The launch of the 450Mbps segment of the 802.11n specification was sort of backwards. We saw some of the first routers last year in the September – October time frame. Then at CES we got our first glimpse of one of the new 450Mbps wireless adapters. This was the TRENDNet TEW-687GA that we just finished testing. But we are not going to stop there as we have another 450Mbps adapter from TRENDNet in the lab. This one is more PC specific and connects over USB 2.0. You lose the universal appeal that the 687GA had but gain more on portability. So let’s introduce the TRENDNet TEW-684UB 450Mbps Dual Band USB wireless adapter.
In an odd turn of events Netflix, one of the largest internet streaming media companies, appears to have locked out the Windows 7 Media Center Plug-in. The issue began on June 29th in the early evening when reports of this issue popped up from different users around the net. We checked into the problem and found that while the rest of the service appeared to work flawlessly, you still could not view any movies. The error? Our apologies – we could not authenticate this request.
One of the big (or is it small) things that re-emerged on the market last year was the reintroduction of Via’s Mini-ITX form factor for motherboards. We have had a few of these in the lab and they are very fun to play with. So far we have had boards from J&W Technology Limited and Gigabyte so now it is time for use to throw one up from Asus. The board we have is part of their MiniMAX lineup. It is the P8H67-I Deluxe. As you might have imagined this has an H67 chipset onboard so it is all read for the Sandy Bridge Core i7/i5 of your choice. We have seen what the H55 could do in this form factor so we are excited to see what Asus can do with the more efficient H67 and Sandy Bridge combination. We are going to take a look at the design and features of this board now and then run it through the wringer later.
After a numerous announcements during the filming of the movie about Steve Jobs, tons of praise and all the hype, in the end it seems that the whole project was not successful.
If you are fascinated by special effects in the Matrix series of films, especially in slow motion at which, among other things this trilogy is famous for, then you will be delighted by this technology. Free Dimensional Video (Freedom) is the name of the technology for displaying slow shots of the most important moments in sporting events.
Google has redesigned the Android YouTube app and now interface greatly resembles the Google Play store. On the left side tehre is still the previously known menu where you can navigate through your subscriptions and recommendations, while the rest of the interface is presented in the form of cards.
We all have heard that someone broke in and stole property from the house of the late Steve Jobs. Although the act was deplorable it later came to light the thief that took upwards of $60,000 in property (according to insurance estimates) did not even know whose house he was breaking into. Instead he happily took his ill-gotten gains and proceeded to try and turn them into money. From what we are hearing most of the products have been recovered and the thief is in jail.
In not so shocking news another country has followed Britain’s example and has ordered the site The Pirate Bay blocked at the ISP level. This is the second time a “democratic” government has imposed an outright ban on the Torrent and Magnet Hosting Web Site. It represents a major win for the Entertainment industry that sees The Pirate Bay as their arch nemesis.
Lenovo today unveiled its big 29-inch ThinkVision monitor LT2934z that comes with 21:9 aspect ratio, which offers 33% more width than the standard 16:9 monitors, and can reasonably be called a "panoramic monitor". Monitor uses Advanced High Performance IPS (AH-IPS) LCD screen that gives viewing angle of 178/178 degrees and covers almost 100% of sRGB color gamut.
The battle between Samsung and LG is not subsiding. After Samsung just before the IFA presented their curved UHD OLED TVs from 55 to 65 inches, which were said to be the first UHD OLED TVs with curved screen, after the official opening of the IFA 2013 fair in Berlin, the situation looks a little different. Specifically, Samsung now can only say that they were first to present such TVs, because LG today unveiled their own UHD OLED TVs that also come with curved screen, and even more interestingly, LG TVs are bigger, and come with a diagonal of 77 inches.