People love Apple’s doomed AirPort more than any other router

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Apple's routers are #1.
Apple's routers are #1.
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Apple sure seems to be doing routers right. At least according to the more than 3,000 customers polled in J.D. Power’s 2016 Wireless Router Satisfaction Report.

Apple came out as the top-rated router manufacturer in Overall Satisfaction, which would be great news for the AirPort team — if Apple hadn’t just disbanded it.

iPhone SE proves size doesn’t matter [Reviews]

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I forgot how good it feels to hold 4 inches of magic in my hands.

Spending the past year and a half with the luxurious 5.5-inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s nearly convinced me that bigger really is better. But after using the iPhone SE, I’m starting to rethink everything I love about iPhone.

The moment I clasped the iPhone SE it was like reconnecting with an ex-lover. Everything is familiar and yet it has somehow improved in nearly every single way. I’ve been re-captivated by its beauty, brains, and brawn all over again, even though on the outside, it looks like such a boring device.

How can an iPhone that looks so old feel so right?

Kickstart this smart streaming Wi-Fi speaker [Reviews]

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Stream your favorite playlists with the E3.
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These days, very few of us actually purchase individual albums or singles, thanks to the growing popularity of subscription-based services such as Apple Music and Spotify. Playing these streaming services through Bluetooth speakers is just as easy as playing them from your iPhone. But what if you want to play your favorite Spotify playlists without having your phone glued to you?

Introducing the GGMM E3 Wi-Fi Smart Cloud speaker. I admit, I’d never heard of GGMM either. Launching on Kickstarter last week, the E3 boasts a ton of features to earn the “smart” title, including cloud music play, favorites, multiroom play and much more.

Check out the video after the jump to see it in action.

Maintain your privacy on public Wi-Fi networks [Deals]

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Protect your connection when logging on over public Wi-Fi networks.
Protect your connection when logging on over public Wi-Fi networks.
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Hopping on a public Wi-Fi network can make anybody feel vulnerable, and with good reason — there are plenty of risks of identity theft and other security threats lurking around unguarded web access points. This Wi-Fi Hotspot Protector is a great way to log on with peace of mind, detecting imminent security threats, encrypting all your online traffic, and more. Right now you can get a lifetime subscription for just $29.

Apple may be testing iPhone tech that’s 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

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iPhone data may soon hit warp speed.
iPhone data may soon hit warp speed.
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The next iPhone you get may come with super-fast data speeds that are 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Based on references found in iOS 9.1’s code, it appears that Apple is testing Li-Fi capabilities on the iPhone that use light pulses instead of radio waves to transmit data.

Hidden inside iOS 9’s system library cache file there’s a specific mention of “LifiCapability.” The reference was first spotted by 19 year-old developer Chase Fromm on Twitter:

Save 86% on the Mac app that analyzes and optimizes your Wi-Fi [Deals]

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For many of us, when our Wi-Fi connection drops out it’s time to freak out. Whether you work from home or in a sprawling office, common things like fluorescent bulbs, microwaves, even an inconveniently placed wall can disrupt an internet connection at just the wrong moment. NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer makes wandering into Wi-Fi dead zones a thing of the past by creating an accurate visual map of signal strength wherever you are, an invaluable tool for just $19.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Swann’s New Security Camera Comes With Its Own Tablet-Like Monitor

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Swann’s bottomless lineup of security and wifi cameras — the company even sells a camera that isn’t actually a camera — has just added a new model, with a unusual twist.

In addition to all the high-tech bells and whistles one might expect from a high-end wifi camera (like the ability to view the feed from an iOS or Android device through an accompanying app) the new SwannSecure also eddddcomes with its own wireless, 7-inch touchscreen monitor.

iUSBport Mini USB Drive Has Its Own WiFi HotSpot For Streaming Media Or Sharing Files

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Like bicycle streamers or rum, adding a wifi hotspot to pretty much anything will make it exponentially better. The tiny new Hyper iUSBPort Mini is a great example of this: It’s a $90 USB drive with a built-in WiFi hotspot that can be used to share files or stream movies or songs to an iOS or Android device.

One tip for the device’s marketing team though: Please come up with a better name.