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  1. Warkitteh Collar Lets Cats Sniff Out Vulnerable and Open Wi-Fi Networks

    He's more machine than kitteh now. His mind is twisted and evil.

    Cats are coming for your Wi-Fi! Well, at least one cat is coming for one neighborhood's Wi-Fi. Security researcher Gene Bransfield has built the "Warkitteh" collar that lets his cat patrol the neighborhood and sniff out open or vulnerable Wi-Fi networks.

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  2. British Library Wi-Fi Blocks Access to Shakespeare’s Hamlet Due to Violent Content

    I die, Horatio! The rest is error 404.

    Author Mark Forsyth was writing his latest book in the British Library when he needed to cite a line from Hamlet. Too bad the British Library decided he wasn't allowed to do that because the play is too violent! Kids could get the wrong idea about poisoning their brothers or uncles, you see.

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  3. Google Will Provide Better Wi-Fi For All Starbucks Locations

    If their connectivity speeds come in weird pseudo-Italian sizes, though, then I will quit.

    Between being able to monitor our email inboxes, chat logs, and even our Internet history, Google knows almost everything about us -- why not add our coffee preferences on top of that? Because today Google released a blog post saying that starting in August, they'll be in charge of the Wi-Fi connection for all 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide.

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  4. New York City Offers Free Wi-Fi in 32 More Parks With Purpose-Defeating 10-Minute Limit

    What can you even do on the Internet in 10 minutes?

    Offering free Wi-Fi in public parks is a great thing for cities to do because it can help underserved citizens get online, but also because it's just hella convenient. New York City already has free Wi-Fi in a number of parks thanks to a deal with AT&T, but they're expanding the program through a new deal with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Unlike the AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots -- which are free all the time for everyone always -- the Time Warner and Cablevision parks will have a 10-minute daily limit on free access. You're doing it wrong.

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  5. North Korea Builds Its Own Tablet, Fails to Include the Internet

    Dear North Korea, This is not how you do technology. Points for effort, though. Sincerely, The Rest of the World

    North Korea has come out with what's basically its own version of an iPad: The Samjiyon. Unlike the iPad, which is used to access the Internet to get movies, books, and music in addition to communications and basic web-browsing, the Samjiyon does not get Wi-Fi, and is instead basically a touchscreen tablet devoted to delivering government propaganda and also slingshot games, because North Korea.

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  6. Watch Your Hands: Wi-Fi Can Act as Motion Controls

    The Xbox One's Kinect may be watching and listening at all times, but it's still just mostly staring straight ahead at your couch. But motion controls have taken a step forward, as a team of researchers at the University of Washington have developed a system dubbed WiSee (pronounced "We See") that uses Wi-Fi radio waves to detect human movement and gestures. While motion controls are nothing new, utilizing Wi-Fi makes it possible to pick up motions without motion sensors pointed at the user, anywhere within range.

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  7. Great Work, Internet! We’re Getting a Tesla Statue That’s Also a Time Capsule and Wi-Fi Hotspot

    And what do you do with a statue of Nikola Tesla that's also a Wi-Fi hotspot and a time capsule? Send it to Mars, of course.

    In spite of being dead, Nikola Tesla is having a pretty good year. His New York lab was just purchased by a group of admirers looking to turn it into a museum, he could be getting his own cartoon, and now there will be a statue built in his honor in Silicon Valley. And not just any statue -- this one will double as a Wi-Fi hotspot, triple as a time capsule, and it could even be going to Mars in 2043.

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  8. Why Google Glass Does Not and Can Not Have a Cellular Connection

    Google Glass is going to do a lot of interesting things. Wearers will be able to get turn-by-turn directions, instantly share videos and pictures with the world, carry on video calls, and get information about the world while still looking at the world... as long as you have your cell phone or there's a Wi-Fi connection. It would be great if Glass was a completely standalone device, but it would need its own cellular connection for that. There is not, and won't be a cellular connection in Google Glass, but there's good reasons for that -- like FCC regulations, and people's irrational fear of cancer.

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  9. Correction: Maybe the FCC Isn’t Planning Free “Super Wi-Fi” After All…

    Yesterday, I wrote about a story in The Washington Post that said there was an FCC plan to offer free "Super Wi-Fi." This morning Techdirt is saying that The Washington Post -- and by extension everyone else -- is wrong, and tried to clear things up. It turns out the story is a combined misunderstanding of a few things going on in the world of the FCC and the broadcast spectrum.

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  10. Google Gives New York’s Swanky Chelsea Neighborhood Free Wi-Fi, Is Doing It Wrong

    As sure as day passes into night, it seems that the rich get...well, not richer, exactly, but in New York today, plenty of them got word that they would be able to drop at least one bill. That's because the city's Chelsea neighborhood -- home to some of the cities highest-end shopping and most expensive apartments -- is about to get free Wi-Fi courtesy of Google, whose New York headquarters are in the neighborhood. With this move, Google has raised getting public relations credit for doing what amounts to absolutely nothing to an art form.

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