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Posts Tagged ‘Wi-Fi’

Wallpaper that makes rooms quieter and more internet-secure

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Wireless internet is extremely convenient.  With the right router, you can be anywhere in your house and be on the internet on a mobile device.  the only downfall is that sometimes, the signal can be hacked into and you are spending hard earned dollars to give free internet to your neighbors, and you don’t even know it.  Researchers at France’s Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble have worked with the Centre Technique du Papier to develop Wi-Fi-blocking wallpaper.

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Samsung Adds Wi-Fi to their DualView Cameras

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Samsung is expanding its DualView point-and-shoot line with a WiFi cam, launching the DV300F today. Consistent with previous models, this latest 16 megapixel snapper includes a 3-inch 460k-dot LCD on the rear, along with a 1.5-inch 61k-dot screen up front. With the Wi-Fi connectivity, you can upload pics directly to sharing sites like Facebook and Picasa, videos to YouTube or the full contents of your card to a PC using the Auto PC Backup function — there’s also a microSD slot for local storage. The DV300F is expected to ship in March.

Wireless Networking Made Easy with Cisco

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Cisco, leader in networking solutions, discovered that it was hard for people to set up a wireless home network. They received a lot of returns on Linksys brand routers. What was their next move?

They needed to find a way that would make setting up a wireless home network simple. So, they decided to apply the point and shoot simplicity of Flip Video Cameras to wireless home networking.

“We have exported Flip thinking into Linksys,” says Scott E. Kabat, director of marketing for Cisco consumer products, referring to the company’s Linksys line of home networking products.

The result? Valet and Valet Plus wireless Wi-Fi routers. They are the simplest wireless routers on the market. Installation is done via USB—there are no CDs to install, it’s as simple as plugging it in and you are ready to surf the net.

One feature sure to please is the router’s parental control options. The administrator, or the one determining the settings, can customize internet options by device, determine the online allowance per device, or even block web sites all together.

Again, thanks to the simplicity of the unit, adding new devices to the networks is a breeze. Any guest can hop right onto the hot spot with a laptop or wireless phones.

The Valet and Valet Plus wireless Wi-Fi routers are essentially the same. The difference between the two is wireless range. The Valet Plus has a wider range thanks to the internal antenna.

Check out the easy to use Valet ($98) and Valet Plus ($148) at Abt.

-Kelly B.

Did You Know? Part 1

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Have you jumped on the iPod bandwagon yet? If not, I found out some cool aspects of the Apple iPod Touch from internet sales specialist, Steve P.

Today he let me know that the iPod Touch can surf the internet using Wi-Fi—just like a Smartphone. The iPod Touch can also play thousands of songs and hours of video. It can download all of the same apps that iPhones run. For added convenience, the iPod Touch can also sync the Apple Email application with your email, so you can retrieve email from your mp3 player.

Do you use the iPod Touch? What are a few of your favorite things?

-Kelly B.

Your TV Knows if you are Watching

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

 

 

Sony brought the new BRAVIA line to CES. There are some cool new features Sony is showing off. The new 2010 Bravia line includes the first 3D HDTVs from Sony. They have a new monolithic design and LED backlighting.

The BRAVIAs have built-in WiFi and easily access internet video, BRAVIA internet widgets, and any personal content available through Digital Living Alliance Networks.

The new Sony line of TVs is comprised of 38 models varying in size from 22-60 inches. The LX900 and HX800 series are both 3D HD capable but the 3D transmitter and shutter glasses are sold separately when purchasing the HX series.

One new feature that I think is cool, is the distance feature. Anyone who has kids or kids as guests in their home knows that they love to get too close to the TV. Sony has created a distance feature that notifies the little ones if they are too close to the TV. Sony’s Intelligent Presence Sensor also detects the presence of viewers. If the TV is left on and it can’t detect the presence of a face, it will automatically dim the backlight.

For more information on any Sony TV contact the Sony store in the Abt showroom.

-Kelly B.