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  • Per Wikileaks: Podesta Used Amtrack Public WiFi

    10/15/2016 9:40:42 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Content at link.
  • [VANITY] Pranking the Neighbors with Free Hillary Wi-Fi

    09/10/2016 11:37:52 AM PDT · by Mister Right Wing Conspiracy · 14 replies
    Decided to have some fun. I created a Wi-Fi SSID as shown below: I configured my Wi-Fi router to use a "captive web portal" whenever anyone first connects to the SSID. The login page looks like this: Once the Wi-Fi user enters their name and email, they are then redirected to a Success page:
  • Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law? (Hofstra gouges reporters)

    09/27/2016 7:25:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Kieren McCarthy
    The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine. Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless internet connection." Worse than the clear effort to price-gouge people trying to file stories, however, was the fact that the university decided that only its wireless access points were allowed to be used, and even sent someone around...
  • AT&T Reveals Secret Plan For Wi-Fi Even Faster Than Google Fiber (city power pole WiFi repeaters)

    09/21/2016 7:28:39 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/20/2016 | Shelby Carpenter
    AT&T Reveals Secret Plan For Wi-Fi Even Faster Than Google Fiber Tech #AllThingsMobile Sep 20, 2016 @ 08:03 PM AT&T Reveals Secret Plan For Wi-Fi Even Faster Than Google Fiber Shelby Carpenter  Think Google Fiber is the hottest thing in Internet connectivity? Well, there’s a new kid on the block in the unlikely form of wireless stalwart AT&T. The new plan, called Project AirGig, was announced in a press release on Tuesday and AT&T says it comes as the result of over 10 years of research and 100 patent applications for new technologies. AirGig is still highly experimental, but...
  • Put your home WIFI router Guest Account to work for Donald Trump (Vanity)

    09/10/2016 2:41:09 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 35 replies
    Me Myself and I | 9/10/2016 | Imjustanotherokie
    Nearly everyone has a wireless router. How about using it to bash Hillary or promote Trump. How to do it? If you have Guest Accounts name your Connect ID to 'Vote for Trump', 'Crooked Hillary', or anything for that matter that you want. Set your SSID so it Broadcasts. Use a very good password so nobody connects if you don't want them to. Viola...You are putting the message out anonymously for all your neighbors to see. I can't take credit for this invention but just passing it along. Here is the topper, if you can forward someone to a login...
  • Spying Wifi Router

    08/26/2016 2:24:10 AM PDT · by conserv8 · 21 replies
    As people move through a space with a Wi-Fi signal, their bodies affect it, absorbing some waves and reflecting others in various directions. By analyzing the exact ways that a Wi-Fi signal is altered when a human moves through it, researchers can “see” what someone writes with their finger in the air, identify a particular person by the way that they walk, and even read a person’s lips with startling accuracy—in some cases even if a router isn’t in the same room as the person performing the actions.
  • Need help in controlling internet bill--

    08/12/2016 9:59:37 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 58 replies
    Vanity tech chat | Mamzelle
    No youtubes, no streaming, yet every month I use more Data. I don't have many apps. I use my phone almost exclusively.
  • Phone Company spying for the NSa

    08/11/2016 11:18:37 AM PDT · by wny · 47 replies
    I had my internet service upgraded today. The Frontier Communications tech was here to make some changes. After he was all set, while he was still here and his company truck still in my driveway, he asked my to connect to my network to see if all was well. I opened my iPad and as usual it listed a few local networks whose signal it was reading. It listed the usual few neighbors' networks that come up every time. It also listed: "NSA mobile surveillance unit 981" I've never seen this before, and since his truck left an hour ago,...
  • My WiFi Yard Signs

    07/30/2016 1:15:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 90 replies
    I had an old router lying around so I named the connections and fired it up. It's connected to nothing. I'm sure it bugs the $#!& out of my neighbors.
  • Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

