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Friday, July 13, 2012

Just What is the Best Way to Setup Your Wireless Audio System?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 01:00 AM

"About a year ago, I wrote about the best way to set up wireless audio - how to get the music that lives on your computer onto speakers scattered throughout your home."

A lot of what he wrote about last time was mostly involving Apple products, but now there are more players in the market that might pique your interest. I've toyed with getting a Jawbone Jambox that is mentioned, since it seems so easy to use with any of my portable devices. And that is still a possibility, but for now I do pretty well with my Apple TV and my Bose system. How do you stream your audio?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Airplay and Apple TV

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Since the second-generation Apple TV was released back in September of last year, people have wondered if and when apps would arrive on the device. After all, it runs on iOS software, so the underpinnings of app support are already present. But Apple hasn't opened up the Apple TV to third-party developers; or at least it hadn't before it unveiled iOS 5 on Monday."

Well you can't exactly get support for apps to run natively on the Apple TV, but the author found with AirPlay Mirroring that it was almost as good. You could do this with the Digital AV Adapter with iPad original and 2nd version, but with the wireless option it makes it an even better option. All you have to do is select your Apple TV as your output source in the multitasking menu bar and it works as designed. Anything you do on your iPad 2 from this point on will be reflected on your display connected to the Apple TV. Pretty slick.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

US Wireless Capacity To Hit A Wall In The Next 24-36 Months?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 AM

"According to the FCC, the United States is facing an imminent spectrum crisis, in which exploding demand from smartphones will soon overwhelm the nation's wireless capacity. The problem, the FCC says, is the lack of new spectrum being made available to wireless data carriers. Smartphone data traffic is growing so fast, the FCC says, that--if nothing is done--we will use up our available spectrum by 2013."

Image: Federal Communications Commission

If you are in any way dependent on wireless services then you will probably want to take note of this article. The Business Insider has posted an article citing statistics produced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which indicate the US is quickly running out of wireless capacity. On the current course, and without an intervention of some kind, by some point in 2013 we will hit a spectrum deficit wall. The FCC does, though, have a plan to recover under used spectrum capacity from various sources. Hit the Read link for additional data and commentary by the Business Insider.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altec Lansing InMotion Air Wireless Bluetooth Speaker System Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

"Every year the gadget world is swamped by new buzz words, technological breakthroughs or product types that we simply must buy into. For music fans the must-have gadget is a dock and the buzz word it must now have is 'AirPlay' - Apple's wireless streaming connectivity capable of supporting lossless audio. So can we take a wireless speaker with none of this functionality seriously? Actually yes..."

Bluetooth-based speakers tend to be more on the "suck" side of the spectrum than the "awesome" side, but it seems Altec Lansing has pulled a rabbit out of their hat here and delivered a system that actually allows Bluetooth-transmitted audio to sound good. Go figure! If you've got a Bluetooth device and want to listen to music without having to connect it to a speaker dock, this looks like a good solution.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Twelve South With Unique Way to Merge Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Young though it may be, Twelve South has become a reliable source of smart accessories for Apple users over the past year and a half. MacBooks notably benefitted from the sturdy BookArc stand, iPad users more recently received the super-sharp portable Compass, and now desktop Mac users are getting in on the action with MagicWand ($30), a typically well-named accessory aimed at users of Apple's Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad."

What a simple yet effective way to merge the two accessories. Other than having to deal with issues like the power button on the keyboard being blocked, and the battery access point blocked on the trackpad requiring you to disassemble it partially to access these points, it appears to do the job of joining both peripherals.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free Wi-Fi in Times Square

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:00 AM

"If you can't get a signal in Manhattan, blame AT&T. They've pretty much admitted that their network in New York is completely inadequate, and now, three years in, they're taking some concrete steps to alleviate the problem - for tourists, at least."

According to the AT&T press release, the hot zone is in the "north central part of Times Square, near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Street, to provide a large outdoor hotspot zone that AT&T users can access using any Wi-Fi enabled device." Hope they are ready for overload.

