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Google is being quite jolly and generous this holiday season by offering free Wi-Fi from now through until January 15 next year across 47 airports in America. Amongst many others, airports include Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis, Charlotte, Burbank and Seattle.
"We're very happy to extend our Holiday Wi-Fi gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months," said Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google. "We know that this is a very hectic travel season for people, and we hope that free Wi-Fi will make both traveling and connecting with friends and family a little bit easier."
"As a pioneer in providing complimentary Wi-Fi to airport customers, we are very excited about Google partnering with McCarran International along with other airports across the country to bring holiday cheer to so many travelers," said Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Deputy Director, Clark County Department of Aviation.
For a complete list of the participating airports and further info about the networks, head over to http://www.freeholidaywifi.com. More information about the freebie from Google can be found within the official PR here.
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Wireless power is going to be a big buzz word now that there is actually a company dedicated to bringing this to you. The new company is an off-shoot of a project at MIT that researched this for two years.
The company will be call WiTricity using a clever truncation of the words WiFi and Electricity. The concept is fairly simple in explanation if not in execution. To wirelessly power your devices they will use a form of magnetic induction to send power through the air to charge your goodies.
Intel is also working on this as a project although WiTricity could have it commercially viable in a few as 18 months. If this sounds fast to you, bear in mind that Nikola Tesla demonstrated this in 1893 on low power light bulbs. So it has only taken us about one hundred and seventeen years to implement; possibly the longest R&D time frame in the history of science.
For those addicted to luxury accessories, GIGABYTE's new GM-M7800S wireless mouse is sure to be a must have item.
The GM-M7800S operates on the proven 2.4GHz wireless spectrum and has an ultra portable nano receiver that offers a 10-meter range. As has become the norm for higher end mice,the GM-M7800Sfeatures forwar and back buttons, a tilt wheel, and adjustable resolution for high and low sensitivity.
The real beatuy of the GM-M7800S lies in its construction and the materials used. The mouse is covered in soft leather with subtle two-tone sticting and has several Swarovski crystals along the center of the mouse. Topping it off, the forward, backward, and DPI sensitivity buttons are all plated in 18K gold for a true touch of luxury.
Those interested in the full press release can view it here. GIGABYTE unfortunately did not make a statement on availability nor pricing for the GM-M7800 mouse.
Gizmodo has the details on perhaps what is one of the most promising showcases of upcoming technology from the 2009 MWC. Officially specified as "alternate MAC/PHY", you will now be able to have peer-to-peer connectivity coupled with Wi-Fi transfter speeds seamlessly and easily. Devices will shake hands via Bluetooth when paired up. Then, when any file transfer begins, communication will take place over the Wi-Fi hardware giving you a speedy wireless transfer. After the transfer is over, the Wi-Fi connection is dropped and communication is resumed via Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group says that the specification will be official in April. Fortunately we might not have to wait long to be able to use it. Broadcom states that some of their current production chips already have the ability and only a software upgrade will be required to implement it.
Austrailia telecommunication giant Telstra has announced plans to roll out the world;s fastest wireless broadband network says News.com.au.
Chief executive Sol Trujillo said that the company will be upping the speed of its Next G network to 21 Mbps for business customers starting next week and should be available to customers in April. He also said the company plans to increase speeds to 42 Mbps in late 2009 and 2010. The catch appears to be that handsets won't be available to take advantage of the increased speeds until later in the year.
A faster network increases the products and services that Telstra can offer its customers, and also allows Telstra to handle traffic on its network more efficiently, a benefit to the company even if users don't upgrade.
You have to show leadership and that's what we have been doing by changing this whole game around what a real high-speed wireless broadband world looks like.
Some mad scientists in Japan have made a WiFi resistant paint. A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo blended regular house paint with Aluminum Iron Oxide to create a paint that is capable of blocking stray Wifi signals.
What this means is that for the price of a couple of gallons of paint you can add an extra measure of security to your home or office wireless network.
Of course you will still get leakage from windows and other places that you would not normally paint but it should be able to greatly reduce the amount of signal that wardrivers and other WiFi thieves can use to piggyback on your signal.
Linksys has taken a big step forward in the digital home market by unveiling their new Multiroom Wireless-N Home Audio System in time for CES today. This is a complete wireless home audio system that makes use of the latest wireless-n technology to deliver audio throughout the home. Its rich feature-set allow the same music to be played throughout the whole circuit or you can customize what you want played in certain zones.
The Wireless Home Audio solution also puts millions of songs at your fingertips through integrated Internet services such as Rhapsody, AudioLounge, and RadioTime. An optional Docking Station for iPod enables your content on Apple iPods, including Podcasts, Audio Books, and purchased iTunes content, to be played through any Wireless Home Audio device on the network.
Wireless Home Audio products also work great with the newly announced Linksys by Cisco Media Hub that gathers and presents the available media on a network.
For full information on the new Linksys Wireless Home Audio product family, including its extensive feature-set, availability and pricing, you can read the full announcement here.
The Wireless Home Audio product family includes three available options for playback devices that allow consumers to bring wireless audio to any room - the all-in-one Conductor, the Director with powerful amplifier and the Player which is the ideal addition to existing sound systems. A Wireless-N Controller enhances the Wireless Home Audio experience by providing touchscreen access to all available audio from anywhere in the home. Consumers can easily unleash audio from their iPods by simply slipping it into the available Docking Station for instant access to all of the songs, playlists, and other audio content on the device. In addition, with millions of songs available from Rhapsody in the US and AudioLounge in Europe, Wireless Home Audio users can search for tracks, discover new artists, and create playlists to be sent to any room. A "Favorites" function gives one-touch access to any content from any source.
Google has written a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking to use unlicensed and unused airwaves or "white space" as it is called, for broadening the arena in which the internet can be broadcast.
It seems that the areas between channel 2 to channel 51 on TV sets which are not in use by cable services, or satellite broadcasts will be an ideal playground and a "once in a lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans."; according to the Yahoo news article.
The article hints that this move is a way forward for the internet giant to allow its online advertising business to grow as their Android mobile phone software which will be introduced in lots of mobiles begins to take over the world. Others argue that using the white space will cause interference on already pre-existing channels. While we are not sure of the outcome of this letter to the FCC, we are sure that Google never does anything in a small way.
Google headquarters, late one night . Pinky shouts in an excited voice "Brain, what shall we do tonight then, hey?" Brain replies in a patient voice "The same thing we do every night, Pinky - take over the world!"
Read the full article here.