August 9, 2013 |
Google's latest unconventional project, balloon-borne Wi-Fi service, is being tested in the skies above California's Central Valley. The Web giant said on Google+ that it has been conducting research flights over parts of its home state to fine tune what it called Project Loon. That project is an effort by Google to bring Internet access to parts of the world where the necessary infrastructure, such as cell towers, is lacking. Project Loon comes from the Google X lab, which is also responsible for self-driving cars and Google Glass eyewear.
July 31, 2013 |
Starbucks is serving up a fresh cup of good news for customers who surf the Web at its stores: It's teaming up with Google to provide blazing-fast Wi-Fi. The coffee and Web giants announced Wednesday that they are partnering to provide Starbucks' 7,000 U.S. company-operated stores with Google Wi-Fi that will be at least 10 times faster than Internet provided at the coffee shops currently. In cities with access to Google's Fiber network, speeds could be 100 times faster than what they are now, Google said.
July 12, 2013 |
Greyhound might be taking a page from Virgin America's playbook. The national bus company is testing a new Wi-Fi entertainment system that passengers may use with laptops, tablets or smartphones to watch movies and TV shows, play online games or just surf the Web. Greyhound's new service is called BLUE, or Bus Line Universal Entertainment. It's the same system crafted by Lufthansa Systems that Virgin America rolled out last year under the name Red , which utilizes seat-back screens as well as personal devices.
July 1, 2013 |
Air travel in the future will be faster, cleaner and less expensive if the Federal Aviation Administration's $40-billion overhaul of the nation's air control system is completed. That's a big if. With the federal sequestration fight in Washington, FAA officials say funding for the seven-year project could be in jeopardy. The plan, known as NextGen, replaces outdated radar-based technology with global positioning systems and digital communications to modernize the country's air control system.
June 27, 2013 |
If you're eagerly awaiting the report on using electronic devices in flight, you'll need to wait a bit longer: The report, expected next month, now will not land until September. The Federal Aviation Administration report, assembled by representatives from government agencies, airline manufacturers, airlines and safety organizations, studies whether those devices pose a risk. The two-month extension is needed “to complete the additional work necessary for the safety assessment,” Kristie Greco, an FAA spokesperson, said in an email.
June 23, 2013 |
Communications giant Vodafone Group of Britain has reportedly upped its price for Germany's largest cable company after Liberty Global Inc. of Colorado showed interest. Vodafone, which also owns a sizable stake in Verizon Wireless in the U.S., has reportedly reached a preliminary, $10.1-billion agreement with Kabel Deutschland Holding, Bloomberg News reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources. Reuters, citing two anonymous sources, reported that Vodafone would make the all-cash offer public Monday.
June 22, 2013 |
YouTube videos stopping and starting? Spreadsheets taking an eternity to upload? Connections suddenly dropping? Many of those Wi-Fi woes could soon come to an end. An industry group this week began certifying products capable of running on a faster and more reliable wireless network technology. It marked the unofficial beginning of the next generation of Wi-Fi. Contrary to popular belief, many of the connection problems that home users encounter are often not related to their broadband service but rather to the Wi-Fi routers.
June 19, 2013 |
Many Wi-Fi woes could soon be coming to an end. An industry group will begin certifying products capable of running on a faster and more reliable wireless network technology, the group announced Wednesday. The launch of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program is expected to lead to a flood of more advanced routers, smartphones, tablets and computers hitting the market in the next couple of months, said Greg Ennis, the alliance's technical director. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 The draft standard -- 802.11ac -- is as much as four times faster than the current standard 802.11n technology.
May 17, 2013 |
Starting May 21, Staples Center, Nokia Plaza and the rest of the at LA Live complex will offer free Wi-Fi. “We are incredibly excited to launch our own Wi-Fi network designed and powered by our partners at Verizon and that we are able to provide our guests with a high-quality connectivity Wi-Fi experience,” said Lee Zeidman, who is senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and LA Live. Wi-Fi will be available throughout the entire arena including seats, suites and locker rooms, officials said.