WatchOS 4.1, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for wearable devices, is expected to be rolled out before the start of November. Fans of the iPhone maker’s wearables have every right to be excited -- this latest update comes with loads of new enhancements, including the addition of music streaming over a cell network and Wi-Fi by way of Apple Music and iCloud Music libraries plus a new Radio streaming app (more on these later).
According to a report recently published by ZDNet just this week, it appears that researchers have discovered a bug within the WPA2 security protocol utilized in just about every Wi-Fi enabled gadget today, including computers, routers, and even mobile devices. The flaw now goes by the nickname KRACK (which is short for Key Reinstallation Attack) and was reportedly uncovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic.
Mobile virtual network operator US Mobile has recently debuted its Unlimited WiFi offering, which is basically a WiFi plan that delivers unlimited access to WiFi on 20 premiere airlines like American Airlines, Delta, and Virgin America. On top of that, this plan lets mobile users enjoy access to at least 35 million hotspots in the United States and more than 60 million WiFi hotspots in over 120 countries across the globe, for a flat fee of $10 a month, with customers allowed to connect one handset for each plan.
It is said that Comcast is planning to debut its Xfinity Mobile wireless brand before the end of this year. The set up is that the service will be operating on the network of industry leader Verizon Wireless. Back in 2011, the cable TV giant had inked an MVNO agreement with the major US wireless carrier, and now Comcast is now looking to execute that agreement in 2017.
This year, Wi-Fi-centric mobile operator Boingo Wireless is planning to ramp up its deployments of small cells in multiple venues with multiple carriers. According to David Hagan, the chief executive officer of Boingo, the focus of the roll outs will be at entertainment venues as well as at military bases.
During the final quarter of 2016, Boingo Wireless had revealed that it had completed its first ever small roll out at a convention center located just outside of the city of Chicago in Illinois. Also this week, Hagan also made mention that Boingo is attracting interest from other carriers, especially with regards to finding a solution for enhancing cellular coverage at entertainment venues and military bases, most of which are situated in remote areas.
According to Boingo Wireless, it has recently forged a Wi-Fi offloading contract with a big American mobile operator in order to provide Wi-Fi service in one major sports arena. Despite this a momentous agreement for Boingo, the company has decided not to reveal the identity of the wireless carrier nor the exact location of the said sports stadium.
As explained by David Hagan, the chief executive officer of Boingo Wireless, what the company intends to do is partition off part of the Wi-Fi service at the sports stadium. Hagan also stated that the Wi-Fi offloading agreement is more of a specific trial run conducted in a big sports arena in order to determine the exact volume of network traffic that needs to be handled and how to go about managing that amount of usage.
Mobile virtual network operator TextNow Wireless has recently decided to launch a new SIM card -- specifically one that allows mobile users to use their own devices on the Sprint MVNO’s network for a price as low as $14 per month. As a Wi-Fi-centric, cloud based mobile operator, TextNow makes full use of software that enables smooth switching back and forth between Wi-Fi connections and cellular networks. Furthermore, the company is always monitoring Wi-Fi and cellular networks in real time, which puts its in a good position to easily transition between the two when there are inconsistencies in either connectivity options.
Republic Wireless has decided to offer six full months of service absolutely free of charge to its current and new customers. This free service deal already comes with unlimited voice calls, texting, and a gigabyte of data. Like most special offers, this new one from the mobile virtual network operator comes with a caveat -- it is only made available to mobile users who are purchasing either Motorola’s Moto Z Play or Huawei’s Ascend 5W.
Verizon Wireless has recently acquired LQD WiFi, a private company based in New York City that mostly specializes in producing kiosks called Palo that function similarly to LinkNYC’s, serving as hotspots as well as acting as informational hubs for the public. For those not familiar LQD itself, it was founded and currently led by Randy Ramusack, the former chief technical officer of Microsoft Switzerland and also former director of Technology Policy for International Organizations from 2005 until 2012.
T-Mobile has joined forces with Chinese tech giant ZTE as well as connected car startup Mojio in debuting a new connected car feature that also serves as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for drivers. The new service from the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States is called SyncUp Drive, which connects into a vehicle’s ODB-II port (onboard diagnostics built in vehicles for a couple of decades now) in order to collect information on the user’s driving habits, offer remainders regarding car maintenance, monitor location, and keep track of other connected automobiles.
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