A Smart 9-Volt Battery Adds Phone Notifications to Any Smoke Detector

There are plenty of smart smoke detectors on the market that connect to your home's Wi-Fi network to provide smartphone notifications when there's trouble, but they're an expensive upgrade to the dumb smoke detector you've (hopefully) already got watching over your home. The $40 Roost promises pretty much the same… » 1/07/15 7:20pm 1/07/15 7:20pm

Gogo Wi-Fi Is Using Man-in-the-Middle Malware Tactics on Its Own Users 

Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service is pretty much your only option when it comes to surfing the internet in the skies above. Which means that they are free to give you shitty service at even shittier prices all they want. And now, according to one Google engineer, they're also playing fast and loose with your online… » 1/05/15 2:10pm 1/05/15 2:10pm

D-Link's New Wi-Fi Routers Look Like Reverse-Engineered Alien Technology

At one time when all you needed to connect was a couple of laptops, a cheap wireless router would more than suffice for most homes. But these days, when there's everything from phones to tablets to TVs relying on your Wi-Fi network, it makes sense to splurge on your hardware. And D-Link's new 11AC Ultra Performance… » 1/04/15 10:19pm 1/04/15 10:19pm

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Is Trying To Bring Wi-Fi to More Schools

Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman who's been a bit of an internet villain lately, is expected to announce a pretty good idea later today. He reportedly wants to raise federal funding for in-school Wi-Fi by a whopping $1.5 billion. That brings the annual cap on helping kids learn via Wi-Fi up from $2.4 billion to $3.9… » 11/17/14 12:14pm 11/17/14 12:14pm

Watch That Wi-Fi: Hackers Use Hotel Internet to Steal Nuclear Secrets

Security researchers recently identified an elite team of possibly state-sponsored hackers that infiltrate hotel Wi-Fi networks to gain access to the computers of high-level executives and leaders, probably to steal nuclear secrets. They're calling this band of cyber-spies DarkHotel. » 11/11/14 11:24am 11/11/14 11:24am

Remembering Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood Star Who Helped Make Wi-Fi

Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr would be 100 years old today, which is a perfect excuse to celebrate her contributions to the field of wireless communications. Lamarr was best known in her lifetime for her job as an MGM film star in the 1930s and 1940s, often playing a smoky-eyed glamor girl. But her most impressive… » 11/09/14 9:01am 11/09/14 9:01am

Six Great DIY Projects for Hacking Computers and Networks

If you're testing your hacking skills or trying to learn more about security, your toolkit shouldn't end with your computer. If you're willing to pick up a screwdriver, a soldering iron, or a few other tools, there are several great DIY hacking projects that'll test your mettle and teach you a few things about… » 10/23/14 9:52am 10/23/14 9:52am

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't… » 10/22/14 11:56am 10/22/14 11:56am

The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the rest. » 10/15/14 11:57am 10/15/14 11:57am

The $800 Camera I Didn't Use To Share My Hawaiian Vacation Photos

My wife loves technology. Hell, she spotted the job posting that landed me my first tech writing gig. She also loves sharing snapshots with friends. So when I told her that the Sony RX100 III could sling amazing selfies to Instagram with a tap of her phone, she was understandably stoked. When we packed our bags for a… » 10/13/14 2:10pm 10/13/14 2:10pm