Instagram user cadadj posted this image of the "laptop free" signs at Coffee Bar in San Francisco.

Coffee Shop Owner: Limiting Laptop Squatters Has Boosted My Sales

Ever since the advent of the whole coffee-shop-as-satellite-office thing, some have operated under the notion that java joints should do what they can to cater to and keep customers sitting in seats for hours on end while they toil on their laptops. But one store owner says his business has actually seen an increase in sales after he decided to put limits on the laptop-lugging squatters. [More]

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Which Airlines Have The Most WiFi-Enabled Flights?

By now, most of us are used to having Internet access wherever we go, but a majority of flights by the major U.S. airlines still don’t offer in-flight WiFi access to passengers. And your likelihood of finding WiFi on a plane all depends on which airline you’re flying on that day. [More]

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Are You Okay With Comcast Sharing Your Home Wi-Fi With Everyone?

As a child, how were you at sharing your toys with other kids, friends and strangers alike? If you rent Xfinity equipment from Comcast, you’re going to have to share your toys–and by “toys” we mean “wireless router”–with everyone in Kabletown. Understandably, some people do not like this idea. [More]

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JetBlue Keeping Door Open To Free In-Flight WiFi

Last year, JetBlue announced it would begin installing new, satellite-based WiFi Internet access on board its planes — and that the service would initially be free on the first 30 jets that get the upgrade. Now the airline’s CEO says that freebie could continue beyond that starting point. [More]

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Google Provides Free WiFi To Area Of Manhattan That Doesn’t Exactly Need It

Because it’s hard to pay $60/month for Internet access when you’re already shelling out $3,000/month for your one-bedroom apartment, the charitable folks at Google have decided to bring free WiFi to Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. [More]

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FCC Makes Changes To Improve Availability Of In-Flight Internet Access

For more than a decade, the FCC has been approving individual applications from companies to provide in-flight Internet access. But this burdensome process will soon be cut in half thanks to new rules issued by the Commission. [More]

JetBlue To Roll Out (Possibly) Free In-Flight WiFi In 2013

JetBlue To Roll Out (Possibly) Free In-Flight WiFi In 2013

With most airlines going the nickel-and-dime route for amenities that had long been included in the price of a ticket, it’s nice to hear about a carrier offering something new for free… even if it may only be free in the very beginning. [More]

5 Cable Companies Agree To Share Hotspots, But Will People Use Them?

5 Cable Companies Agree To Share Hotspots, But Will People Use Them?

For years, a number of the larger cable-based Internet providers have placed WiFi hotspots around the country for their customers to use when not in the comfort of their own home, but you had to find a hotspot operated by your ISP. Today, five of those companies — Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, and Cox Communications — have announced that their customers will all soon be able to all use the same hotspots. But will people use them — and will this actually make some of the problems worse? [More]

Free WiFi Continues To Pop Up In Odd Places

Free WiFi Continues To Pop Up In Odd Places

These are boom times for heavy WiFi users. Free WiFi is so ubiquitous that it’s gotten to the point that it’s almost shocking to sit down in public and not be able to pick up a signal. [More]

Homeless People Become 4G Hotspots In Charitable Marketing Stunt

Homeless People Become 4G Hotspots In Charitable Marketing Stunt

It takes some doing to turn heads amid the media circus that is South by Southwest, but marketing firm BBH just that by transforming homeless guys into walking 4G WiFi hotspots. Promoters say the stunt is meant to bring the plight of the homeless to light, but there are also questions about whether or not the contractors are being exploited. [More]

How iPads Might Crush Offices' Wireless Networks

As iPads continue to grow in popularity, their prevalence in the office could not only sap productivity but push WiFi networks to their breaking points. Because the tablets are less efficient at picking up signals than laptops, they tend to put more of a tax on networks. As the iPad 3 release looms, researchers say businesses may need to triple their WiFi coverage in order to handle an an office iPad influx. [More]

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

Sure, you should research purchases ahead of time, but discovering new things while shopping out in the real world can be fun. Reader HogwartsProfessor was browsing the electronics section at Walmart and had some questions about a Roku. Two associates told her that no, the devices only work if you have a wifi-enabled TV. This isn’t true, as she learned: the point of the Roku is that it is the device that streams Internet content to your TV. [More]

Nintendo 3DS Gets Free WiFi At 42 Airports

Nintendo 3DS Gets Free WiFi At 42 Airports

While people-watching, reading and nervously quadruple-checking your boarding pass are perfectly valid ways to pass the time before your flight boards, they pale in comparison to squeezing in a few online rounds of Mario Kart 7. Thanks to a deal between Nintendo and Boingo, 42 airports now have free 3DS WiFi hotspots. [More]

Laptops May Slaughter Sperm In More Ways Than One

Laptops May Slaughter Sperm In More Ways Than One

As we’ve previously pointed out, research has shown the heat from laptop use can raise the temperature of the testes and damage sperm of users who place the machines on their lap. Now researchers have found that a laptop’s WiFi signal is also a member of the sperm assassination squad. [More]

All United, Continental Flights Will Have WiFi By 2015

All United, Continental Flights Will Have WiFi By 2015

WiFi access in airplanes is becoming more and more common, and the United-Continental monolith is out to make the feature ubiquitous in its aircraft fleet within the next three years. The airlines, which are owned by United Continental Holdings, are pumping up 300 more planes with WiFi in the middle of 2012, thanks to a partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation. [More]

Former Cop Accused Of Using WiFi From Neighbors, Businesses
To Get Child Porn

Former Cop Accused Of Using WiFi From Neighbors, Businesses To Get Child Porn

If you need motivation to encrypt your WiFi signal, consider the possibility that criminals may try to use your network for illegal activity. A former Tennessee police officer allegedly victimized churches, businesses and neighbors, using their WiFi to download child porn and share it with an online ring via a site he accessed at times while on duty. [More]

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Stressed out because your WiFi is too slow to get your work done? Crack open a cold one. Then dry it, slice it, and mount it on your router’s antennae. That’s right, you can boost your wifi just by doing some simple surgery on a beer can. [More]

Man Who Hacks Neighbor's WiFi And Tries To Frame Him For Crimes Gets 18 Years

Man Who Hacks Neighbor's WiFi And Tries To Frame Him For Crimes Gets 18 Years

Good firewalls make good neighbors, but they won’t stop a determined hacker from busting through and manipulating your cyber footprints. For proof, look at the Minnesota man convicted of hacking his neighbor’s WiFi and attempting to frame him for child pornography and other crimes will serve 18 years in prison. [More]