    07/26/2016 9:08:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies ^ | 07/26/2016
    You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard. And yet security researchers have been warning people to be suspicious of wireless computer accessories using sketchy radio protocols for years. Those warnings peaked five months ago, when hackers at the security firm Bastille found that millions of cheap keyboard and mouse dongles let hackers inject keystrokes onto your machine from hundreds of yards away. Now, in case you missed that message, the same researchers have extended their attack to millions more devices—and this time, they can not only inject keystrokes, but also read yours, too. On Tuesday Bastille’s research team...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Public Wireless Access Points - I Need Some Help

    06/13/2016 5:59:30 PM PDT · by The Louiswu · 20 replies
    Me ^ | 6/13/16 | The LouisWu
    Greetings - My young business is being given an opportunity to set up new interior wireless access for two small restaurants along with point of sale access and I could use some advice and pointers on the best equipment to use and the best way to set up that equipment. Thanks in advance, I always get good advice from the folks here on FR.
  • VANITY: WIN-10 Help

    05/20/2016 10:11:32 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 29 replies
    My Laptop | 20MAY2016 | Cletus
    Why does WIN-10 not connect with my home WIfi on start-up
  • Apple's scariest bug this week: Your device pwned over Wi-Fi

    03/25/2016 8:52:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 24, 2016 | By Larry Seltzer for Zero Day
    The iMessage vulnerability got a lot of attention, but another bug allows for remote execution over Wi-Fi, which is a much bigger threat. Apple released new versions of several operating system products earlier this week, fixing vulnerabilities in OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 among others. Because encryption and Apple are big news these days, the attention mostly went to an admittedly interesting flaw in Apple's encryption for iMessage, reported by a research team, led by well-known cryptographer Matthew Green. But the bug is not an easy one to exploit and doesn't even expose a lot. There are much...
  • Obamas bemoan White House wi-fi

    02/07/2016 8:44:25 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Obamas bemoan White House wi-fi 46 minutes ago From the section US & Canada The Obamas have lamented patchy wi-fi coverage in the White House during a TV interview. There are a "lot of dead spots", President Obama revealed during a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS. "It can be a little sketchy," added Michelle. The couple's daughters, Sasha and Malia, were "just irritated by it", she said. Mr Obama traditionally does an interview ahead of the biggest American Football game of the year. The president added he had been trying to improve the wi-fi "for the next group of folks".
  • Help. Need Recommendations for Wifi and Router for Large House, Four Users.

    12/16/2015 2:24:19 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 104 replies
    chickensoup's very tiny brain | 12.16.15. | chickensoup
    Because of changes in my household there is now a need for major TV. So I have upgraded from the basic for my garage tenant to standard that has almost 200 channels. Now I have to purchase a modem and Wi-Fi. I talked to the cable guy. I need Wi-Fi that will travel over 60feet and over three stories. I need a modem that is Time Warner compliant that will bring in over 300 doo-hickies. Is there any one out there who understands this? I have to shop tomorrow and send back the TW modem. Help!Because of
  • your advice: TV-plus-WiFi-device, or WiFi-enabled TV?

    11/17/2015 5:01:26 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 57 replies
    self | 11/17/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FReeper friends. For the first time in several years, I've got a few bucks to spare. I'd like to finally upgrade from my old CRT television to a flat-screen TV. I'm also investigating the various options for streaming video to the TV via WiFi. I'm looking at devices like Roku and Amazon's FireTV -- especially because Amazon is having a Black Friday deal on the FireTV stick. However, the TVs that I'm looking at all are WiFi enabled. So here's my question: unless I really, really want features specific to FireTV, do I really need it (or Roku) if...
  • Apple iOS 9 feature Wi-Fi Assist could lead to huge iPhone bills

    09/29/2015 5:40:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    CBC News Technology & Science ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | CBC News
    On by default, feature automatically switches to cellular signal when Wi-Fi is weak If you've upgraded to iOS 9, you should be aware that it comes with a new feature – enabled by default – that could make your next wireless bill a lot bigger. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches your phone from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That's helpful if you're in the middle of watching a video or some other task on the internet that you don't want interrupted by spotty Wi-Fi service. "But this also means eating through your 500 MB data...
  • Could a Freeper answer a question about bandwidth?

