Wi-Fi Alliance certifies the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 Active?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is designed for those who want a top-shelf phone like the Samsung Galaxy S8, but need protection from drops, falls, water and other things that can permanently damage the phone. Back on August 11th, the Galaxy S8 Active launched as an AT&T exclusive in the U.S. Sporting a flat AMOLED panel instead of the curved Infinity Display found on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Active variant of the phone also features a large 4000mAh battery and includes military grade MIL-STD-810G protection. Like the standard Galaxy S8/S8+, the Active offers an IP68 certification rating.

Today, …


BlackBerry "Krypton" (BBD100-1) receives its Wi-Fi certification

In the waning days of August, we told you that a new BlackBerry with the model number BBD100-1 had received its Bluetooth certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. Today, that model number has surfaced on a certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Slowly but surely, this new “all touch” BlackBerry Mobile model is being prepped by TCL and could end up a successor to the BlackBerry DTEK60.

Built by TCL under a license from BlackBerry, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are secure Android models that run on BlackBerry’s version of the open source OS. The Krypton, which will probably be an …

Unannounced version of Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 receives Wi-Fi certification

In February 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0 tablet was released by the manufacturer, wearing model number SM-T375. The slab is equipped with an 8-inch display (hence the name of the device), with a resolution of 800 x 1280. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 410 chipset, carrying a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, and the Adreno 306 GPU. 1.5GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable native storage. The camera combo from back to front weighs in at 5MP and 2MP respectively, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

So why are we bringing up this outdated tablet? Because it seems that variations of the …

Google and Apple patch Wi-Fi vulnerability that could have affected 1 billion phones

At the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Exodus Intelligence’s Nitay Artenstein wanted to prove that some Wi-Fi chips produced by Broadcom could negatively affect 1 billion handsets, both iOS and Android flavored. The attack code sent out by Artenstein asks to make a connection with computing devices that are nearby. When these requests are received by devices running the BCM43xx model of Wi-Fi chips found inside certain smartphones, the firmware controlling the chip is revised by the attack.

The affected chip sends out malicious packets to other devices creating a domino …

22,000 people unwittingly agree to clean toilets in exchange for Wi-Fi service

Does anybody really read the long-winded terms of service agreements that mobile users often have to agree to in order to use certain features on apps or websites? Usually, this requires reading (or pretending to read) paragraphs that could put an insomniac to sleep, followed by tapping on a box  to indicate acceptance of the terms. A British company called Purple wanted to prove that nobody reads these terms, so it devised an interesting experiment.

Purple happens to provide Wi-Fi hotspots for Legoland, Outback Steakhouse and Pizza Express. In order to see if anyone reads the TOS conditions, …

Startup adds beds and Wi-Fi to buses to turn them into 'moving hotels'

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Maybe you’re reading this while slogging through soul-crushing traffic during the long holiday weekend. You might wish you could just curl up with that book stowed away in the trunk or catch up on some sleep from a tiring week at work. 

None of that is happening on this road trip, but when Cabin, a sleeping bus, launches later this month, getting a full night’s sleep in an actual bed while riding on the freeway won’t be just a dream.

The special double-decker buses will take paying passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles starting July 14 on tour buses re-outfitted with 24 beds, or sleeping pods, and a lounge space, bathroom, and, of course, Wi-Fi. Read more…

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Facebook rolls out Find Wi-Fi feature everywhere in the world

Last year, Facebook launched a new feature called Find Wi-Fi on iPhone and Android, but it was only made available in a handful of countries. The new functionality would allow Facebook users who are traveling to find Wi-Fi hotspots nearby.

Well, starting today, Facebook announced that it’s expanding the availability of Find Wi-Fi globally on both the Android and iOS platforms. Users who receive the feature on their smartphones will be able to locate available Wi-Fi hotspots that have been shared by businesses with Facebook from their Page.

In order to find …

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 4.5.3 update promises to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues

OnePlus is quite fast when it comes to addressing bugs affecting its high-end smartphones. The same can’t be said about its older OnePlus phones, which won’t be getting any new major Android OS updates.

We reported earlier today that many OnePlus 5 owners complain of Wi-Fi connectivity issues. It appears that when covering the antenna band on the top right with your hand (or a case), the Wi-Fi signal drops to just 2 bars while using the 2.4GHz band.

Reports about the issue started to pop up soon after OnePlus opened sales for its flagship killer, but the …

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can be set to stay on when Airplane Mode is activated in iOS 11

Apple introduced iOS 11 at WWDC earlier this month. One of the changes coming with the new build of Apple’s mobile operating system has to do with Airplane Mode. This is the switch that requires one tap (or toggle) to shut down the radio on your iPhone, thus eliminating all connectivity options so that it can be used on an airplane in flight. That means no Wi-Fi, no cellular signal and no Bluetooth.

Now, let’s say that you are using Bluetooth to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone. Using Airplane Mode would traditionally eliminate the Bluetooth connection and your timepiece would no longer …

ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1 and T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling

ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini, a 5.2-inch mid-ranger which broke cover in late 2016, is getting updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The software upgrade comes a couple of months after ZTE launched a dedicated preview program in order to collect data and ensure that the transition would be as bug-free as possible.

As the Axon 7 Mini is jumping straight from Android Marshmallow to 7.1.1, owners of the device will have access to some key new features. Some of them include split-screen multitasking, dual-language support, updated emojis, as well as performance …