App turns smartphones into routers for peer-to-peer shared mobile internet coverage

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We recently reported on Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble's wifi-blocking wallpaper, which aims to make home and business networks more secure against unauthorized use. San Francisco-based startup Open Garden, however, is focused on democratizing internet access and is looking to boost mobile broadband coverage by sharing devices' connectivity in densely populated areas. Fed up with the 'closed' nature of mobile networks and their patchy connectivity outside of urban areas, the founders of Open Garden – entrepreneur Micha Benoliel, internet architect Stanislav Shalunov and developer Greg Hazel – set about creating an app which effectively enables the hardware in mobile devices and…

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