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Google Station brings free Wi-Fi to Mexico

Google Station brings free Wi-Fi to Mexico

Google is perhaps best known for Search, the Chrome web browser, and the Android platform, and all three have one thing in common: the need for an Internet connection, preferably a good and always connected one. That is why Google has directly dived into the ISP industry, in one form or another, especially in emerging markets where Internet connectivity is still pretty much a luxury. The latter comes in the form of its Google Stations, free Wi-Fi hotspots for everyone, which is now adding Mexico as its third beneficiary and the first in Latin America.

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Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia announced plans to acquire mesh networking company Unium earlier this week, a business move that paves the way for it to get in on the home WiFi market in a big way. Unium, which is based out of Seattle, specializes in intelligent mesh technology to give customers a whole-home WiFi experience. Over the weekend, Nokia explained that it will use Unium's software to expand its home WiFi portfolio with mesh networking capabilities.

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This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

The days of slow, frustrating, patchy in-flight WiFi may finally be behind us, with a new push by Airbus, Delta and others to supercharge satellite connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance is a new consortium hoping to not only remove the annoyance from getting online in the air, but actually make it "the best internet you ever experienced."

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Qualcomm’s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse

Qualcomm’s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse

WiFi 11ax is headed to smartphones and laptops this year, with Qualcomm announcing its newest chip combining speedy WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. The Qualcomm WCN3998 jumps the gun on 802.11ax, arriving well in advance of the new standard being finalized. However, the chip-maker says, it'll offer the key features - and probably those you'll get the most benefit from - for devices as soon as 2018.

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Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Free public Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous (and sometimes dangerous) that there might be more than a handful to choose from at any given time. Not all Wi-Fi hotspots, however, are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain horrible. To help you decide which Wi-Fi access point to connect to, at least based on speed, Google is providing a new “Speed Label” in the Wi-Fi list for Android. At least, if you’re running Android 8.1.

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Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

In recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there's a bug where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance. That bug originates from the Cast software for Android phones, Google explains, which could "incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic" that negatively impacts wireless networks.

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ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative

ASUS AiMesh turns regular routers into an eero alternative

Mesh networking is becoming an increasingly popular solution to extending the range of home and business WiFi networks over a large area. Getting started with mesh networking, however, can be a bit on the expensive side. Getting up and running with a mesh network can mean having to replace your old router and purchase a bundle that comes with a new router and the nodes that will form your mesh network.

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Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner will soon have another job aside from tidying up, with iRobot set to turn the 'bots into roving WiFi analysts. The company has had connected robot vacuums in its line-up for some years now, but a new software update iRobot plans to trial will allow them to not only connect, but assess wireless signal strength.

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North Korea airport adds WiFi, but with a big limitation

North Korea airport adds WiFi, but with a big limitation

North Korea has made the surprising decision to launch WiFi service at its main airport, marking a big change for the tiny nation. The introduction of a public WiFi network is surprising, but the related restrictions aren't: it isn't available to just anyone. The wireless Internet access is restricted to some international travelers, but a recent report of attempted use didn't end well.

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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Razer has announced a new partnership with Ignition Design Labs, the end product being a new Portal WiFi router that has been optimized for gamers. The new router is mesh-capable, offering Gigabit connectivity and features that improve gaming over wireless. Razer says that a pair of these Portal routers are able to cover houses ranging up to 6,000sqft, among other things.

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xFi Advanced Gateway arrives in all Comcast Gigabit markets

xFi Advanced Gateway arrives in all Comcast Gigabit markets

Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway is now available in all of the service provider's Gigabit Internet markets, giving those customers a new way to get Gigabit speeds over WiFi. Comcast brags that its xFi Advanced Gateway offers its most advanced WiFi tech ever, giving subscribers super fast wireless speeds able to handle all the demands of a connected home.

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