New protocol brings LTE co-existence, aids developers
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced the adoption of updates to the Bluetooth Core Specification. The updates will improve consumer usability with increased co-existence support for LTE, bulk data exchange rates, and aid developer innovation by allowing devices to support multiple roles simultaneously. The new release also lays the groundwork for IP-based connections, extending Bluetooth technology's role in device communication.
Dashboard widget also gets maintenance update
Apple has updated its Remote Desktop software for client machines, along with the Remote Desktop Dashboard widget for administrators. Version 3.7.1 of the client software is said to address "several issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility," providing support for OS X Mavericks, automatic copy-and-paste between local and remote computers, and improved support for multiple displays, among other enhancements.
StarTech's travel router connects mobile devices to wired networks
StarTech has announced the availability of its latest product, the Wireless-N Travel Router, which lets users create a WiFi hotspot from a wired network connection. Able to connect wireless-only mobile devices (such as tablets or smartphones) to a wired network, the Wireless-N Travel Router can be powered from an iPad wall charger or any computer USB port.
Single release covers both routers
Apple has released a firmware update for its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers, v7.7.2. The code fixes three problems, including one that would cause periodic loss of an Internet connection. Another prevented USB hard drives connected to an Extreme from being used by Time Machine.
TrendNet's TEW-812DRU Wireless N band router released
TrendNet has announced the release of its newest Dual Wireless N band routers, the TEW-812DRU. The successor of the AC1750, the latest router offers an upgraded USB 3.0
port, supporting up to 5Gbps speeds and preventing bottleneck transfer speeds from the client. Pre-encrypted, the TEW-812DRU's unique default passwords eliminate the opportunity for hackers to access the device with a default login. The TEW-812DRU offers up to 1.3 Gbps Wireless AC band, and 450 Mbps per second Wireless N band, with a signal range of 50 feet. Priced at $230, the TEW-812DRU will ship later this quarter.
Carrier still waiting on 4G license from Chinese government
China Mobile is planning to introduce a new brand for its mobile services on December 18th, something that could hint at the iPhone finally arriving on the carrier, says the Wall Street Journal. The brand announcement is expected to take place during Mobile's 4G global partners conference in Guangzhou. The carrier has said it's ready to start 4G services; although it must still wait for the Chinese government to issue 4G licenses, local media has indicated that may happen as soon as next week.
Austin to go through same Fiberhood system as Kansas City
Google will be giving residents of Kansas City another chance to sign up for Google Fiber. The second chance to both the Kansas and Montana versions of Kansas City is accompanied by more details about the company's rollout to surrounding areas, as well as its fiber network construction project due to start in Austin, Texas.
Southwest Airlines allows devices, Wi-Fi throughout flights
Southwest Airlines has joined a host of other airlines in allowing low-altitude electronics use during flights, following the FAA's recent rule changes. To counteract the delay in changing its policies, Southwest is claiming itself to be the first to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi, via Row 44's satellite Internet service. In comparison, other airlines using systems such as Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service have to wait until 10,000 feet to activate the service, due to the nature of air-to-ground connections.
Will soon support older iPhones
Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop has announced that people with an existing Sprint phone can now activate a device on its service. The company offers extremely low-cost data plans, including a free tier with 500MB of data, 500 text messages, and 200 voice minutes. To get access, though, people previously had to pay $99 for an HTC Evo Design, a phone which is now largely obsolete.
Hotspot launches on Friday with LTE Advanced support
Following on from the original Unite, AT&T will be launching a new mobile hotspot later this week, one that takes advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network. The AT&T Unite Pro offers the ability to connect up to 15 devices simultaneously to the same cellular connection, with its battery able to provide up to 16 hours of use on one charge, as well as being able to top up the battery on mobile devices using its USB port.
Does the diminutive server box fulfill what it sets out to do?