Monday, May 10, 2010

WiGig and Light Peak

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 02:00 PM

"We live for speed. We want faster, faster, faster. Whether its speeding between destinations or exercising our creative computing muscles, we want faster file transfers, faster synching, faster wireless."

And to that end, Intel (with some assistance from Apple) has Light Peak, a 10Gbps optical technology that should be to market in 2011, which hopefully will replace USB, HDMI, etc. The other news today is that Wi-Gig will also offer fast speeds, 7 gigabits per second in the 60 Mhz Ghz range. Apple has been an early adopter/leader in technology so I don't doubt we may be seeing some of this technology in their products in the near future. You can learn more about Light Peak at their site, and for Wi-Gig info check out

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Possible Solutions to iPad Wi-Fi Problems

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:30 AM

"Having some problems with your iPad's WiFi connection? Apple's aware of the problem, and has some ideas on how to fix them. According to Apple, the iPad might not automatically rejoin known WiFi networks using third-party routers that are dual-band capable (802.11 b/g and 802.11 n) when each band's network uses the same name or use different security settings."

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Of course the first step to the solution with any problem is to admit you have a problem, which Apple has done fairly quickly by posting this support article. An Apple employee has also posted an FAQ on the wireless problem with possible fixes at the discussion forums on Apple. I haven't experienced this yet but I know some of you have, so here are some resources to hopefully help you. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wireless Keyboard Update 2.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Along with yesterday's release of OS X 10.6.2, Apple issued a small update for their wireless aluminum keyboards, which allows users to utilize the one-touch function controls. The update is specifically for 10.5.8 users, since Apple has included this update in the latest version of Snow Leopard for 10.6.x users."

You can get the update via Software Update or by going direct to Apple.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get a Deal on a Brother Network Printer

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"It's all about networking they say, from Twitter feeds to your LinkedIn connections to Facebook to a truly good-looking deal on a Brother network printer."

The deal on the Brother HL-2170W 23ppm Laser Printer with Wireless and Wired Network Interfacesis a pretty good one ($89.99 USD down from $299.00 USD) if you are looking for a wireless or wired networkable black and white printer. The replacement cartridges are also on sale so it works out to about 5 cents per sheet if you use Brother TN330 Black Toner Cartridge, or a bit less if you use the 2,500 sheet Brother TN360 High Yield Black Toner Cartridge.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Powermat for Wireless Charging

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPods" @ 02:00 PM

"The Powermat range of wireless charging products we first spied at CES 2009 are now available for purchase. The system consists of a plug in charging mat and a receiver embedded in a cover for your portable device that allows you to "drop and charge" without having to to fiddle with cords as well as simultaneously charge multiple devices."

This is a rather cool idea, but even though it is wireless, you still have to have the case adapter for it to work correctly. You can buy the adapter for the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch for $40.00 USD, and decide if you want the regular mat for home or the folding mat for travel. Either way, the mat will cost you $99.00 USD. Blackberry isn't left out as they have a special battery door adapter available for $30.00 USD which fits the Bold, Pearl, Curve, 8300 and 8900.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

iPhone A Wake Up Call to Wireless Industry

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

"While some cell phone manufacturers professed to always having a user-focused approach, others admitted that the Apple iPhone was "a wake up call" to increase their focus on the user experience, according to a new report by the analyst firm, Strategy Analytics."

I've said it a million times, but as time moves on it's becoming more and more apparent that it's true: the iPhone isn't a success because it introduced hundreds of new features. It's a success because it took features that were already out there and made them accessible, usable, and reliable for most of the people who use it. For a textbook example, check out YouTube uploads from the 3GS. Symbian phones have been able to do it forever, but now people are actually doing it from their phones in much larger numbers.

It isn't about having a touch screen, having a camera, or having video capture. It's about making those features usable enough that people actually say "You know what? I think I'm gonna check that out." It's the one thing that, through numerous lumps on their heads, the other companies are learning.

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