferred Wi-Fi router

More often than not, ISPs will require you to use their own equipment, sometimes at an additional cost, with the reason of having certified and tested only those. More often than not, those basic routers and modems don't exactly give the best performance, especially in unconventional home setups and structures. Google Fiber started out with the goal of setting itself apart from other Internet providers and it is taking one more step away from the status quo by allowing subscribers to bring their own routers.

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Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Today Amazon's event dumped a bunch of new products on the public with the smart home at the center of focus. This event revealed the new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6, the latest in Wi-fi hubs for the Amazon smart home collection. These new Eero devices look a lot like their predecessors - simple, no-nonsense aesthetics.

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Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

It isn't unusual that we lose our cellular signals in certain places, be it indoors because of structural impediments or outdoors for one reason or another. There's a reason why some establishments offer free public Wi-Fi to keep visitors happy, but the hassle of figuring out which ones are safe to connect to makes them sad anyway. That's why Google's Area 120 skunkworks arm is launching Orion WiFi that can automatically and seamlessly connect you to such WiFi access points, but with a slight commercial twist that could interest network carriers.

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