Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Can Anyone be Allergic to WiFi?

Can Anyone be Allergic to WiFi?

So you may have heard about the man who’s apparently allergic to WiFi. Steve Miller has to live in a house with 18-inch thick walls, and can’t just go anywhere, as he has to avoid the “electrosmog” that aggravates his claimed “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” and characterizes his allergy to WiFi. The increasing number of WiFi hotspots definitely doesn’t help his case.
On the other hand, the Telegraph’s Ian Douglas claims that WiFi-allergy is impossible, and that something else is causing Steve Miller’s reaction. Douglas explains that WiFi operates on a frequency similar to radio waves and mobile phone signals, and that hotspots …read more

Australian Police to Patrol Against Wardriving

July 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops, Wireless, news

Australian Police to Patrol Against Wardriving

Now it’s clear: in Australia, wardriving is illegal. To drive home the point, police in Queensland will conduct regular patrols to identify unsecured hotspots. The plan is to sniff out these supposed havens of criminal activity (evildoers piggyback through WiFi to carry out their nefarious schemes apparently) and warn homeowners and businesses who’ve left their door open.

I don’t get the point of this exercise though: Yes, homeowners wouldn’t like random strangers leeching off their connectivity, but the neighborhood coffee shop isn’t exactly vigilant about who uses their hotspot, so long as the coffee’s paid for. If I was an evildoer, …read more

Ryan Block Argues for Ethernet

August 23, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household, Wireless

Ryan Block Argues for Ethernet

It’s so easy to love WiFi’s convenience. Imagine being able to tap out an article on the laptop while lying down on bed, or even while using the john! But Ryan Block, on the eve of his departure as Engadget’s editor-in-chief, made the case for wiring your house up.

Maxtor’s Media Server Packs One Terabyte

June 30, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals, Wireless

Maxtor’s Media Server Packs One Terabyte

You know, when I got a Sony laptop with an 80GB hard drive it seemed huge but after about five minutes of BitTorrent downloads, I realized that was naive of me.
I also realized that offloading files, especially music files, to an external drive is problematic. The point of a notebook is portability, and hooking up a USB drive just to listen to podcasts in the kitchen is a pain.
What I need is something like Maxtor’s Central Axis, a one Terabyte Network Attached Storage (NAS). It has a Gigabit Ethernet connection to keep speeds up near those of a …read more

Wii Nyko Wireless Kama Nunchuk

June 27, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Gaming, Misc. Gadgets, Peripherals, Wireless

Wii Nyko Wireless Kama Nunchuk

Enjoy a new found freedom in all of your Wii games with the Kama Wireless Nunchuck from Nyko.
The Kama Wireless Nunchuk provides all the same abilities and features of the wired version, but with no cables tethered to the Nintendo Wii remote.
I actually picked up two of these controllers today from my local Game Crazy. They were a little pricey at $35.00 USD each compared to the wired Nintendo version for $19.95 USD but they are so much nicer.

The Kama Wireless Nunchuck is compatible with all Nintendo Wii software that utilizes the Nunchuk attachment and requires no additional …read more

Coin Op Wi-Fi Kiosk

June 9, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Misc. Gadgets, Wireless

Coin Op Wi-Fi Kiosk

Handlink’s Wi-Fi Kiosk is an admirable combination of the old and the new.
This coin-op 802.11b/g wireless access point is a throwback to better times, a golden age when the coins in your pocket were good for something other than tossing to a hobo in the street while on your way to buy a $5 coffee and enjoy some “free” Wi-Fi.
The kiosk works like this: drop in some pocket change and you’ll receive a ticket with an access code. When your time is up, you’ll need to go back and feed the meter.
I imagine it’s designed to work in …read more

Real Gaming Control Pad Planned for iPhone

June 5, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Cellphones, Gaming, Wireless

Real Gaming Control Pad Planned for iPhone

The Apple iPhone could be a truly great gaming platform. Huge, bright screen, a processor fast enough to throw around some 3D graphics, motion sensors and — from a developers point of view — a big installed user base.
The only problem is the lack of buttons. A touchscreen keyboard might work OK for typing emails, but for games, where split-second timing is needed to avoid death, or even better, kill some ducks, you need some buttons.
The answer comes in the form of the iControl pad, a standard set of buttons and a D-pad mounted on a case into which …read more

Dangling Dongle Brings GPS to The iPhone

June 3, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Cellphones, GPS, Handhelds, Wireless

Dangling Dongle Brings GPS to The iPhone

This rather clunky-looking Apple iPhone add-on brings real GPS to the soon-to-be-obsolete original iPhone.
Consisting a Holux M1000b GPS unit, a custom dock-connector cable and some software which requires a jailbroken iPhone to run.
Here’s a demo video below in which the GPS seems to work fine, updating your position on the iPhone’s built in Google Maps application every second or so:

What it also shows is that you’ll need a minimum of three hands to use it. Darn. I only have two… har har.
You can check out some screenshots over at the company’s blog that show the software turning the …read more

Search Term Entry On Mobile Phones

May 24, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Cellphones, Wireless

Search Term Entry On Mobile Phones

I’ve mentioned once or twice (maybe even more) about how difficult it can be to enter text information on cell phones. Rawr!
Even phones like my BlackBerry Curve with a full QWERTY keyboard have their quirks. Google thinks it is annoying, too.
The big “G” has been studying how to make filling out search fields in its mobile search products better. Its answer involves fewer “clicks.” Exactly.
Google actually conducted an entire study on this subject. It is called “Query Suggestions for Mobile Search: Understanding Usage Patterns.”
In a blog posting, software engineer Maryam Kamvar writes:
“In an effort to help our …read more

Hop-On Unveils $10.00 USD Mobile Phone

May 23, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Cellphones, Wireless

Hop-On Unveils $10.00 USD Mobile Phone

Hop-on earlier today launched a no-frills, $10.00 USD phone that the company says is ideal as a backup phone, when traveling abroad, or for people interested in only making calls.
The Hop 1800 is a prepaid cellular phone with no display. The device works with more than 40 U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T, Cingular, and T-Mobile. Hop-on also offers wireless service.
The concept behind the new device is to offer a phone to people who need it only to talk. U.S. travelers in Europe or Asia, for example, could buy a local SIM card to avoid expensive roaming fees, or people …read more

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