    09/23/2015 7:13:12 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 27 replies
    I subscribe to Netflix and Amazon. My ISP is Cox and the Cox box is situated next to the tv. There's also a Samsung DVD/streaming movie box next to the tv. Netflix movies stream fine. The problem is with Amazon. I can watch older (picture Paul Newman in "The Hustler", B&W) movies but with newer movies I'm getting, "Insufficient bandwidth" message. However, on my computers I can stream those movies just fine. Why is there insufficient bandwidth on the tv streaming just for newer (HD) movies? And just on Amazon? Finally, how can this be fixed? thanks
  • America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH (new FCC regulations)

    09/06/2015 3:39:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be authorized to make software changes." In addition, it proposes that "modifications by third parties should not be permitted unless the third party receives its own certification." While the intent is to make the FCC's certification of the next generation of wireless equipment faster and more flexible, open source advocates were quick to notice...
  • Cell Phone WiFi

    08/31/2015 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 44 replies
    I'm thinking of upgrading my cell phone. My car has Bluetooth but my phone can't even take pictures. So I see these phones with Bluetooth and along with that most say WiFi. I have one of Sprints original contracts at $15 a month. Of course there is no internet. texting or whatever. So when a phone says WiFi what does that mean? Does the phone have some type of browser that can access a free WiFi independent of the phones phone software? Pardon my ignorance and thanks. And I'm looking at used phones, new phones require me to drop my...
  • Oklahoma Woman Allegedly Pulls Knife on Teens in Taco Bell After Wi-Fi Frustration (VIDEO)

    07/15/2015 9:55:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, July 14, 2015, | Lee Moran
    An Oklahoma woman pulled a knife on a group of teen boys after getting angry over the poor Wi-Fi connection at a Taco Bell, police said. Amber Lynn Henson was frustrated about the Tahlequah restaurant's internet speed on Thursday when she went to a drinking fountain to cool off. But a group of unwitting youngsters blocked the 48-year-old's way, reports the Tahlequah Daily Press. "The boys were kind of in the way of the drink fountain and she had to squeeze through them to get her drink," said Tahlequah Police chief Nate King. "She got agitated and spilled her drink...
  • Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends (and FB friends, and...)

    06/30/2015 7:07:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | June 30, 2015 | Simon Rockman
    A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts. So giving a wireless password to one person grants access to everyone who knows them. That includes their (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends. There is method in the Microsoft madness – it saves having to shout across the office or house “what’s the Wi-Fi password?” – but ease of use has to be tamed with security. If you wander close to a wireless network, and your friend knows the password,...
  • Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick

    05/21/2015 6:30:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 05/20/15
    From using cell phones and computers to watching movies online, wireless technology has made life easier. But now, some say there is a serious downside. As CBS2’s Maurice Dubois explained, there are those who claim that exposure to wi-fi is making people sick, and some people don’t even know it. “Brain fog. That’s my worst problem. A brain fog,” Suzanne Hoyt said. Hoyt said that nothing prepared her for the rush of symptoms that she suddenly developed. “Headaches, perspiration, pain in my jaws and my heart. It’s like physical expansion of the heart,” she said. Hoyt said it all started...
  • GAO reports warns hackers could bring down plane using passenger Wi-Fi

    04/15/2015 6:46:28 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 8 replies
    Fox New ^ | April 15, 2015 | unknown
    The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit. The avionics in a cockpit operate as a self-contained unit and aren't connected to the same system used by passengers to watch movies or work on their laptops. But as airlines update their systems with Internet-based networks, it's not uncommon for Wi-Fi systems to...
  • Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed

