Wi-Fi hotspots may be proliferating, but so are the devices that access them (Image: Florian via Flickr)
Developer of the SleepWell system, Justin Manweiler (Image: Justin Manweiler)
Although the number of Wi-Fi hotspots has increased dramatically in most places over the past few years, the explosion in the number of smartphones and laptops attempting to make use of such connections means that getting decent download speeds is as difficult as it always was. Not only is this frustrating, it can also be a major drain on the batteries of mobile devices. In an effort to address one of these problems, a Duke University graduate student has developed software called SleepWell that allows mobile devices to take a nap to save power while they wait for their turn to download.
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