Posts Tagged ‘wireless’
  • Verizon not happy enough screwing over only wireless customers, moves on to FiOS. Ups FiOS cancellation fee to $350.
    by Mike
    Posted January 14th, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    If you've got a crazy eye on Verizon's FiOS service, you best be setting it up and getting the ball rolling before the 17th. After that magical date, canceling your FiOS service for any reason means paying a new, higher $350 cancellation fee instead of the old $179. Now before you bash me for being a member of this whole "free revolution" society and what not, let me remind you that the technology FiOS is built off of is dramatically dropping in price with each quarter that passes. That price...
  • Mobile power in your pocket with the “Finger Generator”
    by Mike
    Posted January 4th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Mobile power generators for things such as flashlights and consumer electronics are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people adopt such things. In regards to flashlights, simple "shake" designs allow users to shake the light for a specified amount of time time to create clean energy. That's all fine and dandy, but even the flashlight style shaker isn't exactly the smallest or most portable design. Enter the realm of the Finger Charger. This concept is an ingenious creation coi...
  • Fiat Lux Lamp with floating on/off orb wins lamp design of the decade.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Of all the lighting fixture/lamp concepts and designs I've seen, the Fiat Lux Lamp designed by Constance Guisset and Grégory Cid easily takes the crown for coolest, most innovative lamp design of the decade -- the next decade. Some may see this admission as coming a wee bit early seeing as how the next decade doesn't start for a couple more days. Even still, though I already know how fast technology does in fact progress and evolve, I'm left wondering how anyone can top the Fiat Lux design fo...
  • San Fran Transbay Tube riders can now yak it up even further underground thanks to expanded wireless coverage.
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 am
    It's kind of unfitting for a tech guru such as myself, one who loves all kinds of lights, sounds, gadgets, and gizmos to live in a land full of nothing but corn and cattle. In short: it sucks. To get my digital/big city fix I have to venture roughly 85 miles west to Chicago. Not really that long of a commute, but still enough to make me want to move. There is however one small issue with big cities -- cellphone service/reception isn't always the greatest due to the extreme amount of stacked ...
  • T-Mo 3G rollout update: More cities!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    3G data is a big thing these days. Even if T-Mo is years late to the game, the term "better late than never" seems appropriate here. Of course, some would argue that at some point an appearance isn't even warranted. Aaaaanyway, residents of Wilmington, North Carolina | Fayetteville, North Carolina | Cary, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma can now light up those freshly tweaked towers near your house, work, and frolic area with all of the mobile data and voice calls you can think of. Just do...
  • US gets first commercial HSPA+ network thanks to BendBroadband. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 6:44 am
    Here we are thinking that some big money making corporate machine such as AT&T; was going to launch the first HSPA+ network in the states. It takes money to put up and support all of the physical and digital mojo behind such a network which is why the obvious default to the countries largest GSM provider was a given -- or so we thought. Thanks to BendBroadband, a central Oregon cable company, the US does now in fact have the sweet, speedy waves of HSPA+ blanketing the fortunate few. Those luck...
  • Swedes and Norwegians first to experience public 4G LTE network.
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    If you find yourself a Stockholm, Sweden or Oslo, Norway native, count yourself lucky as you're one of the very few cities to experience 4G/LTE goodness. The two cities' carrier -- TeliaSonera -- has taken the wraps off of their new next gen network which should offer those lucky enough to be graced with it's cellular presence, dramatically increased speeds over the now instantly obsolete 3G networks' rather meager 7.2Mbps cap. Proof is the puddin' however. Do any local residents care to shar...
  • Scientists now able to decipher hidden tattoos via Infrared. Dolphin/Unicorn love fest tattoo to haunt you for the rest of enternity
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 8:01 am
    Tattoos. Gadget blog. What's the point? Science. Read on. Criminals often use tattoos as branding for their chosen gang. Tattoos and criminals can also be used as a "slate" or fleshy paper to send messages to other individual and gangs via tatooed on messages. Previously, criminals who were being targeted by law enforcement because evidence linked to a tattoo simply got a new tattoo covering up or modifying the old one so that the police had no way of regaining said evidence. Luckily sci...
  • AT&T actually fares better than Verizon in latest tests…?
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 5:09 am
    If there's one thing about wireless network tests, it's that they're constantly being conducted by various groups looking to disprove claims of their competitors while bolstering claims of their own. The last several months of my AT&T; contract were hell. Dropped calls increased by day, signal strength was abysmal, and rounding out the trifecta was a trip to a University of Michigan football game when I couldn't place a single call, text, or call up a web page all day -- even with five bars -- ...
  • HDAiR wireless USB to HDMI/VGA converter gets audio support
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 4:53 am
    Going wireless is a liberating experience that sets apart those who merely like technology with those who can't live with out it. Die hard technology fans. Wireless, especially high performing wireless, is what we care about most. Besides, nothing says old and outdated like a junky cable poking out from your beloved gadgets. Building upon the success of their first gen HDAiR, Atlona Technologies took their customers' ideas and requests to heart by adding one of the most highly sought after f...
  • Cut the cords and go wireless: “World’s first” wireless external USB drive.
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Whenever we hear "world's first", "best ever", or any other hype up words, my attention immediately tanks and my hopes trying desperately to lift the ten ton weight off of their shoulders. In the case of this "world's first" wireless USB Drive, the "Imation Pro WX", I'm only slightly inattentive. You see, the drive isn't the first to connect to a host device via the wondrous radio waves around us. Many other NAS type storage devices offer up wireless connections via WiFi. The Imation Pro emp...
  • Comcast HighSpeed2Go [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    Comcast's "HighSpeed2Go" service we mentioned earlier certainly grabbed my attention with the amount of data your could get for an unheard of price. I spent around 20 minutes on the phone tonight with a Comcast rep, (higher up Comcast rep mind you) and didn't really come out with anymore than we already know. What kept confusing me was the fact that the rep could only see a $50 and $100 option on his screen. Granted, the service isn't actually available until next month (in my area anyway) so...
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