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Your phone (and everything else) might be vulnerable to 'frag' attacks over WiFi

Your phone (and everything else) might be vulnerable to 'frag' attacks over WiFi

Just days after we heard about the Qualcomm vulnerability that could let hackers listen to your calls, a security researcher has brought to light several Wi-Fi vulnerabilities, some of which even relate to the Wi-Fi standard itself. The new findings affect not just your phones, tablets, and laptops but just about any device that uses the technology that wirelessly connects to the internet.

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Android 12 will make it harder to use a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot

Android 12 will make it harder to use a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi hotspot

Frequent travelers know that Android's ability to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere is a lifesaver. But it's also best to use 5GHz Wi-Fi if at all possible, because the close quarters of use for a laptop result in higher speeds. The latest change spotted in Android 12 Developer Preview 3 really steers users towards that choice, going so far as to hide the 2.4GHz setting in another sub-menu.

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Android and Chrome OS can now sync Wi-Fi passwords

Android and Chrome OS can now sync Wi-Fi passwords

Getting all your devices logged in on a new Wi-Fi network can be a hassle: entering the same password again and again, hoping you don't make any mistakes. Google started experimenting with ways to simplify this process last year when Chrome OS Canary began syncing Wi-Fi passwords with other devices. That feature never rolled out widely, leaving us to wonder if its development had stalled. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and now Google is working on a new and improved Wi-Fi syncing solution for Chrome OS that's actually starting to roll out to the first few people.

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Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Google's routers are already packed with intelligent features like network stats, manual device prioritization, Wi-Fi pause options, or device grouping — not to mention the integrated smart speaker in the Nest Wifi. To further improve on these options, Google has decided to add the ability to automatically prioritize certain traffic via the Home app, such as video conferencing or gaming.

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Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Last November, the Google Home app received a colorful card-based media control interface, which was quite an improvement over the previous one. But multi-room or multi-speaker playback is rather tricky to set up through this card-based interface, and Google seems to think the same. The company has introduced a much more intuitive UI for media controls in version 2.31 of the Home app that lets you cast to individual or multiple speakers and displays on the fly. And Assistant Routines can finally be triggered through the app again following the update.

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Chrome OS 85 comes with Wi-Fi password sync, redesigned settings search, and a mic volume slider

Chrome OS 85 comes with Wi-Fi password sync, redesigned settings search, and a mic volume slider

Google is working on a Phone Hub similar to Microsoft Your Phone that will make your handset interact better with your Chromebook, but the company isn't ready to bring the feature to stable just yet. In the latest release of Chrome OS, version 85, the company instead focuses on many little things that make for an overall better experience: Wi-Fi password sync, improved settings search, and a volume slider for your microphone.

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How to share Wi-Fi network passwords via QR code on Android

How to share Wi-Fi network passwords via QR code on Android

Sharing Wi-Fi passwords is one of those awkward parts of modern life that just never seems to have an easy fix. Even with guest networks, you still have to share some kind of information with visitors to your home, and that often means spelling out some nonsense numbers and letter that they'll probably get wrong twice before you just write it down or text it to them. Thankfully, with Android 10, there's a much easier, faster, and simpler way to share your Wi-Fi password, no awkward conversation required.

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Android 11 lets you not automatically connect to specific Wi-Fi networks

Android 11 lets you not automatically connect to specific Wi-Fi networks

There are plenty of cases where you might want a Wi-Fi network saved on your phone, but don't want your phone to always connect to it. Maybe your cell service is sometimes faster than your home internet, or maybe you have a public network that you don't want to use all the time. Whatever the reason might be, Android 11 will let you disable automatically connecting to specific networks.

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Google Wifi and Nest Wifi updates delivering improved performance on slow connections

Google Wifi and Nest Wifi updates delivering improved performance on slow connections

If anyone knows the internet, it's Google. So it makes sense that its Wifi routers are some of the most well regarded products in its hardware lineup. Google expanded Nest Wifi's availability to more countries last month — and with people around the world spending so much time at home these days, it's no wonder. Now users with Nest Wifi and Google Wifi systems are about to get their home internet upgraded, because the company is rolling out an update that will improve performance on slower Internet connections.

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Should you buy a WiFi range extender or a mesh router?

Should you buy a WiFi range extender or a mesh router?

With it likely your home Wi-Fi network is dealing with more devices in more places than ever these days, it's not surprising if you've considered making the upgrade to a modern mesh network system, or whether one of those cheap range extenders will get the job done for adding coverage to some rooms of your home. In our experience, this is one area where dropping cold, hard cash really is the only bulletproof solution. While there are situations where a simple range extender can get the job done, they're such an imperfect solution that they may just end up just making you want a mesh system more in the end.

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