Would you check in on Facebook in exchange for free Wi-Fi at a hotel, restaurant, or retailer? That's the pitch Facebook has cooked up to hook its social network into companies big and small.
Facebook and Cisco are jointly announcing Wednesday that they've partnered to bring the social Wi-Fi option to more businesses after a small but fruitful pilot of the system in around 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses. For the average restaurant diner, airport goer, or superstore shopper, the arrangement should mean they'll soon find Facebook Wi-Fi at more of the places they visit regularly.… Read more
Today's Skype guest is the great Jim O'Heir, one of the stars of NBC's "Parks & Recreation." Jeff talks to Jim about the general horror that is the Internet including everything from unwarranted Twitter threats to developing a new and younger audience on Netflix.
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Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- SlyPhone is a tiny mirror for your iPhone that lets you take creepshots.
- MTA confirms plans to bring cell service and Wi-Fi to subway cars.
The installation process on the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat will be different depending on your existing heating and cooling system setup. Keep this in mind when you're starting out so you don't get too frustrated along the way.
Step 1: Go to your circuit breaker and switch off power to your thermostat.
Step 2: Remove your current thermostat and make note of the wires attached to the base plate; this will not be the same for everyone. My old thermostat had a G, a W, a Y, and an Rh wire.
Step 3: Make sure that you tag … Read more
Editor's Note: The power cord used for this installation is not included in the standard packaging.
Thermostat giant Honeywell designed this Wi-Fi-enabled model in direct response to the innovative Nest Learning Thermostat created by Apple alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Honeywell went so far as to file a lawsuit against Nest on February 6, 2012, claiming the new company violated seven existing Honeywell patents in the making of their iPod-inspired thermostat. Strip away all of that drama, and you still end up with two extremely capable products that have top-notch functionality and identical $249 price tags. So, what … Read more
WiFi Manager adds more details to the traditional Wi-Fi list and lets you manage and switch between networks very easily. Even though fully functional, this app's layout looks a bit out of place on more recent versions of Android. However, if you're stuck on Gingerbread or earlier, you might find something to like about this app.
This app lets you view and connect to open Wi-Fi signals that are around you. You can see what channel the network is on, whether or not it's protected, and how good the signal is. The problem is that you can … Read more
Before I bought a Macbook Air, I began to fear the hassles that could potentially come with sharing files between my other devices, particularly my Android phone. What's the easiest way to transfer files between my two most beloved devices? Droid NAS is one elegant solution.
Droid NAS lets you send files back and forth between your Mac and Android phone. The app makes this possible via Wi-Fi and the built-in Bonjour protocol inside OS X.
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which I answer Mac-related questions sent in by our readers.
This week, readers asked questions on how to fix a problem with the system crashing whenever printers are accessed, how to get custom or manually installed fonts to appear in Microsoft Office, and where the wireless monitoring windows went in the system's Wireless Diagnostics utility.
I welcome contributions from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, please post them in the comments!
Question: Printer access crashes the system. MacFixIt reader jmackane asks:When I try to print … Read more
WiFi Photo Transfer makes the process of moving images between iPhone and desktop as easy as a few quick clicks, streamlining a once-frustrating process. For whatever reason, moving images between an iOS device and your computer has long been an unnecessarily complicated process. For those with a Mac it was okay, but for PC-users, in iTunes, it required a third-party software or direct transfer of the images. WiFi Photo Transfer removes that extra layer of difficulty and allows you to move photos with a few, easy-to-follow steps.
WiFi Photo Transfer makes it possible to bypass transfer issues and simply access … Read more
Power line networking -- the technology that enables electrical wiring to transfer data -- is about to get a lot faster.
Broadcom announced on Monday what it claims to be the industry's first HomePlug AV2 power line system-on-a-chips (SoCs) that deliver up to 1.5Gbps data speed. That's about three times the speed of the top existing power line devices.
HomePlug AV2 is the next-generation power line standard that uses an extended frequency band of up to 86MHz, while HomePlug AV was limited to 30MHz. In addition, HomePlug AV2 supports Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) -- a technology … Read more