Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
Would you check in on Facebook in exchange for free Wi-Fi at a hotel, restaurant, or retailer? That's the pitch Facebook has cooked up to hook its social network into companies big and small.
Facebook and Cisco are jointly announcing Wednesday that they've partnered to bring the social Wi-Fi option to more businesses after a small but fruitful pilot of the system in around 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses. For the average restaurant diner, airport goer, or superstore shopper, the arrangement should mean they'll soon find Facebook Wi-Fi at more of the places they visit regularly.… Read more
Tomorrow's cars will probably all be connected cars. For drivers, this means better access to the media on your phone and in the cloud, but for automakers that means finding better and easier ways to add that connectivity to their vehicles. Enter Broadcom with its newly announced line of integrated wireless chips for automotive applications.
Broadcom's new BCM89335 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip will allow automakers to easily integrate the latest generation 802.11ac wireless standards, which Broadcom markets as "5G Wi-Fi," as well as Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication into their vehicles … Read more
Every so often, another device is touted as supporting "Miracast." Fighting its way into the mainstream, Miracast is a killer feature poised to wipe out other video streaming standards in a very fragmented Android market.
Acting like a wireless HDMI cable, Miracast mirrors your Android device onto your TV screen in high definition and with audio. Once Miracast is enabled, everything -- from the general interface, to apps and videos -- is duplicated on the big screen without the burden of a cable connecting the two devices.
Its differentiating quality? It doesn't rely on your home's … Read more
What's your router situation like? Need something newer, faster, better than your pokey old 802.11g model?
For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has the refurbished Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station router for $74.99 shipped. (This is the older, fifth-gen version, not the updated 2013 version for $199.) That's $25 less than Apple charges for a refurb and nearly $100 less than you'd pay for a new one.
Though designed by Apple, the AirPort works with any home network for any connected devices. It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n and features … Read more
The simple act of enabling Bluetooth, or disabling Wi-Fi on an iOS device has never been truly simple. The process required way too many taps to navigate to a switch buried deep within the Settings app.
With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.
In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'… Read more
Editor's Note: The power cord used for this installation is not included in the standard packaging.
Thermostat giant Honeywell designed this Wi-Fi-enabled model in direct response to the innovative Nest Learning Thermostat created by Apple alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Honeywell went so far as to file a lawsuit against Nest on February 6, 2012, claiming the new company violated seven existing Honeywell patents in the making of their iPod-inspired thermostat. Strip away all of that drama, and you still end up with two extremely capable products that have top-notch functionality and identical $249 price tags. So, what … Read more
Thirteen percent of US airline passengers who have used onboard Wi-Fi say they'd give up access to the bathroom for a stronger Wi-Fi signal.
That odd number is just one to come out of a new survey about in-flight Internet conducted by contractor Honeywell. Among the other conclusions? Eighty-six percent of Americans want ubiquitous onboard Wi-Fi; 9 out of 10 would happily ditch one of their favored amenities if Internet was available throughout all their domestic and international flights; and 73 percent said they use onboard Wi-Fi just because they want to, not because of an obligation, work or otherwise, to stay connected. … Read more
Boingo has gone live with a hot spot that aims to take the hassle out of connecting to wireless networks.
The Wi-Fi provider announced Thursday the launch of its next-generation hot spot at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Dubbed Boingo Passpoint, the new hot spot promises a variety of benefits to mobile users.
Courtesy of roaming agreements between different carriers, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between a cellular and a Wi-Fi network. Your mobile device also will pick up the closest secure Wi-Fi network and automatically connect you without requiring a username or password.
Boingo Passpoint is … Read more