wireless

  • Logitech shifts into wireless driving wheels for PS3

    PlayStation 3 (or PS2) owners today got a new option for expanding their experience for their favorite driving games. The new Logitech Driving Force Wireless wheel combines force-feedback technology with 2.4 GHz wireless freedom. Built as a one-piece design, with an expandable lap rest, Logitech’s first wireless wheel for the PlayStation 3 promises comfortable lag-free racing without… Read More

  • Senators fight to end unfair wireless taxes


    Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has taken up the crusade of cutting the taxes we pay on wireless phones and services, according to a press release issued by the Senator, the average U.S. tax rate for most goods is about 7% but after combining state, local and federal taxes on cell phones and service the average rate more than doubles. That’s more than taxes on tobacco and alcohol, Senator… Read More

  • Video Review: IOGEAR USB Net ShareStation

    [blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AcHOFAA%5D Looking to share USB devices across your home network? Got $80? Then pick up the IOGEAR USB Net ShareStation. The product’s website says, “Users may not achieve optimum audio/video streaming performance when connecting to the USB Net ShareStation through a wireless Ethernet router,” but I loaded up a 1080p WMV file and streamed it… Read More

  • Japanese company unveils solar-powered wireless keyboard

    It seems Japan is getting greener every day. Now Buffalo announced they will start selling a wireless keyboard [JP] powered by solar energy from next week. The BSKBW01SB will be priced at $120. The 2.4GHz wireless device features a small solar panel located above the numerical keyboard block and can alternatively be powered using 2 AAA batteries. Read More

  • MetroPCS will allow the activation of other carriers’ phones on its service

    MetroPCS Communications Inc, a Dallas-based wireless carrier, is allowing customers to bring phones from other carriers to its network. Supposedly this is one of the largest carriers to do such a thing. Analysts say that this will be the trend as the US wireless market starts to open up. That said, if you think you can activate an iPhone on MetroPCS Network, it’s not going to happen. Read More

  • Chrsyler to offer in-car wireless Internet next model year, safety advocates freaking out

    Chrysler, the also-ran of the Big Three in Detroit, will offer in-car wireless Internet access beginning with 2009 model cars. The Los Angeles Times says it uses 3G, but doesn’t mention anything about those of us who live in areas without 3G coverage. The service, to be called UConnectWeb when it’s officially unveiled tomorrow, is aimed squarely at passengers—Chrysler… Read More

  • T-Mobile @Home offers $10 per month unlimited VOIP

    Starting July 2nd, existing T-Mobile customers will be able to add unlimited VOIP home phone service for $10 extra per month, plus a one-time outlay of $50 for a T-Mobile-branded Linksys wireless router with built-in VOIP functionality. The router has two SIM card slots inside and, as such, can handle two separate phone numbers. You’ll get an additional number on top of your current… Read More

  • American Airlines testing in-flight Wi-Fi tomorrow

    Hey, here’s a happy surprise for anyone who may happen to be flying from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles on American Airlines tomorrow. The company will be conducting “a dress rehearsal” of in-flight Wi-Fi service, called GoGo, provided by Aircell. American has a fleet of 15 767-200 airplanes that have the Wi-Fi connections installed and ready to go, so assuming the flight… Read More

  • T-Mobile to implement new early termination policy

    T-Mobile will be joining the various other wireless providers in providing prorated early termination fees. I use the term “prorated” loosely, as you won’t actually save any money until you’ve been a customer for a year and a half. At 180 days from the end of your contract, though, your early termination fee will drop from $200 to $100 and at 90 days, the fee will drop… Read More

  • Android platform suffers setbacks, delays expected

    According to the Wall Street Journal (which charges $90 per year to access full articles), Google’s Android plans aren’t moving quite as fast as the company had hoped. Android chief Andy Rubin told the Wall Street Journal, “This is where the pain happens. We are very, very close.” The slowdown appears to be a result of copious reams of red tape from carriers coupled… Read More

  • Review: Wireless Laser Desktop 7000


    We’re continuing our high-end keyboard roundup with Microsoft’s new hardware one-two punch, the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000. It combines their new wireless keyboard with touch-sensitive favorites buttons with the Laser Mouse 7000, which looks like an extra from Minority Report. Moving from a wired Logitech setup, how does our brave reviewer fare? Read More

  • Monster announces wireless HD kit, Digital Express HD

    It’s a little unclear in the AP report whether or not Monster is releasing two separate wireless HD kits or just one. I’m positive the latter is the case here. Monster is utilizing the Sigma Designs’ UWB technology. You may recall that Westinghouse announced an LCD TV back at CES with built-in UWB. The Digital Express HD kit includes a receiver that connects to your HDTV via… Read More

  • Wireless pen transmits characters written in the air on a screen

    Tokyo-based SMK Corp. presents a new kind of wireless input pen that is able to display characters written in the air on monitors. A built-in triaxial sensor detects the positional information and is able to recognize characters inputted with the pen. Via Bluetooth, the pen transmits the data to a screen that can be up to 10 meters away from the user. SMk claims their invention is a… Read More

  • VUDU Wireless Kit now available for $79

    VUDU, makers of the Internet-connected set-top movie streaming box shown above, has just released a new wireless kit that can be added to your existing VUDU box for $79. It’ll also be available as part of a new package for $349, which will include the VUDU set-top box and the wireless kit, saving you about $30. The wireless kit is really easy to set up and doesn’t require any… Read More

  • JetBlue in-flight Wi-Fi service gets Gmail, Exchange

    Hot off the travel-related press, is news that Jet Blue’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has added support for checking more e-mail accounts than just Yahoo! Mail and BlackBerry Mail, which were previously the only ones available. Jaunted.com has more details, including… [S]tarting today, you’ll be able to check your accounts at Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, too. If… Read More

  • Hop On Wireless' HOP1800 "disposable" phone: Beware

    As we all know, Hop On Wireless finally (they’ve been promising hardware since 2001) released the Hop1800, a $10 disposable dual-band phone with no screen. Great, right? So what am I so antsy about? I did a little digging recently and came back worried. Hop On has been hyping this device for seven years. Its founder, Peter Michaels, made a huge splash in 2001, receiving accolades from… Read More

  • FCC considers making next spectrum winner offer free wireless broadband Internet access


    Flickr’d Don’t look now, but the FCC, in an unusually egalitarian move, may require the winner of an upcoming spectrum auction to give away free, wireless Internet access. A June 12 meeting will determine the rules of an upcoming auction, with one of the bandied-about provisions being that the winner must provide at least 50 percent of the country (well, the population) with… Read More

  • Buckle up, this pen also detects Wi-Fi signals

    This is a pen. It costs $20 and can detect wireless signals using a series of between one and four glowing lights. The more lights you see, the stronger the signal!!! It runs off of two AG13 batteries, which look like tiny little buttons. I’d hope that you can somehow replace the ink once it runs out because, man, that would be a bad day. WiFi Signal Finder Pen [Gadget4all.com] via… Read More

  • Can FON create a worldwide, wireless Internet?

    Ready for worldwide, wireless Internet access? Keep dreaming! You remember FON, right? There’s a small piece in the International Herald Tribune that tries to explain why the hippie-sounding service hasn’t taken off yet. Whereas, to be successful, FON needs millions of users spread around the world, each sharing their Internet connection wirelessly, so far only 830,000 people… Read More

  • Australian telco to offer free laptops with data service

    Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, as Australian mobile company Telstra will be giving laptops away to business users who sign up for a three-year contract for mobile data service. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “The company has released a new plan for business customers — only those with an ABN — which offers them a laptop and wireless broadband card at… Read More

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