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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THE KOBO EREADER

The Kobo eReader is great if you want a smaller device to fit easily in your pocket or small purse but it doesn’t have all the features of the Amazon Kindle.

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MAKE YOUR OWN WIFI HOTSPOT

Carrying your WiFi hotspot with you.

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YOUR OWN WI-FI HOTSPOT

A new personal WiFi hotspot, no contract needed.

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RIDING SOMEONE ELSE’S WIRELESS BEAM

Our Internet service went off every few minutes for several days. A repair man came and isolated the problem as our modem. We replaced it and were fine. But before that fix, we were tempted to piggyback off our neighbor’s wireless. The big question and one that is hotly debated: is using someone else’s wireless service safe and legal? On the safety front, the big risk is that any data you share might be stolen. If you’ve designated a folder on your hard drive as a shared folder, that folder could be viewed. Recording your keystrokes as you surf the web is also possible, but unlikely.

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PRINTING FROM THE CLOUD.

You don’t need a computer to print documents and email attachments from the HP PhotoSmart e-All-in-One.

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NOT CLEAR ON THE CONCEPT

The French newspaper, Le Figaro, used to have a weekly column called “L’Haute Voix,” which is an expression that means “at the top of your voice.” Consider the following as written at the top of our voice. After three days of not being able to get on the Internet from our office, we walked over to the local “Clear” Wireless store to find out about their new way of connecting to the Internet through 3G and 4G wireless service. These are the frequencies used by most cell phones. The latest is 4G, which is much faster than 3G, and screamingly faster than our slow-poke DSL connection.  Prices start at $40 a month for connecting up to eight devices, including laptops […]

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THE $40 MINI LAPTOP

The total price is $80, with the shipping from Hong Kong, but this still might be a good deal.

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