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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.
Geoff from Freedom9 in Australia alerted us recently that they have released their latest Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, called the freeStor 400.
It is promoted as a desktop DLNA compatible Media Storage Server more so than just a regular NAS product. It comes fitted with 802.11G/B wireless LAN which means you are not limited to where you can place it in your home or office. If you prefer wires, it has built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet.
It will accept four SATA II hard drives up to 500GB each and will work in Windows Vista as well as on Linux and Mac computers. For data security, you can setup the drives in RAID 5.
For more information, head over to the Freedom9 product page.
Digital Picture Frames have really taken off; they're one of those devices that could have been quickly considered as a useless gimmick, but a decent flow of sales in the retail market proves otherwise.
I've never put much thought into their usefulness myself, that is until eStarling contacted us recently with details of their new WiFi Digital Picture Frame.
This thing is actually REALLY cool. As it sports integrated WiFi, it is assigned its own e-mail address which opens up the doors to some awesome features.
As an example, if you bought one of these for a distant friend or relative you can take pictures of your latest 'kodak moment' and simply send the image to the specified e-mail addy of the frame; that photo will then be displayed on the frame within just a few minutes.
Here are some other cool scenarios eStarling have mentioned :-
Give one to your wife and logon to eStarling's portal site a few weeks before your anniversary. Schedule a dozen photos of roses to appear, as if by magic, on your anniversary day.
If you've collected digital photos in a variety of online places (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.), eStarling provides a single website that you can login to and manage all those photo assets. You can decide which photos you want to show up on your picture frame and what day you want them to be there.
You can even subscribe your digital picture frame to a photo RSS feed. eStarling's new WiFi frame supports all major RSS photo feeds including Flickr, Picasa, AOL. The company also has a partnership with Photobucket, a subsidiary of Myspace, which allows subscribers to have full access to all of their public and private photos thru the frame.
Specs wise, the 8" frame uses a smooth finish in your choice of black or white, and can display at a resolution of up to 800x600. It also has 128MB of built-in flash memory.
DEAL OF THE DAY - CompUSA - TRENDNet 54Mbps Wireless Firewall Router for Only $9.99 with $5.00 Shipping
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Nice cheap buy on a wireless router that comes fully featured with everything you would need from one. Rebate expires 4/28/07.
DEAL OF THE DAY - CompUSA - TrendNet 54Mbps Wireless 802.11b/g Firewall Router for $9.99 After Rebate with Free In Store Pickup!
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Here's your chance to pick up a new router if yours is getting all messed up like mine! TrendNet has actually been given a whole bunch of awards for their routers recently, so these guys should be pretty good. You can all the details on their website. This rebate expires 3/3/07.
And we thought the day would never come, finally someone decides to kick off some Wi-Fi cards for the now standard PCIe x1 connector, none other than Abit in fact. Dubbed "AirPace Wi-Fi, the card is of course fully compatible with 802.11b and g networks and supports wireless speeds of up to 54Mbps.
Get all the details on it via the press material here folks.
December 11, 2006 - abit is once more expanding their product portfolio. Responding to the ever growing demand for a digital home environment in which various devices are wirelessly interconnected and can communicate with one another, abit now introduces a unique Wi-Fi solution. The abit AirPace Wi-Fi card is the very first IEEE 802.11b/g WLAN device for universal use with PCI-E interfaces. Unlike proprietary solutions the abit AirPace Wi-Fi is highly flexible as it is compatible with ANY PCI-E socket. This makes installation as well as migration true child's play. In addition to the common client mode, software Access Point capability is also supported. abit - pioneer in PCI-E wireless technology.
DEAL OF THE DAY - CircuitCity.com - Kensington PocketMouse Wireless Micro for FREE after Rebate, plus Make $8.01!
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Very nice deal on a wireless optical pocket mouse for your laptop! This ultra-compact mouse is just $31.99 minus a $40 mail in rebate (expiring 12/2/06), which means you make just over $8!
Microsoft have just officially released their super duper blue-tooth based "Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000" keyboard and mouse combo with many bells and whistles as per this article over at the DailyTech today.
Microsoft today launched the world's first wireless rechargeable and backlit keyboard and mouse combination that is compatible with Windows Vista. Microsoft first announced the keyboard/mouse combo in late June. The Bluetooth-based Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 will be available in February 2007, with a retail price of $249.95. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop will be available in January 2007, with a retail price of $149.95. The keyboard is one-inch thick and is wireless up to 30 feet away.
DEAL OF THE DAY - Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router (Compatible with Linux) for $55.94 after Rebate
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: have always loved the Linksys WRT54 series. This is the new WRT54GL model which is compatible with Linux! The new "L" version is basically the same hardware as the WRT54G, but in order to use the open source community to have the WRT as awesome was it was before, you will need this version.
Two new products make their way into ASUS's "MiMO" wireless networking lineup as of today. They announce both the WL-566gM router and WL-106gM PCMCIA adapter, which when coupled together will operate at speeds of up to 240Mbps and with 8X the standard coverage area to boot.
All the details reside within the official PR folks.
Sydney, Australia; April 07, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) unveiled today the 240 MIMO series, which currently includes the WL-566gM router and WL-106gM adapter, drastically improving WLAN's data transfer rate and coverage range, while maintaining signal integrity and Wi-Fi interoperability.
With its high-speed 240Mbps data transfer rate, the multi-transmitting 240 MIMO series excels with an actual throughput of up to 100Mbps, and covers eight times the range than that of standard 802.11g WLAN devices. True wireless multimedia experience in homes, small businesses, retail stores etc, without any dead spots is now possible by taking advantage of multipath propagation in the Multiple Input Multiple Output technology - MIMO.