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New iPad is out today and you can buy it now
Apple's new iPad is out and you can buy one right now - plus the new iPad is cheaper than the iPad Air 2, which it is replacing. You can buy the cheapest version of the new iPad for $329 (£339, AU$469)...
New iPad 9.7 launches
Say hello to the new iPad.Not iPad Air. Not iPad Pro. Not even iPad Mini. Just, iPad. Apple's latest tablet has touched down, and the new iPad slides in below the firm's iPad Pro duo.New iPad vs iPad...
Are you the one person who takes your Xbox One to hotels? Then you’re in luck!
It’s definitely noticeable from recent firmware updates that we’re over halfway through this console generation. Whereas the Xbox One’s first three years of updates were spent adding essential functionality...
Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded
Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Researchers have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only...
T-Mobile promises big LTE boost from 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies
EnlargeT-Mobile USA reader comments 0 Share this story T-Mobile USA is ready to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies used by Wi-Fi following US government approval of the first "LTE-U"...
Fun, games, and security: WarCollar’s DopeScope and Booby Trap
reader comments 0 Share this story The WarCollar Industries 360 Dope Scope: a game, yet not. What do I spy inside the Dope Scope? Wi-Fi access points and signal strengths to help track them down. Sean...
As devices like Netgear Orbi and Eero have showed us: routers and range extenders are over. The future is Wi-Fi mesh or tri-band systems. Naturally, the smart home-obsessed Google is all over it with...
Going hands-on and behind the scenes at the Plume Wi-Fi HQ
Enlarge / Plume pods, each just big enough to plug into a wall outlet. reader comments 0 Share this story Part of the review process for Ars Technica’s first round of mesh testing was talking to the people...
Sometimes, no amount of prime router placement can get you decent Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house. Netgear isn’t the first to try and solve this problem, but its new Orbi Wi-Fi system tackles it...
BT promises to solve Wi-Fi connectivity problems with ‘intelligent’ extenders
While your Wi-Fi speeds might be blazing fast in the living room where your router is, in other areas of the house performance could fall off dramatically as the signal gets much weaker – but BT has a...
Wi-Fi systems at CES aim to fix your biggest network problem
If you’ve had trouble getting Wi-Fi to every corner in your home, 2017 will definitely solve that problem for you. There has never been a CES that showcased more home mesh Wi-Fi systems than this year....
An antivirus company just released a router with a killer design
At CES, Symantec has unveiled a new Wi-Fi router which puts a premium on security while still delivering on the performance front – and it looks pretty smart, or certainly unusual.The Norton Core router...
Linksys Velop brings mesh Wi-Fi to Europe—but it’ll cost you
Enlarge reader comments 10 Share this story Ars at CES 2017 AMD’s FreeSync 2 brings smooth HDR gaming to PC Intel pushes out the rest of its Kaby Lake processors for 2017’s PCs Intel’s new mini PCs have...
Cuba Allows Home Internet in Small Experiment
Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world....
Avoid these digital-safety pitfalls while traveling
Traveling over the holidays can be stressful, but it can be even worse if you end up getting hacked, lose your travel information or forget your smartphone in the airport lounge.More than 103 million Americans...
4.6Gbps Wi-Fi: How 60GHz wireless works—and should you use it?
EnlargeAlan Levine/Flickr reader comments 19 Share this story There's a new Wi-Fi standard in town, and it takes speed to another level. 802.11ad Wi-Fi is rated for data throughput up to 4,600Mbps, or...
10x faster Wi-Fi on its way to a router near you
Scientists are pushing Wi-Fi speeds much further using the TeraHertz band – which lives at 300GHz and above, as opposed to 2.4GHz and 5GHz as traditionally used by wireless routers – with a fresh breakthrough...
Man names Wi-Fi network “Daesh 21,” prosecuted under French anti-terror law
EnlargeNiroDesign / Getty Images News reader comments 25 Share this story Further ReadingFrance convicts first person under anti-piracy law (even though he didn’t do it)French media reported Friday that...
Can you solve this insane maths equation?
If you can solve this, you can get onto the Wi-Fi. IT’S always nice when you’re eating out and the restaurant offers you free Wi-Fi. Most places will generously hand over the Wi-Fi password without a problem,...
10Gbps Wi-Fi will be coming to a router near you soon enough
Quantenna has announced a major move with the introduction of the first chip which supports 802.11ax, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard (which is still in draft form).802.11ax turns things up a number of notches...
Man’s 12 hour cup of tea struggle
One man spent all day just trying to make a single cup of tea. Picture: Supplied. A MAN in the UK has documented his all day attempt to make a single cup of tea using his Wi-Fi kettle — a case of when...
