Network hardware vendor TRENDnet on Wednesday announced the launch of its 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabite Router, model TEW-691GR.
TRENDnet says its new router is designed for "extreme performance and unparralled quality of service." It comes with three external antennas broadcasting on the 2.4GHz spectrum, with three spatial streams per antenna.
"The 450Mbps TEW-691GR offers unsurpassed wireless throughput and coverage," stated Zak Wood, Director of Global Marketing for TRENDnet. "If you are looking for the ultimate in wireless performance, look for TRENDnet’s 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router."
In addition to the staggering 450Mbps theoretical throughput, the TEW-691GR also boasts Multiple Input Multple Output (MIMO) technology to boost wireless coverage, signal strength, and throughput speed, TRENDnet says.
TRENDnet says its new router will start shipping in May for $160.
AT&T is in good position to benefit from Apple's successful product launches. First there's the iPhone, which is available exclusively on AT&T's network in the U.S., and later this month, AT&T will provide service for iPad customers as well. So why isn't AT&T geeked?
"My expectation is that there's not going to be a lot of people out there looking for another subscription," said Randall Stephenson, chief executive, AT&T. Instead, Stephenson sees the iPad thriving mostly as a "Wi-Fi driven product."
If true, AT&T might have cause for concern, as many expect the telco's exclusivity agreement with Apple's iPhone to be nearing an end, but Stephenson didn't sound too worried. According to Stephenson, the iPhone will remain "an important part" of AT&T's phone line "for quite some period of time," Reuters reports.
Back in November we found ourselves sympathizing with a UK bar owner who was facing a $13,000 fine for copyright infringement as a result of operating an open hotspot, but little did we know this was only the tip of the iceberg. It was a clear cut case of misplaced accountability, but it looks like the UK government is planning to go one step further to keep this from happening in the future. A new "Digital Economy Bill", if passed, would ban the use of open Wi-Fi hotspots outright anywhere in the UK. The bill would ultimately make any home or business operating an internet connected router 100 percent accountable for the traffic that passes over it.
Making users accountable for locking down their own connection doesn't sound like a bad idea in principal, but it ultimately closes off opportunities for businesses to offer internet access to the latté sipping masses at the local coffee shop. The bill will require all networks to be secured with a password, and to maintain a log of all users who access it in order to be in compliance with the new law. "This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in," said Lilian Edwards of Sheffield University.
I'm sure nobody here minds trading up a few more civil liberties in exchange for giving the folks over at the RIAA a good nights sleep do you?
Alaska Airlines on Wednesday announced it will offer Aircell's Gogo InFlight Internet service on all of Alaska's aircrafts, effectively joining the mile-high Wi-Fi club.
"With more than 730 systems already flying, Aircell has a proven track record of deploying affordable inflight Wi-Fi services to airline customers," said Steve Jarvis, Alaska's vice president of marketing, sales, and customer experience. "Their reliable, lower-cost equipment can be installed quickly, allowing Alaska Airlines to introduce Gogo service to our customers as soon as possible."
Once fully implemented, passengers will be able to surf the Web, listen to streaming music, play games, listen to podcasts and webcasts, send and receive email, and connect to virtual private networks (VPNs), Alaska said. The airlines also promised that speeds will be "similar" to wireless mobile broadband service on the ground.
The cost to use Gogo will start at $4.95 and ramp up from there, depending on the length of the flight and device being used.
Don’t get your hopes up here. Infinitec’s Infinite USB Memory Device, or IUM for short, is neither infinite or memory. Rather, it’s a wireless USB device that allows Wi-Fi data streaming from a host computer, which relegates the terms infinite and memory to the host. And that’s fine, so long as you know what you’re getting.
The IUM is paired to a single host computer, where its access to the host’s storage is managed through software dubbed “Infinite Portal”. The IUM can be plugged into another computer, a game console, or any other place where a USB flash drive can be used. It ‘fools’ the device into thinking it is a USB drive, while allowing the streaming of content from the host to the device. The IUM can stream any type of media, including full HD. It is compatible with all operating systems: Windows, Linux, and Mac.
In this respect the IUM is similar to the Boxee Box or Western Digitial’s WD TV, except it relies more heavily on a computer to manage the available data and streaming, but it allows for integration of already owned hardware.
The current lot of PDAs, and perhaps their smartphone and Tablet PC stand-ins, are neat technology, but could you go to war with one? (Maybe even more relevant: could you afford to drop yours?) If what you need is something that will withstand a lot more abuse, AIS Industrial Innovations has something that might interest you: the Mobile Rugged PDA (RPDA37), with the looks and brawn that pair well with your cosplay Master Chief outfit.
