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Amazon to buy wi-fi startup eero

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it has signed an agreement to buy eero, a startup company that makes home routers, to help customers better connect smart home devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (reut.rs/2tg7Qur) Eero, was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San-Francisco. It has raised $90 million from First Round Capital, Menlo Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, Initialized Capital, Homebrew Ventures and others, according…

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Starbucks to block porn on free wi-fi in US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The company will block the content from 2019 Starbucks has announced it will block access to pornography on its free wi-fi in all its US outlets from 2019. While watching explicit content in store was always banned, the coffee giant will now actively block such content. The company has been under pressure from a Virginia-based non-profit, Enough is Enough, to filter pornography in its stores. McDonald’s changed its wi-fi policies in 2016 after pressure from the group. “While it rarely occurs, the use of Starbucks…

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Mobile faster than wi-fi in many countries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Faster speeds can often by accessed by using mobile data rather than relying on wi-fi via a fixed line Download speeds across mobile networks are now faster than wi-fi in many countries, research suggests. Speed tests in 80 countries revealed wi-fi was left lagging in 33 nations, according to wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal. Mobile data should also get a further speed boost when 5G networks arrived, it said. Wi-fi remained the fastest way to go online in most countries surveyed, including the UK…

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Volkswagen a winner as EU set to favour wifi over 5G: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is set to approve and set rules for the use of wifi in cars, giving Volkswagen and Renault who have pursued this technology the edge over Daimler and others who invested in rival 5G networks. Workers clean the facade of a car showroom under a Volkswagen logo on the Chinese National Day in Beijing, China October 1, 2018. Picture taken October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer The EU executive is expected to announce draft legislation on the issue next month for feedback from EU countries and…

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Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The system is cheaper and requires fewer staff than traditional security systems Ordinary wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and explosives in public places, according to a study led by the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim. Initial tests appeared to show that the system was at least 95% accurate. It could provide a low-cost alternative to airport-style security, researchers said. Image copyright Data…

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