It seems like everything's got Wi-Fi these days: smartphones, tablets, weather monitors, baby monitors--even children's toys. More than we'd like to admit it, if it weren't for Wi-Fi, we might not know what's going on at all times of the day.
But there are other uses for Wi-Fi than merely surfing the internet. More specifically, Wi-Fi can be used to stream movies, control your Mac and--hey!--get you on the internet when you're in a far away country. This week, we highlighted three free apps that stream movies between your Macs, let you control iTunes or Apple TV with your iOS device and find a Wi-Fi hotspot in Sweden without even connecting to the internet.
What do you do if you're itching to get a new Verizon iPhone, but you aren't near an Apple store, you don't want to order online from Apple, and you don't want to make the trip to your local Verizon store? Starting February 10th, you'll be able to take a stroll to your neighborhood Walmart and pick up the phone, along with some potato chips and a new pair of pants.
We generally update our iOS apps on a regular basis via iTunes or wirelessly over the air. But, one problem with the latter method is that apps over 20 MB will only download over-the-air when you have a Wi-Fi connection. Usually, when we start these downloads, there's the inevitability we'll leave the Wi-Fi coverage area and will need to stop the app download temporarily. Here's how: locate the app that is currently downloading and you'll see a progress bar on the icon. Simply tap the icon before the download is completed and the icon will display the word "paused. " It will not start again until you tap it.
While AT&T isn’t saying goodbye to the iPhone entirely next month, they are saying farewell to their U.S. exclusivity for the handset -- but not before activating another 4.1 million of the handsets in the fourth quarter of 2010.
One of the most horrifying statistics for any wireless company is the “churn rate” -- that is, how many customers jump ship and move their service to a competitor. While it’s widely believed that Sprint and T-Mobile have suffered mercilessly from the iPhone onslaught, the reality may be it’s not so bad after all.
We all know that updating our iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iOS 4.2 gets you cool new marquee features like AirPlay and AirPrint, but did you also know that it can help minimize congestion on your wireless network, which also improves your battery life?
If you happen to even casually follow Apple’s various patent filings, you probably already know that the cooks in Cupertino’s labs are already planning to implement near field communication (RFC) technology into a future iPhone, enabling wireless payments and other possibilities yet to come. A new report finds that one of those possibilities may include remote computing.
If you prefer the laptop experience on your desktop or perhaps you use a Mac mini as your home theatre computer, then BulletTrain has a new release just for you -- it’s unibody aluminum platform to combine your wireless keyboard and Magic Trackpad.
You wouldn’t give a stranger complete access to your important, personal information; yet so many people don’t secure their wireless access points on their home network. With an open network, you are setting yourself up for a potential attack; be it packet sniffing, or network sharing snooping, you’re not secure until you enable wireless encryption.
Sales of the iPhone in China were less than spectacular because of a missing feature: Wi-Fi. The iPhones currently shipping to Chinese technology enthusiasts have Wi-Fi disabled, but that could soon change if a leaked Chinese network access license is real. Chinese regulation prohibited Wi-Fi on the device, but the cellular communications companies that provide the iPhone want Wi-Fi to be standard.