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 …

New York City's Wi-Fi kiosks have provided users with $15 million worth of free internet service

The 934 Link kiosks that dot the New York City landscape have provided a ton of free data to New Yorkers. The kiosks started operations early last year, and since that time period over one petabyte of data has been employed by mobile device owners in the Big Apple. Based on current rates, that is equivalent to more than $15 million of broadband internet connectivity that has been received for free in New York City.

To give you a better idea of how much data that is, one petabyte is equivalent to one million gigabytes. The amount of data that New Yorkers have used, thanks to the kiosks, is …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active clears Wi-Fi certification on its way to AT&T

The rugged version of Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to arrive at AT&T any moment now. We’ve been hearing about the smartphone for two months now, so there’s no doubt the Galaxy S8 Active will make its debut in the United States very soon.

The smartphone has been spotted on User Agent String last week, and now it’s been listed at Wi-Fi Alliance with the same model number: Samsung SM-G892A. The smartphone has received its Wi-Fi certification, which means it’s one step closer to market release.

Aside from the model number, no other information about the …

Seven Moto devices receive their Wi-Fi certification; all seven are powered by the MT6737 SoC

Seven Moto handsets, each powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset and running Android 7.0 or 7.1.1, have received their Wi-Fi certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The seven model numbers include the XT1770, XT1772, XT1773, XT1724, XT1725, XT1726 and XT1721. The MediaTek 6737 SoC is a power sipping chip that uses less than half the usual amount of energy to run GPS based features. It also slices energy use by 33% for gaming and video. It is equipped with a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720 MP GPU. The chip supports 3GB of LPDDR3 and LPDDR2 RAM.

So as you can see, these seven models are not going …

Wi-Fi access to Netflix, Instagram and Snapchat blocked in Toronto District schools…but will it help?

We all know how distracting social networks can be at school. And, if a simple Snapchat update can make a mess in the learning process, as happened in a Kansas school a few years ago, what else could go wrong when we also add Netflix, Instagram, and other apps, in which today’s teenagers spend a solid amount of time? 

Some of the schools in Toronto District have discovered one of the possible answers to this question: heavy usage of social media apps can simply block the school network. This is the reason why the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has shut …