Linkages

Booting Up: Wait, Have You Seen How Scary Those Robots That Google Bought Are?

Nope. (Photo: Boston Dynamics/YouTube)

Everything is annoying: Facebook is reportedly going install video ads that will automatically play in a user’s News Feed later this week. [WSJ]

It doesn’t sound like the CEO of LivingSocial knows whether his turnaround plan will work or not. [AdWeek]

There’s now free Wi-Fi in San Francisco but it only works in a three-mile quadrant. [Engadget]

You can unsend messages on Instagram Direct. [BI]

The robots made by Google-owned Boston Dynamics are fucking terrifying. [BGR]

today in travel

Amazon Is Prodding the FAA to Let Flyers Use Wi-Fi During Takeoff and Landing

"Wi-Fi is fine!" - Bezos

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

Wired City

New York Needs to Up Its Broadband Game ASAP

Mayor Bloomberg addresses the crowd at yesterday's presser. (Photo: Celeste Sloman, New York Observer)

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

The Internet Is All Around You

Gross, Old Telephone Booths Are Being Converted Into WiFi Hotspots in New Zealand

Auckland is a cute little town! (Photo: Flickr)

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

today in travel

Realizing It’s 2013, the FAA Is About to Approve New Electronic Device Rules

Xanax and Revenge please. (Photo: Flickr)

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

The Singularity is Nigh

Go Ahead and Trash that Router You Taped to a Roomba Because Tiny WiFi-Conducting Robots Exist Now

(Screengrab: YouTube)

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