How to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi — and what you can do about it

It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi using a few simple tools, along with some suggestions on improving security.

Ethernet cables come in all shapes and sizes. Here's what you need to know

Buying an Ethernet cable can be confusing. Luckily, our quick-and-dirty guide makes sense of all the initials, so you can figure out which cable is best suited for your LAN dungeon or living room setup.

Through the wire, to the limit, to the wall: The 5 best ethernet cables

While our world may be transitioning to wireless connectivity, Ethernet connections are still faster and less prone to lag times than traditional Wi-Fi networks. Here are five of the best Ethernet cables you can buy.
Emerging Tech

Google’s balloon internet is coming to Kenya in 2019

In order to bring the internet to those who lack it, a company called Loon is launching balloons into the stratosphere. From more than 12 miles up, these balloons beam connectivity over a large area on the ground.
Emerging Tech

New simulation shows how Elon Musk’s internet satellite network might work

Elon Musk has the dream of building a network for conveying internet traffic via thousands of satellites. A new simulation created by a computer scientist looks at how feasible the idea is.

Over a million veterans now eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program

Comcast's low-cost Internet Essentials program, which provides internet access for just $10 per month, has expanded to include U.S. veterans. One million veterans now qualify for the service.

U.S. government sues California to stop its new net neutrality regulations

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to prevent California from implementing its new net neutrality law. Under SB822, California will reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality from earlier this year.

Reddit and Wikipedia criticize EU’s controversial copyright law

Reddit and Wikipedia are speaking out against the EU's controversial Copyright Directive, which was passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Reddit argued that the law is a significant blow to an open internet.
Smart Home

Welcome to the Digital Trends smart apartment

Digital Trends is outfitting a condo in Seattle with tons of smart-home devices suited for an apartment. We’ll look at gadgets that are affordable, portable, and hopefully useful.

To make the web safer, Google says URLs must die

Google proposes that URLs must be killed to make the internet safer, but it hasn't offered a solution. Google hopes to have its proposal for how an internet without web addresses will look like by fall or spring.
Emerging Tech

Widespread internet access is causing mass sleep deprivation, study suggests

A study claims that high-speed internet may be costing us up to 25 minutes of sleep per night. And, surprisingly, the biggest problem isn't among those young people who are under 30.
Social Media

Is another broadband option brewing? Facebook is building a satellite

In publicly disclosed FCC emails and in a confirmation to Wired, Facebook has revealed that it is looking to launch an in-house developed satellite called Athena in order to offer broadband service to "unserved and underserved" areas.

FCC proposal could help Google Fiber roll out to more cities

Gigabit internet could get a boost in the U.S. if the FCC votes to approve a new proposal affecting how utility poles are managed. This could help new service providers, like Google Fiber, rapidly deploy its fast internet service.

Internet connectivity is a human right, and Rightmesh has a plan to fulfill it

Rightmesh believes internet connectivity is a human right, and it plans to help spread internet access using mesh networks built from users' existing smartphones, and other devices. The platform has completed an initial coin offering and…

A second massive Comcast outage leaves customers without service this month

Comcast is aware of a massive outage today. Although the cause of the problem has been identified, Comcast has not given an estimate on when business and residential customers can expect their phone, video, and internet restored.
Social Media

Facebook gives up on building its own internet drone

After four years of work, Facebook says it's ending efforts to build its own internet drone. Instead, it will collaborate with aerospace firms to build drones with the relevant technology for bringing the internet to remote places.
Social Media

‘China’s Hawaii’ plans to ease internet restrictions for foreign tourists

An island known as "China's Hawaii" plans to ease the nation's internet restrictions to improve the vacation experience for foreign tourists. The island of Hainan plans to create special zones with open access to online services.

A country is shutting off its entire internet to stop exam cheats

Determined to stop students cheating in exams, the Algerian government is cutting the internet for several hours around the time the tests are being taken. Last year it blocked access to social media, but it proved ineffective.