Mobile devices are great, if a bit constrained on space sometimes. Those 8,000 pictures and five captured videos from the last concert attended tend to eat space if not offloaded. Akitio may have a solution -- the MyCloud Mini Personal Cloud Server. Leveraging a home Internet connection and associated network, the diminutive device -- when equipped with a 2.5-inch hard drive -- can store some data external to the device, allowing a mobile device to access stored files either remotely, or when inside the home network confines. Electronista took a look at the device, but is it worth your time?
Program to boost online university, using space between TV channels
Declaration Networks Group, co-founder of the AIR.U initiative and a provider of wireless access networks, today announced the introduction of a Quick Start Network Program to accelerate deployment of next-generation broadband networks in rural areas. The AIR.U Quick Start Network Program will deploy high-capacity broadband networks, using frequency from "white spaces" - underused bandwidth allocated for television stations. The program includes a collaborative campus and community assessment that will ultimately increase the coverage and capacity of high-speed wireless connectivity.
Devices were often unlocked for sale outside US
A change deterring mass unlocks of AT&T iPhones has effectively killed a portion of the iPhone resale industry, the Wall Street Journal reports. Until early October, businesses were able to buy large numbers of AT&T models and easily unlock them for sale in regions like China, where even an imported gray-market phone is often cheaper than what Apple and local carriers charge. Since the change has taken effect, though, some vendors that specialized in reselling unlocked iPhones have suffered or gone out of business.
Less than a year after network purchase, Google begins rollout
According to a tweet from the official Google Fiber account, installations of the Gigabit Internet service have commenced in Provo, Utah. Google's deal with the city allowed the search engine to purchase an existing city-wide fiber-optic network for one dollar, with the proviso that it maintain and upgrade the nearly decade-old network.
System uses Sprint Wireless network for telephony
Sprint is deploying a system to make it simpler to cut the cord on traditional landlines. The new system, the Sprint Phone Connect System 1, offers homeowners and small business customers two cordless phones for $50 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. When bundled with the Sprint Phone Connect plan, customers get unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling while on the Sprint network for $20 per month.
Addonics' Wi-Fi Drive Adapter enables wireless sharing of USB drive, micro SD card
Addonics Technologies has announced its network device for wireless sharing of a USB drive or micro SD card, or for use as a wireless hotspot. The Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can share drive or card content upon insertion into the adapter. To share an Internet connection, a hotspot can be created by connecting the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter to a Local Area Network with an Internet connection. Including one RJ45 socket for 10/100Mbps Ethernet connections, the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter supports the 802.11b/g/n standard with a range of up to 150 feet. Priced at $50, the Addonic Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can be purchased online.
City drafts proposal requests for widespread fiber network rollout
Citizens of Los Angeles could receive broadband or even a gigabit connection in the future, according to new plans. The Los Angeles City Council is drafting a request for proposals from companies to develop the network, which will require "fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles."
iPhone support still largely quiet
Ting -- an MNVO carrier launched just last year, and based on the Sprint network -- is now supporting the iPhone 4 and 4S, a report claims. Ting, Apple, and Sprint are said to have signed a deal for the arrangement, which is described as a "beta" in which Ting has to prove that it can support iPhone customers, and hold up Apple's brand reputation, partly through screening for lost or stolen devices showing up on its network. Sources say that Ting is "scared to make Sprint nervous," and that "Sprint is terrified to make Apple nervous," given that Sprint has a deal to sell the iPhone while Ting doesn't. Being able to sell the iPhone often involves strict demands from Apple, including minimum marketing budgets and unit purchases.
ISP looking to reverse
Time Warner Cable is planning to double the Internet speeds of its Ultimate 50 customers, but only in a handful of cities, according to an announcement. First up is Los Angeles, which should shortly see speeds reach up to 100Mbps. By the end of the year, New York City and cities in Hawaii will get the upgrade.
Inexpensive device plugs into standard USB devices to make cloud storage
Transporter today announced a new way to save, sync and share everything important including photos, music, movies and documents. For a single payment for the device and no additional monthly fees, the Transporter Sync stores all data in a private cloud, allowing users to instantly sync across smart phones, tablets, PCs and access and shared photos, and other documents from anywhere at any time.
