Posts Tagged ‘wifi’

San Jose and the Bay Area’s Second-Largest City Create the First Large-Scale Municipal “Hotspot 2.0″ WiFi Service

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is the first I’ve heard of this.

I’ll have to check it out sometime, see how it works…

“San Francisco and San Jose Create the First Large-Scale Municipal Hotspot 2.0 Service with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach

Landmark Effort Gives Millions of Bay Area Residents and Visitors Secure, Automatic Connections and Seamless Connectivity with San Francisco and San Jose Free Wi-Fi Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless, Inc., (NYSE: RKUS) today announced a major initiative with the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose, CA and Global Reach Technology to create the first large-scale municipal Hotspot 2.0 service that allows millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and seamlessly roam using San Jose and San Francisco free Wi-Fi services. The new Hotspot 2.0 service is now live and operational.

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An innovative approach to providing public Wi-Fi access, Hotspot 2.0 is a new technology specification developed by members of the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) that radically simplifies and automates how users securely connect to and roam between Wi-Fi networks without requiring users to manually select a network or sign-on.

Leveraging new Hotspot 2.0 technology, users in San Francisco and San Jose now can enjoy seamless and secure Wi-Fi data connectivity that mirrors today’s cellular experience, with the added benefit of working on Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and laptops. The initial Bay Area Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 deployment supports Hotspot 2.0 enabled iOS 7 devices (iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and iPod Touch 5th Gen) as well as Apple laptops running OS X Mavericks.

“With the adoption of Hotspot 2.0, we are literally transforming the user Wi-Fi experience,” said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose. “Hotspot 2.0 makes our infrastructure smarter by eliminating tedious and cumbersome device configuration. Now people can securely connect to and roam using our networks in a transparent fashion. Things don’t get much easier.”

“People want their devices to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks whenever they are in range, and to use strong encryption as well,” said Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francisco.  ”This is precisely what we have achieved.”

They go an on, after the jump

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Be Sure to Smile When You See Giant This Ladybug Crawling Up Your Street

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Although they’ll probably blur out your face anyway…

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The Google Shopping Express Car, Complete with Antlers – Add It to the List of Google Vehicles

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

This is a Google Shopping Express car, complete with antlers, seen in the 94117 during Christmastime 2013

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Now enjoy a trip down memory lane:

Well, here it is, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

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And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

(I’ve heard from four people who suppor contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different tales) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell the Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.)

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Spotted: New Google Lexus SUV – It’s Self Driving Of Course – And Check Out All These Other Google Conveyances

Friday, June 21st, 2013

On McAllister Street near Alamo Square in the Western Addition, June 20, 2013:

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The sad thing was that on this block there was a ton of people waiting for San Francisco’s incompetent bus service, MUNI. (It’s the slowest big city transit system in the history of America.)

And here it is, from a little while back, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

I’ve heard contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different narratives) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.

And of course, don’t forget about the Google Bus:

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Now, there are a lot of counterfeit Google Map Cars out there as well:

Accept No Substitutes.

Bon Courage, Googlers!

The Great Twitterloin Four-Way Telephone Exchange is History – WiFi Replaced It – Oh, Wait a Second…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WiFi has not replaced these pay phones, not yet anyway.

Hey, remember that State of the City address from that former Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised free WiFi for the entire 415?

I do. It was like six years ago. (Hey, how’s that working out? Not well, last time I checked.)

Anywho, we now have a new Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised that Twitter would pay for Twitterloin-area WiFi, you know, instead of paying its fair share of taxes.

(Hey, how’s that working out? Nothing so far.)

Anywho, in anticipation, out go the famous pay phones at the corner of 6th and Market:

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Nowadays if you want to make a phone call and you don’t have a cellie, you’ll have to buy a stolen iPhone the next block over.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get fee citywide WiFi from the next Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, perhaps around 2020.

On it goes…

Finally: Spotting Somebody Walking Up Market Street While Engrossed With an Apple iPad

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

This is a clear case of distracted walking.

