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Ninja Sphere centralizes your whole Smart Home

Ninja Sphere centralizes your whole Smart Home

With the Ninja Sphere and a wireless internet connection in your home, you’ll be well on your way to connecting every electronic device you own to a smart interface. Ninja Sphere comes from the same folks that’ve created the Ninja Block, a very similar piece of hardware that runs the same code but does not work with a display, gestures, or radio connectivity. The Ninja Sphere upgrades the whole works.

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Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Hacker claims planes can be hacked through on-board WiFi

Passenger airplanes are vulnerable to hackers because of their on-board WiFi, says security researcher Ruben Santamarta. According to Santamarta, he has come up with a way to compromise the communications equipment on passenger planes, a serious threat if it is determined to be true.

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iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

iPhone 6 NFC tipped plus high-speed WiFi

The iPhone 6 gets nearer and the leaks come faster, with new specifications - including the long-anticipated arrival of NFC - teased for Apple's future flagship thanks to some freshly exposed components. Leaked boards, said to come from inside the new iPhone, along with some tipster promises claim to settle the speculation on short-range wireless, which Apple has so-far eschewed in favor of iBeacon.

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New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

When booking a trip, the hotel stay is important. You want a nice area, a nice bed, and an even nicer breakfast (and hopefully cookies in the lobby). Sometimes, you’re let down by the WiFi connection — a headache you didn’t ask for. A new website makes sure you don’t have those annoyances, or that you can at least plan accordingly.

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SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

SkyBell WiFi Doorbell hands-on: HomeKit’s digital doorman

Your doorbell isn't smart enough, and SkyBell wants to change that: a hockey puck scale upgrade to the traditional push-button that delivers motion-triggered video direct to your phone. After having raised almost six-times its crowdfunding goal in late 2013, the WiFi-enabled doorbell is counting on some big names like Apple to help it stand out from the growing home automation melee.

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iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.

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Uber and Google bring WiFi to cars in Philadelphia

Uber and Google bring WiFi to cars in Philadelphia

Uber has revealed its newest offering for its business customers: in-car wireless Internet, courtesy of Google. The catch is that the service is only coming to Philadelphia, and it will only be available starting today up through Labor Day.

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New keyless locks from Yale round out your connected home

New keyless locks from Yale round out your connected home

The modern, connected home starts at the front door, and that’s where the new lineup from Yale makes their presence felt. The Key Free B1L and T1L offer a clean, modern look to your home, even letting you ditch the house key. Via a touch screen or keypad, your front entry will be both secure and futuristic.

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Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

The FCC is putting WiFi in schools, but what about when kids leave for the day? Not all kids have access to the Internet, much less a reliable WiFi connection. Facebook is working on that, and are piloting a program that could see kids get free WiFi access at home.

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FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

The FCC has approved a funding grant that will bring WiFi to more schools. The $2 billion influx has come under fire, and likely won’t leave key groups happy. Still, the FCC is pushing forward with improving Internet access to schools nationwide.

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The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

The best app for measuring WiFi, carriers just got better

Whether at home or on the run, a good mobile connection is often important. If you’ve got work to do while traveling, or just want to check on your own home connection, this simple app can help you. Even better, the iOS version received an update today, making it faster and much more responsive.

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Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

You want a connected home, but what about the expense involved? Quirky’s Wink Hub makes having a connected home a pretty streamlined endeavor, serving as a base platform for all your connected devices. The hub itself is low-cost and readily available, but what about the devices that link to it? Here are five that we really like for starting your connected home project.

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