This Week in Tech 673: The Prozac Dash Button

Reinventing Microsoft, Amazon’s push into healthcare, new Apple Maps, and more.

–Apple vs Samsung settled: our long international nightmare is over.
–A proposed US law has patent trolls jumping for joy.
–Amazon jumps into the healthcare business by buying online pharmacy PillPack.
–Foxcon’s new Wisconsin plant breaks ground.
–Yet another Facebook security breach, but this time a bug bounty program catches the leak.
–Twitter’s new Ad Transparency Center opens new avenues for journalists.
–The sky is falling in Fortnite.
–WPA3 could make Wi-Fi a lot more secure.
–California follows Europe down the data privacy road.
–Christina Warren knows all the Andromeda secrets, but she’s not talking.
–AOL Instant Messenger is reborn! –StumbleUpon is not. 🙁

Intel Centrino Wi-Fi users still experiencing connectivity issues

Earlier this year a number of users reported disconnection errors with Intel’s Centrino 6230 / 6235 Wi-Fi adapters. The chip maker has since released a series of updates but it would seem the issue still persists and affected users are losing their patience waiting for a fix.
Neowin was the first to break the story back in April and since then, a number of users have contacted the publication noting their accounts on Intel’s forum have been deleted. Interestingly enough, even the original author’s messages and account have since been removed.
Most users experiencing the issue say their new laptop connects to their wireless network without issue for a few hours. After that, the connection will drop and trying to reconnect will often result in a message saying the wireless network doesn’t exist. Disabling then turning the Wi-Fi back on will usually reconnect a user but the same thing will happen again a couple of hours later.

Users say the issue is most apparent when download large files at high speeds or when playing multiplayer games.
One reader contacted the publication to offer up a response received from Intel. In it, the user was told Intel engineers are acutely aware of the problem and there are two upcoming software releases in the pipeline that should help alleviate the issues. The first is expected within the next couple of weeks with a follow-up scheduled for around six weeks from now.
Until then, the only fix appears to be to disable 802.11n mode which of course will have an impact on connection speeds.
via Intel Centrino Wi-Fi users still experiencing connectivity issues – TechSpot.

Widespread reports of Sony Vaio notebook Wi-Fi issues

Several people have come forward to report wireless problems with select Sony Vaio notebooks – particularly the Vaio Fit – over the past few months. Issues range from capped speeds over Wi-Fi to signal strength significantly diminishing the further the system is from a router.
One of the most prominent threads on Sony’s support forum seems to suggest the issue stems from the Broadcom wireless card (BCM43142) inside the machine. One user reported a max signal strength of just two bars with speed tests resulting in just 1MB/sec download speeds and anywhere between 1-5MB/sec upload.
Sony issued a series of updates for the wireless card about a week ago according to Vaio Fit owners but these did little to quell the connection issues. Multiple users said they have contacted customer support and have been offered numerous fixes – most of which didn’t work. The only solution it seems is to physically replace the Broadcom card with a unit from Intel (Centrino 6235).
Replacing the Wi-Fi card is a simple enough procedure that could even be accomplished by those that aren’t very tech-savvy but having to do so on your own dime on a brand new notebook is uncalled for. We’ve reached out to Sony for a comment on the issue but we have not received a reply as of writing. If we do hear back, we’ll update this story accordingly.
Do you own a Sony Fit laptop that has experienced similar Wi-Fi issues? If so, have you had any luck with Sony customer support in solving the problem?
via Widespread reports of Sony Vaio notebook Wi-Fi issues – TechSpot.