wifi

Wed
07
Oct
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Facebook Alters News Feed Depending on Your Connection

Facebook is to tweak the way it selects and displays content in user news feeds. The idea is to make life easier for users on slow, inconsistent, or wireless Internet connections. Part of the changes affect how the content will be shown; for ... example, users on a slow connection will see more text-based content such as status updates, rather than showing more videos. There will also be a change affecting how media content is downloaded as a priority. Facebook has already switched to an image format known as Progressive JPEG that displays low quality images first, then gradually downloads into a ... (view more)

Wed
24
Jun
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'Fetus-Friendly' WiFi Router Dismissed As Junk Science

A Chinese company has developed a wireless router with a setting that supposedly protects pregnant women. Rivals have accused Qihoo 360 of using bogus science to try to scare customers into purchasing the device. The router has three settings with ... names that translate as "wall penetration", "balance", and "pregnant women." The difference between the 3 settings has to do with the signal strength, with the "wall penetration" setting having the highest, and the "pregnant women" setting having the lowest. According to the Qihoo, the signal ... (view more)

Tue
28
Apr
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Facebook Debuts Free Video Call Service

Facebook has begun rolling out its free video and audio call service to other Facebook users via its Messenger app. It's arguably the biggest challenge yet to the Skype audio and video calling platform, which is now owned by Microsoft. Facebook ... began offering video calls back in 2011, when it partnered with Skype but has since developed its own technology. The new call service works in the dedicated Facebook 'Messenger' app, which is available only on smartphones and tablets and does not work through the Facebook website. Last year, Facebook removed the messaging feature from its main ' ... (view more)

Thu
23
Apr
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Google Unveils Own Cellphone Network

Google has revealed the full details of its cellphone network. It will use a combination of space leased from existing cellphone firms, as well as WiFi hotspots to create the network. The service will be dubbed Project Fi. Initially it will only be ... available to users of Google's Nexus 6 phone, but that will only be used short term as an experiment. If all goes well, it's likely to be expanded to other Android phones. Project Fi Consists of WiFi, Sprint and T-Mobile Google will act as a mobile virtual network operator, meaning it leases space on existing networks. In this case, the leased ... (view more)

Mon
23
Feb
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How can a Hacker Access my Router and Network?

Infopackets Reader Dean S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I've read that most WiFi routers use weak passwords (example: admin / admin), or none by default. I understand that for security reasons, the router administrator user and password should be set to ... prevent outsiders / hackers from logging into the router and changing the WiFi settings. On my own router I am connected to it via cable, and can connect by WiFi if I login with the password set for WPA2 security. What I have not been able to understand is how does the hacker connect to the router, and how can they adjust my WiFi settings ... (view more)

Mon
12
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Share Internet between Two Homes?

Infopackets Reader 'vking' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a wireless network inside my home and I want to share it with my neighbor, who lives approximately 250 feet away. Is there a WiFi range extender that I can purchase which allows me to share my ... Internet access and computer network with my neighbor? " My response: Yes, there is, however I need to clarify a few things, first. The purpose of a WiFi range extender is to provide greater coverage in areas with low signal. A WiFi range extender will only work if it is within close proximity to the devices it is broadcasting its signal; that's ... (view more)

Fri
04
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'WiFi Analyzer 3.6.2', and 'Anvil Studio 2013.09.02'

WiFi Analyzer 3.6.2 Improve your wireless Internet connection using WiFi Analyzer, a handy new application for your favorite Android device. This tool helps you choose the best channel for your wireless router. Results are presented through a clear ... and easy to understand interface. http://a.farproc.com/wifi-analyzer Anvil Studio 2013.09.02 Record and edit your music with Anvil Studio. This program allows you to record, compose, sequence, and play music on your PC. You can also print sheet music using the optional Print-Sheet accessory. This program is available for Windows XP, Vista, Windows ... (view more)

Fri
25
Jan
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'ServiWin 1.55', and 'WiFi Guard 1.0.2'

ServiWin 1.55 NirSoft's popular ServiWin utility gives users access to information related to all drivers and services installed on their Windows computers. Useful information displayed includes service or driver name, description, and version. This ... free software tool also allows you to stop and start any service or driver you wish. http://www.nirsoft.net WiFi Guard 1.0.2 SoftPerfect's WiFi Guard is designed to help home and small business WiFi users protect their network from hackers. This program will immediately alert you any time someone tries to access your network without authorization ... (view more)

Fri
28
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Boeing Uses Potatoes to Improve In-Flight WiFi

US-based aerospace and defense firm Boeing is working to improve the WiFi Internet service on its commercial aircraft. Surprisingly, the company is using potatoes as a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem. Recently, Boeing loaded passenger seats ... on a grounded aircraft with 9,000 kilograms (kg) of potatoes in sacks for several days, as technicians meticulously checked WiFi signal strengths. Because of their overall chemistry and high levels of water content, potatoes absorb and reflect radio wave signals much the same as human bodies. This makes standard spuds a suitable substitute for ... (view more)

Thu
02
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

GM WiFi Direct App Keeps Pedestrians Safe

Most city-dwellers have had at least one scare while crossing the street or riding a bicycle through traffic. But General Motors now believes it can prevent pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities with a new smartphone application. According ... to GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 more than 4,000 pedestrians and more than 600 cyclists lost their lives after being struck by a moving vehicle. Clearly, something needs to be done to prevent such tragedies from occurring. (Source: csmonitor.com ) WiFi Tech: Vehicles, Smartphones Interact GM has been working for ... (view more)

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