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NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

New York City residents now have much easier access to free, public WiFi hotspots. The city has launched its LinkNYC service throughout the five boroughs, with terminals replacing old pay phones, capable not only of free WiFi, but free domestic calls and access to the web via built-in tablet display. It's all supported with built-in advertising, and city officials say it's the start of what will become the world's largest municipal network.

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Linksys launches EA7500 MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO networking solutions at CES 2016

Linksys launches EA7500 MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO networking solutions at CES 2016

Linksys has unveiled a complete new range of WiFi networking solutions at CES 2016. The new networking solutions are all in the MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO family. The products were designed to keep up with the increasing performance needs of new WiFi devices like 4K TVs, computers, smartphones, and game consoles.

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TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link has rolled out a new multi-band WiFi router at CES 2016 that claims to be the first WiFi router based on 802.11ad technology. Inside the router are 802.11ad and 802.11ac MU-MIMO solutions from Qualcomm Atheros. The router is called the TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi router. It’s capable of delivering network speeds up to 4.6 Gbps on 60 GHz bands.

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Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Securifi has unveiled the latest router in its Almond touchscreen wireless router family and it is called the Almond 3. The router is a smart home hub and a traditional WiFi router in one device. It supports Gigabit WiFi, has an integrated ZigBee radio, supports Z-Wave, and Bluetooth devices. It also has an integrated programmable siren for home security.

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Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Connecting your home thermometer to your Wi-fi network wasn't the first thing you were thinking about the last time your kid ran a fever. That's what Withings wants you to think about, though, as the Withings Thermo works with what may be the smartest electronics ever jammed in to such a device. Today we're getting our hands on this device for the first time.

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NYC breaks ground on free gigabit WiFi kioks

NYC breaks ground on free gigabit WiFi kioks

Last year we brought you news that the citizens of New York City would be getting free gigabit internet service, via WiFi. While it seemed like a pipe dream, it's really happening. In fact, the first such kiosks are being installed right now.

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Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova Precision Cooker WiFi Review

Anova's first consumer sous-vide was a touchscreen-topped wand both credited with helping the fashionable cooking style broach a broader market and criticized for being a little confusing. The follow-up Precision Cooker Bluetooth dialed back the display to a couple of temperature read-outs, added a literal dial for local control, and threw in short-range wireless to link with your phone. Now there's the Precision Cooker WiFi.

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Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow plans to expand its number of public WiFi networks by installing additional hotspots in the city’s cemeteries. The hotspots will be free to use, and are set to go live next year in the Novodevichy, Vagankovo, and Troyekurovo cemeteries. The selected cemeteries are each notable for the well-known individuals buried in them, making them so-called “open-air museums.” The networks will, hopefully, help visitors learn more about the people buried there.

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Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is a new open source product that aims to make it easy to develop Internet of Things products and services. The Wio Link is an ESP8266 based WiFi development board that is made specifically for creating IoT applications using virtualized plug-n-play modules to RESTful APIs with mobile apps.

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Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon launches WiFi calling for Galaxy S6, iPhone support coming in 2016

Verizon announced over the weekend that it would finally be joining the other major US mobile carrier in launching support for WiFi calling, starting this week. The bad news is that it will be fairly limited in terms of which phones subscribers can use with the feature: it will only be compatible with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge until "early next year." Verizon says they will begin rolling out the necessary software update tomorrow, December 8th.

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No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

Are your Christmas lights killing your WiFi and ruining Netflix and Festive-Chill? It's possible, but only if your idea of holiday decoration centers oddly on your router. A recent report from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, put the fear of interference into tree lighting, warning that the multi-colored lamps could be wreaking havoc on your connectivity.

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What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.

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