    02/19/2015 11:58:24 AM PST · by Wolfie · 51 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | Feb. 19, 2015
    Lenovo Has Been Selling Laptops with Malware Pre-Installed Computer maker Lenovo has been shipping laptops prepackaged with malware that makes you more vulnerable to hackers — all for the sake of serving you advertisements. Made by a company called “Superfish,” the software is essentially an Internet browser add-on that injects ads onto websites you visit. Besides taking up space in your Lenovo computer, the add-on is also dangerous because it undermines basic computer security protocols. That’s because it tampers with a widely-used system of official website certificates. That makes it hard for your computer to recognize a fake bank website,...
  • Free Wi-Fi more important than a good night's sleep when booking a hotel

    12/05/2014 9:15:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2014 | Katie Amey
    When looking for the perfect hotel, its Wi-Fi service is the most important factor, according to new research. A survey on important factors when searching for accommodation revealed that 67 per cent of travellers are most concerned with Wi-Fi, above any other factor. The internet connection ranked higher than the hotel's location, a good night's sleep and friendly staff.
  • What is this? FreeRepublic is blocked on Amtrak WIFI as an offensive site!

    11/27/2014 4:56:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 89 replies
    Swordmaker | November 27, 2014 | Swordmaker
    Yesterday, my girlfriend and I borded an Amtrak passenger train in Stockton to travel to visit her friends in Visalia for Thanksgiving. Amtrak offers its passengers free WIFI as part of their amenities on the trip. As part of the log on, it specifies that Amtrak block access to "offensive" web sites, but otherwise allows free access to the Internet. I agreed to their conditions and found myself connected. Four attempts to connect to FreeRepublic resulted in being notified that my browser could not connect to the server! Thinking FR might be down, I turned off my WIFI, and reverted...
  • Mika: Providers 'Shouldn't be Charging' for Aviation Wifi

    11/26/2014 5:25:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When the revolution comes, everything will be free! Mika Brzezinski gave us today some good insight into the liberal mind when it comes to economics. The Morning Joe host was reacting today to news that for Thanksgiving, Verizon will be giving travelers free wifi in flight and at several airports around the country. Mocked Mika: "thank you so much for something you shouldn't be charging us for anyway." View the video here.
  • The man who can hear Wi-Fi wherever he walks [hearing aids]

    11/14/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | 12 November 2014 | by Frank Swain
    I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes. Against the familiar sounds of suburban life, it is somehow incongruous and appropriate at the same time. As I approach Turnpike Lane tube station and descend to the underground platform, I catch the now familiar gurgle of the public Wi-Fi hub, as well as the staff network beside it. On board the train, these sounds fade into silence as we burrow...
  • Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr, movie star who paved way for Wi-Fi

    11/10/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNet ^ | 9 November 2014 | Steven Musil
    Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood actress known for her good looks and classic come-hither bedroom gaze, also played a key role in developing cell phone technology widely used today.Born 100 years ago today in Vienna, the actress made a lesser-known contribution to wireless communication when she tried to defuse a potential military threat during World War II. To prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked, she helped develop an early version of spread spectrum communication, which is part of the basis for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.Her successes remind us that women were central to the invention of many technologies...
  • A Flight Was Delayed After Passengers Found An 'Al Qaeda'-Named Wi-Fi Hotspot

    10/27/2014 9:33:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 27, 2014 | James Cook
    A flight from Los Angeles to London was delayed on Sunday night after a passenger on board the aircraft discovered a Wi-Fi hotspot named "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork." ...a passenger expressed concern to a flight attendant. It's believed that he spotted the suspiciously named hotspot on his phone while searching for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • SanFran Mayor Considers WiFi Internet a Basic Human Right.

