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All posts tagged "wifi"

  • WiFi network called ‘remote detonator’ prompts evacuation of US gym

    We've seen some dope WiFi network names in recent years, and thinking of something novel is the best part of setting up a router. "IP When I Sneeze" and "Pretty Fly for a WiFi" and the evergreen "FBI Surveillance Van" come to mind. But "Remote Detonator" is perhaps pushing it too far, at least it was for some gym goers in the US this weekend. According to local news outlet MLive, a network named "remote detonator" was found by a user of a local gym in Michigan. The user, likely freaked out ever so slightly, subsequently alerted the manager. The equally freakout...

  • Here’s how municipalities should do free WiFi – Project Isizwe

    Project Isizwe's Tshwane Free WiFi Project is probably the standout free WiFi initiative in the country today. Featuring relatively generous data caps and loads of zero-rated content, there's no doubt that it's been a game-changer for many citizens. We've also seen the Western Cape Free WiFi project and a few other similar initiatives pop up. But other regions in South Africa have been a little slow to get the ball rolling. Now, Project Isizwe has published a blog post by CEO Dudu Mkhwanazi, comprehensively outlining ways that municipalities can create sustainable free WiFi projects. "The critical importance of connecting citizens both now...

  • VAST, Showmax lets you download shows at the mall for free

    Showmax users can now download and stream content for free through one of 83 VAST WiFi hotspots across South Africa, the company today announced. This comes after a partnership was struck to zero-rate Showmax data on VAST's networks, set to last for a three-month period. "Thanks to the downloads feature on Showmax, this zero-rated data means much more than just having something to watch while you're at the mall," explains Chris Savides, head of Showmax Africa. "Once you log onto one of the VAST WiFi sites, download up to 25 TV shows or movies and the data won't cost you a cent....

  • Western Cape Free WiFi: can we expect more data, better caps?

    The Western Cape Free WiFi Project is arguably less impressive than the Tshwane Free WiFi Project from a bandwidth perspective, but it's still a pretty solid achievement in terms of coverage. Starting with 50 hotspots across the province, the access points have steadily spread out since the launch in March 2016, now hitting the 178 mark, the provincial government told Memeburn. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Could we expect the rolling over of unused data, for starters? "Currently, because of the active nature of our users, there is not currently a demand for rolling over unused data purchased...

  • AfricaCom: 10 takeaways from Facebook, SA govt & more

    Day one of AfricaCom closed with a rather informative session, as Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Facebook Internet.org vice-president Chris Daniels and Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Thione Niang took to the stage. Cwele said that the spectrum issue is being tackled, Daniels touted Facebook's innovative internet connectivity devices and Niang called on people to look at electrification before internet access. Here are some of the standout quotes and takeaways from the session. Are people using free WiFi to be productive? Cwele gave an update on government-backed free WiFi projects (ostensibly talking about Project Isizwe), with some insight into what people were using it for. "...we...

  • South African travellers connect to unsecured WiFi at any cost – study

    A new study by Kaspersky has found that many South African travellers connect to unsecured WiFi networks in no time flat, shedding light on their reasons for doing so. The study saw 11 850 people around the world polled, but when focusing on local results, Kaspersky found that over half of all South Africans (55%) are already online when they leave the airport. Additionally, 81% of SA travellers hopped online to notify loved ones of their safe arrival, while 38% used the internet access to download travel information. "Pressure from work (42%) is also a strong factor, as is the desire to get up to...

  • Get free WiFi access in South Africa by viewing ads first

    WiFi hotspots might be everywhere in South Africa, but actually accessing them is another story entirely. Aside from initiatives like Project Isizwe and the Western Cape Free WiFi Project, hotspot access is generally expensive or requires you to be a customer on a partner network. Now, a new project, dubbed view4mahala, claims to deliver "ad-funded free WiFi" access to South Africans. How does it work? Users are able to browse the internet via these hotspots, but are subjected to ads between page views and upon logging on to the hotspot, view4mahala operations director Sagie Naidu said. "Two full-screen ads come up upon login and lasts between two and...

