In our last white paper roundup, we explained the technology behind three modern connectors. And while stuff like USB 3.0 and Light Peak is pretty exciting, we can't help but feel like technologies that speed up physical connections are a little behind the times. After all, isn't the future supposed to be wireless?
In that spirit, our new batch of whitepapers explores the wild world of wireless technologies, including 4G, Near Field Communication, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. So keep reading, and educate yourself about this generation's wireless tech.
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.
D-Link is chasing after the budget router crown with the release of its Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router, model DIR-651. It's a single-band router with 4 Gigabit ports, multiple intelligent antennas, and support for intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) to separate and prioritize different typs of data streams for smoother video streaming, gaming, and VoIP calls.
Verizon Wireless has confirmed today that as of April 17th, customers will no longer have the option of signing up for 1-year contracts. According to Big Red, the change is being made to simplify choices and because most people choose the 2-year option with larger phone subsidy anyway. Mont-to-month, prepaid, and 2-year contracts are continuing unchanged.
Logitech threw us for a loop by announcing a new mouse that isn't geared towards gamers. It doesn't have dozens of buttons, adjustable weights, or an ultra high DPI. What the new wireless M325 rodent does have, however, are a few subtle features Logitech says makes it ideally suited for Web surfers, a target audience that doesn't often receive specialized products. Let's have a look at the M325.
It’s no secret that the wireless spectrum around us is filled with all manner of signals, some of which can interfere with each other. But Microsoft has been toying with ideas for using the “white space” spectrum for a number of years. Now Redmond is suggesting an ambitious plan to expand wireless connectivity. The project would be called, aptly, SpecNet.
AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile would put the wireless carrier in first place, followed by Verizon in second, and Sprint in a distance third. One way Sprint could go from the biggest loser in this deal to one of the winners is if Verizon Wireless bought the company out. That isn't going to happen, Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead said earlier this week.
Google caught a fair bit of flack for siding with the wireless carriers in the net neutrally debate, but in exchange they seem to be living up to their commitments to protecting the wired Internet as promised. The search giant confirmed today that they have awarded a $1 million contract to Georgia Tech researchers to help develop simple tools to aid in the detection of Internet throttling, government censorship, and other “transparency” problems.
Hit the jump to learn more about the project’s goals.
AT&T over the weekend announced plans to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion in a deal that could be met with several regulatory hurdles. While the powers that be sort through the red tape, T-Mobile put together a list of frequently asked questions, including the one that's on every T-Mobile subscriber's mind: Will T-Mobile be getting an iPhone? Find out the answer to this and other FAQs after the jump.
Under the heading of "things we wish we had thought of", observe as a clever hacker manages to take over any and all video screens in Times Square with only an iPhone and some video transmission hardware. Any video on the phone can be thrown up on a screen without any wires, overriding the video it is supposed to be playing.