Remember when we all got excited that the FAA was going to soon ease its draconian regulations on the use of in-flight electronics…and then nothing happened? Well, now that the government shutdown is over, the FAA said Thursday that it’s going to move “very quickly” with the revamped rules. Read More
As the Federal Aviation Authority continues to reevaluate its archaic in-flight electronic rules, it might add another distraction to its list: Wi-Fi.
The panel decided that Wi-Fi can be utilized during all portions of the flight — from “gate to gate”– because the airplanes “are going to be just fine.” That goes against its longstanding current rules that using electronics or on-board Wi-Fi disrupts the cockpit’s electronics and could cause chaos. Cellular use after the pilot says to turn off your phones would still remain banned. Read More
The word “broadband” is enough to send the layperson to sleep. But even the least tech-savvy New Yorker can often be heard asking “How do we not have free WiFi in the city yet?”
And for fast-growing tech startups, it’s an issue of the utmost importance.
“Broadband quality is one of the first questions any Read More
It sure looks like New Zealand has it all figured out! One of the nation’s telecoms is converting old payphone booths into WiFi hotspots to create a nationwide network of beautiful Internet connections.
More than 700 booths will be converted in the next few weeks, with another 2,000 added by the middle of next year. The old booths are generally located in the country’s major cities, like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, as well as “holiday spots.” Read More
Typically resistant to change, the Federal Aviation Administration is about to make a significant one. The New York Times reveals that the agency will finally loosen restrictions on the use of electronic gadgets during the flight. The caveat is you still wouldn’t be able to send and receive calls or connect to WiFi, unless it’s provided by the airline. Read More
There’s a lot of things MTA dangles in front of our wary eyes to prevent us from going crazy, but we’ve might have just heard the craziest proposition yet: cellphone and Wi-Fi on moving trains so that we’re never disconnected from the outside world again. Read More
If a wireless router that just chills under the TV set in the living room is too boring and predictable for you, you’re in luck: a PhD student at Michigan State University is developing a tiny running, jumping robot that has wireless communication abilities.
The so-called “tailbot” prototype “can jump like a frog and maneuver like Read More
If you were worried that your experience was eventually to become less hellish at our city’s three major airports, don’t be. The Port Authority is considering extending its contract with wireless provider Boingo to keep charging you for Internet rather than providing free wifi. Read More
A Verizon worker recently learned the hard way that yes, he can hear you now–even in underground vaults.
Mike Hathaway parked his van on 71-year-old Howard Cook’s lawn, CBS Boston reports. The cranky Mr. Cook got so pissed he trapped Mr. Hathaway in an underground storage vault, slammed the door, and then, as if that wasn’t enough, piled huge rocks on top of it. Read More