Offering available to four phones, five markets at launch
Telecom carrier Sprint has announced its new high-speed "Spark" wireless data service, bridging 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz data bands. Boasting initial peak speed of 60Mbps, Sprint claims that compatible phones will eventually reach 1Gbps speed as the technology matures.
Plan to cap speeds on fixed broadband connections stopped by German court
A court in Germany has ruled that Deutsche Telekom cannot throttle its home broadband service to a lower speed when a customer exceeds data allocations on a flat-rate package. Plans due to come into force in 2016 that would force customers down to a significantly slower connection than one they had originally paid for once they reach a data limit can no longer take place.
Adds USB 3.0, HDMI, other connections
CalDigit has announced that a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt Station, will be shipping on November 4. The unit is meant to expand the number of ports on a Mac, particularly MacBooks, which often have very few native connections. It adds three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connection, a gigabit Ethernet jack, and audio in/out ports. A second Thunderbolt port is meant for daisy-chaining the Station to other Thunderbolt-ready devices.
Charging move brings carrier in line with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
AT&T has stopped actively providing its traditional voice and data plans to new subscribers. As announced by the carrier earlier this month, it will be pushing new customers towards its Mobile Share plans, which allows users to have multiple devices on an account sharing a single allocation of data, with unlimited minutes and texts also included.
New app in Mac App Store shows locations of devices, accessibility
German firm equinux announced last week the availability of a new Mac app, Spot Maps, that allows users to generate a visualization of their computer networks. Spot Maps provides a way to place computers and devices along a layout of a room or building, and the app remembers where devices were placed as it monitors them. When something goes wrong, the app allows users to quickly access devices in order to change configurations.
Plans scale up to 4.5GB for $40
T-Mobile is now available as default carrier on LTE models of the new iPad Air and iPad mini, according to Apple's website. In an unexpected move, the carrier is offering 200MB of monthly data for free; the next cheapest plan is Sprint's $15 tier, which includes 1GB. AT&T only offers 250MB for $15, and Verizon charges $20 for 1GB.
Google's communication platform continues integration
Google has updated the iOS version of its Google Hangouts app to include integration with its the search giant's Google Voice Internet telephone service. The new version allows users to call numbers from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch for free if the number is within the United States or Canada. Google has added this capability to the iOS version of Hangouts before the feature has even made it into the Android version.
95 percent of enterprise apps, 90 percent of tablets, 72 percent overall
A new report by Good Technology notes that in addition to dominating the competition in corporate adoption, Apple's iOS platform is also gaining share as it sees a new wave of enterprise device adoption and activation. Overall business mobile device activations are up 60 percent, while iOS percentage of the market has grown to 72 percent, up from 69 percent in Q2. Apple's platform is also responsible for an astonishing 95 percent of all enterprise app use, and holds 90 percent of the tablet share.
Router has 10 amplifiers, five Gigabit Ethernet ports, easy configuration
Wi-Fi communication product maker Amped Wireless today announced the launch of the APA20 High Power 700 milliwatts (mW) Dual Band AC Access Point, an 802.11ac wireless access point designed to deliver long range wireless access for existing home and business networks.
Old plans will still be supported
AT&T will stop offering its traditional voice and data plans to new subscribers on October 25th, the carrier has announced. The one exception is an individual $40 plan, which includes 450 minutes but no bundled texts or data. Every other new subscriber will have to adopt one of the carrier's Mobile Share plans, which put multiple devices on the same data pool with fees for adding new ones.
Beacon Audio's Bluetooth speaker includes free domestic shipping until Oct. 15
Beacon Audio's latest Bluetooth speaker, The Phoenix 2, launched last week alongside the promotional offer of free US shipping of the product until October 15. The Phoenix 2, measured at 3x3 inches, has prolonged battery life compared to its predecessor with up to 10 hours of music play. Its built-in microphone allows the device to facilitate use as a speakerphone, and an updated Bluetooth and flash chip set allows for a 40-foot range signal connection from its synced mobile device. Available in black, blue, red and white, the Phoenix 2 is priced $80 and can be purchased online from Beacon Audio and at select retail locations.
