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Realtek Hopes to Regain Market Share with New Dragon Onboard LAN Solution

Category: Networking
Posted: July 6, 2015 07:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Motherboard manufacturers for years have been utilizing Intel and Killer Ethernet chips on a variety of enthusiast products, mainly due to the lower latency, lower driver overhead, and other advantages that the chips offer. This move by motherboard manufacturers has placed Realtek on the back burner, but the company is hoping that it can regain some of its lost market share with a new onboard LAN solution known as the Realtek Dragon. Making up the latest onboard LAN product from Realtek is the new RTL8118AS, a PCIe gigabit Ethernet PHY that apparently has been refined to offer lower driver overhead for traffic with small UDP packets, something that should improve network performance with multiplayer games. Additionally, the Realtek Dragon boasts lower power consumption when compared with competing solutions, such as the Killer E2200 from Qualcomm.

The new Realtek Dragon will make its debut to the market on various GA1151 motherboards by ECS, which should feature the latest branding for the Ethernet chip.

Source: TechPowerUp




TRENDnet Releases AC750 Wireless Travel Router

Category: Networking
Posted: May 15, 2015 07:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet, a leading global networking hardware brand, has released its AC750 Wireless Travel Router. The latest product from TRENDnet, model TEW-817DTR, provides ultimate connectivity for travelers who require access to IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless networks by turning a wired Internet connection into a wireless network. Zak Wood, the Marketing Director for TRENDnet, noted that "Our TEW-817DTR keeps all devices connected by broadcasting concurrent Wi-Fi AC and Wi-Fi N networks.” The AC750 offers pre-encrypted Wi-Fi, WISP mode, GREENnet technology, and support for PSec, PPTP, and L2TP VPN passthrough. The AC750 Wireless Travel Router also comes with North American, UK, and Euro electrical plug adapters that allow users to enjoy the product while travelling through various regions of the world.

TRENDnet’s AC750 Wireless Travel Router comes with a three-year limited warranty and features an MSRP of $54.99.

Source: Press Release



TRENDnet Releases AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Router

Category: Networking
Posted: March 19, 2015 04:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet, a leading global networking hardware brand, has officially announced the availability of its AC3200 tri-band wireless router, model TEW-828DRU. This latest router is capable of handling a wealth of different Wi-Fi devices in even the busiest of homes, while consistently offering excellent performance. The TEW-828DRU from TRENDnet features three concurrent wireless networks, which include two separate ultra-performance 1,300Mbps Wi-Fi AC networks and a 600Mbps Wi-Fi N network. Additionally, the router offers SmartConnect, which automatically migrates faster AC devices to the highest performing Wi-Fi AC band, and beamforming technology, which directs wireless signals to specific devices to increase overall performance. The TEW-828DRU offers Gigabit wired ports, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 share ports, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and the ability to create isolated guest networks.

TRENDnet’s AC3200 tri-band wireless router comes with a three-year limited warranty and is available to purchase from retailers and other TRENDnet partners for $279.99. 

Source: Press Release


TRENDnet Announces Availability of Powerline 1200 Adapter Kit

Category: Networking
Posted: February 19, 2015 05:16AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet, a leading global networking hardware brand, has officially announced the availability of its Powerline 1200 AV2 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K. This latest powerline adapter kit from TRENDnet creates a network by utilizing an existing electrical system, allowing homeowners to easily and quickly expand their home network. The Powerline 1200 offers a Gigabit port and is capable of providing a high-performance network in homes up to 5,000 square feet. TRENDnet has included a power savings mode with the Powerline 1200, reducing electricity consumption by up to 80 percent when idle, and has also ensured that the device is compatible with Powerline 600, 500, and 200 solutions.

The Powerline 1200 Adapter Kit includes two TPL-420E adapters, comes with a 3-year limited warranty, and features an MSRP of $129.99.

