The smart home options just keep on coming. The latest is the Connected by TCP Wireless LED Lighting Kit, which will set you up with three LED bulbs, the "Gateway" hub that serves as their collective brain, and a handy remote control. Setup is a breeze -- just plug in the Gateway, screw in the bulbs, and download the free TCP app to your Android or iOS device. You'll be controlling your new lights within minutes.
As smart lighting kits go, there isn't a lot to dislike about what TCP's offering here. Each bulb gives … Read more
If you don't have an LTE connection now, chances are you will by 2019. And so will nearly everyone else.
That's according to the latest Mobility Report from Ericsson, which found that 85 percent of all mobile subscriptions in North America will be tied to an LTE network by 2019. The region will end the year with roughly 20 percent of its accounts tied to LTE, with HSPA and CDMA still dominant.
While North America had previously been behind other regions when it came to cellular technology, it has taken the lead once again with LTE, and will … Read more
Not content to just battle it out with T-Mobile for LTE coverage, Sprint on Thursday announced it is still going after the home phone business.
The Sprint Phone Connect System 1, which is available starting Friday, uses the company's cellular network rather than traditional landlines to provide phone service to homes and small businesses. The new system bundles Sprint's system with handsets, eliminating the need for additional devices or equipment. Customers can get two cordless phones for $50 with a new line and a two-year service agreement. The service offers unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls for $20 … Read more
The iPhone 5C comes with a range of brightly colored cases that have holes punched in the back for a vivid effect. One developer team seems to have looked at those holes, though, and thought outside the "blue and green should never be seen" box.
Australians David McKinney and Stuart Hall -- the team behind the Discovr apps -- have made Flipcase: a game that uses the holes in the iPhone 5C's case as the "frame" with which to play Connect Four. … Read more
Faceless Internet Connection for Mac enables you to browse the Web, anonymously by using advanced tunneling and encryption, giving you more private and secure online experience. The trial version of this app is limited to three servers and 2GB bandwidth, so if you want the real deal, you'll have to upgrade to the Pro version.
Unlike using the usual proxy servers, Faceless Internet Connection for Mac actually encrypts your data so your ISP won't be able to see the Web sites you visited or keep any logs of your online activity. The app features a basic interface that … Read more
Perhaps the most overwhelming thing about the smart home revolution that's seemingly under way is the fact that so many of these new gadgets come with their own separate apps and control hubs. If you buy more than one or two, you'll end up needing a whole bookcase to store all of the blinking control centers plugged into your router, not to mention the fact that your various automation rules and schedules will probably be scattered across several different apps and Web sites. Wasn't home automation supposed to make things easier?
It's a reality that's … Read more
Super HD, Netflix's higher-quality version of the 1080p HD format, was rolled out earlier this year to customers whose Internet service provider was part of Netflix's Open Connect content delivery network, which lets ISPs peer directly with Netflix or cache content locally so it has less distance to travel to reach your home.
The system, Netflix said, would save it money rather than having to rely on third-party content distribution networks (CDNs) like Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3 … Read more
At the 2013 International CES, Ford brazenly offered Sync, its in-car infotainment platform, up to anybody who wanted it. As of September, nobody has taken the company up on the offer, but that isn't stopping it from moving forward. The Blue Oval has just announced the successful acquisition of Detroit-based startup Livio.
Livio, which formerly made its own line of hardware accessories under the Livio Radio brand, offers a solution called Livio Connect, designed to make smartphone interaction (the art of pairing your handset with your car) simpler for developers and easier for users.
Connectivity is an increasingly important … Read more
Tomorrow's cars will probably all be connected cars. For drivers, this means better access to the media on your phone and in the cloud, but for automakers that means finding better and easier ways to add that connectivity to their vehicles. Enter Broadcom with its newly announced line of integrated wireless chips for automotive applications.
Broadcom's new BCM89335 5G WiFi and Bluetooth Smart Ready combo chip will allow automakers to easily integrate the latest generation 802.11ac wireless standards, which Broadcom markets as "5G Wi-Fi," as well as Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication into their vehicles … Read more