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5 Best Kids Tablets With WiFi In 2019

Does your child use your tablet on a regular basis? Maybe you set them up on YouTube videos or downloaded them a couple of games to play and keep them occupied. Slowly, you’re realizing that your children are taking over your tablet or smartphone, and might need to consider getting them their own. But that could be dangerous, you might think, opening them up to this crazy world that they might not be ready to handle, or you’re worried about not having a full idea of what they’re doing on the Web. Put those fears aside, dear reader, as now tablets that are made directly for kids come with a bevy of parental controls and Internet restrictions.

Kids Tablet With WiFi

If you follow along below, we’ll show you the best kids tablets with WiFi on the market right now. Here are our favorite picks.

Contixio 7-inch Kids Tablet K3

First up on our list is the Contixio K3, a 7-inch tablet designed for kids. The operating system is Android, but built on top of that is Contixio’s own Parental Control software. This ensures that your children won’t get into anything they shouldn’t while using the tablet — they’re restricted to just a few specific apps that are educational, fun, and video-based. All content on this tablet is child friendly, so you’ll never have to worry about them getting into something they shouldn’t. With Wi-Fi capabilities, you, the parent, will be able to download additional child-friendly games and apps if your child runs out of content.

If you don’t have WiFi, there are a bunch of games that come pre-installed. With your purchase, you also get a large silicone case to keep the tablet protected. At purchase, you can choose what color you want, whether that be pink, purple, red, green, etc. There’s tons to choose from.

Buy it now: Amazon

Nabi DreamTab HD8

You might have heard of the Nabi DreamTab HD8. In the Kids’ tablet market, Nabi is a prolific name, offering a high quality Android experience, of course, with their own child friendly and parental control software built on top. Nabi is on an old version of Android — 4.4 KitKat — but the tablet still has a lot of content built in. You can download apps from the Google Play Store, though it requires parent permission. Battery life lasts up to eight hours, and there’s a hard case that keeps the DreamTab protected from drops and accidents.

Buy it now: Amazon

Beneve M755

Want your kids’ tablet to have the latest version of Android? Consider then what Beneve is offering in the M755: an Android 7.1 experience with the iWaWa kids software built on top. There are a handful of parental controls available on the tablet. With the built-in utilities, you can limit time on the tablet as well as apps they can access. It comes with 8GB of storage space and 1GB of RAM, just enough to keep these apps running smoothly. You can download more content here as well, but with parent permission. The tablet is enclosed in a silicone case that’ll keep it safe drops and falls.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids

If you’re looking to get your hands on a tablet with a more prolific name in the tablet market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition will be right up your alley. You get all the power behind the Samsung Galaxy Tab E, but with Samsung Kids software built on top. The tablet will give your kids access to educational content from all sorts of big name brands, such as Dreamworks Animation, Sesame Street, National Geographic, and more. There’s a lot of engaging Samsung Kids content on here, all that aligns with STEM and Common Core education — your choice.

Buy it now: Amazon

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Last, but certainly not least, we have Amazon’s own offering: the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. This is a fully featured tablet packed with tons of content, all from the Amazon AppStore. With the purchase of the tablet, you get access to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited, which will open up 15,000 apps and games the parent can download for their kids. The tablet comes enclosed in a case, but you also get a two-year warranty. The warranty is simple: the kids break the tablet, Amazon will replace it for free, no questions asked.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of great kids tablets available with WiFi capabilities. But, with so many available, which one do you pick up? We recommend going for the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet or the Galaxy Tab E Lite Kids Edition. These are both quality kids tablets that won’t steer you wrong.

Kids Tablet With WiFi

How to setup WiFi calling on any Android device

Scratch Wireless Wifi

Update: As some readers have commented below, the Google Hangouts Dialers is the one-stop-shop for everything wifi calling you will need on just about any Android devices.  Released in September of 2015, this app is becoming the default wifi calling for most Android devices.  Combine this app with Google Voice, you will be able to make and receive calls without a SIM card, all you would need is wifi connection.  In order to make a perfect wifi calling setup, be sure to get yourself setup with a router with top notch range and deck it out with wifi range boosters around the house.