Source: Press Release


TRENDnet Releases the N300 Outdoor Access Point and Two Antenna Kits

Category: Networking
Posted: September 19, 2014 05:15AM
Author: Brentt Moore


TRENDnet has announced the availability of the N300, its latest outdoor access point, as well as two antenna kits that pair with the device. The N300, model TEW-739APBO, includes support for access point, wireless distribution system, repeater, and CPE + AP modes, and features an IP67 rated aluminum housing. According to the TRENDnet Marketing Director, Zak Wood, the N300 is able to withstand extreme weather conditions while providing blanket wireless for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications. The latest outdoor access point from TRENDnet does requires antennas that are sold separately, which is why the company has also released the 4/6 dBi Surge Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit, model TEW-AO46S, and the 5/7 dBi Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit, model TEW-AO57. Both antenna kits enable the N300 to provide broad coverage, and are also compatible with 802.11ac/n/g/b/a routers and access points with N-Type female connectors.

The N300 carries an MSRP of $299.99 while the 4/6 dBi Surge Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit and 5/7 dBi Outdoor Dual Band Omni Antenna Kit carry an MSRP of $84.99 and $44.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release


Quantenna Working on 10Gbps Wi-Fi Chipset

Category: Networking
Posted: April 14, 2014 08:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Quantenna Communications has announced that sometime next year it plans to launch a new Wi-Fi chipset that will provide throughput of 10Gbps. This is possible due to a new 8x8 MIMO chipset that the company is working on, which will work with older Wi-Fi standards such as 802.11 a/b/g and n. Some of the newest routers that are currently on the market feature 3x3 MIMO chipsets, such as the Linksys WRT-1900AC that delivers 1.3Gbps, while newer 802.11ac routers that have been announced feature a 4x4 MIMO chipset, such as the ASUS RT-AC87U that delivers 1.7Gbps. The new chipset by Quantenna will bond multiple channels found on the 5GHz frequency band to provide a single channel that is 160MHz wide; current 802.11ac routers are able to achieve an 80MHz wide channel by using the same technology.

Quantenna has revealed alongside of this announcement that it does not plan to introduce any 8x8 MIMO chipsets into battery powered devices or USB Wi-Fi adapters. The company plans on the chipset being used in enterprise environments and consumer networking.

Source: PCWorld



FCC Increases Wireless Spectrum Availability

Category: Networking
Posted: March 31, 2014 05:23PM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced that it has freed some wireless spectrum in the 5GHz band in order to provide accelerated growth and expansion of Wi-Fi technology. In total, 100MHz of spectrum has been freed, which will allow for wireless networks to become even faster than what they are today. Outdoor and public Wi-Fi are targeted with this announcement, and the wireless networks could see speeds of up to one gigabit per second due to the increased spectrum availability. With the additional 100MHz of the 5GHz band now available to unlicensed wireless networks, 802.11ac networks will likely see major benefits due to how the wireless technology standard delivers data.

Source: FCC



Wi-Fi Spectrum Coalition Formed

Category: Networking
Posted: February 14, 2014 05:40PM
Author: Brentt Moore

A new coalition has been formed that is geared towards improving Wi-Fi, for both businesses and consumers. Known as WifiForward, the group seeks to alleviate the issues that face Wi-Fi in terms of the spectrums it currently uses. Wi-Fi generally suffers from a bottleneck due to spectrum frequencies that are overused. The group plans to gain support from the United State government in order to establish unlicensed rules that encourage development, strengthen current unlicensed spectrums, and make new spectrum available for unlicensed use at a variety of frequencies. 

Members of WifiForward include ALA, Arris, Best Buy, Broadcom, CCIA, CEA, Charter, Comcast, CompTIA, EngineAdvocacy, Fastback Networks, Google, IAVM, Microsoft, Motorola, NCTA, SHLB, and Time Warner Cable.

