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Intel Reveals new WiMax-WiFi Roaming

Cell TowerConverged networks. Seamless link exchange. Passing Off to the next tower. These are all things we take for granted – and your cell phone is a great example. While you can seemingly stay connected for an endless stretch of the road – you are actually making those calls from different cellular towers along the way. The closest tower is generally going to get the call. As you move, that changes and they are passed between one another without you even realizing it.

The same is happening now with new efforts to allow seamless roaming from WiMax to WiFi. With this technology, mobile users will be able to migrate to and from their home to the mobile network – the recently announced options by T-Mobile for a mini cell tower in your home (via WiFi) already provide for roaming without fail between WiFi and the cellular network. But now, with the rollout of WiMax already happening nationwide, the wireless companies need to ensure they provide a seamless experience.

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Home Security 2.0

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Have you ever left the house and wondered to yourself if you’ve locked the back door, shut the ground floor windows or have forgotten to turn off the stove? It can really bug you all day long unless of course you’ve got a friendly neighbor who can take a peek to check up on things for you. But if you live alone or if everyone in your household is usually out during the day, having someone or something to keep you posted on the status of your home can ease your worries and improve home security. AlertMe.com of the United Kingdom has come up with a complete package that monitors your house as well as the occupants inside.

The kit known as AlertMe is a home monitoring system that keeps in contact with you wherever you go and can send you alerts via SMS or email. You can even view activity notes from your own website. If anything happens to your home while you’re away, it can immediately alert you or another family member.

Each kit comes with everything you need to start securing your home.

  • Hub x 1
  • Keyfob x 3
  • Motion Sensor x 2
  • Door/Window Sensor x 3
  • Lamp x 1
  • Alarm Detector x 2
  • Customizable Button x 1
  • Additional accessories such as extra Keyfobs can be added to the package.

    The entire kit works together to keep tabs on everything. The Hub monitors your home and continuously updates the AlertMe servers. Any alerts from the Hub are sent to you via SMS or email. Motion and Door/Window Sensors detect movement and the Alarm Detector monitors your preinstalled smoke, carbon monoxide or freezer sensors. The Lamp is a Wi-Fi signal booster for larger houses and displays the status of your home. The Button and Keyfob can activate the alarm with the Keyfob acting as a proximity sensor to let you know if the owner of that set of house keys has arrived.

    Installing the AlertMe kit is really easy. You may be thinking that with all the included accessories, you’d have to call an specialist to wire up everything. With secure Wi-Fi as the communication protocol between the sensors and Hub, no wiring is needed. With no wires all you have to do is install the sensors and hub and you’re all set. Peace of mind and ease of use go hand-in-hand with AlertMe.

    AlertMe is an easy to use home monitoring system that is compatible with sensors you may already have in your home. It monitors booth the premises as well as the occupants. Concentrate on your day ahead as AlertMe will do the worrying for you.

    Contributor: Norbert John C. Emata, TigerDirect Correspondent

    Source: AlertMe.com

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    Take The Internet To New Places With Nokia N800

    Nokia N800The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet exemplifies the epitome of technology, style and portability. The N800 easily connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or compatible cellular phone. Enjoy the Internet on a portable size tablet with a high-resolution widescreen display in the palm of your hand. Effortlessly make Internet Phone calls, check & send e-mail, instant message and so much more with the Nokia N800. You can also access Internet media at home or on-the-go with the Nokia N800′s high quality stereo audio.

    The Nokia N800 NSeries Internet Tablet frees you from your desk and bulky laptop and places the World Wide Web and much more in the palm of your hand. The N800 is the ideal tool if you’re always on-the-go and need to stay connected. Once you use the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, you’ll never leave home without it. Order your Nokia N800 Internet Tablet today!

    For those that say that there are better solutions, consider this:

  • 1. Price: The Nokia N800: is now below $300 ($229.99 right now! @ TigerDirect).
  • 2. Open Source: The Nokia N800 is a Linux device based on a modified version of Debian GNU/Linux that they call “Internet Tablet OS 2007 edition”. Nokia created the open source development platform for the 770 and N800. They’ve worked hard to encourage developers to port applications to this platform. You can find more info at www.maemo.org.
  • 3. Third Party Applications: Nokia strongly encourages 3rd party developers to make software for their N800 and 770 products, and most (if not all) of it is free on the Maemo site.
  • 4. No Service Contract Needed: With the Nokia N800, you can access the internet via Wi-Fi or with a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. This allows you the freedom to use the mobile provider of your choosing.
  • 5. Removable Storage: The Nokia N800 has two memory slots that support a range of memory cards (SD, miniSD, microSD, MMC and RS-MMC). This allows you to keep one card in the device for a more permanent storage solution, and still have a slot available for cards from your camera or other device. With the falling price of memory cards, you could have several cards with music and videos tucked away in the carrying case that comes with the N800.
  • 6. Better Audio and Video Codec Support: The N800 supports a wide range of audio and video formats. Supported audio formats are AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, RA (Real Audio), WAV, WMA. You can play videos in the following formats: 3GP, AVI, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV (Real Video), and Flash Video (YouTube!). That covers just about anything you’d ever want to play on a media device. You can even stream audio and video from networked computers!
  • 7. It’s Not a Cell Phone But You Can Still Make Calls: The N800 is not a cell phone, but because of its web-access you can run Internet-based phone applications. The N800 can be used to for making VoIP calls via Gizmo and GoogleTalk. Skype support is coming in the second quarter of 2007. This means that you can make cheap (or even free) calls anytime you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. With WiFi becoming more prevalent every day, this means you’ll soon be able to use your N800 to make calls from just about anywhere.
  • 8. Webcam for Video Conferencing: The N800 also has a built in webcam and supports video conferencing! How great would that be for your next conference call? StarWars-like video calls are not sci-fi for this device.
  • Source: Nokia

