The β€œFi” in Wi-Fi doesn’t stand for anything. It is simply a trademark term of the non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance for a family of wireless network protocols based on IEEE 802.11 standards webopedia.com/definitions…
The RMS Carpathia only heard the Titanic's distress call because Carpathia's wireless operator, Harold Cottam, was listening to his telegraph while getting into his pajamas, several minutes after his shift had ended. Had he signed off when he was supposed to, there may have been no rescue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Nikola Tesla toyed with the idea of a β€œworld wireless system” in the early 1900s, and visionary thinkers like Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush conceived of mechanized, searchable storage systems of books and media in the 1930s and 1940s. history.com/news/who-inve…
Actor Paul Marcarelli – the Verizon Wireless β€œCan you hear me now?” guy – told β€œThe Atlantic” magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmother’s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot. techland.time.com/2011/04…
Stanford scientists are continuing the work of Nikola Tesla to make his vision of wireless electricity transmission a reality. This would allow for electric cars to be able to charge while in motion, eliminating the need for charging stations. futurism.com/stanford-sci…
Freddie Figgers, who was abandoned in a dumpster as a baby, became very familiar with computers and electronics at a young age and now owns his own company (worth 62 million USD) that sells wireless glucose meters for diabetics lightworkers.com/baby-fou…
The "Fi" in "WiFi" doesn't mean anything (including Wireless Fidelity). The creators just called it that because it rhymed with "HiFi". boingboing.net/2005/11/08…
The SS Californian was within 15 miles of HMS Titanic the night Titanic sank. The wireless operator for SS Californian sent a message to Titanic that it was stopped and surrounded by ice, then turned off his wireless equipment and went to bed. Titanic collided with the iceberg 10 minutes later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Prior to 2003, if you changed wireless carriers, you would have to get a new phone number, since carriers were not required by law to transfer your phone number en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Silent disco or silent rave is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
That, in 1943, Noor Inayat Khan became the first female wireless operator to be sent from the UK into occupied France to aid the French Resistance during World War II bbc.co.uk/history/histori…
The first recorded technological "hack" was in 1903, involving a wireless telegraph system. It wasn't called hacking, but was referred to as "scientific hooliganism". trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
The majority of wireless communication in a wireless cellphones is not really wireless, communication mostly happens through ultra high speed communication cables which pass under the ground or under the oceans. youtu.be/kxLcwIMYmr0
Wi-fi as we know it was created and first released for consumers in 1997 when a committee called 802.11 was created. This lead to the creation of IEEE802.11, which refers to a set of standards that define communication for wireless local area networks. purple.ai/blogs/history-w…
Kate Bush pioneered the use of a wireless headset microphone in concerts enabling her to perform rehearsed choreography of expressionist dance and sing at the same time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
We use the term cellular phone instead of mobile phone because each wireless tower and its coverage map looks like a biological cell gizmodo.com/why-do-we-use…
A service dog bit 911 into a cellphone after her owner collapsed from a seizure. She became the first canine recipient of the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life. nbcnews.com/id/13439261/#…
Today I learned of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian woman who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her service during WWII. She was the first female wireless operator to be parachuted into France to assist the French resistance. Later betrayed by a a member of the resistance, she would be executed in Dachau bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2024069…
At the turn of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla wrote a magazine article discussing robots, wind power, solar power, A.I., and wireless communications. tfcbooks.com/tesla/1900-0…
The term "Wi-Fi" is a brand name created to sound catchier than 'IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence'. It is not short for anything including "wireless fidelity," which was only coined after the fact as a backronym en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-…
People who believe they suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) have relocated to a 13,000 square mile US Radio Quiet Zone where wireless is banned to prevent interference with radio telescopes. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Today I learned of Noor Inayat Khan - renowned for her service in the Special Operations Executive. The first female wireless operator sent from Britain to France, she was captured by Nazis, her notes found but she refused to speak. Even under interrogation. She was executed in Dachau at 30 london.ac.uk/news-and-opi…
90 years before the invention of the modern wireless telephone, Alexander Graham Bell invented a device that could transmit speech using sunlight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
β€œButt Dialling”-accidental calls to 911 make up a significant percentage of 911 calls in San Francisco. At a particular time, 30% of the wireless calls they received were accidental. In the vast majority of such cases, the dispatcher had to call back the number to leave a voice mail. edition.cnn.com/2015/10/0…
