Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Linksys flips the switch on new powerline networking gear

Linksys flips the switch on new powerline networking gear

Powerline networking is a clever technology that hasn't really taken off against Wi-Fi equipment, but Linksys hopes to put a charge in it with its new line of Linksys by Cisco Powerline products.For the uninitiated, powerline technology uses electrical outlets rather than wireless radios to transmit data.

published October 21, 2008 by

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Ecobee programs energy savings with Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Ecobee programs energy savings with Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

A Canadian company has just announced a new thermostat with built-in Wi-Fi, with the hopes that more homeowners will program their thermostats and reduce energy costs. Ecobee says it created its Smart Thermostat because too many homeowners can't figure out how to properly use their programmable thermostats, which keeps them from extracting more savings from optimizing temperatures.

published October 18, 2008 by

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Future wireless networks could be powered by "smart lighting"

Future wireless networks could be powered by "smart lighting"

A light bulb went off in the head of researchers at Boston University about a new wireless networking technology, which was very appropriate considering that it involves, well, light bulbs. The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center has been created to develop technology that would allow low-powered LED lights to transmit data to other devices.

published October 6, 2008 by

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Hands-on review of the Logitech Squeezebox Boom

Hands-on review of the Logitech Squeezebox Boom

After seeing my mildly skeptical post about the release of its Squeezebox Boom Internet radio device, Logitech offered to send me a sample unit to review, promising me I'd be pleasantly surprised with the audio output from the compact unit. I've been testing it out over the last few weeks, and here's what I've found in my everyday use of it.

published October 4, 2008 by

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D-Link ships new Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825)

D-Link ships new Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825)

Having pretty much juiced everything they can out of "Draft N" as a buzz term, router manufacturers have turned to "dual band" as the hot concept in 2008. With its new Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825), D-Link adds another one to the list, though it's of the rarer breed that can simultaneously broadcast over both the 2.

published October 2, 2008 by

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Netgear unveils new energy-efficient Draft N routers

Netgear unveils new energy-efficient Draft N routers

The networking world has finally caught on to the whole green movement, with Netgear following in the footsteps of D-Link in releasing new routers that claim to be more eco-friendly.The Wireless-N Router (WNR2000, pictured) and Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) both come packaged in material that's at least 80 percent recycled in origin, and also come with this new thing called an on/off switch.

published September 29, 2008 by

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Samsung develops NaBee Wireless USB solution for digital cameras

Samsung develops NaBee Wireless USB solution for digital cameras

Cameras with built-in Wi-Fi haven't been as plentiful as you might expect, considering the extra step it eliminates of either plugging the camera into a USB port or inserting the memory card into a slot in order to upload photos. But this week Samsung (along with chipmaker Alereon) announced a new wireless solution that it hopes will make more of an impact with the digital shutterbugs of the world.

published September 25, 2008 by

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AT&T HomeManager: The future of home phones?

AT&T HomeManager: The future of home phones?

Want a home phone that does something a little more 21st century? AT&T has started rolling out its HomeManager package, which includes a wireless touch screen device with Internet access and speakerphone, in nine major cities.

published September 24, 2008 by

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Giant 32-inch wireless photo frame introduced

Giant 32-inch wireless photo frame introduced

There's been quite a pissing match going on lately in the world of Wi-Fi enabled digital photo frames. First, Samsung and Sony jumped into the game with new offerings, then Kodak did them one better by unleashing the first frame using OLED display technology (albeit for several hundred dollars more than other wireless frames).

published September 23, 2008 by

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Audiovox's RCA Infinite Radio: Internet radio with Wi-Fi for $149

Audiovox's RCA Infinite Radio: Internet radio with Wi-Fi for $149

I wrote about Logitech's Squeezebox Boom Wi-Fi-enabled music streamer a couple of weeks ago (and will have a hands-on review later this week), and mentioned that at $299, the Boom wasn't really going to take Internet radio much closer to the mainstream at that price. Now Audiovox has released the RCA Infinite Radio, which cuts that price in half but keeps the Wi-Fi connection.

published September 20, 2008 by

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Kodak introduces world's first OLED wireless photo frame

Kodak introduces world's first OLED wireless photo frame

Kodak takes the competition in the suddenly crowded field of wireless photo frames to the next level with its announcement of the OLED Wireless Frame. The camera company joins Samsung and Sony in introducing new frames that feature built-in Wi-Fi to stream photos from your hard drive or the Internet.

published September 16, 2008 by

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