    Related Links: Nokia N800 @ TigerDirect.com

    There’s Something About The New Sony Mylo 2

    Sony Mylo 2It’s probably the size. No? The shape? Or maybe it’s the face. There’s really something about Sony Mylo 2 personal communicator / pocket web browser that makes you wonder what it really is. And is it really more sexy that the old Mylo? The answer is Yes!

    The New Mylo 2 features a larger display, at 3.5-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen type, with a slide-out back-lit QWERTY keyboard. It now has a 1GB memory and a memory stick Pro Duo slot. The updated features definitely makes it more appealing.
    But you’ll get excited even more with its laptop-like features. It does music, video, Internet, and widgets. Its web browser supports AIM, Skype, Yahoo messenger, Google, YouTube, Facebook and other web 2.0 sites. It supports podcasts and RSS. It also connects to 802.11g wireless networks in addition to the standard with 802.11b WLAN.

    The Mylo 2 has a 1.3 megapixel camera but no VGA cam to enable video chat. Other specs include an 800 x 480 3.5-inch touchscreen display and 1GB internal storage. It’s good for 20 hours of playing music, 7 hours of watching videos, and 6 hours of Skype – yes you can send and receive Internet calls!

    It is similar other devices such as Nokia’s Internet tablet series or the iTouch, but what you’ll love is the free Internet access until 2010! Once purchased, you have free access to Wayport’s WiFi network – which includes 9,000 McDonald’s, hotels, airports, and other places. Now, that is something. This is a head-turner just for this freebie alone.

    Source: Sony

    Related Links: SmartPhones @ TigerDirect.com

    Wi-Fi On Wings

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    Who knew Wi-Fi had wings? As with the travel industry keep up with fast-paced technology, American Airlines has flown well beyond its competitors when it recently launched a campaign that would allow nationwide in-flight broadband Internet service. American Airlines, teaming up with Aircell, the leading wireless data and voice communications provider in business aviation, announced the success of their broadband testing program that they conducted on fifteen aircraft. This revolution in in-flight broadband access is actually made possible by Aircell’s unique air-to-ground network. Aircraft equipped with this WiFi based Internet breakthrough allow air travelers with compatible laptops, PDAs, or cellphones to access the web while they kick back and relax on their trips across the U.S.A.

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    Rogers Canada gives users 7.2Mbps Wireless – Americans jealous

    Rogers Wireless VISIONRogers Communications is leaping ahead of the pack in North America with their announced 7.2MB wireless internet trials now beginning. This is by far the fastest wireless network yet in North America, making Americans a little jealous of their friends from Canada.

    While individuals in many European countries have been enjoying videocalls as standard practice for sometime now, Americans have been attempting to get their fix from a variety of non-real-time sources, but Rogers brings Videocalling home to Canada.

    According to the Rogers press release, “Following the successful expansion of its revolutionary high-speed network – HSPA – to 25 Canadian markets earlier this month, Rogers today announced it has begun field trials of its 7.2 Mbps wireless data service. The Brampton and Montreal trials utilize 3.5 generation wireless HSPA/UMTS technology (High Speed Packet Access/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), enabling a peak download speed of 7.2 Mbps, by far the fastest in the country.”

    Photo Credit: Rogers
    Source: Rogers Communications Press Release

    Bluetooth to Meet its Little Cousin Wibree

    The folks in charge of the Bluetooth wireless standard announced this week that Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of cellular phones, will be contributing a spin off technology that will equip devices too small in size to accommodate Bluetooth with wireless connectivity. The technology in question is called Wibree, and will open up the wireless field to wearable devices to wireless world.

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    Tiger Tips: 4 Tips for Public Hot Spots

    Tiger Tips LogoWhen traveling city-to-city and town-to-town, we see signs promoting Wi-Fi access, sometime for free. Everywhere you look, someone has a laptop or other Internet capable Wi-Fi device and they’re surfing the net. But how do they gain access to the Wi-Fi network? We’ll give you a few tips on public Wi-Fi hotspots – how to find them and connect to them.

    Many laptops, cell phones, portable music players and other devices have Wi-Fi built into them. But what is Wi-Fi?

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    Tech News Wrap Up For The Week Of January 22, 2007

    Let There Be Wi-Fi for Everyone

    BuffetInternet Service Provider Earthlink said this week that they are in the process of negotiating a contract with the City of Atlanta to build, own and operate a municipal wireless network. Atlanta, home of Earthlink for many years, is also making efforts to provide qualified residents with discounted Internet access. Earthlink will offer upload and download speeds of 1Mbps.

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    Which Wi-Fi is Right for Your Business?

    Lady using LaptopWi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity or 802.11x) – It’s simpler than you think and ready to be implemented into your business. From mom-and-pop business to Fortune 500 companies, they all are incorporating wireless fidelity and maybe it’s time for you to upgrade your small business’ network. We’ll help you understand the differences between the variations of Wi-Fi and which standard is best for your business.

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