February 10, 2013 |
Your smartphone carries a lot of things that an identity thief would love to have: stored passwords to online accounts, banking information, email addresses and phone numbers. How can you make sure your phone's private data stays private? Adam Levin, cofounder of the Identity Theft 911 website and former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, offers these tips: •Lock your phone with a password. It's the most basic security step, but one that some people skip. Yes, a hacker could break in anyway, but they may not want to bother.
February 10, 2013 |
United Airlines has been one of the last major airlines to jump into the business of offering on-board wireless Internet. But it's trying to make up for its tardiness. The Chicago-based carrier offers Wi-Fi in about 3% of its fleet of about 700 planes, one of the lowest rates of any major carrier in the nation, according to a recent study. But United recently became the first U.S.-based international carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi Internet for passengers traveling on long-haul overseas flights.
February 4, 2013 |
Amazon.com, looking to spur Valentine's Day gift buying, is cutting the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet by as much as 10%. The Seattle-based online retailer on Monday said it was knocking $30 off the tablet's Wi-Fi versions and $50 off its 4G-capable units. To get the discount, which lasts through Friday, users have to enter "FIRELOVE" as a promotional code during checkout. The discount marks down the Wi-Fi version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD to $269 for the 16-gigabyte model and $339 for the 32-gigabyte model.
January 29, 2013 |
Apple will begin selling a 128 gigabyte version of its fourth-generation iPad starting Feb. 5. The Cupertino, Calif., company announced the new version of its tablet Tuesday, priced at $799 for Wi-Fi only and $929 for a cellular network-connected model. Currently, Apple's largest storage capacity tablet is a 64 GB iPad, which sells for $699 for Wi-Fi only and $829 for the cellular-enabled version. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge The 128-GB iPad model appears to be a direct shot at Microsoft, which will be releasing its own tablet, the Surface Pro, just a few days later, on Feb. 9. Microsoft says the Surface Pro is designed for professionals and heavy-duty users who want a powerful device with vast storage space -- features Apple addresses with the 128 GB iPad.
January 28, 2013 |
Apple is reportedly preparing to release another version of its fourth-generation iPad and it could be one with 128 gigabytes of storage space. Apple news website 9 to 5 Mac reports that several sources have said the Cupertino, Calif., tech company is readying a new version of its latest 9.7-inch screen iPad model. While sources didn't confirm what makes this new iPad different, 9 to 5 Mac reports that it will likely have additional storage space based off recent findings in iTunes 11 and the code for the latest developer version of iOS 6.1. The new iPad will be available for $799 for Wi-Fi only version and $929 for the cellular-enabled one, both of which would be $100 more than the 64 GB versions of the Wi-Fi only and cellular iPads, the report says.
January 13, 2013 |
Getting delayed at an airport may be less of a headache in the future if you are traveling with a smartphone, laptop or tablet computer. The Federal Communications Commission said it is increasing by 35% the availability of high-speed wireless Internet at airports, convention centers and conference hubs. Internet users will be able to access faster Wi-Fi, and that means more portable devices will be able to stream high-definition movies and television. The effort was announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
January 10, 2013 |
Coming soon on Amtrak: fewer excuses to not work while commuting. The national railroad, which operates 21,000 route miles, is upgrading its Wi-Fi service to 4G on many routes across the country. Amtrak says the aim is to offer increased wireless speeds and greater reliability. Hopefully, this will enable a wider set of online features for train travelers. According to Amtrak's site, its current Wi-Fi service does not allow for "high-bandwidth actions such as streaming music, streaming video or downloading large files.
January 9, 2013 |
MGM Resorts properties along the Las Vegas Strip are rolling out free Wi-Fi service throughout the low-rise public spaces of the resorts, from casinos to pools to restaurants. Once the system is fully implemented, you will not need to get up from a slot machine or a blackjack table to check emails. The technology is being installed in stages. It's already up and running at Bellagio , MGM Grand , Mandalay Bay and the Mirage. Service will be available later this year at Excalibur , Luxor , Monte Carlo and New York-New York . The new service, catering to what's being called the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
December 28, 2012
Re “ Downtown market is going upscale ,” Dec. 27 I read with horror about the proposed “updating process” of Mercado Central. It has a unique character reflecting Los Angeles in days of yore. Wi-Fi, wine and couches have no place there. Does every place have to resemble Starbucks? It would be like changing Olvera Street. Christine Peterson Woodland Hills More letters to the editor ...
December 19, 2012 |
Boeing, the Chicago-based company that has built some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft, has turned to a very basic food staple to test airplane Wi-Fi: potatoes. About 20,000 pounds of potatoes were used as stand-ins for passengers during tests at the company's laboratories to ensure onboard Wi-Fi signals are consistent through the cabin without interrupting the navigation and communication systems, the company said Wednesday. The sacks of potatoes replicate the way human passengers reflect and absorb electronic signals, said Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler.