Sprint is offering a new Wi-Fi calling and messaging service that it says will help improve network coverage for its subscribers, the company announced Friday.
For now, the service, which allows users to make voice calls, as well as, send and receive text messages via a Wi-Fi network when these customers are not in range of Sprint's cellular network, will be available on two Google Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These devices will receive over-the-air software updates to enable the service in the coming weeks. Sprint said it plans to expand the … Read more
Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more
It may be news to you that some Asus wireless routers leave your computer and networked drives open to hackers, but Asus has known about the problems for months, reports indicate.
The vulnerabilities make it possible for hackers to access directories on networked drives using Asus' proprietary AiCloud option. Enabling features such as "Cloud Disk," "Smart Access," and "Smart Sync" appear to enable the vulnerability, security researcher Kyle Lovett told Ars Technica.
Enabling the file-sharing tool Samba in the router also exposes the vulnerability to hackers.
Lovett told CNET that following his report of … Read more
PlayStation users in the US are about to have the option of buying a slimmer, lighter handheld console. Sony announced Monday that its redesigned PlayStation Vita is coming to North America this spring.
The Wi-Fi PCH-2000 series console will come bundled with the first-person role-playing Borderlands 2 game, six downloadable content packs, and an 8GB memory card. The whole shebang will cost $199.99. For now, the console will only come in the color black in the US.
"The new PS Vita Wi-Fi model is approximately 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the original version, with rounded … Read more
Canada's spy agency reportedly used information captured from the free Wi-Fi system at a "major Canadian airport" to track travelers for days after they left the terminal.
The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) was allegedly provided with data captured over a two-week period by the airport's free Internet system from the wireless devices of ordinary airport visitors, reported CBC News on Thursday, citing a document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The data was then used to track travelers "for a week or more" as their wireless devices showed up at free Wi-Fi hot … Read more
Google recently updated Chrome for iOS with the typical bug fixes and a couple of new features. One of the new features is the ability to cut back on the amount of data used by your iOS device.
The feature reroutes non-SSL or Incognito Web browsing through Google's servers to compress the pages, resulting in less data being transmitted to and from your iDevice.
In order to use the new feature, and hopefully cut down on data consumption by Chrome, you'll need to launch the current version of the app and navigate to the Settings page.
Once in … Read more
Interactive Voice unveiled a voice-controlled gadget called Ivee Sleek at last year's CES. Although just a prototype in January 2013, the Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant is now on sale for $229.99. The news of the week is that Ivee Sleek has established a couple of new smart home partnerships with Lowe's Iris and Staples Connect.
For a quick refresher, Ivee Sleek is like your very own in-house personal assistant. It's supposed to be able to answer questions and respond to commands in over 30 different categories. It sort of reminds me of Siri -- just for the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- We've heard of a lot of odd things here at CES before, and this year is no different. Case in point: the ZTE Projector Hotspot. Part charger, personal hot spot, and image projector, this device is one of several products (including the Grand S II and two Nubia handsets) that ZTE is showcasing at this year's conference. Though no official pricing has been announced yet, the Chinese mobile company confirmed that the Projector Hotspot will be available in the US later this year.
Design Physically, the square-shaped device measures a little less than 5x5 inches … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The AwoX Striim Collection is a line of diverse integrated products for the home. The name "AwoX Striim" is kind of unwieldy, but don't let that discourage you -- today's CES announcement did include a couple of intriguing appliances that might pique your interest. Namely, AwoX unveiled two new lighting products -- the StriimLight B-10 and the StriimLight Wi-Fi. Both are LED light bulbs, but the B-10 has a Bluetooth speaker and the StriimLight Wi-Fi has, you guessed it, a Wi-Fi speaker.
To set up the B-10, you simply pair your Bluetooth-enabled device … Read more