Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi (infographic)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a database of Wi-Fi names must be in want of a photo that he saw on Reddit to investigate. You might already be familiar with this picture, which … Continue reading

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Traveling Man: Tools and Apps for Testing Cell Networks Across America, Part II

Early on we realized that some kind of tablet would be necessary to monitor the internal testing dashboard on the go. To be totally honest, I was hesitant about the usefulness of an iPad Mini. We just needed to monitor … Continue reading

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Traveling Man: Tools and Apps for Testing Cell Networks Across America, Part I

When I set out on my journey traveling the country doing signal testing with OpenSignal & TechHive, my aim was to travel light. Hitting 20 cities in five weeks is no mean feat, and the less to cart around with … Continue reading

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One Week of WeatherSignal

It’s been just over a week since we launched WeatherSignal, we billed it as “the most ambitious Weather crowdsourcing project ever” – that’s a fine claim to make, let’s see if we’re managing to live up to it. By the … Continue reading

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How to use WeatherSignal for Quantified Self tracking

While WeatherSignal is primarily designed to crowdsource Weather Readings you can also use it as a personal “tricorder” – for example to make highly localised maps of your surroundings, or even to monitor your own habits and interactions with the … Continue reading

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The Funniest Wi-Fi Names this Week

We have previously looked at how Wi-Fi names have been used to express political allegiance. For the purposes of entertainment we thought we’d take a look at the Wi-Fi names of contemporary America to see whether the spectre of Communism … Continue reading

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What Google Activity Recognition means for apps

There is no shortage of sensors on smart-phones – most devices have a lightmeter, magnetometer, three-axis-accelerometer and sensors for location (GPS, cellular/wifi radio). While it’s relatively easy for developers to access, for example, raw accelerometer data, it can be difficult … Continue reading

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Getting Started WIth Activity Recognition: Android Developer Guide

This one’s for the Android devs! Google’s Activity Recognition is so new it’s hard to find any documentation on it, although there are abundant news stories announcing it. I’ve put together a very quick guide on adding it into your … Continue reading

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Hide Yo Phones, Hide Yo Wives

On a sweltering spring day in southwest Dallas I was standing outside my car, parked on a flat and near-empty stretch of urban road. The sun was quickly drying the cars coming out of the car wash across the street … Continue reading

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Is escaping to the wilderness the answer?

We recently came across the news that Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp uses our coverage maps in a rather interesting way. Rather than using them purely as they were intended, he and his wife use our maps to deliberately drive to … Continue reading

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