While the second generation handsets from HTC and Oculus are getting shape hidden from the public eye, there are significant changes being announced or previewed for the upcoming Holiday season. The new controllers were ‘leaked’ a while ago, and should arrive as bundled and separate purchase (for people that have already purchased the Vive). Still, the biggest hurdle for the mass adoption of VR is, or it was, the necessity of a wired connection between the headset and computer. Headset must receive a very high bandwidth picture, so high that a signal from the computer to the headset had to be done by wire, using fastest
Broadband Internet Now Available in Cuba
Cuba recently announced that is is making residential broadband internet available in its capital city, Havana. This is a big step for a country notorious for tightly monitoring the internet and limiting access. It wasn’t until 2012 that the internet really took off in Cuba, even though it was introduced in 1996. By making the internet unavailable in homes and cafes, it was nowhere nearly as used as it is in the rest of the world. Now it looks like Cuba’s relationship with the internet is about to change. The internet is considered more of a luxury in Cuba, in comparison to its closest neighbors such as USA – where internet
Two Lost Kids; Two New Wearable Tracking Devices at CES 2015
Wearable devices are being used to keep track of wandering children. CES showcases two competing companies with differing visions who are vying for your dollars.
Online iPad Deals Require Detailed Comparisons
When looking at different online deals on one of the most popular tablets, the iPad, it is always good to be careful to compare the deals against each other
Verizon Deems Day November 26th Connection Day
Verizon is trying to make people’s travels during the holidays easier with Connection Day by giving everyone digital gifts to make travel just a bit easier
Top Five Notebooks of 2014
With the holidays approaching fast many people will be getting new notebooks this holiday season, we give you our pick for the top 5.
Qualcomm's QCA9377 Brings 802.11ac 2.0 to Market
Qualcomm is bringing MU-MIMO to routers and laptops in order to broaden the company’s 802.11ac leadership and bring more devices into the 802.11ac era.
Qualcomm Announces $1 Million Robotics Accelerator
Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) continues to push on the robotics front after announcing its microrover project powered by Snapdragon. Its new initiative is to pump $1.2 million into a robotics acclerator, which will host 10 companies and be located at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, while being run by TechStars which was recently featured in Bright Side of News’* ROAD to ROCKI Blog Series. This is all done through Qualcomm’s own accelerator initiative which is ‘powered’ by TechStars who provides their expertise in running their own accelerator program where they seed companies with $118,000 in seed funding as well as knowledge, advice and expertise. In order to enter into Qualcomm’s robotics
Samsung Announces 60 Ghz 802.11ad WiGig Solution
Samsung is claiming that their new 60 GHz WiGig technology, also known as Wi-Fi’s 802.11ad standard which is highly sensitive to interference.
Nikon's New D750 Brings Affordable High-End Features
This week Nikon (TYO:7731) announced the new Nikon D750, a successor to the Nikon D700 which has been discontinued since its introduction in 2008. The D750 is not quite as high-end as the company’s D810 or D4S, however, it does still have a fairly good 24 Megapixel sensor similar to that of the Nikon D610. What makes the D750 better than the D610, though, is all of the additional functionality that it brings to the camera outside of just pure photography. The D750 brings an articulating LCD screen that would normally be found in consumer-level cameras like the D5000 and D3000 series and brings it to
T-Mobile Uncarrier 7.0 – Leveraging Wi-Fi
As T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) continues on the company’s attack on its competitors, the company held its Uncarrier 7.0 event, representing the company’s next move to help consumers while sticking it to the company’s competitors. During the Uncarrier 7.0 event in San Francisco, the company’s CEO John Legere introduced a multitude of Wi-Fi enabled technologies that will help improve the quality of T-Mobile service. As a part of Uncarrier 7.0, T-Mobile is going to be enabling Wi-Fi calling on all of the phones that they sell in store, which means that they very likely will not be carrying devices like the Nexus 5 in-store. Most Nexus 5 users will
2014 San Diego Comic-Con: Day 1 Pictures
On day one of the 2014 San Diego International Comic-Con we got a chance to check out some of the off-site events going on around the show as well as walk some more of the show floor and take a look at what people are doing. On Day 1 there were a lot more people dressed up in costumes than during Preview Night, but there were also a lot more people in general. Day 1 was a pretty great success because we got a chance to play laser tag with people from Nerdist and 2K in the Borderlands the Pre-Sequel laser tag. They also had
Comcast's New Evil Plan: Turns Home Routers Into Public Wi-Fi
As if Comcast couldn’t get even more evil, they just have. The company is turning people’s home routers and internet connections (that they pay for) into public Wi-Fi hotspots for their customers. One might ask, why would an ISP be doing such a thing in an age where we already have fantastic 3G and 4G coverage on most carriers in the US? Well, its all part of Comcast’s evil new plan to compete with the wireless carriers and deploy their own wireless service using Wi-Fi, something akin to what RePublic wireless is doing with their most basic plan. However, Comcast has quietly built this feature
D-Link Introduces New Facebook Wi-Fi Router
You don’t hear every day that Facebook is collaborating with a networking hardware manufacturer like D-Link to provide a “Facebook Wi-Fi” service. Facebook Wi-Fi is a service that Facebook has been promoting for the past year as a way for businesses to connect with their customers and to encourage them to connect to their free Wi-Fi network in order to check-in and get offers from the business (and let the business and Facebook gather their info). Facebook Wi-Fi currently only works on three different hardware vendors, two of whom are actually the same company now. Meraki wireless products (now a subsidiary of Cisco) Cisco ISR G2
Qualcomm Announces 20nm Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 64-Bit Chips
Qualcomm has been fairly quiet about their high-end ambitions after what is expected to follow the soon-to-launch Snapdragon 805 chipset. The Snapdragon 805 is Qualcomm’s chip that will likely ship in devices next quarter and is marketed by Qualcomm as their 4K chip with the Adreno 420 GPU. Now, even though the Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) is a very powerful chip, it lacks 64-bit capability and doesn’t have an integrated modem, requiring a separate modem like Qualcomm’s 20nm MDM9x35 to enable cellular capability. It also sports an improved Krait CPU with a Krait 450 CPU compared to the Snapdragon 801 and 800’s Krait 400. However, it
AirLive launches interference-resistant Access Points
Now, the title of their press release really got me wondering – how in the world can you launch “interference-resistant AP” when AP themselves are the creators of interferences in the RF spectrum? Well, I heard back from AirLive and the company is stating that their “Clear Signal Technology” is the key feature that produces clear signal transmission. But that’s not all. WH-5420CPE and WL-5470POE feature no less than eight operation modes with power output reaching 26 dBm. That is the highest power output in the industry (at this moment). Clear Signal Tech combines this high output with advanced filtering methods of cancelling out signal
AirLive introduces high-range USB adapter (finally!)
If you’re pissed (politically correct statement: disappointed) with the pathetic Wi-Fi range your notebook provides, there are two things that you are going to do: a) Throw your old notebook out and ask for MacBook Pro or Lenovo StinkPad b) Get an USB adapter with an antenna If you’re outta finances to buy a new notebook that has dual-antennas and is able to enhance the reception on its own (for instance, I own HP’s tabletPC – tx1000 – and it has a single sucky antenna), option B is most likely. The number of Wi-Fi USB adapters on the market is huge, but there are only