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Burger King Gets Upgraded Wifi Courtesy of AT&T

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.18.50 AMWith wireless internet access playing more of a role in our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that the places that we shop and eat are making a greater effort to be “more connected;” after all, the longer customers stick around to surf the web, the more likely they are to make more purchases. Starbucks got on the WiFi bandwagon pretty early, and it wasn’t long before McDonald’s followed suit–and now Burger King, with help from AT&T, has just upgraded its free WiFi service in all of its U.S. locations. Dubbed Whopper Wi-Fi, the upgraded service promises not only better connectivity, but also an easier and more customizable setup for customers. How does it all work? I’ll let you know on this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio; because if having a Whopper and fries helps me bring our readers and listeners the information they need, I’m more than willing to put in the time.

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Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps to Office Online

OfficecomHomeCrop780Microsoft has rebranded their online Office suite from Office Web Apps to Office Online. The suites have been rebranded which means they will be referred to as Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. The company is promising that sharing will get better with this new rebrand, and, they are making hundreds of templates now available to online users as of today as well.

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Google Looking to Make WiFi Access Easier

google-wifiIs finding a hotspot a tedious and time consuming task for you? If yes, you may like this new app from Google which makes it easier for you to find a hotspot and access it too. The app, which will be available in both the Google Play and iTunes App stores, will eliminate the manual task of connecting to a HotSpot; it detects the closest hotspots for you, authenticates them, and automatically connects them. The app is still in Beta stages, but once it rolls out, it will make Hotspot access easier for all.  There are also signs that Google could partner with the 7000 Starbucks stores across the country to make Hotspot access faster and simpler.

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D-Link Outdoor HD Cloud Camera Now Available

d-link-outdoor-hd-cloud-cameraThe latest offering from D-Link, the Outdoor HD Cloud Camera, is now available for shipping. The camera, like all cloud cameras from D-Link, allows remote surveillance on your property when linked to a laptop, tablet or smartphone (via 4G, 3G or Wi-Fi connection)–thus allowing you to keep an eye on your property, no matter which corner of the world you are in. The new Outdoor HD Cloud Camera offers 720p quality and comes with a weatherproof shell that enables it to function flawlessly even in extreme temperatures (ranging between -13 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit0; the camera also allows you see up to 15 feet clearly, even in the dark, and also has motion sensors that trigger email alerts notifying changes in its surroundings. This handy outdoor camera is available for a price of $179.99 from BestBuy.

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Teens to Get Social Media Lessons from Facebook

facebook-partners-with-apps-for-good-to-teach-unemployed-youth-to-code-video--0dad401d4dThe current generation of kids don’t need to be told how to access the internet–but they sure could use some guidance on what to do and what not to do on the web. With that in mind, social networking giant Facebook has partnered with the Canadian Federation of Teachers for its new initiative called Think Before You Share. This program covers three areas: what kids share, what they do with information shared by others, and what to do when problems arise due to over sharing. The initiative aims at educating young and old internet users in how to safely navigate, as well as how to react appropriately when dealing with social issues like cyber-bullying, sexting, etc. The program encourages children to be responsible when using the web, with the help of a small information kit and posters that will be circulated across schools in Canada.

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Google Rolling Out new Maps Experience Worldwide

new-google-mapsThe new Google Maps experience which was unveiled late last year is now rolling out to users worldwide; the service was initially teased at Google I/O 2013 and has slowly been in beta to invited users. The new experience is smarter than ever before, using your Gmail data and history for relative information in maps, and using suggestions and real-time data to offer up the most accurate results. Users can also search for notable landmarks and even fly above areas in 3D. If you don’t already have it, you should in the next couple of days. Let us know what you think!

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Facebook Acquires WhatsApp Messenger

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.21.39 PMIt’s official: Facebook has announced its acquisition of WhatsApp Messenger, the-point-to point messaging app that gained popularity by eliminating the charges associated with SMS messaging. The App became popular as an alternative to SMS even before Apple’s own iMessage, bringing together users on multiple platforms. The deal is valued at $19-billion in both stock and cash, and was confirmed by Facebook in a press release which you will find after the jump. Facebook is a good fit for the messaging service, and combining WhatsApp’s features with Facebook’s own Messenger may be just what Facebook needs to keep one step ahead of the competition. Check the release after the jump to learn more.

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Enjoy Internet Radio without a Smartphone thanks to Grace Digital’s Encore

B00HZN1WXE.frnt_1Grace Digital is pushing increased functionality and ease-of-use with its latest wifi music system, the Encore–a wireless internet radio player that allows touch screen controls as well as the more traditional smartphone-based controls. Music lovers will be happy to know that the Encore boasts an impressive tweeter and woofer arrangement which Grace guarantees will greatly enhance the bass, as well as result in clearer vocals. Users can connect the Encore to their existing wifi network to access any internet radio station, and the touch-screen interface allows users to control it without needing a separate device–a big plus for those who prefer to be a bit more hands-on with their stereo, but have yet to enter the world of smartphones. The Encore is also more visual than your typical wifi stereo, as it will use the display screen to show off album art and station information when it isn’t in use. The Encore is available on Amazon.com for $249.99, and for more information you can check the full release after the jump.

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Hulu Plus Gets Injection from CBS and Leans on Kids

20140210102530Hulu_CBSHulu Plus’ repertoire of entertainment is getting an injection from CBS in the form of classic shows. CBS has agreed to add more programming to the mix in the form of 2,600 episodes–including classics such as The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Happy Days, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The United States of Tara.  On the kids side of the spectrum, Hulu is planning an expansion and has signed a deal to be the exclusive U.S. distributor of The Doozers, a spinoff of the popular ‘80s show Fraggle Rock.

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PayPal Eyes Apple’s Mobile Payment Plans

paypal-mobile-iphone-videoApple’s CEO Tim Cook dropped some not-so-subtle hints during an interview last week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mac. He elaborated on potential future uses of Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor technology, and how making mobile payments is a driving force behind it. To date, Apple does not have a mobile payments solution in place, so it comes as no surprise that PayPal is coming out and expressing their “extreme interest” in partnering with Apple. PayPal recognizes the value of Apple offering a mobile payment platform that could instantly be adopted by the tens of millions of iOS users already out there; and although Apple has declined to comment on the story, sources say that Apple is gearing up to leverage its over 575 million iTunes accounts into the mobile payment marketplace.

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