Out and about and need Wi-Fi access? These are the best places to get free internet
A recent survey by Wi-Fi provider Devicescape revealed the best sources of available Wi-Fi on the UK high street. Greggs and Marks and Spencer topped the chart for the best quality free Wi-Fi. When ease of use was taken into account too, Boots and Asda took the crown, whereas the best high-street bank Wi-Fi came courtesy of NatWest. Surprisingly, shops and food-on-the-go retailers, like Greggs, provided a better offering than many of the coffee shops that we traditionally think of as the home of free Wi-Fi. It’s worth noting that the report found out of the 40 brands tested, all provided a good standard of free wireless connectivity. “The real takeaway here is not that Greggs has better Wi-Fi than the next brand, but that the quality of high street Wi-Fi in the UK is really very good across the board,” said Mike Hibberd, director of marketing at Devicescape. “At the very least the connectivity offered by the brands we’ve listed, and many more we have not, is good enough to stream video to a smartphone.”
This lightspeed wireless communications technology could power the Internet of Things – but how does it work?
Regular Wi-Fi uses radio waves to connect your devices to the internet. However, in much the same way as an old-fashioned analogue radio will crackle with static or lose its connection due to atmospheric interference, Wi-Fi can sometimes drop out. Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, microwave ovens and everyone else’s Wi-Fi can all interfere with yours.
Li-Fi is different. Rather than using radio frequencies, it uses visible light to transmit data. It’s not a new or novel idea: in 1880 Alexander Graham Bell designed what he called a photophone (later known as a radiophone) that could transmit audio using light. He considered it his greatest invention – “greater than the telephone,” he said – and the technology itself was the starting point for the fibre-optic networks we’re familiar with today, which send pulses of light down optical fibres to transmit data.
These 5 killer features make the Google Play store our favourite marketplace for apps and games
These five awesome features of the Google Play store give you advanced access options and more! Find out what makes the Google Play store so great.1 – You can access brand-new apps before everyone else
To make sure an app is ready to be unleashed on the world, many developers will put it through a public beta in the hope that users will point out any flaws that have slipped through the developer’s net. These apps are generally unlisted, but you can find them by joining a Google+ community and signing up to the beta program. The apps will be full of kinks, but you will be part of the process of removing them.
Step up your security with the latest issue of Android Magazine, available now in print and for instant download
There’s a host of threats to your phone and data out there, from the much-documented Stagefright to this new nasty. Add to that the data risks from losing your phone – or worse, having it stolen – and there’s plenty to worry about.
Well, fret no more, because in issue 60 of Android Magazine we explain some key security tips and tricks that you can use to protect your phone and lock down your data. From protecting your files from malware and hack attacks to securing and wiping your data if the worst happens, we’ve got it covered.
The Ricoh Theta S shoots incredible panoramic video
The Ricoh Theta was a revolutionary device enabling users to instantly shoot a full 360-degree photo thanks to its two wide-angle cameras on the front and back of the stick.
Ricoh has followed up this excellent innovation with the new Theta S, which is capable of filming up to 25 minutes of panoramic video. This is a technically challenging and very important step forward for the product as it further increases the ‘never miss a moment’ attraction.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what was big at CES with part four of our exclusive guest blogs from ZTE’s VP of global marketing, Waiman Lam
Not everyone can make it to the world’s biggest tech show – but luckily for you, our friend Waiman Lam, VP of global marketing for ZTE Mobile Devices, was on hand to get a look behind the scenes. Over his series of exclusive guest blogs, he shares the four things he saw at CES that are guaranteed to pique the interest of Android fans. Over to him!