News tagged: WiFi
Wrapping aluminum foil around your router's antennas to increase speed isn't pseudoscience, it actually works. Research from Xia Zhou, an assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, has found a customized aluminum reflector on a router's antennas boosts speed.
Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service will grow in Nigeria through a partnership with Tizeti, a startup using solar-powered towers to improve the country's internet access. Express Wi-Fi involves Facebook working with local ISPs, carriers, and businesses to expand internet access.
Individuals using the latest beta versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS shouldn't have to worry about the recently revealed WiFi vulnerability, known as Krack. Apple says the betas of those operating systems, which are available to developers, are protected.
A devastating security flaw has been discovered in the main WiFi security protocol, putting millions of people at risk. Mathy Vanhoef, a researcher with imec-DistriNet, discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol, which is used by essentially all WiFi devices globally.
On average, people view more Netflix than Hulu, Amazon Video, and YouTube combined, a report from Comscore found. Netflix is clearly dominant in the US and is responsible for 1 hour and 40 minutes of content viewing daily in WiFi-enabled American households.
The upcoming Moto X4 from Lenovo could be the first non-Google smartphone to receive Google's Fi wireless service. Project Fi revealed on Twitter that a "new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners" would be available later in the year.
A WiFi finder tool is now rolling out to Facebook's app on iOS and Android around the world, helping people locate public WiFi spots. The feature first appeared as part of a small test on a few mobile devices. Now it's headed out to all users and is found in the "more" section.
For only $10 more than the usual AT&T Unlimited Choice plan, you can get over 60 channels from DirecTV. The carrier's new $70 bundle is available for current Unlimited Choice customers who are interested in adding television to their plan. Video streams are limited however.
Thousands of towns and villages across Europe will be outfitted with free public WiFi as part of the WiFi4EU initiative. According to the European Commission, a political agreement was reached this week to launch the program. $134 million has been pledge to the project.
Facebook is going to use a large number of WiFi hotspots to improve connectivity across India. A new internet.org project called Express Wi-Fi will help set up around 20,000 hotspots over the coming months. Those will help a lot of people get online.
Google's home WiFi system, simply called Google Wifi, is now available in Canada. It has already arrived in the US and UK markets, and now people can get a single unit for $179 CAD or a triple pack for $439 CAD. Google Wifi uses a mesh router setup to improve coverage.
Samsung's 2-in-1 Galaxy Book will go on sale tomorrow, April 21. The Windows 10 product, which has a tablet-like design and a snap-on keyboard, was introduced during Mobile World Congress. No release date was announced during its unveil. The LTE version will be sold first.
Comcast has announced a wireless offering called Xfinity Mobile. It'll roll out later this year and offer unlimited data for $65 per month. Xfinity Mobile is only available for Comcast's internet customers. Xfinity Mobile is based on Verizon's network.
The 4.50 firmware update for the PlayStation 4 has led to WiFi issues for some users. A lot of console owners report they've been unable to connect to a wireless network ever since installing the update. Wired connections appear to be working fine with the system.
Chevrolet has announced it'll be the first major US automaker to offer an unlimited LTE data plan for customers. If you spend $20/month, you'll be able to get unlimited service in your vehicle. This offer comes from a partnership with OnStar. AT&T is being used for the network.
Skype WiFi is going to shut down on March 31, with the company opting to focus on its "core" features instead. WiFi allowed users to purchase wireless access at public hotspots for an amount that was generally less than the typical fee. Users have been notified.
LG is working to address a signal interference problem with its 5K monitor. Users have reported the monitor becomes unusable when it's within a couple meters of a WiFi router. LG has recognized the existence of the problem and is working to address it.
Free wireless internet is going to be provided by the Indian government in 1,050 villages around the country. The government is installing WiFi hotspots in regions that don't have fast and accessible broadband. This program has a price tag of $62 million.
JetBlue has finished rolling out Fly-Fi to its entire fleet, bringing free high-speed WiFi to all fliers. It first introduced the offer in 2013 and it provides speeds of 12 to 15 Mbps (up to 20 Mbps), which isn't bad for in-flight service. Fly-Fi works from gate to gate.
Mumbai is now home to the largest public WiFi system in India. The city has over 500 free WiFi spots, according to Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra. Testing of the system began on January 2. Within a week, 23,000 people had used the service.