Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 now comes with a free Home Wi-Fi System (a $299 value)

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now a bit over 1 year old, they remain powerful and attractive smartphones. If you’re thinking of purchasing any of these two ex-flagship handsets unlocked, Best Buy has a deal that should interest you. The giant retailer is offering a free Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Mesh Wi-Fi System (3-pack) with both phones.
Normally costing $299, the 3-pack Samsung Connect Home AC1300 Mesh Wi-Fi System is built to optimize Wi-Fi signal in your home, in addition to working as a smart home hub – allowing you connect and manage compatible …


Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile: whose users spend the least time on Wi-Fi?

Surprise, surprise, people stop running around like headless chickens looking for a free Wi-Fi spot when you introduce unlimited mobile data plans. That’s exactly what the big four US carriers have witnessed since December, according to the latest OpenSignal report, and the downward trend in Wi-fi usage is likely to continue unabated.

Time spent on Wi-fi fell 3% for both Verizon and AT&T customers on average in that period, reaching historic lows of 49% and 51%, respectively. T-Mobile is now on 41%, or a two percentage points drop, but Sprint didn’t witness any changes (cue …

Expect ultrafast Wi-fi and 'audiophile quality' Bluetooth 5.1 in Snapdragon 855 on the S10

Qualcomm just took to the airwaves, and issued no less than 11 press releases this morning, but one of it caught our particular attention, as it is going directly in future flagship smartphones. 

The mobile SoC giant announced that it has crafted a highly integrated connectivity chip, dubbed WCN3998, that is ready for the next generation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards. We are talking about Wi-fi 802.11ax and Bluetooth 5.1 here – standards that are still to be detailed by their respective standardization bodies – and bring next generation speeds, range, and battery …

Deal: Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro (512GB, Wi-Fi only) is on sale for $150 off at Best Buy

Best Buy is running a sale on some of Apple’s products as part of its President’s Day promotion that ends on Monday at 11:59 pm CT. However, according to the US retailer, some offers will be extended beyond the deadline mentioned, though we don’t know which ones.

One of the discounted Apple products, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (512GB, Wi-Fi only) tablet can be had for less than $1,000, its usual price. Even though the discount isn’t that high, you’ll still be able to save $150 if you buy the slate by the end of the sale period.

It’s worth mentioning that all four color variants are on …

Lawsuit claims that Google MVNO Project Fi charges for Wi-Fi usage

According to a lawsuit filed in San Jose district court in Northern California by Gordon Beecher, Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO has been charging subscribers for using Wi-Fi. The MVNO allows its subscribers to make calls and consume data using Wi-Fi hotspots. When out of range of these hotspots, subscribers can connect in the U.S. with the Sprint, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular 4G LTE networks. The suit charges Google with unfair business practices, false advertising in violation of California law, and breach of contract.

According to Beecher’s complaint, which is seeking certification from …

Deal: Save $100 on the iPad Pro 10.5-inch (Wi-Fi only)

If you recently wanted to buy an Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch, but found it to be too expensive, we have good news. Best Buy currently allows customers to save $100 on the 256 GB and 512 GB variants of the Wi-Fi-only iPad Pro 10.5, or $50 on the 64 GB model.
Here are the current prices that Best Buy is asking for the iPad Pro 10.5 Wi-Fi:
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 512 GB: $899.99 (instead of $999.99)Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 256 GB: $699.99 (instead of $799.99)Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 64 GB: $599.99 (instead of $649.99)
All …

Feature on Android 8.1 will help you connect to the fastest public Wi-Fi hotspot available

Speed Labels is coming via an update to those handsets currently using Android 8.1. This feature will give you speed estimates of public Wi-Fi hotspots. Armed with this information, you will be able to connect to the faster Wi-Fi network if you have a choice between multiple options. Once the update is disseminated (it is expected to be pushed out starting this week), open Wi-Fi networks will be characterized on your phone’s display as  being Very Fast, Fast, OK and Slow.

Obviously, the speed of your Wi-Fi connection can determine the capabilities you have with your phone. According …

Mystery ZTE phone gets certified by Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 8.1 installed; is it the Axon 8?

ZTE is not a brand that dominates the conversation around the dinner table in the states, although its profile might have received a little boost with the release of the ZTE Axon M. The dual-screened folding phone (yeah, we said it) may not offer the form factor that the Samsung Galaxy X will, but these are still early days for this category. We digress. What we want to discuss now is a new mystery model from ZTE that was just certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Carrying the model number Z2321U, the Wi-Fi Alliance lists the device as an LTE/CDMA Multi-Mode Digital Mobile Phone. More interesting …

Deal: This 15W Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker is 66% off, grab one for $20!

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If you’re on the hunt for a decent and affordable wireless speaker, we have good news for you. A 15W Bluetooth & Wi-Fi speaker made by Que Design is now on sale. Currently, this model is listed for $60 on Amazon, but you can grab it for just $20 – that’s a 66% discount – if you purchase it through Daily Steals. 

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Now you know what Control Center's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do

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When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked.

On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work.

Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2.

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it’s “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow”. The same goes for Bluetooth. Read more…

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