Wifitising: Great Idea, or Daft and Dangerous?

WiFi has become a commodity, something we expect to be able to find, but marketers are slowly waking up to its potential to get the message out—by renaming the service. But is it such a good idea? A Dutch company, according to Adrants, has started changing the name of its WiFi service continually—both to promote …

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Internet Radio in the Bedroom

  I’ve lately been looking for a way to listen to Internet radio away from my computer. This looks like a good, albeit somewhat expensive, answer: the WiFi Radio from Acoustic Energy (about S$600, that’s $415ish). The WiFi Radio connects to your router and stores more than 5,000 radio stations by country, updated each time …

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How to Data Roam on the Cheap

This week’s column in the WSJ is about finding cheap data roaming connections on the road. I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t very successful, and hope readers may have better luck than I. But here in the meantime are some suggestions: Free WiFi connections: AnchorFree offers free WiFi hotspots via partners, in return …

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The Hotel Wi-Fi Pit

I’ve never had a really good experience with hotel Wi-Fi. The connections are slow, inconsistent and quite often just not there. Seems like I’m not the only one. Why is this? And why do hotels persist with offering only wireless when most of them are fully equipped with cable outlets too? How can you tell …

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A Communicator Killer?

I tend to think of the Nokia Communicator (aka The Brick) as a somewhat retrograde device, popular to folk who haven’t quite caught up with the shape of things to come (aka The Smartphone). But Indonesians and Germans don’t agree (link to a podcast I did on the subject for the BBC), using the Communicator …

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Wikipedia Via Wi-Fi

I enjoyed reading this piece, somewhat belatedly, from Oliver Starr’s Mobile Weblog, where he describes a future where Wikipedia is no longer confined to the webpage but could be all around us: Location Using your phone, as if it was a PC mouse, you uncover snippets of information from the world around you. You click …

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‘Push Button to Connect’

One of the big holes in Wi-Fi setup has been security. In a lot of cases it’s not on by default and many folk have no idea how to set it up or even that their network is not secure. Linksys reckon they have the answer with something called SecureEasySetup (SES) technology: The SES technology enables …

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How To Build A Good Airport

I just want to sing the praises of Singapore’s Changi airport. I was upset to see a year or so back that they had discontinued free Wi-Fi —  now you have to pay, although many GSM operators have roaming agreements that give you a free access code to one of the airport’s Wi-Fi operators — …

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Bluetooth as a Beacon for the Missing?

Thinking about the poor Londoners unable to call their loved ones because of the overloaded cellphone networks on Thursday morning, I wondered whether Bluetooth might help in such incidents in future. Most cellphones come with Bluetooth now (the number of devices containing Bluetooth doubled last year to 250 million; this figure is expected to double …

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A Cordless Skype Phone

There’s been quite a bit of hype surrounding the launch last week in the UK of the BT ‘Bluephone’ dualphone, which uses Bluetooth in the home to connect to a VOIP connection, but which switches to a mobile phone elsewhere. (Actually the launch consists of 400 early adopters until September.) There are lots of questions …

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