Source: CNET


TRENDnet Releases Powerline Adapter

Category: Networking
Posted: February 7, 2014 03:15PM
Author: Brentt Moore

TRENDnet, founded in Torrance, California, has launched its new HomePlug AV2 Powerline adapter. The TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV2 adapter includes a high performance Gigabit port, auto-connect technology, a power save move that reduces electrical consumption by 80 percent, and double the performance compared to the first generation Powerline 500 adapters. TPL-408E, which is the specific model number for the the new TRENDnet Powerline 500 AV2 adapter, is also pre-encrypted for security purposes.

The TRENDnet HomePlug AV2 Powerline adapter includes a three year limited warranty and is available for immediate purchase. A single TPL-408E costs $59.99 MSRP, and a twin pack costs $104.99 MSRP.

Source: Press Release



Cisco Vows to Fix Backdoor

Category: Networking
Posted: January 13, 2014 10:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Discovered by a security researcher named Eloi Vanderbeken, some Cisco routers currently contain a backdoor system that is able to be exploited by attackers. Cisco is promising to release a firmware patch shortly that will remedy the issue, even though Belkin is now responsible for Linksys routers. The vulnerability allows attackers to gain administrative access without any form of authenticating, by simply resetting the administrative password. The devices that contain the issue contain a service that listens on port 32764 TCP. Cisco identified its RVS4000, WRVS4400N, and WAP4410N router models that contain the vulnerability. While the first two are only able to be compromised by using a testing interface on the LAN that the devices are connected to, the WAP4410N can be exploited wirelessly as well.

Cisco has notified users that besides the firmware patch that it plans to release shortly, there is no known workaround for the vulnerability.

Source: PCWorld


New Wireless AC USB Adapter Announced by TRENDnet

Category: Networking
Posted: January 7, 2014 09:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

One of the leaders in wired and wireless networking hardware, TRENDnet has announced from CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the introduction of their new high gain Wireless AC USB adapter. The new adapter, model TEW-806UBH, offers the ability to connect a Windows or Macintosh computer to a Wireless AC network at speed of 433Mbps or to a Wireless N network at speeds of 150Mbps. The adapter is able to be adjusted, in terms of both rotation and tilt, in order to improve wireless connectivity. Sonny Su, the technology director of TRENDnet, stated that the new TRENDnet TEW-806UBH Wireless AC USB adapter maximizes the wireless coverage of a computer while utilizing an existing Wireless AC network.

The TRENDnet TEW-806UBH will be available for $39.99 MSRP in March of this year, and feature a three year limited warranty.

Source: Press Release

 


TRENDnet Announces Wireless AC Cloud Cameras

Category: Networking
Posted: January 7, 2014 09:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Announced today from CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, new cloud cameras that feature IEEE 802.11ac connectivity are being launched from TRENDnet. Technology director of TRENDnet, Sonny Su, states that the introduction of the cloud cameras provides consumers more options when building their network and marks a milestone in the transition to making IEEE 802.11ac the standard for wireless monitoring solutions. Two models are being released by TRENDnet, labeled TV-IP782IC and TV-IP882IC, and will cost $149.99 MSPR and $249.99 MSRP, respectfully.

Both cameras feature Wireless AC networking, remote camera viewing with free TRENDnet Cloud service, high-definition 720P resolution, two way audio, free mobile applications, and a three year warranty. The TV-IP782IC camera more specifically features the ability to receive snapshots and video clips of motion through email and has night vision capability of up to 16 feet. The TV-IP882IC camera features the ability to receive motion detection video clips through email and has night vision capability of up to 25 feet. Although the new cameras will work with the Wireless AC standard, they are incompatible with other standards such as Wireless N.

Both TRENDnet Wireless AC cloud cameras will be available directly from TRENDnet as well as other retailers in June of this year.