WD remakes NAS concept
Western Digital is attempting to reinvent the network-attached storage (NAS) concept with its new My Cloud device. The external storage aims to eliminate all of the network complications while expanding the available features. In our full review, we try to determine if the company has succeeded in simplification without too much sacrifice.
New router boasts USB 3.0 connectivity, beamforming technology
Networking company Netgear has launched its newest dual-band 802.11ac wireless router, the Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7000). The Nighthawk combines a powerful 1GHz dual-core processor with a USB 3.0 port for peripheral connectivity and Netgear Beamforming+ to boost speed, reliability of connection, and best possible range for Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity in the home.
FaceTime, iTunes Match, other iCloud features briefly affected
Several of Apple's online services were briefly impacted by outages earlier today, according to Apple's System Status page. The worst affected the iTunes Store, the iBookstore, and the Mac and iOS App Stores between 1:28 and 2:57PM Eastern time, preventing some people from making any purchases. During the same time period, people may have been unable to use iTunes in the Cloud or iTunes Match, or restore purchases from an iCloud backup.
Giant+ battery offers 40 additional charging hours
Today Jackery -- a provider of rechargeable battery products for mobile devices -- announced the launch of their latest product, the Jackery Giant+. An upgraded release of the Giant, which is a battery which offers up to 220 hours of charging time for electronic devices, the Giant+ features up to 260 hours extra operational time for one's electronic device. Easily portable, the battery weighs 10.4 ounces and measures 4.3 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches. The Giant+ can charge two devices simultaneously, and retain a charge for up to six months in standby mode. Alongside the rest of the Jackery lineup, the Jackery Giant+ is available through Amazon, and is priced at $50.
iCloud stops working for users over base 5GB tier
In keeping with warnings, Apple has today stripped former MobileMe subscribers of an earlier free upgrade to the 25GB iCloud tier. The upgrade was offered to help ease the transition to iCloud, since MobileMe was a paid-only service that included 20GB of data, or more under a family plan. iCloud has both free and paid tiers, but the free one only includes 5GB. The 25GB option normally costs $40 per year.
Offering free upgrades to gigabit speeds for 300Mbps subscribers
AT&T is following through with its plans to spoil Google Fiber in Austin, as it starts to deploy its own fiber network in the city and surrounding area. The 100-percent fiber Internet from the carrier will be preceded by a deployment of its U-verse with GigaPower service, complete with "more advanced TV services and features," starting this December.
Dish API allows full control of Hopper DVR by home automation systems
Dish today announced plans to integrate Control4 home automation technology with its Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR system.†As a result, the Hopper platform will soon be controlled by the Control4 system commonly found both in high-end and mainstream home automation installations. Dish will implement Control4ís Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), making it even easier for automation installers to fully integrate the capabilities of the Dish Hopper receiver and service.
Photo Journals tracker disappears
Apple's official System Status page -- used to check whether various online services are running -- has been updated to track iOS activation servers. When buying a new iOS device, the hardware has to be activated before it can be useful. If those servers are down, it can result in people being unable to use their device for hours, particular if servers fail during an iPhone launch weekend.
New chipset capable of serving Internet to vehicle occupants
Wired and wireless communications solutions provider Broadcom, today announced a new line of wireless chips, targeted for use in automotive infotainment applications. Featuring the latest in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Broadcom's wireless automotive chips will allow drivers and passengers to sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car's entertainment system and rear-seat displays. The new chips also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet content by way of LTE or directly from a Wi-Fi connection.
May be first public use of Apple's NFC replacement, iBeacons
Though pundits and Android fans have often derided Apple for not including the technology known as "near-field communications" (NFC) into its products, the technology thus far has seen very limited use and slow growth. In part, the pressure put on Apple was designed to goad the company into kicking NFC into the mainstream. In response, Apple created an alternate technology it calls "iBeacons," -- and has quietly used it for possibly the first time in a new setup option for third-gen Apple TVs.
