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Linksys turns Wi-Fi up a notch with Smart Wi-Fi EA6900 router

Linksys introduced today at IFA 2013 the latest in its Smart Wi-Fi EA series of home networking devices, the EA6900 true dual-band router.

The new device's marketing name is Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router, and the AC1900 hints that it offers a combined speed on both its 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands of up to 1,900Mbps. More specifically, on the 5GHz band, the router offers up to 1,300Mbps when used with 802.11ac-enabled clients, and on the 2.4GHz band it offers up to 600Mbps to supported 802.11n clients.

While the speed of 802.11ac … Read more

Boingo kicks off hot spot to simplify wireless connections

Boingo has gone live with a hot spot that aims to take the hassle out of connecting to wireless networks.

The Wi-Fi provider announced Thursday the launch of its next-generation hot spot at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Dubbed Boingo Passpoint, the new hot spot promises a variety of benefits to mobile users.

Courtesy of roaming agreements between different carriers, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between a cellular and a Wi-Fi network. Your mobile device also will pick up the closest secure Wi-Fi network and automatically connect you without requiring a username or password.

Boingo Passpoint is … Read more

Facebook prompts users to create shared photo albums

Facebook has created its own rendition of the friend and family slideshow. The social network unveiled a new feature on Monday that lets a number of users contribute photographs to one single album.

Aptly called "shared albums," this feature is especially helpful to those who want to show photos from a recent family vacation, group camping trip, wedding, or another people-filled event. Before today, Facebook users could only upload photos to albums they created on their own profiles.

To get started on shared albums, a central user can create an album and then add Facebook friends as contributors. … Read more

Miley Cyrus at MTV VMAs all the rage on Twitter

Pop star Miley Cyrus was a hot topic on Twitter following her controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance on Sunday night.

According to new data from Twitter, Miley Cyrus' performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs triggered 306,100 tweets per minute. For comparison, Justin Timberlake's performance during the award show registered nearly 220,000 tweets per minute. Drake's performance was close behind with 194,500 tweets per minute.

Similarly, Cyrus, who performed in what is being called a "suggestive" way, was mentioned 4.5 million times last night on Twitter. Timberlake and Lady Gaga followed … Read more

Review: Android Network Booster slams you with ads

Android Network Booster occasionally speeds things up by reconnecting to the fastest cell tower available, but it slams you with ads. This app seems to be just a ploy to make quick cash from advertisements.

Android Network Booster claims to make your cellular network faster by providing you with the best network signal. When you use it, it will briefly turn your 3G/4G off and back on to make it seem like it's doing something. However, after multiple speed tests, it only seemed to raise speed one time, taking our 3G from about 500kbps to 600. Most network … Read more

Neighborhood network Nextdoor takes up residence on Android

Bring on the muffin baskets. Nextdoor, a private social network for more than 18,000 U.S. neighborhoods, is moving into its new home on Android.

Wednesday, the 2-year-old company is expanding beyond its Web and iPhone origins to invite more people into its private communities where neighbors exchange critical information, swap last-minute baking needs, get police updates, and coordinate block parties.

Nextdoor for Android comes with the same feature set members find elsewhere, which means people can update their neighbors with goings-on, photos, and urgent alerts. The backwards-compatible application is said to work for 96 percent of Android users.… Read more

Verizon to get on board NYC subways

Verizon is ramping up network coverage for its subscribers who ride the New York City subways.

The carrier announced on Tuesday that it will start installing the necessary network gear over the next several weeks with the goal of providing wireless access in 36 NYC subway stations later this year. Once the service is up and running, Verizon subscribers will be able to tap into 3G and 4G voice and data.

The move comes courtesy of an agreement between Verizon and Transit Wireless, which runs a wireless network across the 36 subway stops in midtown Manhattan and Chelsea. AT&… Read more

Home networking explained, Part 8: Cable modem shopping tips

Editors' note: This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories section below.

If you're looking for the best home broadband speeds, cable Internet service is still the go-to choice for most users. But what many people don't know is that they may be paying more than they need to for cable broadband -- especially if they use the equipment provided by the cable company.

Indeed, many users can save upward of $7 per month -- more than $80 per year -- on their current cable Internet service. To that … Read more

Faster brain scans offer new perspective on brain activity

Our brains are mysterious organs. And fast. Too fast, it turns out, to be fully observed using the current gold standard: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

So researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Institute of Technology and Advanced Biomedical Imaging at the University of Chieti in Italy are turning to faster technology called magnetoencephalography (MEG) to sample neural activity every 50 milliseconds.

In doing so, they've been afforded novel insights into the inner-workings of neural networks in resting and active brains. As the researchers report in the journal Neuron, these new insights could … Read more

Remember Bebo? Yeah. That's why the founder is killing the site

Bebo is dead. At least in its current form.

Michael Birch, the founder of the one-time Facebook rival, bought back the social network only to have his company shut down the site on Wednesday as it prepares to relaunch the business.

Birch explained the move in a video posted to the Bebo landing page, where he acknowledges the site just wasn't worth running anymore. Over the last seven years, Bebo went from a Facebook competitor to having a following that mirrored Myspace's. In its place will rise a completely new, built-from-scratch Bebo that will only be available on … Read more