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.

Google: All Your Starbucks WiFi Are Belong To Us

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Starbucks has always been a last-ditch sanctuary for the connected in a largely-still-wireless world, but the free WiFi you can get there is often bloated with dozens of slackers, choking up the pipe with inappropriate Netflix streaming and large downloads.

But WiFi at Starbucks is about to get orders of magnitude better. Google has just announced that they are taking over WiFi at Starbucks, and will be the new exclusive provider of sweet, sweet Internet at over 7,000 Starbucks locations in the United States.

O2 Becomes Latest To Offer Free Wi-Fi On The London Underground

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O2, one of the U.K.’s largest cellular operators, has announced the launch of its free London Underground Wi-Fi connectivity for its mobile subscribers. Like both EE and Vodafone, O2 has entered into a partnership with Virgin Media – which has Wi-Fi hotspots at more than 120 tube stations across central London – to provide the new service to its customers.