Source: Press Release

 


New Switch From TP-LINK

Category: Networking
Posted: September 25, 2013 12:23PM
Author: Tobias Thydal

TP-LINK has released the new TL-SG1008PE. It is a new desktop/rack mountable 8-port gigabit switch with all eight ports supporting the PoE+ standard. The new switch makes it easier to expand a wired network, since it delivers both power and data via a single ethernet cable. So whether you need to share your small business' files with all the computers in the building, hooking up all your surveillanve cameras to your home server or you want to set up a quick and easy LAN, when your friends come over for a gaming session, then the TL-SG1008PE might be something for you. The switch's power limit is 124 W, and if the devices connected to the switch exceeds the power limit, the switch will automatically cut off power to the lowest priority port until the power usage is unde the limit again. Furthermore, the switch is said to be very energy effecient with power savings up to 75 percent, though it is not known what that number is based on.

The TL-SG1008PE has an MSRP of $199.99 and is available at retail and online stores.

Source: Press Release




LED Lights Could be Used to Transfer Data

Category: Networking
Posted: April 12, 2013 09:58AM
Author: EuroFight

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a way to transfer data using rapidly blinking LED lights. The data allows information to be transmitted at speeds of up to 1GBPS, with the possibility of speeds of up to 3GBPS through use of three different colors. The technology could soon be integrated into conference rooms, trade booths and hospitals, but has many more possible applications. Additionally, the technology can easily be built into conventional lighting with relatively little modification.

The technology is not without flaws, however. Use of LEDs for extended periods of time on battery-powered devices can significantly reduce battery life, and bright light can also disrupt the transfer of data. As well as this, the technology has a very limited range. In ideal conditions, data transfer rate can drop to 100MBPS at 20m, and is affected by any objects in between the transmitter and receiver. 

Source: CNET



4G LTE Connectivity to be Available on Flights by End of 2013

Category: Networking
Posted: March 26, 2013 10:55AM
Author: EuroFight

According to telecommunications company ZTE, 4G LTE data connections will be available for use on flights from later this year. ZTE conducted a test on a Hainan Airlines Flight which showed that 4G connectivity was available for a large portion of the two hour flight, with download speeds of more than 12 Mbps. The technology uses a 4G LTE data connection between the aircraft and the ground, which can then be used by passengers over a Wi-Fi connection.

ZTE expects to apply this technology to all Chinese airlines by the end of this year, and will continue to expand after this. ZTE, however, is not alone in developing this technology, with Airbus, Alcatel and a number of other companies also working on developing these high-speed data connections. The technology is likely to be adopted fairly quickly, especially considering 4G connectivity is now available in more than 67 countries, according to the Global Mobile Supplies Association, so we may begin to see in-flight high-speed internet connections become a reality in the near future.



Google Fiber In Kansas City Launches This Week

Category: Networking
Posted: November 14, 2012 08:02PM
Author: MJCRO

After months of construction on a new consumer network service, Google announced today the launching of its Gigabit Internet service to homes in Kansas City this week. Google Fiber is offering three plans: Gigabit Internet plus streaming for $120 per month, Gigabit Internet only for $70 per month and a Free Internet access service  The only drawback of the Free Internet access service is you are required to pick up the tab on a $300 installation fee either in a one time payment or divided up in monthly installments. The two higher tier services have the installation fee already included. The company had the following to say:

At up to 1000 Mb per second, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's average Internet, allowing you to get what you want instantaneously. You no longer have to wait on things buffering; everything will be ready to go when you are.

Currently, Google has no plans of expanding outside Kansas City, so don't expect to see Google Gigabit Internet service anywhere else soon.



ECS Showcasing Products at CES 2012

Category: Motherboards, Networking, Prebuilts
Posted: January 11, 2012 10:55PM
Author: Dale Shuck

ECS will be displaying its entire lineup of Intel and AMD platform motherboards at CES this year. As part of the show, ECS will be introducing tow top-end boards based on the Intel X79 chipset supporting LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors — X79R-AX Black Extreme and X79R-AX Black Deluxe. Along with the motherboards, ECS plans to have its lineup of graphics cards on display as well.

ECS is also featuring two of its G11 all-in-one systems at CES this year, the ID2 photo frame style unit and the L-style ID4. ECS also has its Wi-Bridge wireless display adapter at the show. The new wireless display solution allows you to connect your PC or notebook wirelessly to a big screen supporting 1080p HD via HDMI.

