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The world of wi-fi is to become a whole lot easier thanks to a major technology upgrade, says an industry group.
The Wi-Fi Alliance said it would soon finish work on a new specification called Wi-Fi Direct.
It will let wi-fi devices like phones and laptops connect to one another without joining a traditional network.
Owners of devices without Wi-Fi Direct will be able to upgrade through a software download, says the technology consortium.
I can see the benefits, however, I can also see some problems such as security.
I shouldn't assume they've got to grips with the security angle, but lets hope so.
On the other hand, I had a clever idea about fifteen years for which the technology did not exist at all, but I think I may now resurrect it because this would be perfect.
Didn't many phone companies stop allowing their phones to access the web from a local wifi connection
Not sure. My brother said that his company will not sell you a phone that has wifi unless you also buy a data plan.
They're likely to lose control of this in the US. There is "phone freedom" legislation being talked about. Right now the wireless market is like the landline market in the 1970s - you had to get a phone from the company that gave you service, or at least a phone approved by them. Some legislators want to stop that. At that point, they won't know *what* has my SIM card in it.
All academic to me - I just want WiMax and other Last Mile technology so we can some day get high speed internet at our home!