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All posts tagged "wireless"


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Travel Off the Beaten Path With VZ Navigator and VZ Navigator Global From Verizon Wireless

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:30 AM

http://products.verizonwireless.com...d=fnd_navigator

Verizon Wireless has created two navigation apps called VZ Navigator and VZ Navigator Global. The VZ Navigator app is your guide within the country but VZ Global takes it, well, global so you can travel unfamiliar foreign territory. The apps contains voice turn-by-turn directions, accurate real highway signs (for you visual drivers like myself), integrated roadside assistance, traffic notifications and location sharing so your peeps will know exactly when you will arrive to the kegger! Pricing is dependent on which plan you select and they offer a "one day" plan for the VZ Navigator app which would be good for venturing out of your local area on summer vacation. Plus, Verizon is offering a free 30 day trial for VZ Navigator so you can try it before buying!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Securely Share Your Wireless Network With Wifi Joiner

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5813995/wifi-...-with-a-qr-code

"Want a simpler way to allow others to join your Wi-Fi network, without having to give out your WPA code? Wifi Joiner creates a QR code for your network that the other user can scan to easily connect to your wireless network."

This is a pretty handy little app for those who need to share their wireless network with others yet don't want to just hand out the password. Wifi Joiner will allow you to generate a QR code that can be scanned by another user running Wifi Joiner to quickly and easily configure your wireless network on their device. Your wireless password can even be encrypted so it is not just stored as plain text in the QR code for all to read. A pretty neat idea over all. Something like this should be a universal standard. Just beep the WiFi sign and Starbucks to connect securely.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

US Wireless Capacity To Hit A Wall In The Next 24-36 Months?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/spec...sis-2013-2011-5

"According to the FCC, the United States is facing an imminent spectrum crisis, in which exploding demand from smartphones will soon overwhelm the nation's wireless capacity. The problem, the FCC says, is the lack of new spectrum being made available to wireless data carriers. Smartphone data traffic is growing so fast, the FCC says, that--if nothing is done--we will use up our available spectrum by 2013."

Image: Federal Communications Commission

If you are in any way dependent on wireless services then you will probably want to take note of this article. The Business Insider has posted an article citing statistics produced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which indicate the US is quickly running out of wireless capacity. On the current course, and without an intervention of some kind, by some point in 2013 we will hit a spectrum deficit wall. The FCC does, though, have a plan to recover under used spectrum capacity from various sources. Hit the Read link for additional data and commentary by the Business Insider.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altec Lansing InMotion Air Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/r...eaker-System/p1

"Every year the gadget world is swamped by new buzz words, technological breakthroughs or product types that we simply must buy into. For music fans the must-have gadget is a dock and the buzz word it must now have is 'AirPlay' - Apple's wireless streaming connectivity capable of supporting lossless audio. So can we take a wireless speaker with none of this functionality seriously? Actually yes..."

Bluetooth-based speakers tend to be more on the "suck" side of the spectrum than the "awesome" side, but it seems Altec Lansing has pulled a rabbit out of their hat here and delivered a system that actually allows Bluetooth-transmitted audio to sound good. Go figure! If you've got a Bluetooth device and want to listen to music without having to connect it to a speaker dock, this looks like a good solution.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

HSTi Delivers the Wireless Media Stick 2.0 and Mobile App At CES

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://hsti.com/press/android

"HSTi announces the Wireless Media Stick, a game changing accessory that sets Android-based phones apart from their competition, and will change the way people enjoy media files like movies, home videos, music and photos. Exclusively at the CES 2011, HSTi will unveil the Wireless Media Stick Android mobile App that allows the Wireless Media Stick to now stream your stored movies, videos, music, and photos, from any Android-based Smart Phone and Tablet, to your favourite media player without interrupting the use or functionality of the phone."

HSTi has released a new Wireless Media Stick 2.0 that allows you to connect your Android phone or tablet to other media players through wireless connections. And at the end of January, HSTi will release a mobile app for the Wireless Media Stick which will allow you to use it without limiting your device's function while connected to other electronics. Combine that with portability and ease of usage, and you have one powerful little wireless connector! To order, click here.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wireless Sync Comes To Android via Winamp and doubleTwist

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 05:30 PM

It's a big day for Android Wireless Music Synchronization. No, Gingerbread didn't drop and bring us new features - but both Winamp and doubleTwist did! So if you're a fan of either (or want to become one), check out their pages for more info!


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Not Always Better in North America: US & Canada Pay More for Wireless

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 11:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news...tm_campaign=rss

"Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI). The foundation examined the different types of mobile packages in various countries in order to determine the minimum cost for voice minutes, texting, and data, and found that-surprise!-countries with more competition and more regulation tended to have the best pricing."

An interesting piece by Ars Technica highlighting a recently released report showing that those in the US and Canada pay the highest prices for cell phones and plans relative to the rest of the world. Since US is just now starting to have some saturation with Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) data plans from companies like T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile Broadband, I'd agree that we have some catching up to do. Hopefully lowering prices will result!


Friday, October 15, 2010

PRemoteDroid: Use Your Android Phone As A Wireless Mouse & Keyboard

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.talkandroid.com/17283-us...h-premotedroid/

"PRemoteDroid is a useful free app for those of you who have HTPCs (Home Theatre PCs) or do presentations for work. It basically allows you to use your Android phone's touchscreen as a touchpad mouse and your keyboard to input text - all wirelessly!"

Some times I come across a program and just have to say, wow. PRemoteDroid is one of those programs. I have an Acer Nettop hooked up you my TV for playing DVDs and Netflix. Having a convenient way to control the PC has always been an issue. Until recently I used my old Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard and mouse from my Windows Mobile days... that is until the dog decided to eat my mouse. Enter PRemoteDroid to save the day!

Setup couldn't be easier, install the app from the market and download the server portion to your PC. You can connect your phone over WiFi or Bluetooth, both worked well for me. Unlike other remote apps out there this one features remote screen capture, which shows you where you cursor is on the PC's display, as well as a built in file explorer! You can browse the file system of the remote computer and launch any file in the default program on the PC. This is a must have for anyone with a home theater PC.


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