Showing that Internet connections are spreading beyond computers and smartphones, electronics company Philips has brought networking to a handful of gadgets for the home.
That fabled failure of techno-enthusiasm, the Internet-enabled refrigerator, remains a thing of the future. But at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Philips announced a Wi-Fi-enabled air purifier that can be controlled over the Internet, a baby monitor that can use cellular data networks, and a cooker that can use online recipes.
"The Internet of things is quickly becoming a reality, and Philips will drive that change," he said said Pieter Nota, executive vice … Read more
First, Simple.TV announced a partnership with SiliconDust -- maker of the HDHomeRun line of products -- to build and distribute a new Simple.TV box, set to ship in US before the end of the year.
The new box ditches the curvy, white look of the original Simple.TV, opting for a somewhat smaller footprint and more conventional, black set-top box design. The big hardware upgrade is … Read more
On Labor Day, we celebrate those who perform arduous jobs when they wish they could be, well, celebrating Labor Day.
I wonder, therefore, how the cabin crew of a recent Air India flight from London to Mumbai might have kept their good humor when a passenger called them over and said she'd just been insulted by a machine.
She claimed that she'd switched on the in-flight entertainment system and two messages greeted her. The first was: "This selection is not currently available. Please try again later."
Normal enough, you might imagine. However, beneath it were the … Read more
The next update to OS X 10.8 (version 10.8.5) is expected to be released imminently, and among a number of included stability and performance fixes, Apple has addressed a throttled networking speed bug that affected systems with 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards.
Apple released new MacBook Air models at WWDC that, along with impressive battery performance, contain faster 802.11ac-capable Wi-Fi network adapters, offering real-world transfer speeds of around 50MB/s. However, in testing, some noticed that the speeds of these systems were truncated. While transfers were still fast, they topped out at around 21MB/s, under half … Read more
Asphalt 8: Airborne (iOS|Android) is the latest sequel in Gameloft's superpopular arcade racing franchise, but this one has a new element that lets you get big air to perform tricks. The new jumping mechanic is fairly well executed and adds to the excitement, but it becomes old hat pretty quickly.
It's important to note that arcade racers like this one differ from simulations like the Real Racing franchise, so don't expect real-world physics and controls. This type of racer is meant to be much more fast-paced and entertaining than the sims, so racing purists might want … Read more
If you were to have gazed up into the skies above San Diego's Rockwell Field on a late August day in 1923, you'd have seen aviation history in the making.
On August 27 and 28 of that year, Army Air Service pilots Lowell Smith and John Richter, flying in a DeHavilland DH-4 biplane, were engaged in an endurance flight that ended up lasting 37 hours, 15 minutes, a world record at that time. And here's where the achievement gets really interesting: they were able to stay aloft for so long because another DH-4 regularly came by to … Read more
Nokia's Lumia 820 has taken flight courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
More than 19,000 Delta flight attendants began using the Windows Phone handset on Thursday to better help travelers make purchases while on board. As described by the airline, attendants will now be able to offer the following benefits to customers:Near real-time credit card processing for onboard purchases, including upgrades to Delta's popular Economy Comfort seating. (Onboard Economy Comfort upgrades will begin on transcontinental and international flights before being offered on flights across Delta's system.) Convenient eReceipts that can be emailed to customers. Customers' use … Read more
Always On is back for its fifth season! Yep, five seasons without a slouch. Let's just say it feels pretty awesome. We've only just begun story hunting, and we already have an impressive multitude of material. Rumor has it that drones, music festivals, and maybe even a TV torture test are in the mix for the next couple months. But let's get on with it!
For those using Apple's AirPort Wi-Fi base stations, Apple has issued a firmware update that fixes a few bugs involving Time Machine, IPv6, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Apple's AirPort base stations are its solution for Wi-Fi connectivity, providing not only network and Internet access, but also hosting NAS for Time Machine backups. With some of its models, using the high-speed 802.11n protocol resulted in some problems with IPv6 tunneling, which may interfere with online services such as iCloud's Back to My Mac feature. In addition, the update fixes some loss in connectivity for iOS devices, and a … Read more