Last month, we told you about an upcoming Wi-Fi mouse from the world’s leading PC vendor HP. Well, the company quietly stripped the wireless rodent of its upcoming tag on Friday. Hit the jump to find out more about the HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse.
Ah, it's good to be an on-the-go computer user in the Big Apple. Just last week Mayor Bloomberg and AT&T announced a collaboration to bring free Wi-Fi access to 26 locations across New York's various parks. Now, Cablevision's boosting their "Optimum Wi-Fi" network in order to bring customers cable-modem speeds over the airwaves. "But I'm not a Cablevision subscriber!" you wail, scrunching your face to hold back the tears. No need to cry, chum – Time Warner and Comcast struck a deal with Cablevision about a year ago that lets their subscribers hop on to Optimum Wi-Fi at will.
For watching movies on the go, it's hard to beat a tablet PC. Unfortunately, the hard drive limitations on portable PCs mean that media junkies like us can quickly run out of disk space.
Seagate's just-announced GoFlex Satellite 500GB hard drive is designed to address the storage concerns associated with on-the-go computers. The drive's built-in Wi-Fi support means you'll be able to leave the hard drive in your backpack while you stream videos to your portable device, and the battery life isn't anything to sneeze at either – the GoFlex will be able to stream video for five straight hours or sit in standby for over a day before it'll need a recharge. That's a lot of Sopranos videos.
A wireless mouse solves one problem while simultaneously introducing another, and it's up to you to decide if cutting the cord (and maybe a bit of clutter) is worth the trade-off of giving up a USB port for the wireless receiver. HP's engineers didn't think so, but rather than throw in the towel, they went and developed the new HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse, the first mouse to connect quickly and easily without a USB dongle using a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Genius!
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.