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Data Specialist Spends All Day Getting 'Smart' Kettle to Work

Twitter heats up before the kettle does

(Newser) - English data specialist Mark Rittman just wanted hot water for his 9am tea, but one thing led to another and it wasn't until dinnertime that he managed to fully diagnose the problem with his WiFi-enabled "smart" kettle, hack a workaround, and use voice control to tell his kettle... More »

Latest Saudi Fatwa: Don't Rip Off WiFi

No problem using it in public parks or malls, though

(Newser) - Twenty-first-century fatwas have become way more technologically advanced than edicts of old against the likes of Salman Rushdie and other supposed infidels. To wit: A Saudi scholar has issued a ruling warning against the pilfering of WiFi, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "Taking advantage of the WiFi service illegally... More »

American Airlines Sues Its WiFi Provider

It thinks Gogo's service is too limited

(Newser) - If you've flown American Airlines of late and haven't been happy with the WiFi service, you're not alone: The airline itself feels the same way and has gone to court to get out of its contract with provider Gogo, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . The airline says... More »

NYC's Phone Booths Becoming Something Much More Useful

City unveiling WiFi hotspots today

(Newser) - New York City still has thousands of pay phones on its sidewalks, but many have been gathering dust in the cellphone era. This month, the city will start replacing them with free WiFi hot spots, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ultimately, more than 7,500 phone booths will be turned... More »

Moscow Bringing WiFi to the Dead

Cemeteries' connection will likely bring visitors, too

(Newser) - As part of their campaign to bring WiFi to crowded public spots in the Russian capital, Moscow authorities are connecting up an unlikely new location: cemeteries. The Moscow city hall said Thursday that free WiFi—or as NPR calls it, Die-Fi—will be available at the city's three main... More »

Guy Racks Up $1.2K In-Flight WiFi Bill


(Newser) - When Jeremy Gutsche signed up for a WiFi plan on a Singapore Airlines flight, he knew he was getting 30 megabytes for $28.99 and would be responsible for any additional data he used. What he apparently did not know was that by "checking email and uploading a PowerPoint... More »

FAA Panel Clears Gadgets for Takeoff: Source

Gadgets, WiFi OKed for under 10K feet

(Newser) - The end is in sight for that game in which the flight attendant tells you to turn off your e-reader for takeoff like she really thinks it's going to crash the plane, and you nod solemnly and pretend to actually turn it off until she's out of sight.... More »

Wallpaper Goes High-Tech

Soon surfaces will go online, block Wi-Fi thieves, or recharge devices

(Newser) - Why flip open a laptop when your wall can do the computing? A design firm in Madrid has launched a project that aims to make any surface in your home an online interface, the Financial Times reports. Using motion-sensor technology, webcams, and projectors, it will turn walls and counters into... More »

Airwaves Fight Threatens ... Cordless Microphones?

Big churches aren't happy, and neither is the NFL

(Newser) - Might the cordless microphone go the way of Betamax? The Wall Street Journal calls attention to a weird battle in the ongoing fight over control of the nation's airwaves, one that has united groups such as megachurches, the NFL, and Broadway theaters. They're all lobbying to save cordless... More »

'iPad Mini' to Debut Oct. 23

For real this time?

(Newser) - Word has it a smaller iPad will debut at an Apple event on Oct. 23—though, to be fair, word has previously been wrong . This time, however, AllThingsD sounds pretty sure about it. The invite-only event, set for three days before Microsoft's Surface tablet hits stores, will take place... More »

Tim Cook Apologizes for Crappy Apple Maps

Meanwhile, iOS 6 users complain of WiFi problems

(Newser) - How bad is the firestorm over iOS 6's reportedly terrible new Maps app ? So bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook felt compelled to publicly apologize today. "At Apple, we strive to make world-class products," he wrote on the company's site . "With the launch of... More »

No Talking While Browsing on iPhone 5

Only AT&T allows for both simultaneously

(Newser) - Everyone is eager to get their mitts on an iPhone 5, but here are a couple of features the new smartphone won't have. On Verizon and Sprint models, users will be barred from talking on the phone and browsing the Web at the same time (although Sprint subscribers can... More »

Scientists Set Record for Ultra-Fast WiFi

'T-rays' provide speeds 20 times faster

(Newser) - Japanese scientists have set a whopping record for wireless data speeds—20 times faster than typical WiFi—by using an unconventional part of the electromagnetic spectrum known as the "T-ray" band. The researchers were able to transmit data at 3 gigabytes per second. "T-ray" technology could eventually lighten... More »

Now Your Dog Poop Can Pay for WiFi

'Poo WiFi' heading to Mexico City's parks

(Newser) - Mexico City's parks are about to get wireless Internet—and a whole lot cleaner. Mexican Internet provider Terra is setting up stations where dog owners can deposit Fido's leavings in exchange for free WiFi, broadcast from bone-shaped routers, CNET reports. Need more time online? Give your dog a... More »

New Source of WiFi: Japanese Vending Machines

And it's totally free

(Newser) - Want some WiFi with that soda? A Japanese soft drink company has unveiled new vending machines that offer a free wireless Internet signal, TechCrunch reports. Users needn't register or even shell out for a drink: They can simply connect to the public signal for 30 minutes, landing on a... More »

Laptop WiFi May Ruin Sperm

But some experts are skeptical

(Newser) - Guys, you may want to keep that laptop at a safe distance. A new study finds that laptops using WiFi may damage sperm, Reuters reports. Scientists put drops of healthy men’s semen under a laptop downloading data; after four hours, a quarter of the sperm had stopped swimming. Only... More »

West Virginia Town Full of Those Sickened by WiFi

Green Bank residents say they have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

(Newser) - Most Americans hate being out of range of a cell phone tower, but not the residents of Green Bank, West Virginia. A growing number of Americans are moving to this mountain town, population 143, specifically because cell phones and WiFi signals are banned there, lest they interfere with the gigantic... More »

Nook's 3G Version May Be Phased Out

Barnes & Noble will keep WiFi-only model, says tech site

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader is quite popular —but apparently, just the WiFi-only version. The bookseller is discontinuing the model with 3G, reports Engadget , and apparently will continue sales only until the current stock runs out. The move makes sense, writes Will Shanklin on AndroidCentral.com : Because e-readers require... More »

Coming Soon? Free WiFi for World's Poor

Ahumanright.org will buy, re-purpose satellite

(Newser) - One NGO has an ambitious New Year's resolution: to reconfigure a commercial satellite in order to offer free, low-speed wireless Internet to poor parts of the world. Ahumanright.org , a Berlin nonprofit, has placed a bid for TerreStar-1, a communications satellite that belongs to a bankrupt company. From TerreStar's perch... More »

Wi-Fi Killing Trees? Not So Fast

Dutch government agency says 'hold your horses'

(Newser) - Is your Wi-Fi router a menace to local plant life? Dutch scientists say quite possibly—but the Dutch government says quite possibly not. In response to the findings of the study commissioned by the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn, the government's Antenna Agency issued a statement urging caution.... More »

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