We are living in a time when everything is connected and the content needs to be shared across devices. However, many of our gadgets are still not network enabled, or do not have a WiFi adapter included. I am talking about the last generations TV units, photo frames, receivers, DVD players, boom boxes, stereos, etc. Most of our readers have at least a computer that can share media, some even a dedicated server or NAS (network attached storage) units. How do we get that content to our gadgets that don’t support wireless sharing? HSTI, a Canadian technology company has a simple answer: Wireless Media Stick, a small USB device that connects to your wireless network, can access network shares and mount all the content available as a normal USB memory stick. We were provided with a sample and after extensive testing, our experience is summarized in this review. Read More…
Kindle 3 is the latest Amazon take in the eBook readers market and it does not disappoint: It is smaller and lighter, comes in two colors and ads WiFi to the specifications list. I received mine on Friday from Amazon and had the whole weekend to play with it, so here is my experience. Before starting, I want to add that I also own Kindle 2 and Barnes and Noble’s Nook for quite a while, so my review will not only go through all the Kindle 3 functionality but it will also compare its features and usability against the other two devices. In the end, I will add a series of functionality tips and tricks destined to improve your experience.
1. Kindle 3 Unpacking
In an excellent news for eBook lovers, and in a move that is sure to put pressure on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble confirms their new Nook model sans 3G for a new low price of $149 while at the same time reducing the price for the previous $259 3G capable Nook to $199. The new model without 3G connectivity is called Nook WiFi. One of the features I really love about Nook line is the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot, a feature not present into it’s main competitor, Amazon’s Kindle.
The 3G capability made a lot of sense several years ago during the release of the initial Kindle, but meantime the smartphone market exploded along with more or less generous data plans and tethering options (again more or less legal), so it shouldn’t be very challenging to tether your new Nook to your smartphone. Also, Barnes & Noble released their latest Nook software, now at the version 1.4 that beside a number of improvements as “Go to page”, an extra large font and some speed-up overall, now allows Nook to access the fairly extensive AT&T WiFi network for free.
The new Nook is available at B&N own website and also at Best Buy and it will start shipping this week. The main visual difference between Nook WiFi and Nook 3G is a white back panel for the new model and a slightly (0.5 oz) lower weight.
Update: Amazon followed immediately slashing their Kindle price to $189.
Well, the title is somewhat misleading, and I am guilty as charged. Starbucks offered free Internet access before, but it took longer to connect than to finish your coffee. The new way to connect will require only “one-click” and it will be provided by AT&T. Also announced was something called a “new online customer experience” called Starbucks Digital Network, in partnership with Yahoo! to be launched later this fall which will offer free content to paid websites as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. Check after the break for Starbucks’ full press release. Read More…
Many of my friends are scattered around the world so I was looking for a cheap solution to stay in touch for quite a while. I am a frequent Skype user for international calls due to their prices and high call quality, so I wanted something that could use Skype service , but without a computer. I used a Linksys Yahoo phone for a while, but I like Skype better for voice so I started to test WiFi Skype phones.
I ended up buying a two pack IPEVO S0-20 WiFi Phone, I kept one phone while giving the other to my parents. We’ve been using them for more than six month now and I want to share my experiences:
1. Call Quality – crisp and clear with only marginal latency.
2.Size – it is about the size of a cell phone and very light.
3.Keypad is lighted and usable in the dark.
4.Wireless – it can connect to an existing WiFi network, B or G and supports all the encryption standards (WEP, WPA, WPA2). I am using currently WPA2 and works like a charm. It will store the access keys for the networks.
5.Screen is very clear, bright and good resolution.The menus are simple and intuitive.
6. Battery life is very long, with at least 3 days between charges. I usually leave mine in the dock while not in use though. You can charge it from the supplied mini dock or directly via a mini-USB cable.
7. Features – most desktop Skype features are available, including adding new contacts, view call history, change status and the balance is always shown on the screen.
I suppose I am old fashion, but I like to listen to radio, I always did. I still remember being a kid and listen in the dark at Radio Free Europe with my family when the electricity was cut of by the government to save money. But that was a different country and different life. The nostalgia remained though. So I looked around on the internet to buy a radio that would receive international stations (I already have a Sony World Band Receiver ICF_SW7600GR – who the heck comes up with these names?) which is a very good receiver in its own right, but the reception sucks in my city and anyway, they are very few foreign radio stations that broadcast strong enough to receive them in SOCAL.
Enough ranting, I managed to find two different internet radio receivers, a Philips NP1100/37 and an Aluratek AIRMMF01F (another weird name). I bought both of them! The last one is the subject of today’s review. Read More…