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You Should Stop Using Your iOS-Generated Hotspot Password Right Now

The ability to turn your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot is a fantastically useful little tool in and of itself. But Apple, being the generous overlord that it is, goes so far as to automatically generate a network key, keeping even the most absent-minded of Wi-Fi-beggared safe and sound. Or so we thought.

This Guy Shuts Down Banned Wi-Fi Hotspots At The Olympics

Portable Wi-Fi hotspots, powered by 3G, are banned at all the Olympic venues in London. This man makes sure that’s not taken as a hollow threat, sniffing out rogue Wi-Fi networks and shutting them down.

Mobile Hotspot Discourages Bandwidth Hoarding

Bandwidth is precious. You paid for it. God help anyone who tries to steal it. The Karma hotspot flips this equation on its head: share your connection, and both you and your leecher get 100MB of free data. It’s enough to warm the hearts of even the stingiest of Scrooges.

App-Enhanced Pavement Turns Roads Into Wireless Hotspots

A Spanish company called Vía Inteligente has created a unique smart paving stone with a built-in computer as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They’re designed as an easy way to provide wireless access to various services without the need for a hotspot or an ugly antenna, but it also has the potential to easily create an expansive wireless network in urban areas.

Top Five Non-Travel Uses For Wi-Fi Hotspots

I’m a big fan of using a mobile hotspot for connectivity on the go, and they’re a great thing to take on holidays. But hotspots don’t have to be limited to only when you’re on a long-distance trip for work or pleasure, as this top five shows.

Jon Stewart Is Not Amused By SXSW Homeless Hotspots

The other day we covered the brouhaha over a New York ad firm converting the homeless into human wireless hotspots. Now it’s time for The Daily Show’s always delightful take! And no, John Stewart does not approve.

Gizmodo Vs Lifehacker: Hotspot Or Dongle?

Mobile broadband is a traveller’s best friend, but is it better packaged as a hotspot, a dongle or something else entirely? Gizmodo and Lifehacker debate the issues.

Skype WiFi Gets You Online At A Million Hotspots

Skype just rolled out Skype WiFi, the new name for it’s Skype Access hotspot plan, to iOS devices. The app lets you get online at more than a million hotspots, and pay for it on a per-minute basis.

Telstra Announces HSPA+ Mobile Wi-Fi Device

While most geeks just use the portable hotspot element of their phone to share an internet connection, sometimes a dedicated device is the better option. Telstra has just announced its new player, an HSPA+ device capable of delivering up to 20Mbps theoretical download speeds to up to five devices.

Run Your Home Network Like A Coffee Shop For Easy Guest Access

Want to open up your Wi-Fi network to easier access for visitors, block the web’s nasty stuff from young eyes, and maybe regain some bandwidth, too? Go ahead and unleash your inner coffee shop owner. With free software and no extra hardware, you can manage content and bandwidth on your home network, or even manage a semi-public “hotspot”, without feeling like a despot.

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