Google Wifi: Google’s second attempt at a home router [Updated]
Enlarge reader comments 36 Share this story Google last year released the OnHub Wi-Fi router. This year it has a new offering: Google Wifi (sic; although the wireless technology is properly written "Wi-Fi",...
Google's search boss reveals how the tech giant will woo Indians
"At any given day, somebody might have 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. A lot of people have 2G and Wi-Fi, so we want to adapt our products to make sure they work, regardless of the connectivity you have. It might...
Best wireless routers
Best wireless routers Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The Asus router has eight superfast Gigabit LAN ports, speedy Wi-Fi performance and lots of useful features. The USB 3.0 port is awkwardly placed,...
FCC official: “Something’s not right” with Wi-Fi at Monday’s debate
Enlarge / FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (right) has asked her colleagues to investigate how Hofstra University forced journalists to stop using their own Wi-Fi during the presidential debate.Bloomberg...
Google unveils 5 products for India market - including one that could go global
Google is betting big on India as the tech behemoth unveiled five new products on Tuesday specifically tailored for users in the world's second-largest Internet market — including one that is designed...
Journalists must fork over $200 for Wi-Fi at presidential debate
Enlarge / The debate hall at Hofstra University hours before the debate is set to begin.Spencer Platt / Getty Images News reader comments 2 Share this story News organizations attending Monday evening’s...
Report: “Google Wi-Fi” router to launch Oct. 4, Google Home to cost $129
The Google OnHub, Google's now old router?Ron Amadeo reader comments 30 Share this story As part of Google's multi-device release extravaganza on October 4, Android Police claims Google is going to launch...
EU wants to make free Wi-Fi available for everyone
The EU has laid out its ambitions for pushing forward with mobile connectivity, including the provision of free Wi-Fi across member nations, and goals for rolling out 5G, the next step in mobile broadband.President...
Next HTC Vive could add Wi-Fi streaming for untethered VR
The HTC Vive may well be the best virtual reality headset currently available, but it comes with one major drawback - its room scale VR experiences are let down a tad by the Vive's trailing wires.Since...
Google's data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant is coming to more Nexus users soon
Google is boosting the signal on Wi-Fi Assistant, a special Nexus phone feature that allows you to join free Wi-Fi hotspots instantly.Once exclusive to Project Fi users in the US with either a Nexus 5X...
Orbi by Netgear aims to kill the pain (and dead spots) in setting up Wi-Fi
Netgear, one of the companies that makes the thing in your closet that keeps you on Facebook for hours a day, is celebrating its 20th year in networking tech with a device(s) that could turn Wi-Fi into...
Hands-on: Ubiquiti’s Amplifi covers the whole house in a Wi-Fi mesh
EnlargeLee HutchinsonFurther ReadingOut of the enterprise, into your house: Ubiquiti’s new Amplifi 802.11ac gear reader comments 13 Share this story Back in May, networking OEM Ubiquiti announced its...
I may have invented the first GPS augmented reality game
PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesWay back in the autumn of 2004, I may have invented the world's first GPS-based augmented reality game. In light of the stratospheric success of Pokémon Go, I'm wondering whether...
Sorry, there’s no more porn with your Starbucks latte
Bradley FultonStarbucks said Friday it would soon add porn-blocking filters to its public, in-store Wi-Fi. The move follows McDonald's, which disclosed this week that it had blocked the hamburger-eating...
Inside the secret lab where Facebook tries to save your battery life
It took Facebook quite a few iterations to arrive at the final design of its testing racks. First, it put together what it called the "sled," a metal rack that ended up interfering with Wi-Fi connections...
The best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems
The best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems Google’s budget audio dongle pipes music to any stereo from the most popular streaming apps on your smartphone. It’s simple and works well, with direct compatibility...
BT and Fon giving free Wi-Fi hotspot access to all next week
In celebration of the first ever World Wi-Fi Day, next week BT and Fon are going to give everyone out there a chance to use their Wi-Fi hotspots for free – but there's a catch, because it's only for a...
Making sense of what's happening to Wi-Fi
Introduction and current trends in Wi-FiWhen did Wi-Fi get so confusing? We all know that Wi-Fi is migrating to 5GHz, but that's about to be exacerbated by the arrival of LTE-U. But what of HaLow, 802.11ad,...
How to use Windows 10 privacy settings
Windows 10 privacyPrivacy is a hot topic these days. The rise of cloud-based services has seen more users than ever trust their private information to remote servers, at a time when the security of online...
How can I provide guests with Wi-Fi without giving them my password?
