When Wi-Fi is out, use Ethernet to get online with your iPad

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When the Wi-fi goes down, you can always use Ethernet.
When the Wi-fi goes down, you can always use Ethernet.
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iPads are made to go online with Wi-Fi, but what happens when the wireless goes down and all you have is an Ethernet connection to the internet?

With a couple of Apple dongles and a powered USB hub, you can easily use Ethernet to get online with your iPad, no Wi-Fi required.

Here’s how.

‘Evil’ Wi-Fi network can brick your iPhone (and how to stop it)

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Attack can render your iPhone as useful as a brick.
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A new threat targeting iOS devices has been discovered by security researchers Patrick Kelly and Matt Harrigan, promising to “brick” your iPhone or iPad if you happen to log onto malicious Wi-Fi networks.

Why would anyone log onto a malicious Wi-Fi network? Because by exploiting the auto-reconnect feature found on iOS — whereby your Apple device will automatically log into Wi-Fi networks it thinks it’s previously connected to — you might not even realize it’s happening.

Until it’s too late, of course.

You’ll really like this adorable little speaker

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You just want to touch it, right?
You just want to touch it, right?
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Lust List: Sugr Cube wireless speaker by Sugr

Oh, my, is this a cute little speaker. It’s so adorable that I’ve waited through three software updates and spent more time charging the speaker to test than almost any other one I’ve ever reviewed.

Why? Because this thing is drop-dead adorable. The Sugr Cube looks like something straight out of Cupertino: I wouldn’t be surprised to find one sitting on an Apple retail store display table before long.

Smart gadgets are getting their own Wi-Fi standard in 2018

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A new type of Wi-Fi is on the way.
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With CES, aka the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, coming up this week, we’re about to hear a whole lot more about the Internet of Things and smart, connected gadgets.

Which makes this the perfect time for the announcement of a new type of Wi-Fi called Wi-Fi HaLow, which is an extension of the upcoming 802.11ah Wi-Fi standard, designed to end up inside fitness trackers, home sensors and other smart gadgets.

Summit selfies will be a thing with Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji

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The Japanese government is working to bring Free WiFi to Mount Fuji.
The Japanese government is working to bring Free Wi-Fi to Mount Fuji.
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Just when you thought the “Guess where I’m at?” post on social media was a thing of the past, Japan’s government may install free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji

The government is working with regional officials to set up eight hotspots on the mountain, including the summit for climbers who must first take a selfie before taking in the view.

iOS 8 privacy changes bring big layoffs to retail tracking startup

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iOS 8 is cruising through the final stages of development ahead of its fall release, and while most users can’t wait for its arrival, one NY-based startup already had to cut a third of its staff, after privacy changes in iOS 8 have threatened to already make its retail tracking technology obsolete.

Nomi, a startup that creates solutions for retail stores to track shoppers and their spending habits, has laid off 20 of its 60 or so employees, thanks in part to some small changes in iOS 8 that make make it impossible to identify repeat visits from shoppers with an iPhone.