The Mobile Rugged PDA is MIL-STD-810F/461F compliant, has an “ingress protection rating of IP67” and meets the IEC 60529 (IP65) international protection standard. It’s build to withstand extreme conditions, repeated five-foot drops, and thermal shock. And it has cool rubberized bumpers.
While that’s impressive, perhaps the internal specs aren’t. The RPDA37 has a Marvell PXA270 625MHz processor, 256MB RAM, and a base storage of 256MB Flash ROM. It has a 3.7-inch transflective TFT LCD that’s touchscreen capable. Resolution depends on the option chosen: either QVGA, 240 x 320, or VGA, 480 x 640. And for operating systems there’s a choice of Windows CE 5.0 or Windows Mobile 6.1.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are standard, but GPS/GAlILEO and GPRS/3G/3.5G are optional. Ports include two USB 1.1 Type A connectors, one USB 1.1 Type B mini connector, an RS-232 port, and ethernet port, headphone and microphone jacks, and a Micro-SD slot.
If you really got to have one you’re going to need to save. The base model will set you back $1,899.
Adobe on Monday announced it has joined the LiMo foundation, an industry consortium "dedicated to creating the first truly open, hardware-independent" Linux OS for mobile devices.
The move will have Adobe bringing its Flash platform to the LiMo platform, enabling developers and content providers to create apps that can run on LiMo devices.
"Bringing the Flash platform to LiMo opens up a significant opportunity for Adobe to further its goals of open standards and multi-screen interoperability of rich mobile content," said David Wadhwani, general manger and vice president, Flash Platform Business at Adobe. "Following the goals of the Open Screen Project, the openness of Linux and the Flash platform represent a common vision to enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere."
In addition to Adobe, the LiMo foundation said it also added ELSE Ltd. MobiTV, and SRS Labs to its ranks.
The initial reaction to the iPad has been mixed. But the mixed reaction hasn't necessarily soothed any nerves among its potential competitors. The fractured response means that they will have to wait a bit longer to take stock of the challenge. From the looks of it, Amazon is not awaiting the public's final word on the iPad to post its reply. After all, the iPad is supposed to be Kindle's sternest test till date.
Smaller, faster, cheaper is a mantra for today’s mobile communications hardware. Texas Instruments (TI) has taken this to heart, and tossed in multi-tasking and lower power consumer as well. TI is announcing a new chip, the WiLink 7.0, that rolls up Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio onto a chip that takes up less room, uses less power, and costs less than current multi-chip solutions.
TI says the WiLink crams all of the above into a single 65-nanometer chip, that requires 30 percent less material to build, and takes up 50% less space than existing two-chip solutions. Furthermore, TI says the WiLink will extend talk time and battery life with “Sophisticated Enhanced Low Power (ELP) technology.”
TI claims the WiLink offers best-in-class 3GPP test performance; supports both Bluetooth low-energy and Bluetooth 3.0; will support WiFi Direct and Soft AP as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n; and has improved FM transmit and receive capabilities with internal antenna support.
And, by placing all of them on the same chip, TI says it is able to reduce RF interference to insignificant levels, allowing all four components to operate at the same time without messing with each other. According to TI, a “mobile-device users could determine their current position with GPS, download a related map over a WLAN connection, and listen to an FM radio station over a Bluetooth headset all at the same time.”
Undisclosed OEMs already have the chip, which leads Engadget to speculate that prototype phones may make an appearance at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. TI expects the chip to be in mass-produced devices by the end of 2010.
Attitudes about the iPod Touch and the iPhone can be distilled into two groups: (1) It’s a grossly overpriced unitasker; or (2) it’s a brilliant multitasker that’s well worth the price. And reactions to Logitech’s newly introduced Touch Mouse will perfectly illustrate this dichotomy.
Logitech’s free application for the iPhone and Touch allows users of PCs and Macs to control their computer from their device. It mimics a laptop touchpad, complete with mouse button input. Plus, its got a keyboard option. It’s a small keyboard, to be sure, but it does display the text you type on the iPhone or Touch. Logitech’s offering is a natural fit for those connecting their computer to their TV. You can sit back and relax, without having to drag along a keyboard and mouse, or buy an expensive, sole-purpose peripheral.
Logitech’s Touch Mouse joins other touchpad/mouse apps for the iPhone and Touch, such as Gabriel Höhener’s WeBe Bluetooth Mouse, R.P.A. Tech’s Air Mouse Pro, and JumiTech’s JumiMouse. One advantage for Logitech’s app is the price--it's free.
But, depending on where you stand, this app makes the iPhone/Touch an outrageously expensive wireless keyboard and mouse, or it makes the iPhone/Touch an infinitely adaptable device that is worth every penny you paid for it.