Stave off long-trip boredom with your smartphone or tablet

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

What can you do if you’re about to take a long air trip and don’t want to suffer the pangs of boredom but don’t want to buy overpriced airline Wi-Fi either? Gizmodo has some great advice, but I think they’re thinking too narrowly. The advice they give for smartphones in air travel could [ on]

Karma puts 4G data on sale again

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my Karma Go 4G Wi-Fi hotspot over the last couple of months. It’s rapidly become one of my favorite devices from my gadget bag. Among other things, I’ve set my smartphone to connect to it automatically and always take the Karma along with me, so that [ on]

How to use the new Kindle Fire range’s microSD external memory

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 20, 2015 // 4 Comments

One of the most significant departures in Amazon’s new Kindle Fire lineup from previous iterations of the brand – and one rather lost in all the hoo-hah over pricing – is the inclusion of a slot for “a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage,” as well as [ on]

Karma offers 4G data at 50% off through Monday

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been using my Karma Go hotspot for the last couple of weeks since it arrived, and have been enjoying it considerably. Its 4G service is fast and dependable, and it’s easy to charge up and keep charged. So far, I’ve had two people hook onto my hotspot and sign up to get free WiFi access [ on]

FCC cracks down on convention centers blocking personal WiFi (Updated)

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Update: A response and clarification from Smart City follows the original article. Just as I got a Karma Go personal WiFi hotspot, convention centers that block personal hotspots are experiencing a little karma of their own. I thought I’d covered this for TeleRead in January when the FCC fined [ on]

Republic Wireless offers affordable hybrid VOIP/cell smartphone service

By Chris Meadows
April 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’d previously mentioned switching to an Android smartphone with Virgin Mobile, and enjoying it as far as it went. However, lately my Virgin Mobile phone went belly-up. I’d already promised myself that when I got my new full-time job I would be switching to Republic Wireless, so this was a good [ on]

Pre-paid WiFi roundup: TruConnect, Wal-Mart, Karma

By Chris Meadows
March 21, 2014 // 6 Comments

A while back I talked about the TruConnect Mi-Fi portable WiFi hotspot I had purchased. It’s time for an update, and discussion of a couple of reasonable prepaid Wi-Fi alternatives. First of all, I still use the TruConnect MiFi. In fact, I’m on my second one now. The first one stopped working [ on]

In the future, concealed embedded computers might spy on you

By Chris Meadows
December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

On his blog, Charlie Stross ponders how small the electronics necessary to power computing and wi-fi have become, and wonders if the next great malware frontier might be physical spy devices concealed inside Bluetooth keyboards or other innocuous accessories. If it’s a keyboard, all someone needs [ on]

CNet offers TruConnect MiFi hotspot for $74

By Chris Meadows
July 3, 2012 // 3 Comments

CNet’s “The Cheapskate” blog has a special offer on the TruConnect MiFi hotspot, offering a $25 discount to knock the device down from $99 to $74 when you use the discount code CNET2012 through TruConnect’s checkout. As I’ve said before, this is a great way to get inexpensive (albeit [ on]

Sub-$100 smartphones could offer wifi, e-reading potential

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

A lot of attention has been given to sub-$100 e-readers such as the new crop of Kindles. But a report from PaidContent suggests another generation of sub-$100 devices might be on the horizon: the sub-$100 smartphone. PaidContent reports that consultants at Deloitte see an impending wave of cheap [ on]

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