I'm sure we'll see further coverage on the products from our OCC CES team here soon so keep checking back for coverage on these products and more from CES 2012.




ECS Wi-Bridge Wireless Display Solution Announced

Category: Networking
Posted: January 3, 2012 07:23PM
Author: Dale Shuck


ECS has announced its Wi-Bridge wireless display solution designed for HDMI display devices. The Wi-Bridge is a wireless display adapter in a small and portable package designed to bridge PC or notebook to your big screen display device supporting 1080P high-definition resolution via HDMI. The ECS Wi-Bridge supports all the various video/audio/photo formats. In the office, the Wi-Bridge is ideal for switching between multiple presenters. The ECS Wi-Bridge is effective up to a range of 30 meters and can be used with the bundled remote control. ECS has yet to announce pricing and availability.



New Record for Network Data Transfer

Category: Networking, Science & Technology
Posted: December 14, 2011 10:05AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Most motherboards you can buy today have a gigabit Ethernet port on it for transferring data on a network; and some even have two for even greater bandwidth. As nice as that combined 2 Gbps rate is, how about a combined rate of 186 Gbps? That’s fast enough to move 2 petabytes (2 million GB) in a single day, and may in fact become too slow for its intended users before very long.

A team led by the California Institute of Technology successfully established a 98 Gbps connection in one direction, and a simultaneous 88 Gbps connection in the opposite direction. This combined 186 Gbps between leaders in the research field is intended to share the truly awesome amounts of data they each collect. The current global grid for sharing such information has already moved over 100 PB, and that number is expected to increase a thousand fold as the LHC at CERN increases its experiments.



LED WLAN Hits 800Mbps

Category: Networking, Science & Technology
Posted: August 1, 2011 03:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

German researchers have struck a new mark in the race for LED data transmission, using a multitude of white, blue, green, and red LEDs to surpass any speeds that laboratories have yet reached. Chinese researchers submitted this type of technology last year, using blue LEDs to transfer data by flickering them faster than the human eye can even perceive. Even earlier this year, a group of white LEDs was able to transfer data at 500Mbps, though the German researchers have obviously struck a new mark in this technology, enabling HD capable streaming at 800Mbps. This obviously will not replace Ethernet cable or a traditional WiFi router in a home type setting, but it does give the wireless technology a run for its money since places like hospitals usually have interference with radio signals. There is no news of this technology being widely implemented in settings such as health care facilities, however as it continues to pick up speed, it seems inevitable that it will be coming to a small niche of enterprises and corporations in the coming decade.



Microsoft Gains Approval Over Skype Purchase

Category: Networking, Software
Posted: June 18, 2011 11:41AM
Author: zackhaf

The proposition from Microsoft to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion has been known for about a month so far. Although the plan was laid out for the acquisition, it took until today for the OK from the US Federal Trade Commission. If this absorption of Skype is completed, it could open many new opportunities for connecting devices and enabling new avenues of communication. The agreement mentions Xbox and Kinect support along with Windows Phone integration. Through this purchase, Skype would become a permanent part of the Microsoft organization and would have a good chance to be further integrated into future software and hardware. Admittedly, Skype may not be the most profitable company through the current model, losing $7 million in 2010, but perhaps Microsoft envisions a way to change this. 



Using Empty TV Channels to Create Super WiFi

Category: Networking, Science & Technology
Posted: April 28, 2011 06:21PM
Author: Charles Coggins III

Ryan Guerra, a grad student at Rice University, has been trying to figure out how to extend the range of a WiFi signal to over a mile. Thanks to empty TV channels and some fancy engineering, Ryan has successfully extended the range of a WiFi signal belonging to a resident of Houston. This resident lives just on the outskirts of a free WiFi network, and since traditional WiFi signals use the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies the signal will not easily pass through the trees surrounding the resident's home. Ryan has figured out how to take the traditional WiFi signal and convert it into an empty TV channel. He calls this project "Super WiFi". Ryan starts off by using a typical 2.4Ghz WiFi card running on a Linux system and has the card's output sent through a frequency translator. The translator then shifts the 2.4GHz signal down to 563MHz which is sent to a small TV antenna on the resident's home. The signal is transmitted and eventually patched into the free WiFi connection using a local transmission tower. The reason behind the use of the empty TV channel is it uses a 563MHz signal, and that signal can easily be sent though the trees and walls surrounding the neighborhood.

