New Wi-Fi innovation to make things easy
If you're a complete luddite like me, then connecting to the internet in any way shape or form is something of a miracle. When I'm out and about, the whole process becomes even more irritating as I am reminded time and time again of my complete absence of rudimentary skills.
However, the whole world of wi-fi is to become easier, say reports, thanks to a big ol' technology upgrade.
The Wi-Fi Alliance (which sounds like a team of rubbish pilots from Star Wars) talk of a new specification called Wi-Fi Direct which will allow wi-fi devices like phones and laptops connect to each another without joining a traditional network.
This should be happening as soon as next summer and, if you have a device that doesn't have Wi-Fi Direct, then apparently, you'll be able to upgrade through a software download.
The Wi-Fi Alliance's marketing director, Kelly Davis-Felner, told BBC News: "This is going to be a quick and convenient way to use wi-fi in future to print, synch, share and display. The consumer is going to experience this as a very easy-to-use mechanism that will be quite seamless."
Wi-Fi direct will search for hotspots for your phone or laptop and will enable devices to connect from a home or workplace. Of course, this would make Bluetooth pretty pointless to anyone who has a swank wi-fi phone. You could argue that this could do away with the need to use wi-fi routers at all in some places.
The Wi-Fi Alliance members include Intel, Apple and Cisco... the latter being the guy who did The Thong Song obviously.
Anyway, anything that makes it easier to get online is a good thing if you ask me (which you didn't, I'm aware of that).