WiFi

Chrome OS Dev update recognizes tethered devices

When tethering your WiFi capable devices to an Android smartphone, it’s usually to check email or other quick work. The last thing you want is for cumbersome tasks to draw you into a long tethering session, but Chromebooks sometimes do. With the latest Chrome OS Dev Channel update, though, that could change.

Scratch Wireless WiFi-first wireless service opens

Scratch Wireless first arrived several months earlier when they announced plans to fight the other, "too expensive" cellular service options. They are an MVNO style carrier and will be going on the premise of using WiFi first. Well, while the service first launched as an invite-only offering, they have since shifted and are now open for any and all that wish to check it out.

Southwest Airlines will be the first to allow gate-to-gate WiFi

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you really, really need to use your device on a plane, you’re probably happy to know the FAA lifted restrictions recently allowing for broader use of devices and WiFi. Unfortunately, the new guidelines are subject to each carrier’s whim, and they can allow or disallow them as they like. Southwest Airlines has taken the first step, and will now allow in-flight WiFi access gate-to-gate.

GoGo WiFi to offer in-flight calls, texting

While letting people know your location in real-time is handy, the ability to call and text during a flight would be useful. That’s exactly what GoGo is trying to do, too. In an attempt to make their in-flight wireless service appear necessary rather than kitsch, GoGo is working out a way to let us communicate with those on the ground, or in different spots on the plane, or… other planes, maybe?

Google WiFi Passport gets soft launch in Jakarta

One of Google's long-term aspirations, aside from becoming the world's repository of information, is to help get everyone on the planet connected to the Internet. The company has rather quietly started a service in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta that will let netizens connect to the Internet in an easier, or at least more affordable, way.
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