As home networks have proliferated, it's taking a while for peripherals to catch up; ethernet ports are reasonably common on printers, but there's still a price-premium. Winstar's M4 USB Networking Server aims to address that, a compact box that supports connecting up to four different USB 2.0 devices to your home or office network.
Now cell phone WiFi access will get a lot more efficient, thanks to a new chip from Broadcom. The BCM4329 chip will be used in cellphones that have 802.11n WiFi in order to decrease the amount of power required to maintain that wireless connection.
Normally, WiFi on cellphones takes up a lot of energy. In fact, it's often thought of as a serious battery drainer. But this new chip makes it so a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band connection can occur without using as much power. It uses less power than earlier chips that could only manage the 802.11g standard and no higher.
This chip also offers up Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner and a feature called space time block coding, which makes connections on the outskirts of a network more stable. The Broadcom BCM4329 chip is expected sometime in 2009, though no customers for it have been named yet.
Pyramat which is all about performance gaming had a few different gaming chairs on show tonight. I got a relatively good look at two of them, the PM450-WR Sound Rocker and the PC Gaming Chair 2.1.
The PM450-WR Sound Rocker has speakers and a subwoofer with wireless audio reception. It has a cordless rechargeable battery and iPod,Mp3,DS Lite and PSP input. There’s a 24GHz wireless transmitter and it’s made from breathable microfiber fabric. It comes with a multiplayer connection, volume/base controls, headphone jack, a storage pocket and it folds away for storage and has carrying handles for easy transport.
This phone is amazing, it might actually have a chance at being an iPhone killer if it makes it out of South Korea. It starts by actually including the multi-touch technology, that’s a major point for the iPhone, so, in my personal opinion, you can’t call any device lacking that technology and iPhone killer regardless of what the spec sheet has on it.
From there they tack on dedicated buttons for calling, navigating should you choose not to use your fingers, and a couple other spare buttons. It runs a fairly customized version of WinMo 6 too. The multi-touch touch-screen is smaller though at only 2.8-inces, but that’s fine, as long as it works similarly.
Daewoo Lucoms announced the Solo M410, a new all-in-on, ultra portable laptop. It sports the new Intel Duo T2400 processor (1.83 GHz), 80GB SATA HDD, measly 512MB of DDR2 RAM, an integrated 1.3 megapixel web cam, DVD Super-Multi drive and a 14” WXGA display with resolution of 1280x768. Other features include a 4-in-1-memory card slot, USB 2.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g WLAN, and S-Video out. The Solo M410 is priced $1,500 and it’s currently available in Korea.
The Shinco GM400 Voyager comes with 2D/3D maps with over 2 million points of interest. The 4” LCD touchscreen displays data in a crisp manner, with day/brightness mode for greater energy efficiency. It comes preloaded with UK maps, and you have the option to purchase U.S., Asia, and Europe maps as well.
One of the debates surrounding the new smartwatch trend is the one about classical, analog watches and sophisticated, but sometimes inelegant smartwatches. Some people see a watch as more than just a timepiece but also as a form of expression, a part of personality. These types of people would probably never wear a smartwatch even if they see the utility in it. Until now. Kairos is back in trying to mix analog and digital, and this time it is doing things differently with the T-band, which is basically a "smart watch strap".
Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.
With a documentary set to air later this month, the first of the Atari 2600 game cartridges that were unearthed from the desert this past spring after being buried in 1983 were auctioned off. A set of 100 cartridges, including a number of copies of the game adaptation of E.T., earned close to $36,500 for the City of Alamogordo, New Mexico.