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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.
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.