To setup wifi calling using Google Hangouts Dialer for free and without SIM card, check out our guide on how to setup making calls and receiving calls.


WiFi calling is a feature touted by some carriers to be a big cost-saver. Going beyond the traditional carrier model, some prepaid MVNO providers are even offering pure WiFi-based calling and texting, only falling back to cellular while outside of WiFi coverage.

The idea here is that users are mostly blanketed by WiFi routers and hotspots almost anywhere, anyway. While at home, or while at work, there is likely to be a fast and reliable WiFi access point, which is likely to be faster (or at least with lower latency) than cellular connections.

This is the premise behind providers like Republic Wireless, Freedompop  and Straight Talk, as well as Scratch Wireless. WiFi-only (or WiFi-first) providers promise mostly unlimited calls and text while connected to a WiFi hotspot. Cellular calls and text may come as a fall-back for free or for a nominal fee.

But you don’t necessarily have to be on these providers to get calls and texts through WiFi. Sure, there are IP-based chatting services and VoIP providers (Skype, Viber, Line, WhatsApp and others come to mind). But if you want to be able to receive calls and texts from other landlines or mobile phones, here’s the solution: Google Voice.

Enabling SIP-based calling on your Android device

When receiving calls or SMS, Google Voice rings your nominated number or numbers so you can essentially receive calls on just about any landline or mobile phone. However, you can also set-up your Android smartphone to make and receive Google Voice calls via either cellular data or WiFi. yes, that’s right — you can use this even without a voice or SMS plan. The great thing is that Android comes with a SIP client built into the Phone app.

Here’s how.

1. Setup a Google Voice account. This should be simple and straightforward, especially if you’re in the US. If you live in a jurisdiction unsupported by Google Voice, you can use several ways to trick Google you are in the US (a combination of disposable US-based numbers, plus the use of a proxy server — more on this later).

2. Download and install Google Voice on your device. You’ll need this to set-up forwarding for calls and SMS. For our purposes, you’ll need to disable forwarding to your phone’s number, unless you want to get duplicate notifications and rings.

3. Download Sipdroid on your Android device. The purpose of this step is to automatically set-up an account with pbxes.org, which is essentially a SIP network that supports Google Voice trunking. Google Play link is here. Launch Sipdroid and click the “New PBX linked to my Google Voice” link at the bottom of the welcome screen. You will be then asked to create a new account.

Take note that your Google username and password will be stored on pbxes.org. If you use 2-step verification, then you will need to generate an application-specific password for Pbxes first, as the system will not accept your Google password otherwise.

4. Login to Pbxes.org. Once your account has been created, you can login to Pbxes.org using the credentials you set-up in step #3. Go to the “Extensions” part in the sidebar and look for the “Sipdroid” entry. Usually, this will have the extension 200, which means your username for this account would be [email protected]

Now here’s the interesting part. We will need to set-up your phone app to make and receive calls via Google Voice without the help of Sipdroid.

5. Setup your Phone app. Tap the three-button menu (or your menu button) and tap “Settings”. Under “Internet call settings” open “SIP Accounts”. Add a new account, with these details:

  • Username: username-200 (or insert whichever account name was setup on Pbxes.org, including the extension)
  • Password: Your Pbxes password set-up for this particular extension
  • Server: pbxes.org
  • Set as my primary account: checked

Save the account. Your new account should now be listed under SIP Accounts, but should indicate “Not receiving calls”.

6. Turn on call receiving. Still under SIP Accounts, check the box that says “Receive incoming calls”. Android should now register with Pbxes.org with the account you just set-up. If successful, it the SIP account should read “Primary Account. Receiving calls.” Otherwise, you may have to revisit set-up again to make sure the username and password are correct.

7. Turn on Internet calling. Back under “Internet call settings” you can setup your devices to use Internet calls “For all calls when data network is available” if you want all your calls routed through Google Voice. Otherwise, use “Only for Interent calls” or “Ask for each call”.

