Smart Garbage Bins to be turned into WiFi Hotspots in NYC

Who would have though that you can turn something smelly into something beneficial? That is what the people in the city of New York can expect as their already smart garbage bins may soon be turned into free WiFi hotspots as well. We don’t know if it would actually be hygienic to stand beside garbage bins if only to have a free online connection for a few minutes, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers right?

Find open hotspots with WifiMapper wherever you are in the world

I've always wanted something like this but maybe because there are just too many games and cool apps to feature, I haven't had the chance to look for one. This 'WifiMapper - Free Wifi Map' is one useful app that will help you find free WiFi hotspots all over the world. It's a database of open WiFi zones so you can be connected to the Internet all the time at no cost.

Wifi on LG G Watch R enabled via mod

We’ve talked about the fact that LG has not activated the wifi feature on the LG G Watch R when it pushed out the Android 5.1.1 update. The device clearly has wifi hardware in it, and is certified by the FCC to run wifi. Maybe it was a marketing decision to activate all features in the much more expensive LG Watch Urbane and hype that instead of the basic LG G Watch R wearable/smartwatch. That being the case does not however stop the good people at XDA to create their mods and try activating the feature. That day has arrived, ladies and gentlemen.

New Opera Max gets WiFi data-savings feature

Data-savings app Opera Max has just been updated. This app has been helping a lot of Android users conserve their precious data by managing and monitoring data usage. This app can help extend data plan savings, block data hogging apps, and offer real-time, daily, or monthly usage statistics. This new version now tracks data usage on WiFi networks. This makes sense since about 80% of usage on a device is on WiFi and Opera Max users have been requesting for such feature.

LG gives official statement on G Watch R ‘no wifi’ issue

It has been kind of a roller coaster ride, a soap opera if you will, regarding the “no wifi” issue on the LG G Watch R smartwatch. The owners of the undoubtedly nice LG G Watch R were expecting that with the Android 5.1.1 update to Android Wear promising WiFi connectivity, their smartwatches would actually gain that feature. Much to their surprise and disappointment, this did not happen. We now get a clearer picture with the official LG statement.

Qualcomm AllPlay now allows re-streaming over Bluetooth and WiFi

Ever wanted to stream your music to multiple speakers all at once? I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind once or twice. The problem with Bluetooth streaming – that is, streaming whatever media is playing on your device to a dedicated Bluetooth headset or speaker – is that it is a one-to-one deal all of the time, which limits your streaming power to one receiver. Qualcomm’s new features for their AllPlay platform now involves WiFi re-streaming, which already sounds wonderful.

Google scales up Project Loon to bring Internet access to everyone

Google's Project Loon first took flight in August 2013 from California and it has since been flying with colors. This project was first aimed to bring WiFi connectivity to Africa. As we all know, Google is serious about its plans to launch WiFi in emerging markets especially in developing countries. Meanwhile in the United States, Google is expanding Fiber to more cities. There's also that rumor that a cellular service is in the works and some more details about the Google Carrier project being leaked. All these information prove to us one thing: Google wants to bring Internet access to everyone.

More Americans rely on smartphones for Internet access

The smartphone age won't be over soon. In fact, the mobile industry will only grow bigger and may eventually beat the laptops and desktops when it comes to personal computing technology. Smartphones are very useful that people can do almost anything with it. With its small and handy form, you can bring it anywhere. WiFi used to be the basic Internet connection in phones, then it became 3G, and now, 4G/LTE which is slowly becoming the standard.

Bluetooth, WiFi certifications for possible new NVIDIA SHIELD portable

There have been gadgets certified by the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance that didn’t even see the light of day, but we’re hoping that this possible new portable gaming device from NVIDIA will be the SHIELD 2 gaming portable. There is very little information on these to certifications, but we can only hope that a new NVIDIA portable gaming handheld is on the way.
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