Dorothy with gold slippers on the Red Brick Road:

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OMG, It’s Phil Ting’s L-Taraval Express Bus! Free Breakfast, WiFi – November 1st Only – RSVP Today

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

If you live anywhere near Taraval, you’re going to want to get in on this.

On November 1, Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco campaign will pilot its own L-Taraval Express Bus from 46th Avenue & Taraval Street to Downtown San Francisco. (This is an idea from our L-Taraval Muni Town Hall after riders heard about the highly regarded NX-Judah Express.) RSVP for the L-Taraval Express! We’ll have breakfast and wi-fi on board too. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis, so please RSVP.”

OMG, right?

Artist’s conception of Phil Ting driving the LX Taraval Express:

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Here are the pick up times:

• 46th and Taraval – 7:30AM (map)
• 40th and Taraval – 7:35AM (map)
• 32nd and Taraval – 7:40AM (map)
• 19th and Taraval – 7:47AM (map)

Here are the drop-off points:

• Civic Center – 8:25AM (map)
• Powell – 8:30AM (map)
• Montgomery – 8:35AM (map)
• Embarcadero – 8:40AM (map)

See you there!

There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

See?

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Hurray!

Meet the New Google Maps Street View Car: A Colorful Subaru Complete With Red Ladybug Up Top

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Well, here it is, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.)

Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

Click to expand

And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

(I have dual sources supporting contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different stories) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell the Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.)

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Now, there are a lot of counterfeit Google Map Cars out there as well:

Accept No Substitutes.

Google Rulez!

Bon Courage, Googlers!

ClearWire’s 4G Coverage in San Francisco Doesn’t Look All That Bad, Actually – Look at the Richmond District, For Example

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

After dealing with San Francisco’s “nightmarish” process to get some antennas up in the Bernal area, it looks as if our corporate overlords are ready to get crowing about 4G in in the 415.

Of course, some San Francisco residents recently lost against some NIMBYs, but what about the Richmond District? Look at all them operational antennas:

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Now, I guess the light green areas aren’t guaranteed to have good service but this is a start, non?

Does this mean you can get a free USB antenna dongle and $20 a month for 4G to use around the city on your laptop, netbook, iPad, whatever? I think so.

Anyway, CLEAR wants you to know all the deets:

“World Series Rings and a 4G Network

Well San Francisco, first you win the World Series, then a few months later your city is lit up with a 4G network. Not a bad way to ring in the New Year! As 2010 winds down, CLEAR is pleased to formally add San Francisco to its list of cities now covered by the CLEAR 4G network.

New customers can take advantage of CLEAR’s online-only mobile internet promotion to receive a 50% discount on their service plan for the first two months, with overnight shipping included and no activation fee. This promotion is available at www.clear.com/san-francisco for a limited time, so check it out today!

San Francisco was not our first rodeo, but building out this network to cover 4 million new people was no easy task. In recent weeks, our tower technicians have been working day and night to ensure coverage throughout the city. That is a lot of work, but one of our technicians in San Francisco told us that “a tremendous amount of caffeine, cookies and kabobs were consumed to keep team members happy and awake, so we could get the sites on air.”

There are now hundreds of sites in our San Francisco coverage area and we’ll continue to add sites over time to ensure we are delivering the best customer experience possible. There is a good chance you may actually have seen several of our antennas already but not noticed them, as we do our best to keep them camouflaged within the area’s surroundings. Next time you see a cross on a church or an odd-looking palm tree, it just might be one of our 4G cell sites!

One question we often hear is, “Why would CLEAR launch a major city like San Francisco months after other smaller cities?” There are a number of factors; one obvious one being the difficulty of building the kind of state-of-the-art network required to cover a city as large, populated, and topographically unique as San Francisco.  It takes a significant amount of planning, mapping, and specialized engineering to place cell sites in specific locations to provide for optimal performance of a 4G wireless network, so we can satisfy the demands of customers whether they’re using the network at a park, on BART or in a high-rise office or apartment building. Still, we’re happy to do it if it means bringing the people of San Francisco awesome 4G speeds at a reasonable price. You can visit www.clear.com/san-francisco to take advantage of our promotion for new San Francisco customers, and start the year off right!”