While there are other companies offering CRM tools for brick-and-mortar merchants (Square, for example, is trying to do this on the payments side), Abraham said his company’s approach is particularly compelling because it doesn’t require any change in consumer behavior or any additional training for store staff: You just install the Zenreach router and it automatically starts collecting email addresses.
Last year, we introduced OnHub with partners TP-LINK and ASUS to create a better Wi-Fi experience, focusing on design and simplicity. Google Wifi, built on the strengths of OnHub, is our next step towards ensuring that our homes can have great Wi-Fi everywhere we need it.
One of the interesting tricks the Luma will be capable of, according to Judge, is performing a security audit to make sure every attached device is password protected. It will then scan for the presence of malware on the network. Parental-control software usually leaves me cold, because it’s so poorly implemented and too easily circumvented. While I haven’t seen Luma’s effort in action, it certainly sounds promising.
“You can establish global policies for everyone, or you can manage down to the user level,” Judge said. “You can also render someone invisible; so that they’re not subject to any of the content filters.” Another unique feature: Judge says the router “can make sure your IoT devices are talking only to the servers that they should be. We’re creating a white list to prevent unauthorized dialing out.”
I'm standing on the corner of 15th Street and Third Avenue in New York City, and I'm freezing. But my iPhone is on fire. After connecting to one of LinkNYC's gigabit wireless hotspots, the futuristic payphone replacements that went live for beta testing this morning, I'm seeing download speeds of 280 Mbps and upload speeds of 317 Mbps (based on Speedtest's benchmark). To put it in perspective, that's around ten times the speed of the average American home internet connection (which now sits at 31 Mbps). And to top it all off, LinkNYC doesn't cost you a thing.
The WiFi Alliance has finally approved the eagerly-anticipated 802.11ah WiFi standard and dubbed it "HaLow." Approved devices will operate in the unlicensed 900MHz band, which has double the range of the current 2.4GHz standard, uses less power and provides better wall penetration. The standard is seen as a key for the internet of things and connected home devices, which haven't exactly set the world on fire so far. The problem has been that gadgets like door sensors, connected bulbs and cameras need to have enough power to send data long distances to remote hubs or routers. However, the current WiFi standard doesn't lend itself to long battery life and transmission distances.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. be hit with a $25,000 fine for reportedly obstructing a probe into whether it was jamming guests’ WiFi hotspots. In addition, the FCC has ordered Hilton to “immediately provide essential information” detailing its WiFI practices, and has threatened to increase the penalties if the company delays or obstructs the process in any way.
The FCC detailed the legal matter today. According to a statement, the FCC says it received a complaint about a Hilton property located in Anaheim, California, which was reportedly blocking guests’ WiFi hotspots and instead charging $500 to access the hotel’s own WiFi network. This is only one of multiple similar complaints the commission says it has received.
When India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, visited the Googleplex, Google's Indian-born CEO announced a deal to provide Wi-Fi in stations, giving tens of millions of Indians access to high-speed broadband
The Philippines is planning free Wi-Fi services to half of its towns and cities this year and nationwide coverage by end-2016, limiting the data revenue prospects for Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and Globe Telecom Inc.
Right now, the FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing devices (routers, PCs, phones) to prevent modification if they have a "modular wireless radio" or a device with an "electronic label". The rules would likely:
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that in-flight W-Fi, including wireless entertainment and internet-based cockpit communications, may allow hackers to gain remote access to avionics systems and compromise them. However, other experts disagree and call the report “deceiving.”