Microsoft Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 users are getting multiple keyboard, Bluetooth and wireless network firmware updates.
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This question always pops into my head whenever I am roaming an airport desperately seeking a place to recharge my notebook computer and other gadgets: why is it that I can get all sorts of network "juice" via wireless means, while I have to rely on some cord to keep these darn things running?
The penchant for network operators to offer notebooks with integrated mobile broadband on a contract does not seem to be abating. O2 currently has several options on offer including the Asus UL30A notebook which is available for £39.
As the PC maker heads into smartphones and more deeply into IT services, CEO Michael Dell talks about what businesses want from a notebook and the importance of the network
I have a very strong preference for Bluetooth mice on my netbook and notebook systems. Unfortunately, a couple of them don't have bluetooth adapters - most significantly the HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez, which is becoming my current favorite, and one of the HP 2133 Mini-Notes.
My very first Bluetooth GPS receiver came from Pharos and that baby performed like no other I have seen since then. I could throw the little "hockey puck" GPS receiver in the back seat and it would still get a solid strong signal served up to my laptops and PDAs. Pharos has been making a line of Pocket PC and now Windows Mobile devices with a GPS focus for a few years and I have tried a couple of them without being that impressed. I was just sent their latest device, the Pharos Traveler 137, to check out for a bit and was very interested in it because it is the first Windows Mobile-based device that supports T-Mobile's unique 1700 MHz 3.5G data network. After spending a few days with the device, I think it is one of the best Pharos models made and may be compelling for T-Mobile customers looking for a WM device.
Turns out that Bluetooth isn't the only low-power network specification to be approved by the Continua Health Alliance. The group has also approved ZigBee Health Care for use as a low-power LAN standard.
The Information Network forecasts array processing equipment to decrease 41% in 2009 following an increase of 30% in 2008. Large-size TFT-LCD panel growth in 2009 will be buoyed by LCD TV and notebook sales. For 2009, 113.3 mln panels will be sold for LCD TVs, up 20.5% from 94.0 mln in 2008. Panels for notebooks [...]
A recent patent application filed by Apple describes its vision for a new Personal Area Network (PAN) that would link RF modules in everything from clothes to accessories which would communicate with each other and connect to the Internet.The PAN would include both short range (WiFi and Bluetooth) and long range (GSM, EDGE, etc) communication "which would be able to communicate with and identify themselves to any other modules around and, potentially, piggyback their way onto the Internet.
The battle to be the top network hard drive solution for home networks continues with Iomega's latest salvo. The new StorCenter ix2 NAS device adds a new wrinkle with its Bluetooth supportallowing you to transfer files from a cell phoneand implements more software from parent company EMC.
In the drab world of network-attached-storage (NAS) devices, Buffalo's LinkStation Mini stands out thanks to its palm-sized form factor (due to it using 2.5-inch notebook hard drives instead of the 3.
The mini-notebook-like Redfly Mobile Companion is a £250 paperweight without a Windows Mobile device to provide it with computing power and connectivity. It can do nothing on its own, and that's its big problem.
The rumors that T-Mobile may launch a Google Android device in September seem more and more plausible now with the details that Engadget found in the latest FCC documents (PDF files). This FCC approval is for the rumored HTC Dream device. The operating system is not mentioned in the FCC documents so it is possible this device could be a Windows Mobile device too. Either way, it looks like this may be T-Mobile USA's first high end device that supports their 1700 MHz 3G network. The FCC documents reveal it has WiFi, Bluetooth, and T-Mobile 3G support.
Ozmo Devices demoed yesterday a new personal area network (PAN) technology that employs Wi-Fi and aims to replace Bluetooth for peripherals connectivity.The company unveiled its Wi-Fi PAN at the Computex tech trade show in Taipei.
The Firestick Pro is an affordable and effective hardware firewall on a USB stick, designed to protect notebooks when connected to the internet outside the company network.
Yoggie’s Pico Pro offers a hassle-free approach to notebook security by running 13 security applications from a USB-stick-based Linux appliance.
OneNote has long had the ability to create shared notebooks but a newly released OneNote powertoy from Microsoft developer Dave Tse allows you to export a OneNote notebook as an interactive website. Even better, the project has been deposited at CodePlex for community input and enhancement. The exported notebook is, unfortunately, best viewed only in IE7 as the .MHT "single file" HTML format is not well supported by third-party browsers. The web export can be saved on a local drive, a network share, or a SharePoint server.
According to a Gizmodo Sprint source a new Palm Treo device may be coming to the Sprint network in the 4th quarter of 2007. This device, the Treo 800w, would be an upgrade to the existing Treo 700wx that Sprint currently has available with the two biggest changes being integrated WiFi (a first for a Palm Treo) and a 320x320 display (the first time this resolution has been rumored/seen on a Windows Mobile device). Other rumored specs make this device the ultimate Windows Mobile Professional device with Windows Mobile 6, EV-DO Rev. A support, GPS, 256MB flash ROM and 128 MB RAM, 1.3 megapixel camera, integrated Bluetooth, and a memory expansion slot. If the rumor is true, then this will be one sweet device.
This handy Bluetooth mouse lives and recharges in your notebook's PC Card slot when not in use. However, its performance is erratic at times and it's also somewhat expensive.
3's new mobile broadband card is almost a no-brainer: It sprints along on 3's current 3G network and will kick into overdrive following the 3.6Mbps HSDPA network overhaul, slips into notebook ExpessCard and PC Card slots and to top it off, has exceptional pricing plans.
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