The transmitter Ryan has created transmits in a 60 degree directional beam allowing anyone in its path to receive the WiFi signal. Since the transmitter is directional it also allows for a smaller more discreet TV antenna to be used on the resident's home. While the results so far have been excellent, Ryan does foresee problems in the future with existing WiFi protocols and his Super WiFi project. Fear not though, Ryan and companies like Microsoft are researching new protocols for empty TV channel use.



AT&T Creates Suitcase Cellular Antenna

Category: Networking, Mobile, Manufacturers
Posted: April 25, 2011 06:37PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

AT&T has a new suitcase to allow any businesses or law enforcement personnel to provide emergency cell phone service in areas with weak or completely non-existent coverage. When first responders arrive on the scene following a natural disaster, they are in need of a reliable method of communication. Before the creation of the cell tower suitcase, mobile phone providers would have to send mobile access points in the form of full-size trucks. For the new suitcase to function, it must be connected to a satellite dish and also receive an external source of power. The limitations of being such a small service provider is that the max number of simultaneous connections are 14 cell phones and data is available at sub-broadband speeds. The projected service area is a radius of up to half a mile and the prices range from $15,000 to $45,000 plus monthly fees.



Twitter Puts a Stop to Excessive Posting

Category: Networking, Internet, General News
Posted: April 21, 2011 10:52PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

Twitter is not a service that has received many updates toward improving its end-user experience, but recently it is planning to add a new feature familiar to many Facebook users. Twitter plans on targeting excessive posters and automatically hide that individual’s messages to prevent an overwhelming flood of messages to anyone following that feed. So far this feature has only been made available to a small portion of Twitter users, but will eventually be applied to its entire user base. Many users should be grateful for the upcoming addition, because the only way they could prevent excessive message notifications before was to un-follow that feed. It is not surprising that Twitter has adopted a similar feature to Facebook, seeing that both social networking sites are in fierce competition with one another.



Yahoo Holds On to Personal Search Data 6x Longer

Category: Networking, Internet, General News
Posted: April 20, 2011 01:04PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

As outlined in Yahoo's typical usage policy, it is supposed to retain personal user search criteria for a maximum of 3 months, after which the data is purged from the system. Recently, Yahoo has announced that it plans to extend the search records up to 18 months time. Oftentimes very sensitive topics may be searched through Yahoo or other popular search engines pertaining to financial or medical aspects of one's life. Yahoo's primary defense as to why it has extended the data retention is to "...support the innovative products we want to deliver to our consumers," says Anne Toth who is Yahoo's policy executive. Back in December 2008, Toth ironically was completely behind the the 3 month cap on searches as it seeks to promote a greater trust from its users. Based on company research, Yahoo's user base actually dropped from 16% after instating its 3 month policy and then dropped another 20% later that year. Yahoo seeks to follow in the footsteps of search engines like Bing and Google which both have an 18 month limit on personal search collection.



Electric Car Drivers Receive New Ways to Find Charge Stations

Category: Networking, General News, Science & Technology
Posted: April 20, 2011 01:02PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

Google, along with many other companies, are banding together to create what is to be called the GeoEVSE Forum. The goal of the group is to provide support for those who drive any type of plug-in electric vehicle, more specifically to help them quickly locate charging stations nearby. Any EVSE compliant charging station will even have its own GPS and mapping available to the user. Google Maps will provide the basic backbone for the location system, though all the major upkeep and management of the database will be entrusted to DOE itself. Users will be able to sort by the charging speed of individual stations from their search results. The system will also include listings for hydrogen, natural gas, or other petroleum alternative fuel sources. So far some Best Buy locations as well as charging station manufacturers, like Coulomb for instance, have signed on to the project. The new online infrastructure should most certainly improve the general population's opinion of the sustainability of alternative fuel source vehicles.