    10/04/2005 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Fun Bob · 55 replies · 1,975+ views
    NJCSD ^ | Tuesday, 04 October 2005 | editor
    SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has declared universal access to wireless Internet to be a "fundamental right of all citizens" and stated that access to the Internet "is a civil rights issue as much as anything else."  This is the same San Francisco government pushing a complete ban of all handguns within city limits.  They are putting it to a referendum and proposition H will be on San Francisco city ballots next month.  If it passes, any possession of a handgun within city limits will be banned.  Everyone but government personnel and security guards will have to surrender their handguns within 90 days. ...
  • San Francisco mayor sees wireless service as "basic right" [Internet Communists]

    10/03/2005 9:44:44 PM PDT · by mr. mojo risin · 54 replies · 1,113+ views
    cnn ^ | 10-3-05 | cnn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who became internationally known for his campaign a year ago to legalize gay marriage, on Monday said he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens. Officials said 24 proposals had been turned into the city to deliver wireless Internet services, ranging from Web search company Google Inc., Cingular, the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, to Internet service provider EarthLink. Newsom told a news conference that he was bracing for a battle with telephone and cable interests along with state and federal regulators who he said are looking to...
  • Should the Federal Gov't Consider Internet Access a 'Civil Right?'

    08/15/2011 2:37:28 PM PDT · by magellan · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 15, 2011 | Billy Hallowell
    Is access to the Internet a "civil right?" Each individual's answer to this question is generally dependent upon a variety of factors — political affiliation, geographic location, economic status and the like. While one side of the debate claims that high speed broadband access is most certainly a right that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, should enjoy, others disagree. Really, the entire debate is focused upon the "haves" and "have nots" (i.e. the people fortunate enough to have access at home or in their local communities and those who do not have the ability, for a variety of reasons, to...
  • O'Malley calls Wi-Fi 'a human right'

    10/09/2014 6:02:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 61 replies ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic White House contender, said in an interview published Wednesday that "Wi-Fi is a human right." O'Malley, a two-term governor who has fundraised vigorously for Democrats running in midterms races this year, said in an interview with CNN that he can relate to his 20-something daughters. "I am noticing a generational shift. While baby boomers were led to believe that sometimes our prosperity comes from separating from other[s], people under 40 believe that it will come from being closer to others," he said. O’Malley said young people are no longer following the path of...
  • Good news from would-be president Martin O’Malley: “WiFi is a human right”

    10/08/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    Reading this made me feel like Ron Burgundy listening to Baxter tell him he ate a whole wheel of cheese: I’m not even mad. It’s amazing.Jon Ward of Yahoo News wonders if the next human right is the right to Frosted Flakes. “Baby boomers and older were often told that if we specialize in terms of our skills, we will be more secure and prosperous, that the definition of ‘making it” was living out in the suburbs as far way as possible with the biggest lawn possible,” he said. “Young people have flipped that on its head. Younger people...
  • Maryland Governor Claims WiFi is a Human Right

    10/08/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies ^ | october 8, 2014 | christine rousselle
    Governor of Maryland and potential 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Martin O'Malley raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he was quoted in a CNN profiledeclaring access to wireless internet (WiFi) as a "human right." The quote occurred when O'Malley was discussing the "rebirth" of the American city and the skills of young people that make these changes happen. 
  • Marriott Pays $600,000 For Jamming WiFi Hotspots

    10/05/2014 3:34:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Information Week ^ | 10/5/2014 | Thomas Claburn
    Marriott International has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for jamming guests' mobile WiFi hotspots at a hotel and conference facility in Nashville, Tenn.In a consent decree filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Marriott acknowledged that "one or more of its employees used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent consumers from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks."At the same time, the FCC says, the hotel was charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors from $250 to $1,000 per device to access Marriott's WiFi network."Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should...
  • Every WiFi user in US may have $10,000 Wiretapping Claim against Google

    09/25/2014 6:21:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies ^ | 9-24-0214 | CHRISS W. STREET
    The [StreetView] cars had vacuumed up Wi-Fi e-mail messages, user passwords, and other communications from 2007 to 2010. With a consolidated class-action lawsuit seeking up to $10,000 for each affected private Wi-Fi user captured by Google, lawyers are about to go national with billions of dollars of claims for potential damages to virtually every U.S. e-mail user. ******** Under federal law, it is illegal and subject to up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for any third party to intercept any telephonic or electronic communication between other individuals. However, if one of the parties to the conversation...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
  • How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi

    08/10/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    W I R E D ^ | 08.08.14 6:30 am | By Andy Greenberg
    How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi It appears that cannot be posted per their copyright complaint. Ignore the clickable link, it only points back to the FR index page... The link has more info... and a few pics. :)
  • opinion/feedback on best budget tablet?