8. Setup Google Voice app. Under settings in your Google Voice app, you will have to remove forwarding to your phone’s number. Otherwise, it will ring your device twice: once under the SIP client and another instance as a regular phone call. Under “Sync and notifications” you can set your device device to receive text messages in your regular messaging app (this may be version dependent).

You can already remove SIPdroid, because your default Phone client acts as your SIP client, too. If your Android release does not support SIP calling right from the Phone client, then you can keep SIPdroid. Try calling your number to check if your phone receives calls via the Phone client. You can also try making outbound calls. These will be routed through Google Voice if you have set it up properly (and if you’ve turned it on under #7).

Does this work for you? Feedback would be appreciated. Again, these settings might be dependent on your Android version or ROM. This should work on vanilla Android/AOSP-based releases, Google Play Edition, CyanogenMod and any release with SIP enabled in the Phone app.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Not Working Even with Strong Signal

Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Not Working

So far, have posted various articles covering Galaxy Note 2 WiFi problems. But still, we get flooded with questions about the subject through The Droid Guy Mailbag.

So, for the benefit of our readers out there who are encountering this particular issue in their Android devices, especially the Galaxy Note 2, we would like to share these additional solutions that you can try out.

Possible Solutions to for Galaxy Note 2 WiFi Not Working

You can try out the solutions below to fix the issue with your Galaxy Note 2 WiFi:

1. Soft Reset Devices

Try removing the battery of your Galaxy Note 2 while it is powered On. Then, put it back again and let it boot. This will refresh your phone’s system and remove its minor bugs. However, this only provides a temporary solution based on some forum feedbacks.

You can also try resetting your router or unplug and plug it from its power source.

2. Configure Settings

One user in AndroidCentral forums suggested reconnecting to the network using these steps:

  • Open the WiFi configuration menu
  • Select the Forget button
  • Disconnect the Galaxy Note 2 WiFi
  • Restart the phone
  • Access WiFi again by reentering all your login details

According to some people experiencing this trouble, this solution somehow worked for them.

3. Remove Suspicious Apps

Freeing your device from suspicious or unauthentic apps will also help you resolve the issue.

For more information about WiFi problems in Android devices, we recommend reading these articles that we have previously published in our site:

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Network Connectivity Problems

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Hi avid readers! Here’s another article that may aid you when resolving mobile and WIFI network connectivity issues with your Samsung Galaxy Note 4. These problems are pretty common to an Android user so make the most of it. In the end though, the best resort is to contact the phone’s manufacturer for further assistance.

If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or any other Android device for that matter, then feel free to reach us using this form or you can also send us an email at [email protected]. Be sure to religiously fill out the form as this will help us gauge the issue your getting and provide an accurate solution as well. We will do our best to respond to every email we receive. 

Problem #1: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 WIFI scans continuously even after turning it off

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it looks like the continuous WIFI scanning problem has started after I downloaded and installed the huge fixes which is 677 MB in size. I have turned off all the check boxes, switch, etc. but still no luck. It drains the battery like crazy. At home, ironically, WIFI (relatively weaker signal) still continuously scans. If I charge it to 100% at 10 PM, it goes down to 98% by 7 AM. At work, the WIFI signal strength goes from strong to very strong and the battery goes from say 93% at 8 AM to 50% by 4 PM. I seldom use my Galaxy Note 4 phone and I don’t get that many texts or anything. I use my desk phone mostly. What is the mystery?Pundi

Solution: Hello Pundi. In this case, there are a lot of background running apps which is causing your battery to drain significantly. One culprit is the WIFI app. Have you checked if it is completely turned off? The phone won’t scan for available WIFI networks as long as this functionality is disabled. You can turn WIFI off from the Notification bar at the top of your screen (tap and drag it down). Tap the WIFI icon to turn it on or off. The icon will be green if this feature is activated. Another way is to go under Settings > WIFI and you can slide the bar left or right if you want to turn it on / off. In the event that it would still continue to scan for available networks even if WIFI is switched off, then there is already an issue with the phone’s software. The best way to resolve it is by resetting the phone back to factory default. Make sure to back up your files prior to performing this process. You can do this by going to Settings > User and Backup then tap the Backup and Reset option. Select Factory data reset then Reset Device. Follow the onscreen prompts and wait for your phone to complete the process. Once done, your device should now be back to its default settings. Any firmware related issues should be resolved and your phone should run properly again. If it doesn’t, then it’s high time to bring it to a technician for consultation and repair. Hope this helps. 

