iPad Wi-Fi fix: increase screen brightness

I know it sounds like witchcraft but sometimes, fixing software and hardware bugs is beyond mysterious. So how about this: to fix the iPad’s Wi-Fi issues, notably the problem reconnecting with your Wi-Fi base station after waking from sleep, all you have to do is increase the brightness of the screen. What? That sounds silly, […]

Sprint Reveals EVO 4G Pricing: $199 Phone, $10 extra for WiMAX, $30 for Pocketspot Capability

When we heard about plans for a big Sprint HTC EVO 4G shindig in New York tonight, we sort of figured we’d hear some more details about the first WiMAX smartphone for the U.S. market. Turns out it will be available June 4. So what will you pay for a handheld device that can surf at either […]

Oh no, not again! Anti-municipal broadband bill in North Carolina

Stop The Cap has informed us that “North Carolina’s incumbent cable and phone companies are once again trying to ram through an anti-municipal broadband bill, and their timing is designed to rush it through committee before a groundswell of consumer opposition has a chance to build. Time is short — the bill will be taken […]

iPad is 2nd most popular device on WiFi networks

The iPad is now the second most popular non-laptop device connecting to Boingo’s Wi-Fi networks, displacing Android devices and more than doubling the daily number of visits for the previous second place device, despite its recent launch (April 3, 2010). “It’s stunning how quickly the iPad has established itself as a force in Wi-Fi,” said Dave […]

Court says FCC cannot stop Comcast from blocking Bittorrent

A federal appellate court in the DC Circuit has ruled that the FCC does not have the authority under the Communications Act of 1934 to stop Comcast from blocking the use of peer-to-peer applications by customers on its network. To view the court’s opinion in PDF format, please go to FCC v. Comcast. S. Derek […]

Verizon LTE update: friendly trials this summer, real service late 2010, no “bricks”

LAS VEGAS, NEV. — CTIA — When it comes to LTE devices, Verizon says it won’t be shipping any big fat bricks. But that was about the only definitive thing company exec Tony Melone would say about Verizon’s Long Term Evolution market plans in a appearance here at CTIA Tuesday morning. Kicking off the Fierce Wireless […]

Sprint WiMAX phone is here and it looks fabulous

The potential game-changer for WiMAX networks has arrived, in a smartphone package that maximizes the potential of high-speed connectivity. Called the HTC Evo 4G, the expected offering from Sprint was formally announced here at CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas on Tuesday, in a splashy press conference with demonstrations that focused on the device’s numerous video capabilities, including […]

Skype sponsors free WiFi this weekend worldwide

The (sponsored) free Wi-Fi access did not go away after the Christmas holidays. Skype is sponsoring free Wi-Fi this weekend at 100,000 hotspots around the world. Skype is trying to publicize its recently launched Skype Access, a service that allows you to pay for Wi-Fi by the minute. Free Wi-Fi will be available at the […]

Skype Access: pay for WiFi conveniently via Skype

As a longtime Skype user, I was pleased to see that Skype now allows me to pay for Wi-Fi access in places that charge for Wi-Fi (such as airports) without going through the trouble of getting out the credit card, typing in the details, and authenticating via a cumbersome login screen. This is very handy […]

The FCC lets you find out just how lousy your broadband connection is


Broadband speed tests are nothing new to many readers of this site. Most of us probably use Speedtest.net. But the fact that the FCC has posted a broadband test tool profiled prominently on the Broadband.gov website, shows how politically sensitive broadband — its presence and absence, its cost and speed — has become. It’s getting to […]