Do you pay for your internet or do you piggy-back/mooch-off your neighbor’s WiFi? Well, if you fall into the latter, you should be made aware of a ruling made from a federal court in Pittsburgh, who said that the government can track you to your location, WITHOUT a search warrant, using free anti-moocher software wizardry. The courts ruled that internet subscribers shouldn’t expect privacy protection with their IP addresses (you know, those funny numbers assigned to devices that can be connected to the Internet), even the information customers give to their internet service providers (ISP). So, let the prize match between protecting the investment of private citizens and the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unreasonable search-and-seizure BEGIN!! Read the rest of this entry
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This week on WIRed, Iron Man 3 trailer **squealing** MIT tries to solve the case or missing black architects, can the Simple.TV give the TiVo a run for it’s money, you can finally get a Portal gun from ThinkGeek- it’s cheaper, but it’s smaller – and now EVERYONE can get some of the that Mid-South Wrestling ACTION! Read the rest of this entry
Starting later this year, the tiny-as-you-can-get Roku box that sat next top or under your television will no longer be a box. Soon, the next revisions of the online content streaming devices will be behind your televisions; plugged into your HMDI port, and will be shaped like a USB drive. Read the rest of this entry
Look out Boxee Box, Roku, & Apple TV! Vizio is about to give you a run for your money…er…our money…but still, COMPETITION!! Anyway, today Vizio is beginning to take pre-orders for its Co-Star Google TV box, due for an August 14th release. For under $100, this small little box of awesome adds the new, updated Google TV experience to your existing setup, along with its remote that sports a QWERTY keyboard on the underside and an integrated IR blaster. The Co-Star is powered by one of Marvell’s ARM processors, making it ready for the online game-streaming service OnLive, among other entertainment online services. Man, I sure would LOVE to get my hands on one of these… Read the rest of this entry
Whenever the terms “reality television” and “professional wrestling” come together, the first thing that usually comes to mind would be the successful Tough Enough series from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). From it’s original run on MTV from 2001 to 2003 (not counting the competition on WWE Smackdown — sans its own show — in 2004), and it’s revival last year on the USA Network, the reality competition had varied participants undergo vigorous professional wrestling training and compete for a contract with the WWE. Popular independent wrestling promotion Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) has decided to go a similar route, and start their own online reality series called AIW Absolute Intern. In this series, four AIW fans compete for the opportunity and right to be part of one of the best promotions on the independent wrestling circuit from a behind-the-scenes basis. Check out the premiere episode above, where this week the interns attempt to sell posters to the AIW crowd while host/announcer Vic Travagliante (who also broadcasts for the Chicago White Sox and various NCAA D1 programs) yells at them. Enjoy, and also check out their YouTube channel for more videos; the quality of their matches are excellent!
This can be categorized as news that almost everyone saw coming from miles away. The news was made official last Tuesday, March 13th, as Jorge Cauz (the president of the Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.) announced that the world-famous Encyclopaedia Britannica would be going out of print and concentrate solely on its online/digital offerings at Britannica Online.
Oh passwords, passwords, passwords; so necessary to protect your information and accounts online, but very often it just means that there are so many passwords to remember; depending on how many online services you use and how diligent your are in properly securing your online information. After it was revealed a few weeks ago that the most common password in the nation was “password1″ — seriously, I’m NOT kidding — it’s a wonder why your account has not been phished or hacked by now if you use that or other simple/terrible/lazy/unsafe passwords. For the best security, it is wise and recommended for passwords to be complex (using letters, numbers AND symbols) and be changed every 8-16 months. Still, I understand that the new issues would be having to remember ANOTHER password. But, don’t fret…
Some number of years ago, there was an announcement of the wonderful technology called Super Wi-Fi. It was proposed to off fast, high-speed internet through the vacant spaces between TV network transmissions. Currently, the first public network that is now actively using Super WiFi is in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Now, why Wilmington exactly. Well, it’s pretty simple; Wilmington (mainly its county, New Hanover County) was the first area to transition to digital TV broadcasts from analog. Based on that, they were able to start ahead over other areas (including larger cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, etc.) to get their local Super Wi-Fi network up. Ugh.
[Thank you NetworkWorld]
Wireless card manufacturer Broadcom just released the news of their first gigabit Wi-Fi cards that are reportedly up to three times faster and six times more efficient than WiFi cards that are already available. They plan on revealing the new technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Their new 802.11ac chips are based on 5G WiFi, the soon-to-be next generation standard of Wi-Fi. The three (3) chips in particular —BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516—use an 80 MHz channel bandwidth which is two times wider than the channel on similar types/styles of existing products. It other words, that creates a great opportunity to undertake very bandwidth-hungry tasks like downloading HD video (from Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, etc), as well as online PC gaming (via conventional methods, flash browser games, Steam, Origin, etc.).
Broadcom’s new WiFi chips should also have a great effect on mobile a well, as content can be downloaded at a faster rate, switch handsets to low-power mode quicker (thus saving battery life since using LTE won’t instantly drop your battery’s charge in half.
[Thanks Broadcom & Engadget]
Anyways, here we have a TV, an iPad, and an iPhone, all of them stacked up “on top of” each other—you know, kind of like in the dreams in “Inception.” This pic brings back memories when nearly everyone I came across who saw the movie, as we all attempted to make sense of the whole thing. As far as I’m concerned, this combo of devices illustrates an almost perfect example of Inception. Read the rest of this entry
Oh Internet, how do I love and enjoy thee; the abundance of information and service you provide and the ability to accomplish and finish tasks at a very convenient fashion. However, this ability to make an abundance of information and services readily available also attracts ne’er-do-wells looking to make a quick buck at your expense.
Below is a video from one of my favorite web shows, “Tom’s Top 5,” hosted by Tom Merritt. Tom is a former executive editor for CNET, and currently works at This Week in Tech (or “TWiT,” for short) as a host of Tech News Today, Current Geek, FourCast, East Meets West, Top 5 and Sword and Laser. In this episode, Tom discusses the top 5 Internet scams that, unfortunately, have duped many innocent and unsuspecting people and made a some selfish and greedy *wagging my finger* con-artists very wealthy. You watch “Tom’s Top 5″ on YouTube and on the Revision3 internet television network.