Comcast rolling out controversial Xfinity WiFi public hotspot feature for home wireless routers

Comcast is rolling out a new feature for its Xfinity Internet customers in the Seattle region and other parts of Washington state that turns home wireless routers into public Internet hotspots by broadcasting a separate WiFi signal from the router that can be used by other Comcast/Xfinity customers. It’s part of a broader national expansion of the… Read More


Boeing fills plane with potatoes for WiFi breakthrough

Boeing says it has developed a new method for measuring and analyzing wireless signals inside airplanes, a technological breakthrough that promises to improve the quality of wireless Internet connectivity in passenger cabins. And they’ve confirmed that it works by filling a plane with sacks of potatoes. No, the potatoes themselves aren’t the technological breakthrough. The… Read More


Seattle named No. 1 tech city in U.S. by Scientific American*

A new ranking by Scientific American magazine names Seattle the top city for technology in the country — ahead of other tech meccas including San Francisco, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles. But before we get all puffed up with hometown pride, it’s worth noting that the magazine’s research isn’t grounded in its own… Read More


The ‘Fourth Place’: Starbucks as a technology giant

Starbucks has always aspired to be the quintessential “third place,” giving people another place to settle in apart from home and work. During the company’s annual meeting with shareholders this morning, executives talked frequently about the company’s role in the “fourth place” — a.k.a. the digital world. Some of the stats rattled off during the… Read More