SHARING WI-FI SIGNALS

A pretty girl, very sweet looking, knocked on our door and said to Joy:”I have to get on the Internet. Can I use your password?” We didn’t know her and she wasn’t a neighbor, but she stood poised and ready with notebook and pen to take down our password.

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UP IN THE AIR JUNIOR BIRDMAN

Whoa! Another reason to buy a $250 Chromebook laptop instead of something similar for twice the price: We just found out we get free Wi-Fi on airlines and 100 gigabytes of storage online.

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THE END OF THE CREDIT CARD?

Someday we’ll all use our smartphones instead of credit or debit cards, says Joy. A lot of techie types agree. Not bloody likely, says Bob.

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SPREADING THE WIRELESS FUN

Instead of fighting over the family iPad on long car trips and plane rides, three people can watch their own movie or TV show on their own tablet, computer or phone, all streamed from a little Seagate box that can hold 300 high definition movies.

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SAFER COMPUTING

We’re pretty sure we were the target of an attempted identity theft recently. Joy was asked to “verify” information on the phone regarding a recent credit card application. Bob was very suspicious, so Joy said, skip it, she didn’t want the card anyway. Even after she said that, she was asked to verify her birth date and other personal information in order to cancel. Whoop, whoop, whoop: Enemy attack! Battle stations! She hung up.

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WI WHAT?

Just as everyone is feeling comfortable with WiFi, WiGig is coming in 2013. If you go to YouTube and type “Panasonic WiGig” in the search box, you can see Panasonic’s demonstration.

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GETTING INTERNET ACCESS ABROAD

Our nephew is going to Spain for a year, and he may find it tough to connect. A reader wrote us with a similar problem. Well, two problems equal one search. There’s a new app from Skype that lets you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to get on the Internet for less than you would pay at most public hotspots,

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FREE ONLINE APPS AT STARBUCKS

Starbucks says that starting April 23 they will provide free Wi-Fi access to Economist magazine, Marvel Comics, and ESPN’s Rumor Central. Can other coffee and fast food joints be far behind?

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STARBUCKS OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO THE ECONOMIST, COMICS, SPORTS

Starting April 23, Starbucks will give you free access to the Economist magazine, Marvel Comics, and ESPN’s Rumor Central as part of their free Wi-Fi service.

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CHEAP CALLS ABROAD

Use Skype on Wi-Fi to avoid cellphone fees when traveling abroad.

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