Crave sister site CNET News.com has been posting some of TechRepublic's photos of major invasive surgery performed on popular electronic devices in its "Cracking Open" series. Today's installment is on the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit, which people pretty much either love or hate. At least everyone more or less agrees it's cute--but how does it work? As it turns out, the bunny holds some interesting secrets beneath its darling exterior. Find out what it's made of over at Cracking open the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit.
You may be able to get free Wi-Fi almost anywhere in Singapore with the Wireless@SG initiative that aims to wire the whole island state, but that's still insufficient for the true Internet junkie. While commuting each day, a Net addict has to go cold turkey as his notebook becomes nothing more than a slab of plastic and silicon without wireless access. Well, a fix has been found.
Nokia has brought Wi-Fi onto 12 buses in Singapore so that commuters can surf for free when riding them, using the existing cellular HSDPA service. The best thing is that users … Read more
Last week I wrote about the Eye-Fi Card, a special SD card that enables digital cameras to upload their photos wirelessly. Well, I've had several days with the card, and I'm ready to give you some first impressions. Unfortunately, the card I've been using doesn't include the firmware the Eye-Fi Card will use at release, so I can't yet give this product a formal score.
The card comes with a USB reader, a small instruction booklet, and nothing else; all the pertinent software is included on the card, and it autolaunches when you connect it … Read more
Amazon.com is now showing preorder pages for the mythical Archos 705 WiFi portable video player. If you're in the market for a super-sized, Internet-ready PVP for the holidays, the 705 WiFi comes in 80GB and 160GB capacities for $399 and $499, respectively. For the price, you get a 7-inch, 800x480 touch screen, Mac/PC compatibility, and all the features found in the latest Archos 605 WiFi--most notably, the online content portal.
What do you think? Is the 705 making you salivate? Can a PVP ever be too big?
Techluver reports that T-Mobile USA is partnering with the One Laptop Per Child Project to give individuals a great reason to buy an OLPC laptop: free WiFi:T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced it is partnering with One Laptop per Child for its Give One Get One initiative. T-Mobile is offering one year of complimentary T-Mobile HotSpot access to people who donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing country through the campaign.
Nice. Self-interest at its very best. This is a Very Good Idea.
Cities and local governments would be free to build their own broadband networks under a bill approved once again this week by a U.S. Senate panel.
Yes, that's right--not all of them enjoy that freedom right now. The Community Broadband Act, which was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee and counts both Democrats and Republicans as sponsors, is largely a response to the enactment of several state-level laws that limit the ability of municipalities to compete with private broadband providers. (Not surprisingly, it's phone and cable companies that have fought for those laws.)
The bill, which first … Read more
Wi-Fi-enabled cameras aren't really anything new. Many professional photographers use wireless adapters with their SLRs, and we've seen a small handful of Wi-Fi-enabled snapshot cameras over the past few years. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi on SLRs requires a rather pricey equipment investment, and Wi-Fi on snapshot cameras until now has only worked on certain models with built-in wireless modules.
Eye-Fi has announced its plans to change the limitations of wireless shooting with the Eye-Fi Card. While it looks like an ordinary (albeit painfully orange) 2GB SD card, it's really a 2GB SD card with a Wi-Fi chip inside.
After … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Apple's iPhone and other Wi-Fi enabled handsets coming into the market could boost demand for citywide Wi-Fi networks, said experts Tuesday at the MuniWireless conference.
As cell phone operators push their 3G data services, new cell phones outfitted with Wi-Fi capability are also being introduced. Apple's iPhone was one of the first to reach the American market. And so far the phone has gotten rave reviews for Web surfing when it's on a Wi-Fi network. Conversely, critics have complained about the painfully slow surfing on AT&T's 2.5G cellular network. (The … Read more
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
That seems to be the philosophy AT&T has taken when it comes to citywide Wi-Fi. Only a few years ago, AT&T was lobbying in city councils and statehouses around the country trying to prevent cities from building their own broadband networks. AT&T and other service providers argued that these new networks would compete unfairly with their own broadband services.
But a little over a year ago, the company had a change of heart. And instead of battling local governments in court and in the legislature, AT&… Read more
Citywide Wi-Fi is not dead in San Francisco.
At least that's what the city's chief information officer Chris Vein said Monday at a panel at the MuniWireless conference in Santa Clara, Calif.
Vein told attendees at the conference that the city is simply "taking a deep breath" while it figures out its next step.
"Nothing has changed in terms of our strategy," he said. "A lot has happened in the last three years, so we are at the stage now where we're listening and learning to figure out what our next move … Read more