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.
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 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.
Sprint's Direct 2 You Launches in More Cities
Sprint today made good on its May promise to bring Direct 2 You to New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The service is now live in these cities and a number of smaller cities and towns in the surrounding metro areas.
WiFi Alliance Promises Faster WiFi Is On the Horizon
The WiFi Alliance today announced an expansion of its WiFi Certified ac program in an attempt to boost the speed and capacity of WiFi routers and other WiFi-equipped devices. Specifically, devices won't receive WiFi Certified ac status unless they make improvements to several core functions.
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