Finding free Wi-Fi on your holiday travels

A public Wi-Fi access point is like a public restroom. All kinds of businesses along travel routes offer restrooms to bring in customers. They offer free Wi-Fi for the same reason. The fact is, finding Wi-Fi on the road has become a lot easier over the past ten years. You just have to know where to look for it.

It’s pretty easy to find a hotspot if you need it these days.

Doxie portable scanner gets Wi-Fi

Apparent has unveiled a new version of its portable paper scanner, the Doxie. The new Doxie Go + Wi-Fi costs $239. Doxio Go + Wi-Fi features a built-in battery and on-board memory storage, plus the ability to sync to your … Continued

∞ iPad 2 tops Consumer Reports tablet ratings

Consumer Reports on Tuesday said that Apple’s iPad topped its ratings of 10 tablets.

“So far, Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the market.”

The consumer watch-dog said the iPad’s closest competitor is the Motorola Xoom. Consumer Reports tested tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic, as well as a number of models from Apple.

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∞ Virgin Mobile to throttle "unlimited" Broadband2Go plan

We’ve written about Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you-go cell modem offerings before, so this development may be of interest to The Loop readers: Virgin Mobile has indicated that it will throttle its heretofore “unlimited” data plan for its Broadband2Go devices.

∞ Hands on with the Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200

With MacBooks, Wi-Fi-only iPads and other Wi-Fi-only devices, we have an increasing desire for Internet access when we’re out of the range of a local Wi-Fi hotspot. But we’re also reluctant to lose our unlimited iPhone data plan with a … Continued