When Linksys announced its WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC wireless router back at CES 2014, techies everywhere had a moment of nostalgia, and remembered the little blue router they had in their homes as children. Those techies can now own the throw-back as Linksys has just announced the release of the WRT1900AC 802.11ac wireless router.
The new WRT1900AC features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 128MB of RAM, and eSATA and USB 3.0 ports for network storage. Speeds up to 300Mbps on 5Ghz, and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band, with an 802.11ac connection are said to be achievable, and Linksys says that the WRT1900AC is the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to feature four antennas for added wireless coverage. TweakTown's own Tyler Bernath has one of these on his test bench right now and will have a review up soon!
As HTC released its flagship, the HTC One M8, to carrier stores nation wide, Amazon is offering a deal to hopefully elicit more sales of the device from its own website. Customers who visit Amazon looking for an M8 with Sprint, and Verizon will get the device for $150 with a new two-year contract.
AT&T has chosen to separate itself from the deal, and those purchasing an HTC One M8 on a new two-year contract will still pay the full $199 price tag. To make up for this Amazon says that those who purchase the AT&T version of the M8 today will receive their phone by tomorrow, with Sprint and Verizon customers not receiving their phones until next week sometime.
Following an initial report from Reuters stating BlackBerry is looking to jump out of the handset market, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that isn't the initial plan. Instead, the struggling smartphone maker wants to transition over the next two years to try and offset handset sales, which have been unable to keep up with the Apple iPhone and Google Android-powered devices from Samsung.
BlackBerry has a plan to try and return the company to profitability by the end of March 2016, though device sales last quarter dropped 77 percent year-over-year.
"I don't have a plan to get rid of handsets, I have a plan to not be dependent on handsets," Chen recently told the media. "All I need to do is replace the handset revenue, and this company will be very different."
Every year around this time, the rumors about Apple's next-generation iPhone begin to flow in what can only be described as a monsoon of information. Usually many of those rumors never pan out, but when Securities Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo speaks, we usually stop what we are doing and listen to what he has to say. This is because his track record for Apple leaks has been flawless, and his predictions always come true.
In a statement today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone 6 model will feature a 4.7-inch screen, and will not feature a full 1080p resolution but rather, a pitiful 1334x750-pixel resolution. This means that Apple has yet again failed to see that consumers want HD screens, and as Android makers prepare 1440p-screens for phones later this year, Apple is once again several years behind the curve.
The California Legislature is now mulling over AB 1710, a bill aimed at forcing retailers to be held liable for damages stemming from data breaches. Following the Target breach, in which millions of customers were exposed to potential data theft, banks and credit unions have been forced to reissue debit and credit cards - and consumers were largely left in the dark until contacted by banks.
However, AB 170 would force companies to be more forthcoming in regards to consumer protections and awareness due to data breaches. The bill changes current laws relating to customer data stored by businesses, consumer cost reimbursement, consumer identity theft mitigation, and notification time following a breach.
"Consumers need increased protection from the large data breaches that are occurring across the country," said Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), the AB 1710 co-author. "By improving the way sensitive information is retained and how consumers are alerted when breaches occur, AB 1710 will better protect customers' personal information."
Many of you reading this will know my fondness for the popular BeagleBone Black development board, and how much I love new accessories for it. Today I caught wind of a new Kickstarter campaign that is looking to bring high-quality analogue and Bluetooth audio to the BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black development boards. The all new SoundsCape is a "cape" add-on board for the BeagleBone system that allows users to add an analogue and Bluetooth audio solution to their projects easily, and from a single board.
The SoundsCape is being developed by Simple Media Networks, and is designed for developers using the BeagleBone for systems that need an easy solution for high quality audio performance and/or Bluetooth connectivity in their project. The SoundsCape is also for Makers who like hacking Audio platforms, or anyone who would like to wirelessly stream internet radio to their wireless speakers.
After being an in-store exclusive to Verizon for the last couple of weeks, the all new HTC One M8 is finally available in the rest of the major US carrier retail stores. This week HTC announced that the HTC One M8 would be arriving on-location at Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile stores this week for retail purchase.
The going price seems to match Verizon with the new flagship retailing for $199 on a new two-year contract. Since it's release the HTC One M8 has been receiving rave reviews across the web, and is being proclaimed as the best smartphone ever produced, a title previously held by last-years HTC One. Having owned the previous HTC One and spend some time with the new HTC One M8, I can back up these claims. Nothing else out there can match the quality, speed, and features of the new HTC One.
If you are a fan of Star Wars, some news about the next film in the franchise has surfaced. One of the most important locations in the Star Wars franchise is Tatooine. This is the planet where Luke Skywalker is from among other things. In the original films, the setting for Tatooine was in the Tunisian desert.
For the new film, word is that no on location shooting in that desert will be performed. However, that doesn't mean that Tatooine won't play a role in the new film. A new rumor claims that sources close to the film are saying that the studio is planning to make "an extensive re-creation of Tatooine."
That seems to indicate that the set will likely be recreated on a sound stage or another location. The setting will be done in a "Morocco-like environment" says the source. What that means is any ones guess; perhaps Disney plans to pick a desert location closer to home.
I'm sure you know someone who floods their social networks with selfies. Perhaps you are the person your friends know that posts selfies constantly. We aren't judging here.
If you are the sort that likes taking selfies, you might appreciate this cool mirror that will snap the picture for you and automatically upload it to twitter. The mirror has a Mac mini stuffed inside. The LEDs you see in the image countdown to when the selfie is taken so you aren't caught with your eyes closed.
The Mac runs facial recognition software so it recognizes the user and automatically takes the image when you step in front. The mirror is called S.E.L.F.I.E., which stands for Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine. After the selfie is taken, it brands the images with a company logo and puts it on Twitter.
For many shows on TV and cable networks, it can be a tossup until the announcements are made whether or not they will be renewed. Then there are some shows that you know will be renewed before the networks even talk about it. One of those shows that fans knew would be renewed is Game of Thrones.
The fourth season of the show only kicked off on April 6 and already HBO has killed any doubt about whether or not the show will be back next season. HBO has announced that it renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth season. HBO went a bit further and announced that it was also renewing the show for a sixth season. That means fans have at least two more seasons to watch major characters get killed off in gruesome ways.
HBO issued a statement that said,"Due to its outstanding worldwide success, HBO announced the renewal of its original series Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The award-winning series recently launched its 10-episode fourth season on Sunday, April 6th.