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Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot ‘bomb on board’

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A Turkish Airlines flight was diverted by a “bomb on board” that turned out to be a false alarm. 

The flight from Nairobi to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Khartoum, Sudan, after passengers detected an wifi network titled “bomb on board.” Nice going, dude. 

The flight resumed after inspectors on the ground found no security risks.

“No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted,” Turkish Airlines told Reuters

The airline also said that the nefarious wifi network was created, and named, onboard the aircraft.  Read more…

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India is too excited about its first high-tech train

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India’s first high-tech train is here.

The country that boasts of Asia’s largest rail network and possibly the world’s highest passenger traffic, will soon roll out a premier train service between Mumbai and Goa — popular destinations on the west coast.

The swanky Tejas Express will be equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, coffee vending machines, snack tables and to top it all, a gourmet platter curated by celebrity chefs. 

Its 20 coaches will also have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts, according to reportsRead more…

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Fancy a Facebook Live at 17,000 ft? It might soon be possible at the Everest base camp

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Soon you will have internet access in the Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Visitors will be able to tweet, chat, email and share  from the Lukla-Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp with the help of free Wi-Fi offered by Nepal.

Its state-run regulator, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), announced on Wednesday that it plans to set up free W-Fi zones along the Everest base camp, a hugely popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers. 

The service will operate on the “Okumura Model,” which uses low-cost optical fiber cables for high-speed internet. Special cold-and-ice-resistant optical fibers will be used, and if they don’t work in the high altitudes, other technologies such as micro-wave will be used.   Read more…

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Houseguests, technological literacy, and the goddamned wifi: a single chart

Randal Munroe nails it again in an XKCD installment that expresses the likelihood that your houseguests will be able to connect to your wifi (I confess to having been the “firmware” guide — but also, having been reminded to do something about my own firmware when other difficult houseguests came to stay).

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