Google Maps Allows User Contribution

Category: Networking, Internet, Open Source, General News
Posted: April 19, 2011 05:40PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

Google has released an extension of its online Google Maps that will allow users to add new places to the database. Google Maps is available in 183 countries worldwide, but not all of the maps are detailed enough in some of the more remote areas. By allowing the average user to pitch in, some of the sections with less coverage may be improved from any of the residents with an Internet connection. Well supported areas also seek to benefit since the local populace will be able to improve directions or the accuracy of different landmarks in their city. The editor will even allow users to input such things as where parks are or even where individual dormitories may be on a college campus. Google will be adding a lot of verification for the new information, like checking accuracy, and will reward users who contribute a lot of good information with more privileges and even the ability to undo or change another user's input. In addition, Google will include Map Maker Pulse, which will allow users to watch the maps bear new updated information in real time.



Microsoft Holds Open Beta For Cloud Based Office

Category: Networking, Internet, Software, General News
Posted: April 18, 2011 01:55PM
Author: IVIYTH0S

Microsoft is nearing its release of the new Office 365 cloud service and is currently allowing users to beta test it in up to 38 countries. The plan is to have Office 365 available later this year and to have the servers always running for instant access wherever Internet is available. Office 365 is an extension of Microsoft's Web Apps featuring Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, with new additions of Exchange and SharePoint. Once the free beta period expires, small business owners will be required to pay a monthly membership fee of $6 per account and larger businesses given the option of plans ranging from $10 to $27 per individual employee. Microsoft also plans to offer some rate plans for educational users as well, but pricing has not yet been made clear.



New Zealand Kicks Anti-Piracy Corrective Action Up a Notch

Category: Networking, Copyright Infringers, General News
Posted: April 14, 2011 03:29AM
Author: IVIYTH0S

In an effort to decrease piracy within its borders, New Zealand has recently been pushing for heftier penalties on individuals caught doing any related acts of piracy. More specifically, the New Zealand government is cracking down on those sharing any electronic data that is a blatant infringement of any copyrights. The first infraction comes in the form of a written warning administered by the alleged pirate's Internet provider. The government has been granted clearance to rule on administering fines as high as $15,000 NZD (or roughly $11,133USD). Users who do not cease and desist their file sharing will have their internet service terminated for half of a year. Not all the government officials were ready to empower the government to disable the internet for any period of time. A couple of the officials had not even been made aware of the bill until after it was well along its way to becoming law. Lawyer Rick Shera makes the argument that copyright owners are given far too much power with the new bill. Rick believes that the copyright owners should not be able to prosecute any individuals based solely on the assumption they are carrying out piracy-like acts, and that all guilty rulings should be backed up by hard evidence.



ICY BOX Releases IB-NAS6220 Dual-bay NAS Server

Category: Networking, Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 12, 2011 11:54PM
Author: Daryn Govender


ICY BOX has released a new NAS server, the IB-NAS6220. This latest product from ICY BOX is designed for consumers who want to be able to access large quantities of data, such as music and movies from anywhere over the Internet. To achieve this goal the NAS6220 features a dual-bay design and supports up to 2TB in each 3.5" drive bay, adding to a maximum storage capacity of 4TB. Other features include a Marvel 6281 processor, clocked at 1.2GHz, supported by 256MB of flash memory and 256MB of RAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port and three USB 2.0 ports. The server has a stylish black finish, coupled with LED indicators and a rear cooling fan. Data protection is covered by RAID 0 and RAID 1 support, a one touch back-up feature and physical locks on the hard drive bays. The ICY BOX IB-NAS6220 NAS server will be available for 189 Euros (US$248), including VAT.




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