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.
Google's Project Ara modular smartphone may be yet to convince everyone that it solves a legitimate problem, but we now at least know it won't be lacking power, with Marvell and NVIDIA both cooking up processor modules for the phone. NVIDIA is creating a Project Ara application processor module from its Tegra K1 - the same potent chipset found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, for instance - according to Google project chief Paul Eremenko, while Marvell is doing the same with its PXA1928 quadcore. It's not the only sign of manufacturer support for Google's big scheme to make future Androids piecemeal, either.
On the 13th of January in Detroit we'll be catching our first glimpse of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. This has been confirmed by General Motors and is suggested to bring the Cadillac V-Series "to the next level." This vehicle will be shown alongside the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, the second in line in this next-generation family of track-capable cars. This will be the third-generation CTS-V and, given the track records the previous models have set - and the pricing schedule set by previous models VS their higher-priced competitors - this release aught to be a doozy.
Cadillac will reveal its new CT6 range-topping luxury sedan in April at the New York Auto Show, kicking off an ambitious relaunch that will see the firm simultaneously ape and distance itself from German marques. The Cadillac CT6 - which will be inspired by the 2013 Elmiraj concept, though be a four-door rather than a coupe - will be the GM division's own interpretation of what American automotive luxury means, but according to new marketing chief Uwe Ellinghaus, it'll never actually describe it as such.