Problem #2: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Mobile Data turns off whenever the display switches off

Hello. I’m having a problem with my Galaxy Note 4. I got this Note 4 with AT&T in which I got the unlock code from, got it unlocked, and I’m currently using it outside USA on a different mobile network. I have heard this causes mobile network problems, but up until recently, I haven’t had any problems with that. The first problem I had was with the Whatsapp app notifications. I have set the app to always show me notifications, and I’ve doubled check that. However, sometimes when I’m on WIFI, and the connection is working properly with the phone connected, the app will fail to show me notifications. I will receive the messages but the app won’t show me notifications that I got messages. When I open the app, I will notice that I have messages present that I wasn’t notified about. Even Whatsapp calls won’t appear on my phone. This is the first problem, and it rarely happens, but when it does it’s really annoying. I think it might have something to do with lollipop but I’m not sure. The second problem I started having recently is the mobile data stops working the moment I turn off the screen. Meaning, the mobile data will be working properly when the screen is active but the moment I press the power button and the phone’s display turns off, the mobile data stops working. This now happens every time I’m on mobile data. I’m not sure if this is connected to the first problem or not, but this is much more important than the first one. If you can help me I’d be grateful! Thank you very much!Nour Awala

Solution: Hello Nour. Have you tried uninstalling the Whatsapp app? This could be a glitch with the app itself and downloading it again will install recent updates which can fix any issues that the previous version may have.  With regards to the mobile data, this is the first time that such has happened. You will always be connected as long as you are within range of your mobile network regardless if your screen is active or not. The display has nothing to do with your data connection. Have you just downloaded a lollipop update? Did this start to occur after the update? If so, the firmware may have encountered an issue during the update which has affected the Whatsapp app and your mobile data connection. Try formatting your device back to factory default and see if this would help resolve the issue. Please make a backup copy of your files prior to starting the process. You can refer to the Solution part on Problem #1 for the steps in resetting the phone to factory setup. If it did not resolve the issues after, reaching out to Samsung support would be wise at this point.

Problem #3: No network error and Unrecognizable SIM card on Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Hi there! You wrote on one of your Note 4 posts, that you would try to help out people who e-mail you with their problems. I would gladly use this opportunity. I bought a used Verizon Note 4 on my trip to USA last year. It was in mint condition and worked fine on my Estonian network provider and SIM despite the annoying “non-Verizon SIM inserted” note on the taskbar. It was always running the stock 4.3 Verizon Android software and no meddling was done to the phone. I couldn’t update it anyway, since it says error connecting to the software update server. This really didn’t bother me and I continued to use the phone daily. A few months ago though, problems appeared with the location services. The location services worked using WIFI or network positioning, but whenever the GPS is turned on, the device turned crazy and started showing locations around Ukraine, Sweden, Brazil etc. I checked the GPS settings and downloaded some app that more specifically showed the details of the GPS. It just couldn’t find any satellites 90% of the time. I even overlooked that since I couldn’t really fix it and continued to use the phone, since it didn’t affect my daily needs that much. Now, the service on the phone has exponentially turned to absolute crap over the last 3-4 weeks, to the point that I tossed the phone to the side and had to get a replacement, since it clearly just shows NO NETWORK on the taskbar. Before it got that bad, it still had network some of the time, but it was always a little bad, going from no network to 2-3 bars every 5-10 minutes. Basically I was unreachable and the phone really wasn’t usable for a busy person anymore.

