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Almost two years ago, Google launched a rather mundane attempt to compete with social media juggernaut Facebook. If you weren't reading about how detrimental social media is to your brain and your sense of morality (which you probably, and ironically found on your Twitter or Facebook news feeds), you may have caught this somewhat underwhelming SEO boost to your social network two Aprils ago.
This past Thursday, Google announced it had enhanced its Profiles section. I think we all remember what happened the last time Google created a social service that duplicated an existing one, but 8.5 million reminders of their mistake will hopefully avert anything similar this time.
Google users that decide to participate will notice that their profiles will update automatically as new features become available. For the time being, the page looks almost identical to a watered-down Facebook Profile page- but is that necessarily a bad thing?
The company behind the Killer line of gaming network gear has introduced their new Killer Wireless-N laptop network adapter. Bigfoot are making claims that the Wireless-N adapter offers transfer speeds of up to five times faster than competing WiFi adapters.
Bigfoot says this will give laptop gamers an advantage over opponents who don't have a comparable networking kit as it cuts down on latency and lag. Bigfoot Networks' CEO Michael Howse also said that other wireless connections that are usually unsuitable for other online activities that are sensitive to wireless packet loss such as VoiP and HD video streaming would benefit from these new Bigfoot products.
If you're the kind of person who wants to pump digital wares around your house (and now outside of your house via 3G) then the latest QNAP Turbo NAS range will suite you well.
QNAP's latest addition (known as the TS-x12 line) will include a Marvel 1.2GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as the RAID and iSCSI support that the current QNAP Turbo NAS series include. But the change in these models is that they include iOS WiFi and 3G streaming to your various Apple iOS based devices.
The so called "Super Wi-Fi" has gotten a few mentions here and there; coming up with a new standard is a slow and harrowing process. Another step was taken today with the FCC opening up the "white space" wireless spectrum and giving nine companies, including Google, permission to begin managing and administrating this spectrum which was used to provide a buffer between TV channels when analog was king.
With the complete move to digital TV, this buffer is no longer necessary and this white space can be put to use in other ways. Testing still needs to be done to make sure that the new wireless tech doesn't interfere with what's currently in place. The white space spectrum has the possibility of longer wavelengths, better penetration, and further reach than current Wi-Fi standards.
Google, Comsearch, Frequency Finder, KB Enterprises, LS Telecom, Key Bridge, Neustar, Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia Technology and WSdb are the nine companies that were given permission to work within the spectrum, including managing databases and building and managing devices. Many companies believe the possibility of a nationwide Wi-Fi network using this spectrum is possible if all goes well.
I have said before that in my home I can't get a decent WiFi signal to the living room. I can use powerline networking though but the catch is that I also need a hub or switch in the entertainment center because I have several things that need connectivity. Trendnet has a new adapter that will let me connect several items without needing a hub back there.
The Trendnet TPL-305E is a 200 Mbps powerline network adapter than has three ports built in. That means that the one adapter can hook up your cable box, Blu-ray player, and your game console without needing other hardware. The adapter can be put on a network with up to 16 more adapters just like it.
The adapters have a one-touch connect button and support network security with AES encryption. The adapters will hit stores in February for $79.99 each. "TRENDnet's energy efficient TPL-305E adds to our growing portfolio of Powerline products," stated Sonny Su, Director of Technology for TRENDnet. "With the proliferation of networked devices in the home, users will benefit from the three networked ports on this powerful Powerline solution."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 6 2011, TRENDNet shows off new high speed networking products to us in the lobby of the Mirage Casino and Hotel. We met up with Zak Wood and was able to take a look at a few of the new networking products we will get to show you later this year.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Trendnet has been at CES as long as I can recall and this year the company is pulling some really cool gear out of its hat for wireless fans. Trendnet has a new wireless gaming adapter that console users will like. The new adapter is called the 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter model TEW-687GA.
The adapter promises blazing fast 802.11n wireless speeds and Trendnet says that it will break the 150Mbps perforce barrier and in testing the adapter has reached 200Mbps bursts transmissions. The adapter has MIMO technology integrated with three spatial streams per antenna for more bandwidth and better connectivity.
The adapter has a Gigabit wired Ethernet port and supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for easy construction for secure networks and more. The adapter works best when paired with the Trendnet TEW-691GR router, but it should work with any brand router. The adapter will ship this month for $149.99.
"TRENDnet was ecstatic to be able to deliver the first ever 450Mbps wireless n router to market in early June of last year, followed by the first ever 450Mbps access point last month," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TRENDnet. "The fact that we are also on pace to launch the very first 450Mbps wireless n adapter is yet another signal of TRENDnet's ability to innovate in the wireless networking space."
When it comes to setting up a wireless network that will work with your broadband connection at home some people are clueless. My mom once tried to set up her own wireless network and ended up cramming a phone line into the Ethernet port on the router. It wasn't pretty. For folks that want more simplicity on their devices or just need less clutter and want 4G Clearwire has a new modem for you.
The new modem is called the Clear Modem and it supports the WiMax 4G service Clearwire offers in some markets. The modem also has a built in WiFi router that will support multiple devices using 802.11n and supports older protocols as well. The router is about the size of a clock according to Clear and will shoot fast speeds throughout the home.
I haven't had a home phone in years. I don't even want a VoIP line; I stick with my mobile phone all the way. If you do like to have a phone in the house other than your mobile for one reason or another and you want cool features like video calling, Vox Communications has a new VoIP handset for you. The phone is called the Ojo Phone.
It has a big 7-inch LCD screen on it that lets you see who you are talking to and the user can pick custom wallpaper on the device to spice up the looks of it. The phone is plug and play with the only thing the user needs to do to set it up being plug it into an Ethernet cable and hook up the power. The phone will complete the reminder of the setup itself.
With Christmas just around the corner odds are you might be giving someone a gadget that needs web connectivity or you may be expecting to get a device that needs web connectivity. Things like Blu-ray players, game consoles, TVs and all sorts of other stuff need a web connection to work a lot of times. The catch for many of us is that not all of the gadgets have WiFi built-in and sometimes WiFi just doesn't cut it when it comes to getting a reliable connection.
Trendnet has unveiled a new powerline networking system that is aimed at folks streaming lots of HD models and other large files across a network. The networking kit promises powerline networking at up to 500Mbps. Each of the adapters has a Gigabit Ethernet port built-in and has 128-bit AES encryption. The system has one button set up and an LED indicator on each adapter for network status.