Headed out to la playa? This app’s got your back.

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With FireChat, we can send texts and images even if no Internet access or cell phone coverage. This free app works on iOS and Android smartphones. It connects the devices together forming a peer-to-peer decentralized mesh network. Some burners may say ‘just keep the phones off’, others told us that this might be useful, especially… Read more »

Reliable Internet for Trading Bitcoin

Posted by & filed under Android, Bitcoin, Mesh, Net Neutrality, Peer-to-peer, Wireless Network.

Several months ago, Open Garden announced it’s official acceptance of Bitcoin donations and a month later had an exhibition table at the Bitcoin 2013 conference in San Jose. There is no surprise that the Bitcoin community understands the importance and relevance of mesh networking for peer-to-peer communication and Internet access. The Open Garden protocol and… Read more »

Open Garden responds to Philippines call to arms to reconnect population

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Nearly 10 million people, or 10% of the Philippines’ population, have been affected by typhoon Haiyan. 660,000 inhabitants have lost their homes. Open Garden has responded to Gia Banaag, from the Office of the President of the Philippines, to help its population gain mobile connectivity. Thanks to a simple app, Filipinos will be able to… Read more »

A Tool for Greater Freedom: Open Garden at PorcFest and Libertopia

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      A few months ago, I traveled to a campsite in upstate New Hampshire to partake in a week-long event called Porcupine Freedom Festival (aka PorcFest) which celebrates individual liberties and promotes solutions for personal empowerment. Recently, I also drove down to a similar event based in San Diego called Libertopia. It was… Read more »

Wi-Fi Hotspot Security Tips

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As more Wi-Fi hotspots are established and open for everyone to use, they also become a target for hackers trying to illegally access private information on your device. Here are some tips for keeping your information secure as you use Wi-Fi hotspots. Choose Legitimate Wi-Fi Hotspots Often you will have a choice of hotspots in… Read more »

Wi-Fi Hotspot Usability Issues and Open Garden

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  Wi-Fi Hotspots are exploding worldwide, turning stores and coffee shops into virtual offices. Businesses such as Starbucks and McDonalds offer Wi-Fi hotspots as a marketing tool to attract customers. However, as usage expands beyond the technically savvy set to the mass market users, some usability issues have come to the fore. Login Required Many… Read more »

Beginner’s Guide to Next Generation Hotspots

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Wireless Next Generation Hotspot

Hotspots use Wi­-Fi technology and offer wireless broadband network services to mobile visitors through a wireless local area network (WLAN). These hotspots are found in coffee shops and various other public venues throughout the world.   Need for Next Generation Hotspot 2.0 Wi­-Fi usage is expected to explode from 4 billion connections in 2010 to… Read more »