    05/01/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 20 replies
    self | 5/1/14 | NewJerseyJoe
    Asking for opinions on the best budget tablet. Something big enough for me to work on -- i.e., be able to type easily and see the display without holding it six inches from my face. Not worried about communications -- as long as it's got WiFi built in (which I'm sure they all do), I can use my cellphone as a mobile hotspot to transfer/send files. This is intended to be a replacement for a working laptop/notebook. And again -- "budget" is the keyword. Thanks all!.
  • Is Google about to launch a wireless network?

    04/05/2014 11:52:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    (His son is working for the) Daily Mail ^ | April 4, 2014 | Victoria Woollaston
    Sources have revealed Google has plans for its own wireless networkIts customers could make calls, send texts and browse the web on mobiles Rumours claim it will be initially offered to cities that have Google Fiber Google Fiber is superfast broadband available in Kansas, Texas and Utah Instead of building masts, however, Google is said to be looking at becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) This means the firm will buy access to existing networks and resell it
  • First contagious WiFi computer virus goes airborne...

    02/25/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by overdog2 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-25-2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Computer science researchers have demonstrated for the first time how a digital virus can go airborne and spread via WiFi networks in populated areas at the same pace as a human diseases. The “Chameleon” virus, designed by a University of Liverpool team, showed a remarkable amount of intelligence by avoiding detection and breaking into personal and business WiFi networks at their weakest points — spreading at an alarming rate. Network Security Professor Alan Marshall said the virus doesn’t try to damage or disrupt established networks — instead, the virus slips in unnoticed to collect the data and log-in information of...
  • Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space

    02/17/2014 9:16:06 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 83 replies
    Mail Online ^ | February 5,2014
    Title Forget the Internet - soon there will be the OUTERNET: Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature satellites into low Earth orbit by June 2015 Each satellite will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers giving billions of people across the globe free online access Citizens of countries like China and North Korea that have censored online activity could be given free and unrestricted cyberspace 'There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this' Known as Outernet, MDIF plans to...
  • Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Has wireless killed wired?

    01/23/2014 7:01:10 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 82 replies
    As home networks have increased in popularity, so has the wireless router. The rise of Wi-Fi has also caused the downfall of wired networks (in homes, at least), and many consumers now see Ethernet cords as being rather old-fashioned – that is, if they see them at all. Some newer computer models, like Apple’s MacBook Air, don’t even have ports for Ethernet connections anymore. The blistering connection speeds offered by today’s Wi-Fi standards do make wired networks appear a bit of a relic, but appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Though Wi-Fi has improved significantly over the last five years, it...
  • LINUX and WiFi

    01/21/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by varmintman · 34 replies
    This is in the "If the subject should ever come up" category... One of the biggest problems which comes up for people trying to get a look at one of the newer Linux distributions is what to do about WIFI. Particularly in the case of laptops and particularly in the case of laptops with Broadcom wifi radios, those radios act as if they'd gone dead. LINUX does not come with drivers for such (the drivers are Windows only and proprietary) ; information exists on websites for setting up wrappers to allow the Windows drivers to think they're running under Windows...
  • Wireless device converts 'lost' energy into electric power [Galt's Motor?}

    11/08/2013 10:12:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 11-07-2013 | Provided by Duke University
    Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device, according to a report appearing in the journal Applied Physics Letters in December 2013. (It is now available online.) It operates on a similar principle to solar panels, which convert light energy into electrical current. But this versatile energy harvester could be tuned to harvest...