  • Select MyCiti buses in Cape Town now feature free WiFi

    MyCiti has announced that several buses in the Cape Town city centre will receive free WiFi connectivity as part of a pilot. "MyCiTi’s pilot on-board WiFi offering will provide each passenger with 50MB of data free every day from any WiFi enabled device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. The service also provides free value-added content, such as news, weather and other multimedia, over and above the daily 50MB data limit," the bus service confirmed on its website. The bus service said commuters can use their credit cards to purchase more data when they've depleted their caps. "Users who have an...

  • Solar-powered ‘WiFi bench’ pops up in Johannesburg

    Fitted with USB charging points, free WiFi and a comfy seat, a solar-powered bench has popped up in Johannesburg's trendy Braamfontein. The Isabelo Smart Bench, as it's called, is touted as the Africa's first initiative to bring life (and wireless internet) to public spaces in South Africa, using "smart" benches. In order for this project to take shape, the team of Isabelo has partnered with property developer group South Point. "We are excited to be partnering with the team from Isabelo, as its Smart Bench concept dovetails with our strategy to rebuild Braamfontein as an inclusive, multi-dimensional and student-friendly live-work-play destination district,"...

  • AlwaysOn, Uber testing WiFi for UberBLACK rides

    The ever-popular and controversial passenger transport company, Uber, is partnering with AlwaysOn to offer South Africans Wifi in select UberBlack rides. In a newsletter today, the popular WiFi hotspot provider AlwaysOn announced this new partnership with Uber. You may have already used AlwaysOn as they supply most shopping malls, takeaway outlets -- such as KFC and McDonalds, Vida Cafe, as well as partnering with Samsung to give away free data to its users. This new offering is currently in the testing phase but sounds rather interesting. Read more: Desperate for free Wi-Fi? Try taking a ride in a South African minibus taxi According to the...

  • Project Fi, Google’s own wireless service finally launches

    This rumour, like rain on a cloudy day, has been circling for some time about Project Fi and now it is here. On Wednesday, Google finally launched its mobile phone service for voice and data use, Project Fi. For now, Project Fi is only available by invite only and works exclusively with Google's Nexus 6 Android phone. According to Google, Project Fi is a programme to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and its users. When connected to Project Fi, all of your voice and data activities will use that network....

  • This Wi-Fi service will give you free internet access in exchange for ads

    How many times have you skipped restaurants because they don't have Wi-Fi? In our modern world, free Wi-Fi usually trumps any menu. Free Wi-Fi might become more widespread however. That is, if you like ads pushed to your device. Introducing Free-Fi by Habari Media -- a platform that offers (you guessed it) free and unlimited Wi-Fi access to people, without having to pay for data. When in a supported Free-Fi location, you can select Free-Fi on any internet-enabled device and opt into the terms and conditions. Mobile and desktop advertising is then delivered directly your device based on the amount of...

  • One of Google X’s Project Loon balloons crashes in the Karoo

    A Karoo farmer has stumbled upon a Planet Loon balloon that crashed on his farm. Beeld reported yesterday that Urbanus Botha, a farmer in the Karoo, a vast semi-arid region in the South African interior, at first thought it was a weather balloon from the nearby weather station at De Aar. Botha called the weather station but nobody answered, so he devised another use for it. He put it in his pickup truck as he thought it could come in handy because he was in the process of painting his shed. “The huge piece of plastic filled my whole van,” Botha said. Read more: Orange wants to...

  • Orange wants to bridge SA’s digital divide with free WiFi initiative

    Free WiFi services seem to be proliferating in South Africa, with startups like Project Isizwe and telecoms like Orange stepping up to connect the country's citizens. French telecommunications service provider Orange, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is planning to launch its new Orange WiFi service, which will be offered to people living in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. The partnership was announced earlier today at an official address by the Mayor of the City of Cape Town. Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain were chosen by Orange as part of its plan to connect people who cannot afford the cost of data. "What we...

  • FabFi does fabulous things in Afghanistan and Kenya

    Something interesting is happening in Afghanistan. It’s also happening in Kenya. I think that it is proof that it is possible to open the Internet to every developing country in the world. Back in December 2008, a group of individuals in Jalalabad, Afghanistan started working on a project to bring high-speed internet to a village, hospital, university, and an NGO in the city. The group was known as FabLab Jalalabad and they modelled their project on a system which was designed to track sheep in Norway. The remarkable thing about this project was that they were designing an incredibly...