WiFi does not stand for Wireless Fidelity - it stands for nothing. It's a word coined by a marketing firm that means nothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-…
RMS Olympic had heard RMS Titanics distress call via wireless transmissions. RMS Olympic fired up all her boilers and began steaming towards Titanic to save her sister ship but she was 500 miles away. bbc.com/news/magazine-176…
John Jenkins, a former executive at Microsoft, became co-curator of Bellingham's SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. The museum started as an informal collection of antique radios from a local and Jenkins added his collection, which included early wireless, electrical devices, and rare books en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPA…
Hedy Lamarr, an actress in the 40's and 50's and "the most beautiful woman in the world", co-patented the technology that would lead to Wi-Fi, GPS, wireless phones, and others. cbsnews.com/news/hedy-lam…
Afghan Wireless, the major wireless service provider in Afghanistan, was created in 1998 in a joint venture between the Taliban and investors from the US, Great Britain, and Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afg…
A man once faked his own death to get out of a Verizon Wireless contract. switched.com/2007/08/20/m…
The Verizon Wireless TV spokesman was eager to get out of his contract when someone said "can you hear me now" at his grandmother's funeral. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In March 2011, Korea’s anti-trust regulator went to a Samsung facility in Suwon to raid the building, looking for evidence of possible collusion between the company and wireless operators to fix the prices of mobile phones. Before investigators could get inside employees began eating documents. vanityfair.com/news/busin…
Looking for publicity for his television, John Logie Baird went to the Daily Express to promote it. The editor was so terrified by his invention he said, "Get rid of a lunatic who's down there. He says he's got a machine for seeing by wireless! Watch him β€” he may have a razor on him." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A Russian suicide bomber received an unexpected text message from her wireless carrier which triggered her belt bomb and killed her instantly. wired.com/2011/01/sms-sui…
Wireless phone chargers use resonant inductive coupling which Tesla tried to use to provide free wireless electricity and may be used to create roads that can charge electric cars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The "Fi" in "WiFi" doesn't mean anything (including Wireless Fidelity). The creators just called it that because it rhymed with "HiFi". boingboing.net/2005/11/08…
Over 700 people survived the sinking of the titanic due to the newest communications technology of the time: The Wireless Telegraph. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Today I learned about Alexander Graham Bell's first experiment with wireless communication: The photophone, a device which used sunlight to wirelessly transmit audio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Almost every smartphone (iPhones too) has a built-in FM radio receiver, and most in the U.S. are purposely deactivated by wireless carriers npr.org/blogs/alltechcons…
Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla created one of the world's first wireless remote controls, unveiled at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1898 science.howstuffworks.com…
In 2009, Disney-owned Lucasfilm successfully sued Verizon Wireless over their line of Android phones named β€œDROID” as "droid" is a registered trademark of LucasFilm. Since the Steve Jobs Trust is one of Disney's largest shareholders, Jobs' estate makes money when a DROID is sold. telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
Northwestern University scientists developed a pair of soft, flexible wireless sensors that replace the tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor babies in hospitals’ neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and pose a barrier to parent-baby cuddling and physical bonding. news.northwestern.edu/for…
The Danish King Harald Blatand ate so many blueberries that his teeth stained blue. "Bluetooth" is named after him because of his ability to unite warring Scandinavian factions, just as Bluetooth unites wireless devices. The Bluetooth logo is also a combination of the Kings Runic initials. didyouwonder.com/why-is-b…
The company Loon provides internet access to remote areas by placing high-altitude balloons in the stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network with up to 4G-LTE speeds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Google has been interested in becoming a wireless carrier like Verizon and AT&T since 2012. bgr.com/2012/11/15/google…
(in the U.S.) placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases. You can also place your personal wireless number on a national "do-not-call" list at www.donotcall.gov transition.fcc.gov/cgb/co…
In the 1920s, the word "telephone" referred not only to phones but to radios as well, leading to now‐confusing references to "wireless telephones" (actually an early predecessor to the Walkman, complete with a single‐speaker headphone that you had to hold to your ear with your hand) smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Tesla invented wireless power transfer more than 100 years ago but was overshadowed by Edison. bea.st/sight/lightbulb/
There are 3 types of WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts) in the US that can be sent to your cell phone. Imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential. WEAs are no more than 90 characters, and will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert ready.gov/alerts
On the TV show Naked and Afraid, the contestnets all wear identical necklaces with a center bead which is a microphone that has a wire that connects to a wireless audio transmitter hidden in the satchel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…

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