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Awful SXSW Idea: Turning Homeless Into 4G Hotspots

Bloggers cringe at marketing company plan

(Newser) - A plan to turn homeless people into 4G hotspots has digitalphiles at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin crying "exploitive" and "dystopian." In a nutshell, a marketing company wants homeless people to carry MiFi devices that would enable passersby to get online when their carrier service won'...

Best Tech Ideas of 2009

Clutter-free web pages and personal hotspots makes the list

(Newser) - The year's "single best tech idea" is a simple trick that makes reading web pages a lot easier, writes David Pogue in the New York Times . Called Readability, "it's a free button for your web browser's toolbar." Click it, and it "eliminates everything from the web...

A WiFi Hotspot in Your Pocket

(Newser) - Verizon’s newest wireless gadget, the MiFi—a portable WiFi hotspot—has a big fan in David Pogue of the New York Times. The MiFi is a combination of a cellular modem without the “nasty little antenna protuberance” and a wireless router. Anywhere on Verizon’s 3G network, one...

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