 Now, a week ago, I really got sick of it and decided to clean the devices software. Since I’ve also decided to go for an update, and since I couldn’t contact the Verizon update servers here in Europe, I went for a root. So I rooted the device, installed Android 4.5 lollipop on Jasmine ROM, and it all went well. It was kind of usable when it comes to the network, but then it started getting worse and worse again, to the point wherein I have to restart the phone 19 to 20 times, which I didn’t need to do before. It doesn’t even recognize the SIM card anymore. If it does, it turns on and asks for the pin codes every after 20 seconds when it should ask for them straight as it boots up. The GPS seemed to semi-work when it manages to get any kind of network though, meaning that it showed my location okay, but while driving the arrow was moving along the road, but always pointing statically on some random way, not pointing at the way I was driving. What may be the problem? Is it in the hardware or the software and what should I do? I’ve tried googling and searched for the solution but none seems to help. I would really love to get the network back. I tried to be as specific as possible. I would really be grateful for your time and help. Thanks.Georg

Solution: Hello Georg. There are a lot of reasons why this is happening to your device. Since you did a master reset and even successfully rooted the phone’s software, this tells us that your firmware is in mint condition. Having that cleared, we can put the blame on one of these:

  1. The Radio Signal is off. This happens when it gets in conflict with WIFI and GPS or even a bad app that interferes with it. To turn it on, open the dialer and enter these characters *#*#4636#*#*. The Service Mode should open right away without pressing Send. Open the Device / Phone Information and tap on the Run Ping Test Scroll down to the bottom of the page and locate the Turn Radio On / Off button. Press the button and restart your phone once a prompt to reboot appears on the screen.
  2. SIM card is malfunctioning. It could be a bad SIM or it’s just not placed properly. Remove and replace the SIM card to make sure. Also try it on a different phone to isolate if it’s defective or not. If it is, consider getting a new SIM.
  3. SIM card does not allow connection to network. To resolve this, you need to navigate to Settings> Mobile Network Settings. Once inside, hold the power and home buttons at the same time until the device turns off. Remove the battery and then press the home and power buttons ten times simultaneously then hold them down for 1-2 minutes to drain all static charges. Reinsert the battery and turn on the device without the back cover attached. While the phone is on, remove and reinsert the SIM card three times or until you’ll be prompted to reboot. You should get a network signal once your phone boots back up.

If the culprit is none of these, then it’s time to bring it to a technician for repair as the phone’s motherboard may already be defective. Hope this helps.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Connectivity Issues

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Recently, we received this email from one of our readers through The Droid Guy  Mailbag:

“I noticed that the WiFi of my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is weak. When my other phones show two bars at one place, my Galaxy Note 2 shows none at all and it is incapable of connecting to WiFi.”

Factors that may be Causing the Galaxy Note 2 Connectivity Problem

Based on the message sent to us, the problem is obviously not due to a weak network in the area. So, it may either be a simple issue with the connection of the phone in the router (if it uses it to connect to the Internet), a minor system glitch or a complex hardware problem.

Possible Solutions to the Galaxy Note 2 Connectivity Issues

Before ruling out that it is a hardware issue, you may want to try out these possible solutions:

1. Restart the Galaxy Note 2

Sometimes, the answer to a glitch is just a simple restart since it refreshes the system of the phone. So, you may want to switch off and then switch on your device to refresh it.

2. Disable WiFi Power Saving Mode

Disabling the WiFi Power Saving Mode of the Galaxy Note 2 will help you boost its connectivity. But it has its downsides also. Check out how about it how to disable the WiFi Power Saving Mode here.

3.Configure Router

If you are using your router to connect to the Internet, make sure that it is configured to go properly with the settings of your Galaxy Note 2. Check out Samsung Galaxy S4 Unable To Connect To A WiFi Network [Troubleshooting Guide] to get an idea on how to treat this Galaxy Note 2 issue.

4. Toggle Airplane Mode

Press the Power button and enable Airplane Mode. After that, disable that again. This is another way to refresh your network.

5. Check SIM

Now, if any of these fail to work, then, try out your Galaxy Note 2 SIM with your other phones to determine whether it is defective or not.

