WiFi

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.

Gogo aims to deliver inflight WiFi with 6x faster speeds

Getting internet and inflight WiFi at 30,000 feet has been a challenge in the past, but lately things are getting up to speed rather fast. Gogo, the largest provider of inflight WiFi is getting set to announce their new service that will allow for 6x faster speeds. Claiming inflight WiFi could reach 60 Mbps.

Google’s Project Loon ‘internet balloon’ takes flight in California

In an effort to bring WiFi and internet access to many parts of the developing world, Google has a new initiative called Project Loon. In what many are calling internet balloons or WiFi blimps Google will be delivering internet using these WiFi-equipped balloons and floating them over emerging markets. They've been testing in parts of Africa and New Zealand, but this week took flight in California too.
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