networking

D-Link Boxee Box revealed: arrives Q2 2010

D-Link Boxee Box revealed: arrives Q2 2010

It's not just the new Boxee Beta that the company is excited about.  Having confirmed last month that they were working with hardware partners to deliver a pre-built Boxee set-top box, the company has announced that the first unit will be from D-Link.  The D-Link Boxee Box - shown here in render form - is expected to arrive in Q2 2010, and will have integrated WiFi together with an HDMI output.

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Windows 7 Starter adhoc wireless sharing unearthed

Windows 7 Starter adhoc wireless sharing unearthed

Microsoft has a penchant for making several versions of its operating systems. This started with Windows Vista and the difference between the versions is the features that are supported. The most basic version of Windows 7 is the Starter version, which is found on some cheap netbooks. One of the interesting features of more expensive versions of Windows 7 is the ability to share wireless connections with other machines.

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Rokland BearExtender n3 WiFi-n adapter promises double-range for Macs

Rokland BearExtender n3 WiFi-n adapter promises double-range for Macs

This press photo is crying out for a caption competition, but this isn't Take a Break magazine so we'll bluster on with the purpose of that perky antenna.  Rokland Technologies' BearExtender n3 is a WiFi 802.11n adapter intended specifically for Macs, and promises four-times the wireless range of your regular MacBook or MacBook Pro.

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Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug updated: Twitter & Facebook integration, more USB ports

Pogoplug have announced their second-generation device, and it aims to build on the usability of the original multimedia sharing brick.  As well as a new hardware design, with four USB 2.0 ports versus the first-gen model's single port, there's also new software with better integration with social media and online galleries such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.  The core concept, however, remains the same: a sixty-second setup, basically amounting to plugging in at least one hard-drive, an ethernet connection and power, and registering the Pogoplug serial number to a free account online.

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Addonics NAS25HDU2 NAS caddy: plenty of promise, a few annoying flaws

Addonics NAS25HDU2 NAS caddy: plenty of promise, a few annoying flaws

We want to find Addonics NAS25HDU2 single-drive NAS adapter appealing - after all, a hard-drive caddy that makes any HDD network-accessible, as well as offering printer sharing and standalone BitTorrent downloads has to be good, right? - but there are a few blemishes on the spec sheet that have us looking elsewhere.  We can live without the RAID support, after all we're assuming you're not keeping your entire system backup on a single-drive solution, but the 10/100 rather than gigabit ethernet interface is at odds with the media server image.

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HP gobbles up 3Com for $2.7 billion

HP gobbles up 3Com for $2.7 billion

If you have the money, a recession is the time to buy all sorts of things. Prices on homes are lower, cars are often cheaper, and stock prices on businesses tend to be at lower prices than years with a strong economy. HP is taking advantage of the economy and has announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy networking firm 3Com for $7.90 per share.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Review

Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 NAS Review

We liked the original Iomega StorCenter ix2 back when we reviewed it roughly twelve months ago, but the rest of the home NAS market has advanced in the intervening period and the ix2 is looking a little stale. To address that fact, Iomega have launched the StorCenter ix2-200, their second-gen version of the dual-drive backup station, now boasting removable storage and more. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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New Apple part numbers leak: iMac, Mac mini, Time Capsule & Airport updates

The Apple Store is still down and the Cupertino company themselves are still tight-lipped, but thanks to Apple Insider we have a pretty reasonable idea of what might be on the virtual shelves in the next few hours.  They’ve received a list of product numbers, complete with some descriptions, which suggest Apple are readying a few new Mac mini units (one without an optical drive), a new 21.5-inch iMac, two new Time Capsules (1TB and 2TB) and a new Airport Extreme.

Updated: All the details of the new ranges here.

Full list after the cut

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ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 1080p media streamer on sale now for $100

ASUS’ diminutive O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player has finally gone on sale, with the 1080p-capable box priced at $99.99.  Announced back in June, the O!Play offers playback of local, network or internet content, via various USB 2.0, eSATA or wired ethernet ports.

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WiFi Alliance “Certified n” logo debuts with confusing taglines

WiFi Alliance “Certified n” logo debuts with confusing taglines

If you're the sort of person who squeals with delight at seeing what logo might be plastered across your next laptop, then prepare to, well, squeal.  The WiFi Alliance have unveiled their latest graphics now that 802.11n has been officially welcomed into the fold, and to make things extra-confusing there are now several different versions and taglines depending on just what the networking manufacturers have bothered to include.

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Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp Japan have outed four new LX-series HDTVs, each boasting massive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios.  The range starts from the 40-inch LC-40LX1 and tops out at the 60-inch LC-60LX1, with 46- and 52-inch models in-between; each offers Full HD 1920p resolution, “industry’s lowest” power consumption, and a six-speaker integrated sound system with dual sub-woofers on all but the smallest.

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FON Fonera 2.0n WiFi-n sharing router on sale now

FON Fonera 2.0n WiFi-n sharing router on sale now

WiFi-sharing enthusiasts FON have released their latest router, the Fonera 2.0n.  As the name suggests, the Fonera 2.0n packs 802.11n support, but they've also packed it with social networking integration, hard-drive sharing, Twitter status updates (for when someone connects to your router), BitTorrent downloading and webcam hosting.

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