AT&T Data Global Add-on users gain access to near 12M Fon hotspots
AT&T has made an agreement with Wi-Fi hotspot network Fon to provide each others customers with overseas Wi-Fi. Customers of Fon will be able to use AT&T's 30,000-location Wi-Fi hotspot network at various stores and businesses in the United States, while AT&T customers can use Fon's international network of close to 12 million hotspots.
iPhone can transmit data over Wi-Fi, 3G/LTE, Bluetooth simultaneously
In addition to offering the first consumer smartphones with a 64-bit processor, Apple's iOS 7 update has apparently become the first major commercial software to be released with a working implementation of "multipath TCP" (MCTCP). The technology allows devices to stay connected to the Internet over both Wi-Fi and 3G or LTE simultaneously, allowing each to act as a fallback to the other in cases of weak signal. It can also maintain certain kinds of connections over Bluetooth or Ethernet as well, using all connections at once if needed.
Changes almost entirely cosmetic
Beginning a wave of anticipated first-party app updates for iOS 7, Apple has released new versions of AirPort Utility and Apple Store. In both cases the apps have been redesigned mostly to accommodate iOS 7's "flat" look. AirPort Utility, however, now sports an integrated status/navigation bar.
New Genius Shuffle prioritizes music
Apple has released iTunes 11.1, a critical update of its media jukebox and sync software. The update is essential for syncing with iOS 7 devices, and also adds desktop support for iTunes Radio, an otherwise iOS 7-based streaming service. Another new feature is the concept of Podcast Stations, which lets users organize groups of auto-updating podcasts. Stations, subscriptions, and play positions should sync with the iOS Podcasts app.
Universal WiFi Range Extender expands coverage up to 40 percent
TP-Link announced yesterday its latest networking product, the TL-WA850RE 300Mbps Universal Wireless N Range Extender. The device's small size and AC plug wall-mounted design are suitable for around the house and office. The Universal Range Extender is to be placed between one's main router and the area where additional Wi-Fi coverage is needed. Users can also position the Range Extender to concurrently extend their coverage while functioning as a Wi-Fi adapter through the built-in Ethernet port, providing network access to TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players and other Ethernet-enabled devices. Setup is facilitated by the built-in range extender button, which pairs the Range Extender with a main router after simultaneously pressing its WPS button. Compatible with the latest Windows 8 OS, the TL-WA850RE Range Extender is priced at $40 and is available from various online and retail locations.
Move comes after years of lobbying with Microsoft for the functionality
Despite still claiming that Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) is the best option for email, Microsoft today announced that it has added IMAP support to Outlook.com for all users. With the addition also comes the OAuth standard for protected data access and use. The move gives OS X Mail and OS X Thunderbird email clients access to Outlook.com emails for the first time.
New system combines air-to-ground connection with satellites
Inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo will be upping the speed of connections offered to its customers in the future, once it begins using satellites. The current Air-to-Ground system will be supplemented by satellite connections in the Gogo GTO or Ground-to-Orbit service, which could lead to passengers being able to share connections as large as 60Mbps per plane.
Could potentially double current LTE speeds
A new statement by Deutsche Telekom may suggest that the iPhone 5S will support LTE-A, also known as LTE+. Telekom is launching LTE+ service later this month, which will allow Germans to reach speeds up to 150Mbps. In its announcement, the carrier notes that Samsung is planning to offer an LTE+ version of the Galaxy S4, and that "appropriate devices from other manufacturers will follow the end of September."
Unit could be refreshed at September 10th Apple event
A number of Apple Store and Best Buy outlets are out of the AirPort Express, inventory checks show. While Apple's online store and some of its physical locations have units ready, many shops are listing the Express as either "Unavailable for Pickup" or something that has to be shipped in. Affected Best Buy stores are simply out of the product.