6. Perform Factory Reset

A Factory Reset is the ultimate solution to any software problem. However, before doing it, make sure that you have backed up your data because this process will completely wipe all the contents of your phone and bring it back to its factory settings.

7. Have it Repaired by a Pro

If any of these do not work, including the Factory Reset, you are possibly encountering an internal hardware problem already like the one mentioned in this previous article we published which requires the intervention of an accredited Samsung phone repair center.

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I hope that the information provided here somehow helped. For more questions, write to us at [email protected] Just be detailed as much as possible in your questions so we can effectively pinpoint your problem and help you find the right solution for it.

Users who have something to contribute on the subject can also share their views and suggestions via [email protected] or on the comment box below.

Solutions to Samsung Galaxy S3 WiFi Auto Connect Problem

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Recently, we received a message through The Droid Guy Mailbag about the Samsung Galaxy S3 WiFi auto connect problem. In the email sent to us by one user, she told us that she leaves her WiFi off whenever she leaves home. However, it mysteriously turns on when a hotspot is detected.

Possible Solutions to the Galaxy S3 WiFi Auto Connect Issue

Aside from the fact that this can be very irritating, having the Galaxy S3 WiFi on auto connect can cause a quick drain battery too. So, here are the possible solutions to this particular problem:

1. Restart Phone

Restarting your Galaxy S3 provides a quick way to solve minor glitches in the system. However, this is not a guarantee that the problem will not happen again.

2. Apply the Solutions Featured in Our Previous Article

If the simple restart failed to do the trick, check out our previous article here about the same problem experienced by Galaxy Note 2 owners. The solutions here might work for you.

3. Check the Galaxy S3 for Malware

In addition to the possible solutions discussed in the Galaxy Note 2 article, you should also install a reliable anti-virus or anti-spy software in your phone. Then, use it to scan your device thoroughly to ensure that it is clear from viruses or malware that have the tendency to auto connect to the Internet whenever a WiFi connection is available.

Email to Us Your Questions and Suggestions

I hope that the information provided here somehow helped. For more questions about Galaxy S3 problems, email us at [email protected]. Just be detailed as much as possible in your questions so we can effectively pinpoint your problem and help you find the right solution for it.

Users who have something to contribute on the subject can also share their views and suggestions via email or in the comment box below.

Samsung pushing new 802.11ac WiFi standard on smartphones

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With 802.11ac just getting certified by the WiFi Alliance, we usually start to see routers deploy the technology and then next generation devices wil get the standard to work with the routers.

This has not been the case this time though, with both of Samsung’s flagship devices, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2, already having 802.11ac standard. In South Korea, where Samsung is based, the country has been pushing this standard for a while. The online world in South Korea is huge and a lot of people have more than one device.

802.11ac doubles the speed allowed through WiFi to 1.3gbps, this is impressive, it would make Google Fiber’s WiFi speeds the same as they are through an Ethernet port. For mobiles, it is ten times faster than the current LTE and we believe carriers will utilise this speed faster than ISPs.

Already carriers are trying to create more WiFi hotspots and we believe they will utilise the new 802.11ac standard for users to switch between 4G and WiFi automatically when service is buggy on one end.

While Samsung is the start player, as they seem to want to be with LTE-advanced as well, we expect others to follow. Apple has added this WiFi standard to the MacBook Air and Mac Pro and we expect it to come on the iPhone 5S and iPad 5, whenever they arrive.

This is a good thing for WiFi, but again many ISPs, especially in America, have lowered the speed to about 10mbps. This means that even with this new standard, broadband companies have to work harder to get faster speeds before its of any use.

Source: CNNMoney

New MacBook Air Owners Having WiFi Problems

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The new MacBook Air has some prominent updates, especially on battery life, but one issue has cropped up on lots of different Apple forums and support boards, the WiFi. While the new MacBook Air has support for 802.11ac, the newest WiFi standard allowing users to connect faster and with more speed, it seems there is something wrong with the wireless connection and it is making the WiFi pretty buggy and unusable.

