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Samsung Claims Faster Wifi

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Samsung Claims Faster Wifi

Samsung announces the development of 60GHz wifi technology-- enabling wireless data transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps (or 575MB per second), a five-fold increase over the current 866Mbps maximum.

The company says it allows the transfer of a 1GB movie in less than 3 seconds, as well as real-time uncompressed HD video streaming from mobile devices to TVs.

According to Samsung the 802.11ad 60GHz wifi technology eliminates co-channel interference regardless the number of devices using the same network in order to maintain maximum speeds and remove the gap between theoretical and actual speeds. How so? Via the use of "micro beam-forming control technology" optimizing the communications module in less than 1/3000 seconds.

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A Device For SIM-Based Wireless Authentication

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A Device For SIM-Based Wireless Authentication

Japanese carrier Docomo announces what it claims is the first SIM-based authentication device-- Portable SIM, a standalone device combining a SIM card with Bluetooth and NFC in a potential SIM card replacement.

According to the company Portable SIM will allow users to connect and login to phone networks and transfer information (such as contact and login details) across multiple devices with a simple wave.

Bluetooth connectivity replaces the need to physically insert a SIM card, and Docomo suggests users would even be able to switch subscriber identity between personal and work devices as Portable SIM can securely store multiple login details.

Adding further technology is the fact transferred contacts and details lock if the Bluetooth connection is lost.

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Multiple Improvements for Bluetooth

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Multiple Improvements for Bluetooth

The Bluetooth standard receives a couple of improvements promising more useful devices-- the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) updates it to version 4.1, and Broadcom combines it with wireless charging on a single SoC.

Bluetooth 4.1 allows for devices able to "remember" lost connections for longer, with automatic reconnection as soon as devices are in range. It improves on the coexistance of Bluetooth and LTE radios on the device, and adds bulk data transfer capability.

Devices running the updated standard will also be able to run as both peripheral and hub-- the Bluetooth SIG gives the example of a smartwatch acting as a hub by gathering information from a heart rate monitor while simultaneously acting as a peripheral as it pushes notifications to a smartphone.

For the future the Bluetooth SIG plans to add IP connectivity-- allowing devices to communicate over IPv6 via Bluetooth radios to create a "fundamental wireless link" in the so-called Internet of Things.

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Free Webinar: Get More Out of Your Web

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Free Webinar: Get More Out of Your Web

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Not Biscuits, But TV Phone

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Not Biscuits, But TV Phone

The word "Biscotti" does not simply refer to Italian biscuits any more-- it is also the name of a miniature VoIP TV phone that's only a bit bigger than the actual baked goods sharing the name.

The Biscotti consists of a small camera-carrying box designed to sit on top of TV sets, to which it plugs in using HDMI. Connecting to the internet via wifi, it allows users to make video-calls through either Continue reading...

“Give Me More, Give Me More!”

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“Give Me More, Give Me More!”

by Peter Weedfald, President, Gen One Ventures

There are a multitude of dramatic shifts in our lives as smart products and applications shrink our planet, change the way our personal and business worlds engage and simultaneously reconfigure how we business react and or play together...

...I personally define the Internet as “Darwin on Speed” because the Internet is clearly the fastest unionization of instant push and pull throughout the entire galaxy. The truth is, it is the low ceiling consumer content clouds, the hyper-fast tectonic platforms of hermetically sealed applications, the low cost, fatty storage lockers and the kinetic global traffic routing that is changing and enriching our business and personal lives...

As the song says and surely the words must be about our instant, content rich lives: “Yeah… give me more, give me more.”

...So, let me take you down from the very busy, “cloud-e” (“e” for e-commerce) skies of business progress to be a bit more consumer product centric and specific. ..

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    Passport Gets Skyped

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    Passport Gets Skyped

    LifeSize's Passport HD videoconferencing system now supports Skype video (as well as audio) through its latest software update.

    The software update (version 4.8.0) comes with a setup page for users to enter their Skype profile information-- enabling their Skype contact list on their Passport screen.

    The system carries out Skype videocalls in its standard format, at 640x480 resolution with no control Continue reading...

    Freedom from the Set-Top Box?

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    Freedom from the Set-Top Box?

    In America, a new  industry alliance joins the struggle to wrest TV control from cable companies and private network operators.

    Newly-founded by Best Buy, Google, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Nagravision, SageTV, Sony Electronics and TiVo, the AllVid Tech Company Alliance will support an " AllVid open gateway" to integrating video services into home networks.

    "AllVid" is a CableCARD replacement Continue reading...

    Vodafone Webbox Turns Any TV into Internet Access

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    Vodafone Webbox Turns Any TV into Internet Access

    Vodafone tore a phone apart...put the components in a keyboard box, added standard RCA connectors – and now you have the Vodafone Webbox, the first device of its kind, bringing affordable internet access to existing television set, just by plugging in a keyboard.

    Developed with emerging markets in mind (where many don't yet have affordable internet access), the Webbox is a sleek, black, 14 x 25 Continue reading...

    "Global" Launch for Sony Music Streaming

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    Sony launches its cloud-based music streaming service, "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity"-- starting  off with the UK and Ireland.

    Music lovers will have initial access to 6 million songs from labels like Universal, Sony, Warner, EMI and a number of indipendent labels.

    Other European countries should have the service sometime in 2011. So far mentioned are Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Unsurprisingly, Continue reading...

    DivXTV Launches on LG

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    DivXTV Launches on LG

    DivXTV rolls out-- exclusively on LG blu-ray devices, following its October PC release.

    The launch includes an updated media library, with content from online services such as funnyordie.com, New York Financial Press and CNET, amongst others.

    For now the service is a LG exclusive. The company's BD550, BD570 and BD590 blu-ray players and LHB335, LHB535 and LHB975 home theatre systems carry DivXTV. Continue reading...

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