Internet WiFi & Mobile Technology

Portable computing is increasingly essential. Learn how WiFi, airborne Internet and other mobile technologies work.

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In order to understand, and fix, your glitchy home WiFi, it's helpful to know what makes it work. So what's the difference between your modem and your router?

By Jesslyn Shields

Though many text messenger apps are available for download, most Americans still prefer to send a text message via their mobile carrier. Why is that?

By Nathan Chandler

New research out of the Netherlands suggests a way to rethink how we get the data we need from the internet and other networks to our devices — at super-fast speeds.

By Patrick J. Kiger


With scores of WiFi networks in place, is wading through an invisible ocean of JPGs, MP3s and more making you sick? BrainStuff leads you through the issue.

By Laurie L. Dove

Data plans are precious ... and finite. So knowing where to get your WiFi fix matters. With that said, have you tried a city bus? Or space?

By Oisin Curran

The human senses capture just a sliver of the data bouncing around our environment. What if we could reveal more of that hidden world?

By Joe McCormick

If you know how to get a Wi-Fi connection, you can connect all your computers to the Internet at once. Learn about how to get Wi-Fi connection with Windows Vista.

By Contributors


Your wireless network can’t function without an SSID. Learn what SSID stands for in this article.

By Contributors

Although you might not use the term "unified communications" on a daily basis, chances are you practice its principles fairly often. Businesses especially use it to combine technologies, reduce costs and make things more efficient.

By Cherise Threewitt

Apple's iTunes software has helped the company sell millions of songs, applications and video clips. Most people use it on their computers, but what do you do when you want new music on the go?

By Nathan Chandler

Point-of-sale systems started with the cash register and helped merchants streamline the way they tracked revenues. Now that these systems are going mobile, how are they revolutionizing the way consumers shop?

By John Kelly


Making out-of-town business meetings can be challenging, especially when you have trouble finding the meeting site. Using Google Maps on your BlackBerry will help you beat the bad direction blues.

By Diane Dannenfeldt

You probably already have a wireless Internet card preinstalled in your computer, but what if a WiFi hot spot isn't nearby?

By Jennifer Horton

Are you interested in downloading and purchasing music from Napster using your cell phone? Learn about how Napster Mobile works in this article.

By Diane Dannenfeldt

Mobile broadband services allow you to stay connected to the internet from portable devices. Learn more about mobile broadband services.

By Dave Roos


Yahoo offers mobile internet applications to make it easy to find what you need on the go. Learn about Yahoo's mobile internet services in this article.

By Diane Dannenfeldt

Portable internet devices come in many different forms with versatile functions. Learn more about portable internet devices in this article.

By Diane Dannenfeldt

Have you ever wanted to use your mobile phone during a flight? Learn how in-flight mobile phone services work in this article.

By Tim Crosby

With mobile ticketing on your cell phone, you'll never have to worry about losing another paper ticket again. Find out more about this cool new technology and how it works.

By Dave Roos


Learn what Microsoft has planned for the Ultra-mobile PC and what is still to come.

By David Strom

Wireless networks are easy to set up and inexpensive. They're also increasingly common, and have even become a value-add for many businesses. Whether you're at home or out and about, odds are you can connect to the Web via WiFi.

By Marshall Brain, Tracy V. Wilson & Bernadette Johnson

Imagine using a high-speed wireless Internet connection originating from an aircraft flying over your city. Learn about the airborne Internet and how you might use this technology in the near future.

By Kevin Bonsor

Do you get the shakes when you're offline for more than 10 minutes? The wireless Internet lets you browse Web pages from a cell phone or PDA. Learn about the Wireless Application Protocol that makes it possible to surf on the go.

By Jeff Tyson