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The Future of Wireless Everything

Almost 15 years ago, I bought an issue of Wired in an airport and read it on a plane bound for San Francisco. In the magazine, a bright-eyed Chris Anderson described an emerging technology called wireless fidelity (or wi-fi, for short), and I simply didn’t believe it. The internet, in the air? Maybe in 15 years, I probably thought. Read More >>

Wi-Fi’s Most Popular Encryption May Have Been Cracked

Your home Wi-Fi might not be as secure as you think. WPA2 — the de facto standard for Wi-Fi password security worldwide — may have been compromised, with huge ramifications for almost all of the Wi-Fi networks in our homes and businesses as well as for the networking companies that build them. Details are still sketchy as the story develops, but it's looking like a new method called KRACK — for Key Reinstallation AttaCK — is responsible. Read More >>

Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming

Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement—the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications. Read More >>

22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn’t Read the Terms

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, listed his top worries for the future of his creation earlier this year. One of his biggest concerns is the increasingly dense terms of service agreements that companies ask users to sign. Now, a public WiFi company has demonstrated just how dangerous those complicated agreements can be by inserting absurd conditions that thousands of people unwittingly agreed to. Read More >>

Leaked Manual Reveals How CIA Can Track Windows Users by Gauging Wi-Fi Signal 

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released the latest issue in its ongoing Vault 7 series—a trove of secret or otherwise classified US Central Intelligence Agency files from 2013 to 2016 describing previously undisclosed malware and viruses. Read More >>

Switching From BT HomeHub to Google Wifi: Is It Worth The Hassle?

A couple of months ago, a big package arrived at the Giz UK office. It was from Google. The company had sent me their new wifi router to try, which is simply called “Google Wifi”. So I took it home with the best of intentions: tonight, I’d plug ‘em in and test ‘em out. Read More >>

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Surprise! The New Raspberry Pi Zero W Launches Today

Today is Raspberry Pi's fifth birthday, and instead of buying themselves a big cake, the Raspberry Pi Foundation's decided to give us a present instead: the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Read More >>

MIMO Wi-Fi Hack Sees Passwords by 3D-Scanning Your Fingers

A really quite amazing piece of evil genius worthy of a Bond villain or Facebook has been established by a university team, with its Windtalker system using a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot to perform a scan of people trying to connect to it -- and can see their fingers moving. Read More >>

German Churches Offer Free Wi-Fi to Lure People Back

It’s been over a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but God has not returned to east Germany. Protestant churches, getting worried about the declining popularity of Christianity, have come up with a plan. Spiritual advising couldn’t bring people back, but surely free Wi-Fi will. Read More >>

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How to Give Guests Access to Your Wi-Fi Without Exposing Your Network

Most of us have a steady stream of visitors to our houses — friends, family, landlords, pizza delivery guys, Airbnb travellers — and many of them are going to want access to your Wi-Fi at some point. The normal process would be to hand over the passcode printed on the back of your router, but there’s actually a much better option: a guest access point. Read More >>

A Rule Change In Germany May Allow For Widespread Free WiFi

After years of being a “hotspot desert,” Germans could finally have widespread free WiFi by autumn, thanks to a proposal that relaxes some online piracy guidelines. Read More >>

Why You Should Never Name Your Hotspot ‘Mobile Detonation Device’ When Flying

Go on, have a wild guess. A wise-arse who’s probably feeling pretty proud of themselves right now caused pandemonium over the weekend when a fellow passenger on the Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth stumbled upon their Wi-Fi hotspot, which had a rather striking name. Read More >>

There’s Finally a Good Way to Kill Wi-Fi Passwords

Your wireless network could know exactly where you are. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new tool that uses wireless signals to let them calculate your location to within just centimetres — and it’s so accurate it could help them eradicate Wi-Fi passwords. Read More >>

Google’s Giving Internet to Cuba

Cuba is one of the least digitally connected nations in the world. But Barack Obama has announced that Google will start providing the island nation with internet service. Read More >>

Find the Best Available Public Wi-Fi Using This App

When you’re travelling, a stable Wi-Fi connection can be the difference between life and death. It’s so important, many of us would likely choose a coffee shop based on the quality of its internet connection rather than the quality of the drinks. But finding public Wi-Fi spots on your travels can be tricky. That’s where WeFi Pro comes in. Read More >>