With the MacBook Air being one of the most used notebooks in the world, a lot of time is spent on the web and the Internet needs to be consistently there for the users. Apple normally apply firmware updates to mop up these problems, although this may be something to do with the design of the MacBook Air, not allowing the WiFi to connect to routers.

We have seen Apple make this mistake before, on the iPhone 4 there was fury when users could not connect to the Internet or to their carrier because of the radio placed in the wrong position.

Source: MacRumors

AdBlock Plus Now Available On The Play Store

You may have ads blocked on your computer through AdBlock Plus, but what about your mobile browsing? AdBlock Plus is an extremely popular ad blocking tool for browsers, which has now made its way over onto the Android platform. This is an official app, not a third-party one too.

If you’ve tried to grab an app that blocks ads, you’ll notice that a lot of them requires that your device has been rooted, AdBlock Plus is different though. AdBlock Plus can be used with almost all browsers that are currently available in the Play Store without root. It works without rooting your device over Wi-Fi, but if you want ads block over 3G you’re going to have to root your device. As far as I know, no app is really able to block ads over a cellular network connection, as that would have to be configured on the carrier side of things.

If you’re wanting to get AdBlock Plus, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you install the app:

  • Rooted: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi and 3G
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.1 or later: Blocks ads over Wi-Fi
  • Non-rooted with Android 3.0 or earlier: Some manual configuration is required. Please visit our website to learn how to setup your own proxy: https://adblockplus.org/en/android-config#proxy
  • Also, Android does not allow ads to be blocked on SSL encrypted websites.

Are you going to download the app? Do you use your phone through Wi-Fi enough that you would see this app as worth it? Are you a user with a root phone? Would this app be something that you would use?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Talkandroid, Play Store

Guitar Hero co-creator plans to turn mobile devices into consoles

Guitar hero co-creator Charles Huang is coming up with a whole new idea that would further exploit the booming industry of mobile gaming.

Huang, the CEO and co-founder of Green Throttle Games, is working out a wireless controller that turns mobile devices into a virtual game console enabling users to play their favorite iOS or Android games right on their televisions.

In an interview with Venture Beat, Huang stated he wants to provide people a simple yet entertaining alternative to traditional gaming platforms, which has struggled commercially since the emergence of mobile games.

“Mobile gaming is exploding, and new smart devices are becoming powerful alternatives to traditional consoles,” said Huang. “We just need a simple and fun way for people to play games both on the go and on the couch. Our mission is to create great game experiences that bring people together — a big-screen experience where you can just start playing games on a television, as simple as that.”

However, even before their launching of their product, Green Throttle Games has already seen competition from companies like Ouya and Power A, which offers distinctively similar products.

Major players in the video gaming industry like Sony (PlayStation), Microsoft (XBOX), Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard haven’t made any move to capitalize on the robust mobile gaming business, but analyst said these companies are just waiting for the right time to make their much-awaited transition.

Huang said his company won’t back down from competition as they soon offer software development kits for developers and plans to hook up with game companies to develop games with multi-player feature.

“We want to change the phone into a full console experience so you can enjoy first-person shooter games and racing games,” he said. “You don’t need the game console for that. We are reimagining games for the living room.”

JetBlue to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi in Q1 2013

When it comes to air travel, internet connectivity becomes a major factor when a person chooses the airline to book ticket. Internet connectivity is a powerful asset, and a very valuable one for business travellers, to whom staying connected to the internet means everything. Often, customers will choose an airline that offers in flight connectivity, even if the service is spotty or expensive, and hence that explains the reason why more and more airlines are choosing to have in flight internet connectivity. This time, it’s JetBlue. JetBlue is planning to launch in-flight Wi-Fi in the first quarter of 2013. If everything goes according to the plan, JetBlue should be providing free baseline service for at least the first 30 planes in its fleet by 2013.

