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Circle with Disney is a $99 device that watches your kids’ online activity when you can’t

There’s a new home networking device that can set limits on your family’s online habits using methods typically associated with malicious hackers. Circle with Disney is a $99 box that hooks up to your Wi-Fi router and then monitors the activity of every device connected to your home network. Circle began life as a failed Kickstarter project, but a partnership ... Read More »

Now there are two mesh-network routers to think about: Luma prepares to duke it out with Eero

Hot on the heels of Eero’s announcement that it was delaying the shipment of its mesh-network router, which is designed to blanket a home with Wi-Fi coverage using multiple access points, another startup enters the market with—you guessed it—a mesh-network router designed to blanket a home with Wi-Fi coverage using multiple access points. That challenger, Luma, is now taking preorders, ... Read More »

Neobase hands-on preview: Its just like Facebook, but with complete privacy

How much privacy have you sacrificed in an effort to stay in touch with friends and family on services like Facebook? You’re sharing life’s moments in bon mots and photographs intended for their eyes only, only to find them spread all over the Internet because you can’t control your friends’ and family’s privacy settings. Do you really know who’s looking ... Read More »

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 specs and new features

We’re at the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Here are the brilliant new features the processor will bring to flagship smartphones in 2016. Although details about the chip have been floating around the web for a while, Qualcomm has now revealed exactly what advantages and upgrades it will bring. After all, as the firm said itself, the benefits need ... Read More »

Comcast data caps arent about congestion, leaked memo shows

Comcast is making sure its customer support agents stay on message as the cable giant rolls out data caps in more markets. In a memo leaked to Ars Technica, Comcast arms its representatives with a list of Dos, Don’ts, and taking points, all aimed at making new 300 GB data caps seem more palatable. Among those recommendations: Don’t actually use ... Read More »

Trendnet Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit review

Homes increasingly require fast networks for smart TVs, DVRs such as Sky+ and Tivo, games consoles and the rest. For many of us our Wi-Fi just can’t keep up, and so we need a super-fast wired network to empower all our smart Internet-ready devices. Powerline is a technology that’s ridiculously easy to set up, and creates a wired home network ... Read More »

Mobile devices with Snapdragon 820 chip coming in first half next year

Premium mobile devices with brighter screens, better cameras and faster wireless connectivity powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chip could ship as early as April next year. High-end devices with the new chip will start contributing to Qualcomm’s revenue in the second half of the company’s financial 2016 year, said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of the company, during an earnings call ... Read More »

Why Google is committed to Chrome OS

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Google would fold the Chrome OS into Android, spawning widespread rumors and speculation. Then Chrome and Android VP of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer contradicted the Wall Street Journal in a tweet confirming Google’s commitment to Chrome OS. And a Google spokesperson’s response to my request for clarification unequivocally stated that Google wasn’t sun-setting ... Read More »

T-Mobile to offer LTE mini-towers for homes with connection problems

T-Mobile is taking another crack at solving its connectivity problems with miniature cell towers that subscribers can install in their homes. The 4G LTE CellSpot acts like one of T-Mobile’s regular cell towers, but on a smaller scale. It operates in a range of 3,000 square feet, and allows up to 16 devices on T-Mobile’s network to connect automatically for ... Read More »

MIT uses Wi-Fi to look through walls

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab are working on a technology, called RF Capture, which uses radio frequencies to see people standing on the other side of a wall with startling clarity. The team behind RF Capture has been working with similar technology since 2013. They’ve used that to track subtle movements of human bodies, like breathing, ... Read More »

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