One of the most affordable ways to add a bit of brainpower to your lights and appliances is to smarten up the sockets you're plugging them into. We've already seen products like the Belkin WeMo Switch do exactly this, providing you with remote control over device power, along with a few other functions. I suppose it was only a matter of time before we saw this approach applied to the common household power strip.
Twitter said Wednesday that it has introduced a set of tools that allow marketers to target ads at mobile users based on a wide range of criteria, including their operating system, their device, and even if they're on Wi-Fi.
In a blog post, Twitter explained how it's expanding the mobile-targeting options it's giving advertisers. Previously, the company said, it allowed mobile targeting only by operating system. But now marketers will be able to direct ads at Twitter users based on which specific version of iOS or Android they're using, as well as their specific mobile device, … Read more
A new spate of vulnerabilities have been found in a D-Link router, a security researcher said Monday.
Liad Mizrachi, the researcher who discovered the bugs, said he notified D-Link about the bugs in August, September, and October, but D-Link did not respond.
The report follows a more serious backdoor bug found in the following D-Link routers: DIR-100, DIR-120, DI-524UP, DI-604S, DI-604UP, DI-604+, DI-624S, and the TM-G5240. D-Link told ThreatPost in October that it was working on a … Read more
SoftPerfect's WiFi Guard helps protect your small Wi-Fi network by scanning regularly for new and unrecognized devices, pinging to verify devices, detecting firewalls, and reporting anything suspicious so you can take action, if necessary. You don't need to know a lot about Wi-Fi networks to use Wi-Fi Guard. You just need to know a little about your own home or small business network (or networks) and who or what is allowed to connect to it. When an unauthorized device appears, you'll know your network security has been compromised. WiFi Guard scans all your network devices, so it … Read more
Flying will soon be a little more tech-friendly. Gone are the days of flight attendants politely, or not so politely, reminding airline passengers to turn off all electronic devices for takeoff and landing. Imagine using Wi-Fi on your device during the entire flight.
On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a long-awaited -- and much hoped for -- ruling that airlines can "safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight," including during takeoff and landing.
Apple's iDevices famously -- make that infamously -- rely on fixed storage. If you need more space, well, too bad.
Granted, you can try a utility like PhoneClean, which can reclaim some space, but that gets you only so far. For any kind of significant storage boost, you have little choice but to upgrade to a more capacious iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Actually, you do have one other option. A growing number of devices give you extra space for music, movies, photos, documents, and other data, and some of them are surprisingly affordable.
I'm talking about wireless card … Read more
Real quick: Thank you so much for the incredible response yesterday to "The Cheapskate Rules." You folks are the best. I'm eternally grateful for the kind words, the support, and the reviews on Amazon. And per your many requests, the book will definitely be coming to Nook, Google Play, iOS, and other platforms! Stay tuned.
Now, back to business. Most smartphones can pull hot-spot duty if needed, though usually that means paying extra to your carrier and dealing with much faster battery drain. And, lest we forget, not everybody has a smartphone. (Crazy, right?)
Another consideration: What … Read more
Scratch Wireless, a company that has partnered with Sprint to piggyback on its network, aims at making mobile communication a little cheaper.
The company launched on Wednesday with $5 million in funding and a "Wi-Fi First" offering. When Scratch customers connect to Wi-Fi from their Android handsets, they'll be able to make calls, send text messages, and view Web sites free of charge. When they're away from Wi-Fi, they can connect to Sprint's network to place calls and surf the Web. Texting is always free.
To differentiate its offering from other providers that have a … Read more
Wi-Fi can now be found in Africa's grasslands, around the glaciers of the North Pole, and in airplanes flying high above the Earth's surface, but underwater is one place the Internet still can't go... until now.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York are developing a "deep-sea computing network" that can beam data from submerged sensors in oceans, seas, and lakes to users' wireless devices in real time.
The goal of creating underwater Internet is to help people get a better gauge of what's going on in the oceans' depths. For example, … Read more
Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.