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DLNA is an industry-wide standard for sharing data over a home network. Stream films from your laptop to your TV, for example, play an MP3 track from your mobile on your hi-fi system or print a photo from your tablet on your home printer. 

If you have a router in your home then you have a network and can use DLNA products on it, and if you have wi-fi then you can do it all wirelessly too.

You can find the best products with DLNA features by reading our Which? reviews of TVslaptopstablets,camerasdigital radiosprinters and mobile phones.

DLNA stands for ‘Digital Living Network Alliance’ – a group of organisations, including many consumer electronic manufacturers, that has created the standard enabling all DLNA devices to share media over a home network. The alliance was established in 2003 and now has around 250 members all working towards the goal of seamless interoperability of products.

NSA leak alleges that the US intelligence agency worked with its counterpart in Canada (CSEC) to test a system that tracked travelers who passed through one of Canada’s “major” airports, CBC News reports.Information presented to the news agency shows that visitors who logged into the free WiFi service provided at an undisclosed Canadian airport could be tracked “for days” after they moved on. CBC News reports that the CSEC/NSA could pick up travelers when their devices were logged into other WiFi networks across Canada and at US airports.

“The government has a legitimate interest in tracking the associations of suspected terrorists, but tracking those associations does not require the government to subject every citizen to permanent surveillance,” Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a release. “Further, as the president’s own review panel recently observed, there’s no evidence that this dragnet program was essential to preventing any terrorist attack. We categorically reject the notion that the threat of terrorism requires citizens of democratic countries to surrender the freedoms that make democracies worth defending.”The ACLU expects the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to set an expedited briefing schedule and hear oral arguments in the spring.

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You probably know your phone can pinpoint your location for GPS, local search, or the weather. Hopefully, you also know that means your phone keeps track of everywhere you go, all the time. Don’t be alarmed—it’s the trade you make for the features you get. If it makes you uncomfortable, here’s how to opt-out.

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as part of an ongoing series investigating the global stolen cellphone trade, reports that Colombian drug cartels have moved into illegal smartphone trafficking as a lucrative source of money. Smuggling operations currently span the Americas — and even extend as far away as Spain and Singapore — driven by high import prices for such handsets as iPhones, Samsung Galaxies, and Blackberries. Cartels have moved into the space mainly because it’s a far safer endeavor than the drug trade. Law enforcement is more likely to operate around narcotics, but many countries don’t have structures in place to stem the flow of illegal phones. As a result, the market has boomed to being worth around $30 million a year. However, the effect on everyday life in Colombia has been severe. Stealing phones often results in violence, to the point that one Colombian newspaper commented that holding a phone in public had become a “death trap.”

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The dual-screen YotaPhone smartphone that we first clapped eyes on way back in 2012 is almost ready for launch. The phone comes from Russian company Yota Devices, which announced end-of-November availability via Russian retailer Svyaznoy. TechCrunch writes that the phone will be available internationally before Christmas.

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Karma is an interesting “social” concept. At its roots, Karma is a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot service where users purchase the hotspot device and then pay for data in bulk. Most wireless carriers have these types of plans, but what seems to make Karma stand out is that users can rack in free data by sharing their Wi-Fi connection with friends and family. You get an additional 100 MB for each person, and their connection doesn’t count against your data package.In a way, Karma is in the same league as FreedomPop, which grants free data for everyone who you sign up. Hotspot options include the purchase of a device and 1 GB of data for $99, the device and 7 GB for $149 and the device and 20 GB for $279. The same hotspot device is sold across all three plans, and an additional 1 GB of data is $14. Data also doesn’t expire, so don’t think you’ll be pulled into a fake monthly plan.

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The FitnessSHIRT captures several cardio-related metrics and sends them wirelessly to a mobile device or PC.(Credit: Fraunhofer IIS)There’s an old Swedish saying that cyclists often like to paraphrase: There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Now, a new smart shirt seems to suggest that, indeed, clothing has the potential to not only affect how we weather the weather, but how we maintain our health, too.The FitnessSHIRT, which was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, may be available sometime in the next year. It uses conductive textile electrodes integrated into its material to capture cardio activity — including breathing, pulse, and changes in heart rate. The shirt employs an elastic band designed to sense chest movements associated with breathing.

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With all the hoopla over smartwatches, Google Glass, and wearable computing, you’d think the revolution had already happened. Still, the holiday shopping season is getting near. Should wearables be on your list?

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