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Copenhagen Airport to Track Passengers Using Wi-Fi Data

If you ever find yourself with some time to kill at Copenhagen International Airport, there's a good chance that a company in Switzerland will know exactly how you chose to spend it. SITA, an aviation communications and technology company based in Geneva, recently created a new program capable of tracking passengers' movements, using the Wi-Fi signals emitted from their smartphones and...

AT&T None Too Pleased With Your Illicit Tethering

Have you been tethering your smartphone without shelling out for AT&T's subscription plan? Your days appear to be numbered. The company has started cracking down on unauthorized tethering, sending out an obnoxious email that tells users to cut it out or they'll be automatically enrolled in a more expensive data plan. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. It's something AT&T...

Radios, Furniture Can Slow Down Your Wi-Fi Connection, Study Says

If it takes hours to download files on your Wi-Fi network, you might want to try clearing out some of your furniture and turning off your radios. According to a new study from Bristol University in the U.K., wireless connections can be "significantly slowed" by interference from electronic devices, or by physical barriers, like walls, doors, and other household items. The study, led by Prof....

Designers Visualize Wi-Fi Networks With Light Painting

Norwegian designers Timo Armall, Jørn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen recently came up with a cool way to visually represent the invisible Wi-Fi networks that blanket our urban spaces. After constructing a Wi-Fi measuring rod capable of displaying signal strength as bars of light, the trio set about photographing it throughout various neighborhoods in Oslo. Measuring four meters...

32% of People Are Foolish Enough to Steal a Neighbor's Wi-Fi

We've all done it: found an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection and decided to piggyback on an unsuspecting neighbor's Web hookup -- even if it was only a temporary fix while we waited for a repairman, or until we could get cable installed in a new apartment. According to a recent poll conducted by Wakefield Research and the Wi-Fi Alliance, 32-percent of respondents admitted to trying to steal a...

Wi-Fi Radiation Harms Trees, Study Says

The Internet may be moving us ever closer to a paperless existence, but, according to a newly released study, it's still not that great for trees. As Mac World reports, the study was commissioned five years ago by the Dutch city of Alphen aan den Rijn, after officials noticed that many trees in the area were exhibiting inexplicable abnormalities, including bleeding and fissures in their bark. Such...

Protect Your Facebook Account From Firesheep With BlackSheep Firefox Extension

When Eric Butler unleashed his Firesheep extension for Firefox, he reminded us all of how scarily vulnerable we are when surfing on public networks. The extension, which is available for both Mac and PC, essentially allows users to access the Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts of any other computer on an open Wi-Fi network. Now, however, a "cloud security" firm called Zscaler has just released a...

Google Chrome Giving Out Free Airplane Wi-Fi for the Holidays

Last year, Google helped ease the pain of holiday travel by offering free Wi-Fi in many major U.S. airports. Now, the Google Chrome team is taking the deal to the skies with free wireless Gogo Internet on Airtrain Airways, Delta and Virgin America flights. The Wi-Fi hookup lasts from November 20th, 2010 to January 2nd, 2011, long enough to get you through the pains of Thanksgiving dinner to the...

Google 'Mortified' that Street View Cars Gathered Personal Data

Google knows that it messed up. In May, the company admitted to inadvertently collecting unencrypted Wi-Fi data with its fleet of Street View cars. Now, Google's offering a little more insight into what kind of information those cars actually gathered. When the scandal first broke last spring, Google wasn't entirely certain about what data it collected from unsuspecting Wi-Fi users -- it just...

Starbucks Digital Network Debuts, Offers Free Web Content For Customers

In August, we told you about Starbucks' plan to offer free Web content for anybody connected to its in-store Wi-Fi network. Today, customers can finally browse the Starbucks Digital Network, which features exclusive movie clips, weekly musical picks, digital reading material and more content -- all for free -- to any customer on the coffee chain's connection. Created by Yahoo!, the website seems...

'Free Public WiFi' Isn't a Normal Wireless Network. It's a Zombie.

If you've ever found yourself looking to hop onto a free wireless network while killing time at an airport, you've probably come across an available network called 'Free Public WiFi.' At first, you think you've hit the jackpot. It's free. It's public. It's Wi-Fi. Game on. A few seconds after you attempt to connect, though, you realize that this so-called wireless network doesn't actually provide...

'Human ++' Sends Vital Signs to Your Phone Over Body Area Network

IMEC, a Dutch research organization, has developed a wireless body area network (BAN), dubbed Human + +, which transmits data from the body, and sends alerts to a plain-old cell phone. According to New Scientist, IMEC uses electrocardiogram sensors, which are connected to a small transmitter hanging on a necklace, and short-range wireless nodes beam data every 100 milliseconds. After receiving...

Singapore Airlines May Allow Cell Phone Use During Long Flights

Many major airlines offer Wi-Fi connectivity on flights, but according to ABC News, Singapore Airlines could allow passengers to send text messages or make cell phone calls on medium-to-long flights as soon as early next year. This service, which is part of an in-flight Wi-Fi Internet system being implemented, would be available on about 43 planes -- or half the airline's fleet. Of course, cell...

Ontario Parents Say School Wi-Fi Networks Make Kids Sick

Share Parents in the town of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, want their school district to disable its Wi-Fi network because, they claim, it's making their kids sick. According to a report by The Canadian Press, parents say that, after the district went wireless, kids from 14 different schools displayed symptoms -- including headaches, dizziness, nausea, faster heart rates, memory loss, trouble...

Starbucks Launches Its Free 'Digital Network,' Still Forces Us to Say 'Venti'

Yuppies in expensive suits and college kids who pretend to study rejoiced last month when Starbucks rolled out free Wi-Fi for its caffeinated legion of customers. But keeping them in the store so they'll buy overpriced coffee and Norah Jones CDs wasn't enough. According to Mashable, Starbucks will launch a Digital Network chock full of exclusive, premium Web content for your...