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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.
Verizon has ratched up the speed of their FiOS internet service. Today the company has introduced a 150Mb/sec speed plan for their customers at a premium price of $200 a month.
Of course this is the download speed; the upload on this plan is 35MB/sec which is nothing new for FiOS customers as this speed is offered on a lower tier. The 150 download speed is now the fastest currently available from any major Internet provider in the U.S.; 50 times faster than average DSL service. The service is expected to be offered to businesses as well by the end of the year at a higher rate.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM. The ultra compact form factor measures a remarkable 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm).
When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter.
For fans of a NAS server - if you haven't used one, you really should - 18 months with one myself and I'll never, ever go back, this will be something you will like to read.
Today, Thecus pulled the veil back on their new 4-bay NAS, the Thecus N4200Eco NAS Server which promises to deliver next-generation performance and functionality.
It's almost getting to the point that you can't go anywhere in the world without being connected. Ncell, a joint venture between the Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera and some private investors, has installed a 3G and WiFi capable GSM network base station at the base of Mount Everest.
Long famous as the highest point in the world, the summit of Mount Everest no longer requires a satellite phone to make a call. Ncell tested the station by making the world's highest video call at 17,388 feet and has confirmed the network is working at the summit. Ncell also plans to have 90% of Nepal's population covered by the end of next year. Now all your Twitter followers and Facebook friends will be able to know you've completed your climb of Mount Everest the second you reach the top. Hooray?
Bluetooth has some competition - Wi-Fi Direct is touted to everything Bluetooth does, but with far less issues and annoyances all while using a protocol that is far more widespread and easier to setup.
Starting today - Wi-Fi Direct devices will enter the certification process - the actual products to use this tech are unknown at this point, but there should be some hardware on the shelves before Santa arrives in 2 more months.
Functionality wise, the claims stand out instantly - for someone to make a device-to-device connection over Wi-Fi just ONE of the devices needs to be Wi-Fi Direct certified. This will help create a user base out of the box, which is a great step towards instant sales.
Sometimes living in a big house makes getting wireless signal to all corners of the placea real pain, or you've got a room where you want a computer but no way to run the internet without drilling holes or buying a wireless card. Networking is getting quite a bit simpler thanks to Atheros' Hybrid Networking System.
The router gives you standard fare: 802.11 Wifi, Ethernet, all the usual goodies. The Homeplug AV powerline networking is where it gets interesting. Simply by plugging in the AC adapter, you've instantly got extended wireless signal and even an Ethernet port for network access on a non-wireless capable machine. No word on cost yet for this fun little device, but it is expected to ship by the end of the year.
Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.
Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.