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Samsung DV150F point-and-shoot with front-facing display hands-on

Samsung DV150F point-and-shoot with front-facing display hands-on

The Samsung DV150F is one of several cameras revealed this week carrying the ability to work with the company's SMART CAMERA 2.0 software. Here we're finding that even more enticing than the promise of next-generation sharing abilities is the display sitting on the front of the machine, giving us the ability to take full-on self-shots without the need of a mirror or a rather sizable flip screen. This machine was available for our perusal this week at the Digital Experience show put on by the folks at Pepcom during CES 2013 - have a peek!

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Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Early experiences with WiFi 802.11ac will likely prove disappointing for those expecting a significant boost over existing 11n wireless, industry experts warn, with the soon-to-be-ratified standard taking a further generation before it lights up properly. "The new standard will be evolutionary, with two waves involved" Cisco's Chris Spain tells Network Computing. "Out of the gate, the increases in performance over 11n will not be tremendously impressive. The second wave - which will require a hardware refresh - gets far more interesting."

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FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

FCC loosens its grip, makes it easier to get Internet in-flight

For now, airlines have to go through a lengthy hassle in order to get in-flight Internet access established. The airline has to get the FCC's go-ahead to utilize the satellite-delivered airwaves that bring wifi to aircraft, as well as approval from the FAA. To decrease the red tape and streamline the process, the FCC has approved an application process that will let airlines more easily get licensing.

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RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM will pay Nokia around $65m in a one-off patent royalty payment, newly filed SEC paperwork confirms, though subsequent payments could amount to nearly enough if analyst predictions bear out. The deal to settle ongoing litigation between the companies was announced last week, though at the time neither would say how much the "one-time payment and on-going payments" would involve. A new Securities and Exchange Commission 6-K filing, however, spills the beans on the actual amount.

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Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Boeing testing WiFi signals on airplanes using potatoes

Before an airplane that's equipped with WiFi can be used for public service, it must undergo intense testing and evaluations first. Boeing, specifically, has an interesting way of going about that. Instead of hiring 100 or so people to act as passengers on a flight, Boeing rounds up 20,000 of potatoes to simulate the effects of human bodies on a plane.

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FreedomPop Hub Burst offers free wireless home internet

FreedomPop Hub Burst offers free wireless home internet

Shackle-smashing mobile broadband upstart FreedomPop is hoping to do with home broadband what it's doing for WiMAX on the go, with the news that it plans to offer free home or small office connections. FreedomPop Hub Burst will, like its mobile counterpart, include a certain amount of free broadband use per month - 1GB, in this case - with the option to earn more data by taking part in promotions and recommending friends.

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