August 15, 2016 |
College life used to be so spartan. Residents couldn't even hang pictures on their dorm room walls. Now it's easier than ever for scholars to stay connected, with variants on the smart gadgets they've grown accustomed to having at home. Some even keep parents and friends plugged in . . . at a distance. Dorm room 2.0. A boring dorm room can earn an instant, sexy makeover, just by slapping a motorized Switchmate Smart Light Switch atop the faceplate of a standard light switch (toggle or rocker)
August 5, 2016 |
FOR MILLIONS of us, the internet is a place where we can express ourselves, our hopes and dreams for our family, and connect with the resources we need to build a sustainable future. The internet is a platform where people of all different backgrounds, incomes and ethnicities can interact and learn from one another - on equal footing. It is increasingly part of our DNA, which is why we must ensure that all Americans are able to enjoy the benefits of our digital society. A big piece of this puzzle is affordable, universal access to broadband.
December 2, 2015 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz says he has found potential buyers for stacks of unused wireless network equipment collecting dust in a Philadelphia warehouse. In a letter sent to Mayor Nutter on Monday, Butkovitz said several companies contacted his office with uses for the WiFi equipment that the Nutter administration had concluded was obsolete. One company valued the items at more than $300,000. The inquiries and suggestions came after Butkovitz publicly asked in November that the administration determine the equipment's value and compatibility with current technology.
December 2, 2015 |
Philadelphia's wireless venture Bamboowifi is showing some kick. Cofounders David Platt and James Gregory, who met as Muay Thai kickboxers, have secured a $15,000 grant in SugarHouse Casino community development funds to install six to eight Wifi hot spots on North Third Street in Northern Liberties. The duo also are talking with officials in Old City about extending the hot spots farther south on Third to Market Street - an area known as N3RD Street, or "nerd street," for its Web development and tech firms.
November 23, 2015
The two visitors from England occupied window seats at HubBub Coffee in Center City on a recent rainy afternoon, huddled over hot drinks and the real reason they had stopped in: free WiFi access. Free for them, but not the coffee shop's owner. When Internet squatters' time at a small business lasts long after they've swallowed the last sip of their caffeinated cover, that WiFi becomes an even pricier perk, said Alan Jacobson. He and friend Jesse Bookspan are out to change that with GuestNet, a software and hardware product that aims to make small-business owners money off every log-on to the WiFi they offer.
November 18, 2015 |
Dozens of shrink-wrapped boxes containing unused wireless network equipment have been stacked away for years in a city warehouse, the City Controller's Office has found. The equipment was part of a $2 million purchase the city made in 2010, with federal grant money, to launch a public-safety WiFi system. The plan was eventually put on hold. City Controller Alan Butkovitz is asking that the Nutter administration determine the equipment's value and compatibility with current technology.
September 18, 2015 |
September 7, 2015 |
City officials billed this weekend's Made in America festival as a chance to test a beefed-up cellular network in advance of the pope's visit at the end of the month. The early returns? According to users, not great. "The phone service is really terrible," said Eliza Stoughton, of North Carolina. "Terrible," Elizabeth Harner, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, said of the cellphone service. "And this fake free WiFi - what is this?" Concert organizers had set up WiFi networks for attendees, but many said they had trouble connecting.
April 19, 2015 |
One of my sons, who rides SEPTA 's Subway- Surface Lines to work, wanted to know: "Why do all the trolleys have their own WiFi networks," each of them password-protected, and tantalizingly visible to connection-starved users as they stare at their mobile- network availability screens? He asked the operator, who hadn't a clue. "If they at least told the drivers the network passwords, they could maybe get some use out of them," my son said. "Why are the networks there? Why aren't they used?
January 28, 2015 |
Cablevision Systems Corp., the New York cable company, is launching a national WiFi-only telephone service for $29.95 a month - a first for a big cable-TV company. Subscribers to Cablevision's TV, Internet, and phone services will pay just $9.95 a month for the new service, branded as Freewheel. Freewheel is part of an intense interest by cable companies, including Comcast Corp. and others, to develop wireless phone services as people become accustomed to constant access on smartphones and tablets.