November 7, 2012 |
The social network is testing a project called Facebook Wi-Fi that provides free Internet access to customers who have a Facebook account and "check-in" at participating businesses. Businesses such as retail stores and coffee shops near Facebook's California headquarters in Menlo Park are using a router provided free of charge to test out the Wi-Fi program, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Times. When customers come in to a business' location and attempt to access its Wi-Fi network, they can do so by simply using Facebook's "Check In" feature.
October 14, 2012 |
Despite the fear of identity theft and threats from computer viruses, the use of public wireless Internet has jumped by 240% in the last 12 months, a new survey has found. The top log-in sites were coffee shops and restaurants (75%), hotels (54%) and airports (38%), according to an online survey of 377 people by the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center in partnership with Private Wifi, a firm that develops online protection software. Still, Internet users are aware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
November 20, 2013 |
Most major airlines already allow passengers to use their portable devices from takeoff to landings, under a new policy from the Federal Aviation Administration. Now Southwest Airlines is going a step further by letting them connect to the plane's wireless Internet service throughout the flight, even when the plane is on the tarmac. Southwest says it is the only airline to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi because it relies on satellite-based connectivity provided by Row 44, a Westlake Village subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. Many other airlines, such as American, United, Delta and Alaska, rely on Wi-Fi services that use air-to-ground towers similar to cellphones, which are switched on only when a plane is above 10,000 feet.
February 5, 2012 |
Southwest Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier of domestic passengers, doesn't provide its customers with high-tech entertainment systems or in-flight movies, like many of its competitors. But the Dallas-based airline will soon offer professional football and baseball games, at least for passengers who travel with Wi-Fi-enabled laptops or other portable devices. Row 44, the in-flight Internet provider for Southwest, last week announced a deal with the NFL Network to provide live streaming football games, video highlights and analysis for passengers who pay the $5 Internet connection fee. Row 44 has cut a deal to broadcast Major League Baseball games as well.
October 10, 2009 |
A pair of high-tech companies is launching the first free, ad-supported, in-flight wireless network, clearing the way for passengers to shop for Paula Abdul's Reach for the Stars Bracelet from the Home Shopping Network or an automatic pet feeder from SkyMall while soaring at 30,000 feet. To be fair, the free wireless network, dubbed SkyTown Center, also will let travelers watch live television, play games and check out information about their destination city. But the real goal of the service -- offered under a partnership between the airborne Wi-Fi provider Row 44 and the online media company JiWire -- is to squeeze a few more dollars from big-spending business travelers.
June 22, 2012 |
The Microsoft Surface likely will launch this fall. It also likely will launch without 3G or 4G connectivity. On Monday, Microsoft announced the Surface, which has wowed observers, the press and consumers. But Microsoft has been very vague about many of Surface's most important details, among them, the price, battery life, and whether or not it was limited to Wi-Fi connectivity. Now a report says the tablet will debut intially as Wi-Fi only. Bloomberg reported that the Surface will launch without the ability to connect to any mobile networks, citing two sources familiar with the matter.