There are many ways to offer in flight web connectivity. The most popular ones are Gogo Inflight Internet, OnAir and Row 44. Gogo Inflight Internet uses 92 towers on the land that cover North America. The towers, unlike traditional telecom towers, are pointed towards the sky. OnAir is slightly different and makes use of Inmarsat Satellites in order to deliver connectivity using the broadband satellite receivers from Inmarsat’s fourth-generation (4G) system. Row 44 is similar to OnAir and makes use of HughesNet satellite Internet access system enabling them to provide worldwide services even over water!

JetBlue is said to using the satellite based service in partnership with ViaSat. According to JetBlue, this method should be offering “exponentially more bandwidth” than the competitors. The news was first seen on The Verge, and later JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Croyle confirmed that the news was indeed true and gave some launch details.
Airline’s plan for free Wi-Fi is a pretty ambitious plan. Most of the airlines in US which offer in-flight internet make use of Gogo Inflight Internet. Since Gogo uses land based towers to communicate with the airplane, there are some limitations and most of the times the internet connectivity will be slow. ViaSat on the other hand makes use of Ka-band satellite system, which claims to surpass the speeds of other satellite systems.

The internet will be distributed to users using onboard wi-fi, though the data speeds that can be achieved aren’t known yet. ViaSat’s Exede Internet service promises 12 Mbps or more to each passenger, and since JetBlue makes use of ViaSat, we expect the numbers to be the same. The free wifi which the airline is talking about should be good for basic email and browsing, and the customers may have to shell out money if they choose to watch movies. If JetBlue does manage to live up to its claims and give its customers access to fast and reliable WiFi, the number of bookings will surely increase.

Recently, even Singapore Airlines launched its inflight internet service. They make use of satellite-based OnAir system and there are two plans are available: US$10 buys you 10MB of data, and for US$25 you get 30MB, which is very costly.

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Bad News For Carriers 9 Out Of 10 Tablets Sold Are Wi-Fi

With the phenomenal sales of the iPad reported this weekend by both AT&T and Apple, A new study may quickly change. However, wireless industry expert Chetan Sharma has released a study on tablets as part of his Wireless Market Update Report, that may have carriers worried about tablets.

Sharma shows in his research that wifi tablets are outselling cellular enabled tablets at a rate of 90%.  The reason for this can most likely be contributed to the fact that, aside from the iPad, a tablet with cellular data capabilities comes with a 2 year contract. The iPad can be purchased with cellular connectivity and the data can be purchased monthly.

Most people are finding that it’s just as easy to tether a tablet to your smartphone or your home or office network. I personally believe that this surgence in wifi larger screen tablets is going to be what drives the phoneblet category like the Galaxy Note and the LG Vu.

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SXSW: What Was Wrong With The Homless Hotspots? OpED

There’s a lot of buzz about the marketing project “Homeless Hotspots” this year at South By South West Interactive. In the project, seen in the above Mashable video, 13 homeless men were charged with the task of recruiting passerbys to use their wifi for a nominal donation. The average donation was $2.00 for 15 minutes. Of course that’s relatively close to what you would pay at a pay as you go internet cafe, however it was a donation and could be whatever you wanted.

The small donation gets back to the homeless person after collected by the marketing agency BBH that is putting out the promotion and awareness about Austin’s homeless population.

The promotion has been met with ire around the internet. Call me strange but I don’t get the objection at all. As BBH’s Saneel Randia pointed out in a blog post, this Homeless Hotspot initiative is much like the homeless providing street newspapers, which happens regularly in New York City.

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AT&T’s Smart WiFi App Lets Users Manage WiFi A Lot Easier Than Settings

If you’re an AT&T customer with an Android device and you aren’t a full blown Android geek than you may find the wifi settings panel within Android’s settings menu a bit cumbersome, especially when you only need to jump onto a wifi hotspot for a short while.

AT&T has created their own wifi management app called Smart WiFi that helps users locate wifi hotspots and manage regular wifi hotspots, often times without touching anything.  One of the biggest benefits to this app is the ability to auto connect to wifi. Say you’re at your home or office, when you get in range of that wifi connection the Smart WiFi app will connect you to your wifi without you having to press a button.  For those using the native Android settings you’d have to go to settings, wireless connections, wifi, manage wifi, you know the drill.

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