The Marriott hotel chain issued a statement saying it has decided not to block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi hotspots at any of its locations. It's a decision that comes three months after the chain was fined $600,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for jamming personal Wi-Fi networks at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which Marriott manages, while at the same time charging travelers and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access its own Wi-Fi network.
Amped Wireless is beginning to integrate touch functionality into its home networking devices. We saw it first with the TAP-EX, a high-power Wi-Fi range extender with a built-in touchscreen, and now there's the TAP-R2, an AC750 Wi-Fi router with touch display. This isn't the first router with a touchscreen we've seen, though Amped Wireless is billing it as the industry's first high power touch screen Wi-Fi router.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
Several U.S. cities eagerly await Google to announce its fiber expansion plans
Just a few locations have benefited from Google's fiber roll out, which allows for up to 1Gbps Internet service (both uploads and downloads) along with the bundling of TV service at relatively affordable price points. More cities are on the expansion roadmap, though Google has decided to postpone plans to launch its fiber service in new territories before the end of the year, the company announced.
As the Federal Communications Commission considers new rules for how to safeguard competition and user choice on the web, President Obama issued a lengthy statement urging for the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." According to the President, the American economy is reliant on an open Internet. He also said that the principle of net neutrality is not one we can take for granted.
Kickstarter is fast turning into a graveyard of sorts for crowdfunding efforts involving routers that promise hassle-free internet anonymity by automatically routing all traffic through Tor. Close on the heels of its suspension of the Anonabox funding campaign, the popular crowdfunding site on Wednesday put the kibosh on funding for another such project.
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
There was a time when web browsing sessions didn’t revolve around search engines, for they were rubbish, but around web directories like Yahoo Directory. Founded in early 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo Directory quickly became the go-to site for both webmasters looking to attract traffic to their websites and internet users looking to discover new and interesting sites, in the process turning the company into an Internet giant.
Following successful runs in Google's Dev, Beta, and Canary channels, the 64-bit version of Google's Chrome browser for Windows is now available as a stable release (Chrome 37). That means you can have all the benefits of the 64-bit version without the risks of instability that come from running pre-release software. According to Google, 64-bit Chrome offers a bunch of benefits for speed, stability, and security.
Just in time for the back-to-school season, Comcast today announced it will hook up any new qualifying family who has not yet applied for Internet Essentials with up to six months of complimentary service. Families who are approved between today and September 20th, 2014 will receive the full six months of free service, even if they owe a past due balance, which Comcast is willing to wipe away.