Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

Best Buy Made These Smart Home Gadgets Dumb Again

On November 6, Best Buy pulled the plug on its line of Insignia Connect products, including a convertible freezer/fridge, two kinds of smart plugs, a smart light switch, and a Wi-Fi-connected camera.

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

Watch Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event Right Here

We should also see some new hardware for the smart home, and now that Google has been busy pulling all of its smart devices under the Nest brand, if new smart speakers and mesh Wi-Fi routers are announced at Tuesday's event, they should also carry the Nest name.

WeWork's Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

WeWork's Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure

Add to the pile its Wi-Fi security practices, which recent scans have shown leave documents potentially exposed to anyone else who shares the space.Plus, read the latest news on artificial intelligence 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

They found that 89 percent of Amazon Fire TV channels and 69 percent of Roku channels contained easily spottable trackers that collected information about a viewing habits and preferences, along with unique identifiers like device serial numbers and IDs, Wi-Fi network names, and the Wi-Fi identifiers known as MAC addresses.

An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News

An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News

A hacker has been taking advantage of iPhone security flaws, a man implanted a streaming device in his leg, and Uber and Lyft are fighting to avoid treating their drivers as employees.

A New Kind of Wi-Fi, a Streaming Piracy Bust, and More News

A New Kind of Wi-Fi, a Streaming Piracy Bust, and More News

The next generation of Wi-Fi is coming soon, the government took down two illegal streaming juggernauts, and the flu is killing in border detention camps.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple Spends $1 Billion to Take Control of Its 5G Destiny

Apple said Thursday that it will spend $1 billion to buy most of Intel’s business that makes modems for smart­phones—the crucial chips that connect devices to cell net­works and Wi-Fi. The deal gives the iPhone maker new power to customize and control the technology inside its mobile devices at a time when the industry is moving to new and faster 5G cellular connections .Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Nokia’s New Home Wi-Fi Router Takes Aim at Amazon and Google

Now Nokia is launching a new version of the router, one that’s supposed to appeal to more cost-conscious people who don’t need a bunch of beacons in their home.

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Hackers, including Russian state-sponsored attackers, targeted the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took down the event's Wi-Fi and database systems at one point.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

X-Tronic 3020-XTS Soldering Station Use this 75-watt soldering iron to forge solid electronic connections. The onboard Wi-Fi module will let you (or an automated web service like IFTTT) send your bot commands from afar.

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The WIRED Guide to 5G

The FCC regulates who can use which ranges, or bands, of frequencies to prevent users from interfering with each other’s signals.Low-Band FrequenciesBands below 1 GHz traditionally used by broadcast radio and television as well as mobile networks; they easily cover large distances and travel through walls, but those are now so crowded that carriers are turning to the higher range of the spectrum.Mid-Band SpectrumThe range of the wireless spectrum from 1 GHz to 6 GHz, used by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and many other applications.

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

"Cyber flashing," a type of digital harassment where creeps use Apple's AirDrop feature to send dick pics and other lewd images straight to the home screens of unsuspecting strangers via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The bill’s co-sponsors, council members Joseph Borelli and Donovan Richards, say it's about time cyber flashers faced the same consequences as their offline counterparts.

Google Fi for iPhones: Fewer Features, Lower Prices

Google Fi for iPhones: Fewer Features, Lower Prices

It also leaves out some important secondary features, like visual voicemail, calls and texts over Wi-Fi, automated spam detection, and international tethering.Similarly, Android smartphones that aren't built specifically for Google Fi—so anything other than Pixels and those LG and Motorola handsets—won't be able to seamlessly switch between, say, T-Mobile and Sprint, or between Wi-Fi and cellular.

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

So please be gentle with me as I introduce the theme of this car roundup, which is holiday plane travel.For this greatest of travel weeks, we're reviewing all the juicy, fun here-to-there stories we wrote in the last year or so, about building the most audacious flying machine ever, about staying healthy on your next flight, and about surprisingly safe airport Wi-Fi. We’ve got some important plane travel gear.

You Know What? Go Ahead and Use the Hotel Wi-Fi

You Know What? Go Ahead and Use the Hotel Wi-Fi

The most important thing to know about HTTPS, though, is that it obviates most of the attacks that (rightly) scared you off of public Wi-Fi in the first place.“If you’re in the US, the web is pretty well encrypted.