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.
May 16, 2013 |
Going to a large sporting event usually means you won't have Internet connection until you leave the stadium, but Los Angeles' Staples Center will no longer have that problem. The arena, which is home to the Lakers, Clippers and the Kings, has been outfitted to provide attendees with free Wi-Fi courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Thursday night's NHL playoff game between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks will be the first time users can try out the building's new wireless network. That means the next time you want to check in on Facebook or Foursquare, send out a tweet about Blake Griffin's monster jam, or publish an Instagram of Kobe Bryant, you won't have to wait until your data network gets unclogged.
May 10, 2013 |
Need Wi-Fi? Then "check in. " A feature introduced Thursday by Cisco and Facebook allows businesses to give customers access to their Wi-Fi networks when they post that they are at the retail location, or "check in," on the social network. The idea is simple: Rather than charge customers for Internet access, businesses can instead trade their wireless connection for some exposure on Facebook. "Essentially, Facebook Wi-Fi gives people a simple way to access Wi-Fi at local businesses, and it gives local businesses a way to connect with their customers," a Facebook spokeswoman told The Times.
May 5, 2013 |
Sometimes happiness is Wi-Fi or a comfy seat rather than just a cheap flight. Name: RouteHappy.com What it does: This website considers more than just ticket price to find you a more pleasant flight. It has computed "happiness scores" for billions of flight combinations across 4,000 airports, 750 airlines, 180 types of planes and 2,200 airline, aircraft and cabin types. What's hot: All the added info. After your flight search result comes up - make sure to scroll over the individual visual cues such as "overall rating," "roomier" for seat pitch, "on demand" for entertainment details and "plugs" for power outlets - click the "more" button for a full page of detailed info.
March 25, 2013 |
In a move that could improve the quality of Apple Maps, the Cupertino tech company has purchased WiFiSlam, a Silicon Valley start-up that specializes in indoor mapping. Apple paid $20 million for the acquisition, saying it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time,” according to the Wall Street Journal . Apple, however, did not disclose its plans for the start-up. The 2-year-old WiFiSlam has developed technology that makes it possible for phones to detect users' locations inside buildings by using Wi-Fi signals.
March 24, 2013 |
The definitive iPhone app for learning about and touring Normandy, France, and D-day sites. Name: Normandy D-Day 1944 Available for: iOS What it does: Offers practical travel tips as well as historical information for visiting the five invasion beaches as well as 100 other locations throughout Normandy. The information is categorized and color-coded by topic: museums, battlegrounds, memorials, cemeteries and historical interest. Cost: $4.99 What's hot: The content was written by journalists who specialize in battlefield tourism, and every location has been visited and researched by the developer On the Spot Locations.