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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Combine one part 3G modem, one part wireless router and one part sex appeal slim, stylish design, and you end up with the Netcomm MyZone 3G router. And after our brief hands on with the unit back in March, it's finally available now.
Froyo has been on the cards longer than I can remember, but thanks to a TechCrunch exclusive we now know that Android 2.2 will also support USB tethering for data connection, plus be able to create Wi-Fi hotspots.