Dell is offering something that’s rare on Windows 8 tablets: 4G connectivity. Maybe this should be more common. As Apple iPad users know, the option for mobile broadband has been around for years. [Read more]
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By now you should already know that HTC, Sharp and Oppo share a common theme: 1080p display on their five-inch phones. As it turns out, Lenovo also wants in on the VIP list. Spotted on Sina Weibo earlier this week (but have since been deleted) are the above three screenshots showing off Lenovo’s customized Android UI in 1080p glory. As with many phones in China these days, the device in question supports dual-SIM connectivity — the screenshots indicate that it’s connected to China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network and China Mobile’s 2G network simultaneously.
Our own source wouldn’t directly confirm that it’s a five-inch display on this mysterious phone, but we were told that it’ll be somewhere between 4.5 inches and 5.5 inches — we’ll take that as a yes, especially since the only 1080p mobile panels available right now are the five-inch, 440ppi ones from Sharp and JDI. Our source also said the phone’s entered DVT (Design Verification Test) phase for some time, so it might not be long before we hear an official announcement in China. As always, stay tuned.
Gogo, provider of the wonderful convenience known as in-flight wireless Internet, has launched ATG-4, its latest connectivity technology. The service will roll out to Delta Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America. The new service will allow more fliers to access the web while offering a more stable browsing experience than previously offered. ATG-4 provides speeds
Yamaha has outed a new high-end home theater in a box to ensure that whatever audio / visual device you use, it’ll sound amazing. The YHT-679BL includes an Ethernet port for internet radio, networked music and pulling down AirPlay tunes. It’s got an iOS, Android and Kindle Fire-compatible app and there’s even a USB port up front that’ll charge your device as you use it. Offering 4K HDMI and pass-through 3D video, the unit’s clad in piano-gloss black, while a 6.5-inch, 100W subwoofer will add some floor-shaking to the two tower and three satellite speakers that are included. It’ll set you back $ 650, plus whatever it costs to get some soundproofing done once your annoyed neighbors are done with you.
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Believe it or not, it's been nearly four and a half years since Apple released the original –MacBook Air. At the time, it was revolutionary in terms of its size and weight, but it also was slow, had little storage, had only a single USB port for expansion, and was very expensive–it started at $ 1799, and if you wanted solid-state storage, the price increased dramatically (by $ 999!). As Jason Snell wrote at the time, "laptop design has always been about compromise," and the original Air required some painful compromises.
There are many options available if you want to control your appliances over WiFi, but how about an oven with its own SIM card and phone number? That’s exactly what AGA has done with its latest kitchen-oriented offering, the iTotal Control range cooker. Regardless of whether you’re cooking in one, or all three of its ovens, sending an SMS message to this smart appliance lets you control each one. It even texts you back to confirm whether your commands like “baking oven on” successfully initiate. The cooker naturally works over WiFi as well, giving you an on-screen emulation of its control panel on either your computer’s web browser or AGA’s iOS and Android apps. An external GSM remote access device — basically a router / modem — connects to the appliance to make it all happen, with cellular service provided by Orange. Ready to get cooking? The iTotal Control is set to sell for a hefty base-price of £10,090 (~$ 15,826), and you’ll also be tied to a one-year contract with Orange for £5.95 (~$ 9) a month to enable the texting functionality. Simmer over the details at the source link below.
In general, people seem to love their Galaxy Nexuses (or is that Nexii?), but every model has suffered from some form of connectivity problem. The HSPA+ plus model already scored its antidote, now its time for Sprint’s LTE model to get some love. Over the next couple of days a software update (FD02) will be rolling out to the ICS flagships that should solve a rather bothersome bug that kept the devices from connecting to Sprint’s data network after activation… at all. Obviously, you’ll need to connect to a WiFi network to download the update if you’re one of the afflicted, but you get a nice Google Wallet update for your troubles. Now lets get our Big Red Nexii patched up too and we’ll all be happy campers.
If you’ve been facing signal issues with your HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus since that recent Android 4.0.4 update, you’ll be happy to know that Google’s apparently readied a minor update that might help. A small amount of owners have noticed a new build of Android 4.0.4, listed as build IMM76I, showing up on their devices. As The Verge notes, Google hasn’t publicly come out with what’s been changed from the previous IMM76D build, but many folks over on the forums at XDA-Developers and Android Central have noticed that their handsets’ cellular connectivity has improved. Furthermore, Android Central says that devices set to auto brightness aren’t experiencing lag on the lock screen as some have had issue with. Mum’s the word on when the update will hit every HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, but move your cursor over to links below for all the information that’s currently available.
alphadogg provides this extract from Network World: “The Metro Ethernet Forum has updated its Carrier Ethernet specification, hoping to standardize the use of Ethernet for global multicarrier services. ‘With Carrier Ethernet 2, we’re expanding Quality-of-Service [QoS] well beyond best efforts, and will now allow carriers to interconnect to provide worldwide [Ethernet] service,’ said Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, during a Metro Ethernet Forum Web conference held Thursday to announce the specification. The forum introduced Carrier Ethernet in 2005 as a set of extensions that describe how data communications carriers should use Ethernet in a consistent manner. The new specification, Carrier Ethernet 2, establishes an additional set of rules.”
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As the PlayStation Vita readies its big release here in the United States, we’ve got more than enough reason to want to pick one up and not stop playing for days on end. And as the advertising world begins to size up the situation, they’ve decided to target the gamers amongst use with a tendency [...]
It’s always nice to see a small, plucky start-up take on the big guys and not only survive but also prosper. My excellent Santa Rosa based ISP Sonic.net is doing just that – laying its own fiber-to-the-premises network in Sebastopol for only $ 70 a month and signing up 30% of the local market. While the numbers are still small (the fiber network still only reaches 700 Sebastopol homes), the Sonic.net story is encouraging because it shows that innovation is still possible in the ISP space, a market that has been dramatically “consolidated” since 1995, shrinking from thousands of thousands of local providers in the nineties to just a handful of national carriers today.
The Moca (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) standards haven’t yet solved our home networking problems, but things may be about to change. Wi3 is here at the CES 2012 to exhibit its Wipnet technology, which can use your home’s coax backbone to transmit data at a speed of up to 175Mbps. The devices should go for sale in April, with four different configurations with one or two Ethernet ports (Wip1000 and Wip1500), Ethernet and WiFi (Wip2000) or Ethernet and HDMI (for client / server services – Wip2500), and with a price of about $ 175 without WiFi, and additional $ 50 for the wireless option. They may also be included in wall sockets, on wall mounts or even on standalone boxes for small New York apartments that can’t be reconfigured.
The Wi3 people are also developing a box that can send the power over coax, beside additional services (like internet connectivity), but for now each box needs to be powered independently, and they also have a different filter to make sure your data does not leave your home using the neighborhood coax lines. Like what you see? Don’t judge till you peek the shots below.
Gallery: Wi3 Wipnet hands-on
A new HDMI-equipped receiver may not be the best way to upgrade your home theater sound. Better speakers will make a bigger difference.
Picked up earlier by GigaOm, the 21-minute documentary features folks like David Weinberger, Caterina Fake, Ola Ahlvarsson, SoundCloud co-founder Erik Wahlforss and Wired’s David Rowan, among others.
If you are flying on an commercial jet that has Gogo in-flight internet, you can access the Ford Mustang Customizer page and customize your own Stang while you are in the air. The customizer allows you to pick any of the Mustang models including the V6, GT, Boss 302, and Shelby. Access to the Mustang [...]