You can never really have enough USB ports, and this is especially true if you own a laptop, most of which are decked out with just three or four of them. By the time you plug in an external mouse, keyboard, and laptop cooler, you're either out of USB ports or down to one. Be that as it may, USB modems continue to outsell embedded modules by a wide margin, a research company says.
It looks at though Dell's Wi-Fi only Streak 7 tablet PC is finally available in the U.S. after having gone on sale in the U.K. earlier this week. Dell hasn't yet formally announced U.S. availability, but a quick peek at mega e-tailer Amazon.com shows that it's in stock and shipping now, provided you have the requisite $380 to drop on the Wi-Fi only device.
It's been a long wait for Motorola to drop its Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet, and those living in Canada will have to hang tight just a little bit longer. Motorola on Monday announced it will begin shipping and selling its Wi-Fi Xoom slate to Canadians beginning sometime in April, though stopped short of offering up an exact release date, or price for that matter.
While Motorola didn't want to get into pricing details, you can find the Xoom for pre-order on both Best Buy's and Future Shop's Canadian portals, with each one offering up the Wi-Fi tablet for $600, the same price as here in the States.
"Motorola Xoom brings PC-like power to a tablet, providing consumers with an easy-to-use, lightning fast experience designed with fun and productivity in mind, and we're thrilled to bring it to Canadians," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility.
Likewise, Canadians should be thrilled to have access to a viable alternative to Apple's first and second generation iPad tablets. As we noted in our review, the Xoom has a shot at being an iPad killer, but it's critical to get the Wi-Fi only version out there in the wild for people have no need or desire for the 3G radio, which carries a pricing premium.
If you've been following our coverage of Motorola's Xoom tablet and watched our "Motorola Xoom: 5 Killer Features, 5 Frustrating Faux Pas" video, then you know that one of our biggest gripes is that there is no Wi-Fi only version available for sale. To jump on the Xoom bandwagon, you have a buy a 3G ticket, as well as pay for a month of service up front. What's an enthusiast to do who has no need for 3G? Wait a couple of weeks.
While the Apple faithful made sure Apple's iPad 2 launch was a success, you sat at home thinking, "Big whoop, it's an iOS device. I'm holding out for the Wi-Fi Xoom!" That's not a bad plan, assuming you're willing to pony up $600 for a superior spec'd Android tablet, and while it was initially looking like you'd have to wait until April, new information suggests you might be able to snag one by the end of March.
We aren’t sure why so many Android tablets have tied their fates to the contract crazy wireless carriers, but clearly it’s a strategy that’s done little more than allow the iPad to continue eating their lunch. Android tablet makers should be under no illusion, the real promise of Google’s tablet OS lies in devices with more functionality, at a lower cost.
Apparently Samsung finally clued into this reality, and according to Droid Life, is getting ready to release a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab on April 4th for a very reasonable $399.
More and more fliers are joining the mile high Wi-Fi club, which isn't nearly as fun as that other club you can join from 5,280 feet or higher, but at least it won't get you in trouble with security personnel. Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet service rules the skies, but rather than stand pat, Aircell has big plans for the future, including a next generation version of ATG (Air-to-Ground) known as ATG-4, and Ka-band satellite technology.
Turns out Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld console has a few more tricks up its sleeve. In addition to a 3D display -- the 3DS's flagship feature -- Nintendo announced two upcoming collaborations, one with AT&T that will allow the 3DS to automatically connect to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots, and another with Netflix to stream movies and other content on the gaming device. Suddenly the 3DS looks a lot more appealing.
After weeks of speculation and rumor, we finally have an official Motorola Xoom price. According to Reuters, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed at Mobile World Congress that the Xoom would be priced at $799 for the 3G version on Verizon (no subsidy), and only $600 for the Wi-Fi only tablet. It's not a low as we might have hoped, but at least that $1200 Best Buy price turned out to be just a placeholder.
Maybe we should call this the era of mobility, because when we look back, we'll remember this time period as when cell phones transformed into smartphones (and superphones), tablet computing debuted without falling on its face, and handheld devices of all kinds boasted high-speed Internet connectivity. The mobile device market is a big one, and Atheros wants to make sure it's being served with the same attention as the desktop. Atheros, which specializes in wireless chipsets, plans to do that by introducing two new "groundbreaking" Wi-Fi solutions for mobile gadgets.