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.
Farewell, Explorers. Goodbye, Glass. Google's decision to spin out its controversial wearable into a standalone business was instantly portrayed by many as the often-predicted death of the headset, but the reality is less clear-cut. Glass' struggles saw early enthusiasm sour when questions around privacy and usefulness collided head-on with anti-ostentatious-geek sentiment, and the "face computer" never managed to restore its reputation. While the temptation may be to hit delete on the whole saga, I'd argue a Glass reboot with far greater focus on how head-worn wearables might fit into our daily lives would be a far more rewarding strategy.
The modular phone system known as Google's Project Ara is well underway, and leading up to the project's second big developer event ever - taking place this week - the creators of Ara have released their newest MDK. This piece of work is made for creators of Modules - instead of a Software Development Kit, this is a Module Development Kit. What developers will find inside is the first solid chat on the Ara Module Marketplace - how you can get involved and what it takes to be a Module Developer, too.
What's been holding Cadillac back, president Johan de Nysschen said today, is its absence of a small crossover and an entry-level luxury model, then proceeding to reveal a 200 mph super-sedan. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V may not fill either of the increasingly obvious gaps in the GM luxe-marque's line-up - though cars to address both needs, among others, will come before 2020 the company insists - but it does do something arguably more interesting from a driving perspective, in taking the power fight directly to BMW's M and Mercedes-Benz's AMG ranges.