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All posts tagged "wi-fi"

  • Londoners willing to give up their kids for free WiFi

    In a virtual world where advertisers and media are battling for only a few seconds of your attention, the last thing on your mind is spending what feels like hours reading the Terms and Conditions of every new sign-up or update online. To further prove this point, an experiment that ran in London, UK, had six people sign up to give away their first-born children in turn for free public WiFi. Whether it's voluntarily or unknowingly (it's more likely the latter), all six random participants agreed to the Terms and Conditions in order to access free public WiFi. Under the "Herod...

  • That free Wi-Fi we all love so much? Yeah, it’s never really free

    It’s become a thing. Free Wi-Fi for all is the new panacea for all broadband ills and will help the poor escape their plight, bring prosperity to those who seek it. Free Wi-Fi will cure all ills and save the day, along with all sorts of other promises. Simply put it’s the snake oil promises of 2014. There is nothing free about free Wi-Fi, yet “Free” initiative are proliferating across the country from minibus taxis to trendy streets in Durban. I have to admit it sounds good. There is no offer as good as a free one. The problem...

  • Desperate for free Wi-Fi? Try taking a ride in a South African minibus taxi

    South Africa's taxi industry doesn't have the best reputation -- perhaps undeservedly so -- but now it's showing that it at least has some serious tech ambitions. According to a release sent out by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), commuters who use minibus taxis could soon see the benefit of free Wi-Fi both in the taxis themselves and in taxi ranks. Although the association is spearheading the initiative, it's actually being driven by a company called Wi-Taxi (whose website currently appears to be down) and Telkom, the majority state-owned telco. Speaking to Talk Radio 702, Santaco chief...

  • 5 massive tech trends that will drive business in 2014

    A few decades ago there were reasonably sized businesses that didn't have a single computer and if they needed something big calculated they paid somebody with one to do so. Now we carry around devices with way more computing power in our pockets, using them to schedule appointments, have remote meetings with people around the world and play Angry Birds. Think about that for a moment. Now go beyond just the technological advancements and think about the degree to which the tech you use in the office and the tech you use at home has converged. Over the next...

  • Free data for your check in: Cisco, Facebook partner up for Wi-Fi promo

    Global networking company Cisco has teamed up with Facebook with a new product that it reckons will help businesses increase brand recognition and proactively target promotions and advertisements based on customer preferences and demographics using Wi-Fi. The product, called the Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX), with Facebook Wi-Fi is currently being piloted by retailers, hotels and other public gathering spots. This solution, says Cisco, helps improve the consumer experience, provides a quick and simple way for consumers to access Wi-Fi by checking in on Facebook, and gives businesses more opportunities to connect with their customers. The company also...

  • Telkom to give 60 minutes free Wi-Fi a day to South Africans

    Fixed line operator Telkom isn't exactly what you'd call well-liked in South Africa, where it pretty much has a monopoly on the space. The latest move from its mobile division however could just generate it a little goodwill. The company says it will be offering 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi a day to, well, anyone who wants it. According to an official press release anyone, no matter what network they're on, will be able to connect to one of Telkom Mobile's 1 500 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country. It does seem like a bit of a faff to...

  • Free voice calls over Wi Fi comes to BBM in beta

    While RIM is focusing on the BlackBerry 10 OS launch, a new feature for BBM users is also ready to roll. Free voice calls between BBM users over Wi Fi will be available in Beta from today. Following in the footsteps of similar Android and iOS apps like Viber, this will help to save on voice minutes and costs, as long as a Wi Fi signal is used. A few other tweaks to the current BBM 7.0 include the merging of a user's BBM ID with their BlackBerry ID, linking all contacts and purchases under one ID. This offers the...

  • Shanghai to introduce free city-wide Wi-Fi

    The eternal hunt for free Wi-Fi is about to get a lot easier for residents of Chinese mega-city Shanghai. According to the Oriental Daily, the city's municipal government is embarking on a massive push to make Wi-Fi freely available to all its citizens. The programme, called i-Shanghai (a pun on the word love) will see a test batch of Wi-Fi hotspots going live in the next few days. According to the Oriental Morning Post (translation via Sina Tech), authorities are hoping that the pilot programme will be enough of a success to expand the number of hotspots to 300...

  • Google admits Street View engineer told colleagues about collecting Wi-Fi data

    A Google engineer who wrote a program that collected private data from people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks told at least two colleagues he had done so. That’s according to the full version of a report detailing the FCC’s investigation into the internet giant. The issue caused uproar in the US and Europe when it was revealed that data had been collected as Google’s Street View cars drove around capturing images. The program was...

  • Major Silicon Valley VC to deliver lecture in SA

    A major Silicon Valley VC is set to return to South Africa, the country of his birth, to deliver a lecture at Stellenbosch University. Roelof Botha made his name as one of the people fundamental to the early development of ecommerce payments system PayPal. He was named CFO in 2001, when he was 28. When eBay bought out PayPal in 2002, Botha moved to Sequoia Capital, where he has remained ever since....

  • Review: Frame to Facebook with Samsung SH100

    It’s everything you want in a cheap point and shoot, and more. Remember every time you took a pic, and went, “Jeez, how awesome would it be to just beam it up to the Web or Facebook!” The Samsung SH100 does this via Wi-Fi – and there’s more! It also lets you use your smartphone as a remote viewer. How awesome is that? Not very, unfortunately. Only suckers and those who don’t read Gearburn reviews buy first generation technology. The SH100 is explicitly designed for the smartphone generation – the menus, the touchscreen, even the memory card uses smartphone-like cues....

  • App of the week: Air Display

    This week I take a look at Air Display, an app that allows you to turn your iPhone, iPad or Macbook into a wireless, additional monitor. When I was younger, I used to love watching documentaries and movies involving high-tech computers and robots. I used to marvel at the innovations and brief glimpses into the future, wondering if I'd ever live to see, let alone use, some of the gadgetry that was being used in these movies. Of course, if I look at where we are now, we're all pretty much using these things on a daily basis and taking...

  • Free Wi-Fi: A Xmas gift from Skyrove

    Holidaymakers will be able to take advantage of free Wi-Fi access at over 650 Skyrove hotspots across South Africa this December as part of a deepening relationship between the company and Skype. National Wi-Fi hotspot provider, Skyrove, formalised a relationship with communications software company Skype, in October this year which allows Skyrove hotspot users to buy internet access using their Skype account and Skype Credit. The ten-day promotion of Skype Access will run from midnight on December 22nd, 2010 to midnight on January 1st, 2011. "We are delighted that we are able to introduce our Wi-Fi access to the...

  • 5 golden rules for (ab)using your coffee shop as your office

    Next time you’re at a coffee shop, take note of how many people are sitting alone. Plenty. The digital age has taken the "lonely geezer" label off those sitting in solitude. Chances are, they’re actually socialising up a storm in a chat-room, flirting with someone on Facebook ... or running a very successful business from their virtual office. This is indeed the ‘brave new world’, where public space is gobbled up by private individuals partaking in public activities and working at the same time. But just like a ‘real’ office, using a virtual office requires a great dose of...