Wi-Fi Direct Lets Wi-Fi Devices Connect
The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the first set of devices that have been certified with the Wi-Fi Direct technology. Wi-Fi Direct will let devices such as mobile phones, cameras, printers, laptops, keyboards and headphones to connect with one another directly — without the need for a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot. The spec will allow for one-to-one connections, as well as mesh-style group connections. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the specification will include WPA2 security features for businesses, though the spec will be targeted at both consumer and business devices. Any device labeled with the "Wi-Fi Certified Wi-Fi Direct" icon will be compatible. The specification will be limited to the current capabilities of Wi-Fi with respect to distance (100 meters) and data transfer speeds. Existing devices should be able to upgrade to Wi-Fi Direct with a software update. These first devices are integrated chips meant for laptops. The Wi-Fi alliance hasn't said if or when cell phones will be approved for Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct competes with Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Wi-Fi Direct was first announced in October 2009.
Kyocera's DuraTR Is a Robust Feature Phone with Direct Connect for Sprint
Kyocera has quietly launched the DuraTR, a ruggedized bar phone intended for Sprint's Direct Connect service. The DuraTR meets mil-spec 810G for protection from drops, bumps, scrapes, and bruises.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
Sprint's Direct Connect Plus PTT Service Is Now Live
Sprint recently launched its Direct Connect Plus push-to-talk service. Direct Connect Plus powers walkie-talkie style conversations with instant connections between users.
Instagram Direct Puts Private Messages in Standalone App
Instagram is testing a new standalone app for direct private messages. Called Direct, it's available today, but only in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.
Sprint to Perform House Calls with 'Direct 2 You' Service
Sprint today announced a new service called Direct 2 You, wherein a Sprint technician will bring the store experience to customers who purchase a new phone. According to Sprint, some customers prefer to shop from home, but are uncomfortable setting up their new device on their own.
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