"What's the Wi-Fi password?" If you're like us, you've heard this shouted throughout your house many times. It might be your kid or grandchild, or their friends. Or, worse, you might find yourself shouting...
Comcast CEO: We're keeping options open to compete in wireless
Comcast also has filed to participate in an upcoming auction of wireless spectrum. However, Comcast is not expected to use additional spectrum to operate the LTE cellular technology the big four offer....
Google free WiFi to launch for Vijayawada, Kachiguda and Raipur stations tomorrow
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 5, 2016 11:14 am Railways will launch the Google’s free Wi-Fi service at Vijayawada, Kachiguda and Raipur stations tomorrow. Expanding the high speed Internet...
Amped Wireless Titan-EX High Power AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE1900A)
Range extenders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from single-band devices that plug into a wall outlet to full-blown dual-band models that are equipped with wired Ethernet ports and a wealth of management...
Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router
The Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router ($199.99) represents the company's second foray into the Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) router arena. Like its predecessor,...
Your next flight may have better Wi-Fi
In the cabin, having Wi-Fi connected systems also makes for easier upgrades of in-flight entertainment and can bring in more revenues from entertainment, services and advertising. Competition from new...
Broadcom rolls out 5GHz wi-fi platform for enterprise APs
Broadcom has released a new platform and CPU designed to improve efficiency and power across an enterprise network. What's Hot on ZDNet Windows 10 tip: Defrag secrets for hard disks and SSDs Nest killed...
The best Wi-Fi music systems for 2016
The best Wi-Fi music systems for 2016 Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding) Google’s budget audio dongle pipes music to any stereo from the most popular streaming apps on your smartphone. It’s...
Government-funded free Wi-Fi project isn’t providing much Wi-Fi
Erin PettigrewA project to bring free wireless Internet to poor people in California is only providing a fraction of the promised Wi-Fi hotspots, according to multiple reports. With a state grant issued...
MIT unlocks the secret to safer, tighter, stronger Wi-Fi
MIT researchers are working on a new wireless system that allows Wi-Fi signals to pinpoint a user's location, which could unlock Wi-Fi geo-fencing capabilities and even lead to safer drones.Under the new...
Ola cabs to make WiFi available to all categories soon
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 31, 2016 5:16 pm Ola will soon extend Wi-Fi services to users across segments including Micro, Mini and even autorickshaws. Transportation app Ola will soon...
Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router review - CNET
The Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router (model R7800) is an updated version of the X4 R7500 and not only is it much faster, its Wi-Fi signal reach much farther. What's more, the new router now supports...
AT&T adds Wi-Fi calling internationally for iPhone users thanks to iOS 9.3
CNET/CBS Interactive American AT&T customers will not have to pay to make calls home while out of the country, thanks to the iOS 9.3 update released by Apple on Tuesday .AT&T says calling someone via...
AT&T spreads Wi-Fi calling beyond the US - CNET
AT&T's Wi-Fi calling can now be used outside the US, as long as you have a recent iPhone. James Martin/CNET AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 6 or higher can now make and receive calls via Wi-Fi outside...
iPhone SE tips and tricks
Introducing the iPhone SEApple has announced the new 4-inch iPhone SE to the world at its March 2016 keynote. While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (along with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus) showed Apple...
Q&A: Take control of YouTube
The little messages that pop up while you are watching a YouTube video are called annotations.(Photo: Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg) Q. I'm tired of watching a YouTube video and having little messages popping...
Are New York City's public Wi-Fi hotspots secure?
March 16, 2016, 7:42 AM|Thirty-four million Americans don’t have basic broadband access to the Internet. That’s more than 10 percent of the population. New York City wants to help change that by replacing...
How safe is New York City's free public Wi-Fi?
Thirty-four million Americans - nearly 10 percent -- don't have basic broadband access to the Internet.New York City wants to help change that by replacing old pay phones with hotspots. There are nearly...
Wi-Fi tracking, revenge porn: Podcast 258
The latest on Apple and the FBI, how Wi-Fi tracking can predict what sandwich you'll buy and we investigate what's being done to tackle revenge porn.To listen on any device, either hit the play button...
Europe's refugee crisis: How one Wi-Fi network is offering a lifeline for Lesbos migrants
The Wi-Fi network has to cover the island's two refugee camps: Moria and Kara Tepe, both of which shelter around 2,500 people. Image: DisasterTechLab The first question asked by refugees arriving in Lesbos...
Google's next app will make photo editing more social
Google isn't usually shy about launching experimental new apps and then closing them back down again if they don't work, and it sounds like the tech giant's next testing of the app waters will revolve...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
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