A Few Clicks Away from a Universal Remote

posted on Sunday, February 17th, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Smartphones

In the 2006 movie “Click,” Adam Sandler receives a universal remote control that will, as Christopher Walken’s kooky character puts it, “control your universe!” The movie’s no classic (it’s not even one of Sandler’s better movies), but we can all relate—who wouldn’t like to fast forward through a long meeting, rewind hastily spoken words, or use closed captions to get through Spanish class? We’d all like to control our respective worlds.

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DISH introduces The Hopper; Networks Hopping Mad

posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 and is filed under Technology News

Less than a year ago, DISH Network was the television broadcast company you loved to hate, especially if you were a fan of AMC Original shows like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. When DISH dropped the channel, AMC appealed to fans in a sweeping “Drop the Dish” campaign (alternately, “Save the White House”) and allowed DISH subscribers to stream a new episode of Breaking Bad to remind them what they’d be missing. The outraged backlash was powerful enough for DISH to reconsider, ultimately settling with AMC back in October.

So how do you go from “corporate villain” to “championed underdog”? You give the people what they want, at the expense of even bigger corporations—in the case of DISH Network, you introduce a commercial-zapping DVR that sends the major networks into conniptions. Enter: The Hopper

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Google’s Self-Driving Car

posted on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 and is filed under Technology News

Since the early days of futurism and science fiction, man has awaited the dawn of the autonomous car—a day when there would be a chicken in every pot and a Batmobile in every garage. Recent films like Minority Report and I, Robot have even shown us what the world might look like if self-driving car technology were adopted on a grand scale. But what’s really mindblowing about the whole thing is just how close we are to achieving that reality, and the potentially huge shifts in living, working, and thinking that could result. 

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H.265: The Next Decade of Video

posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 and is filed under Wireless News

If there’s one thing we all love about the Internet, it’s watching videos. Whether it’s “Gangnam Style” on YouTube, movies and TV on Netflix/Hulu, or the mind-numbing sleep aid that is C-SPAN’s Live feed, our Internet video habits account for 40-50% of all web traffic (depending on who you ask). According to a 2011 5-year forecast by networking giant Cisco Systems, that percentage will climb to a controlling stake of 55% by 2016. Of course, if you include P2P video file-sharing, it will be closer to a whopping 86%. To help put that in perspective, Cisco states:

“In 2016, the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross global IP networks every 3 minutes.”

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What To Expect at the 2013 Mobile World Congress

posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Wireless News

If you didn’t get your mobile technology fix at CES 2013, it’s okay! The Mobile World Congress is right around the corner…in Barcelona. So book your plane tickets and hotel rooms, download a Spanish-to-English Translator App, and sit back for a preview of what the biggest cellular luchadores will bring to the ring later this month!

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True Wireless Charging on the Horizon for Samsung and Apple

posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Smartphones

Word on the Web has it that the next Samsung Galaxy phone, the Galaxy G4, will feature accessories for wireless inductive charging, like the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, or the HTC Windows Phone 8X, which has the feature built-in. We’re definitely excited about that prospect, but they almost went with an even more advanced wireless charging system, one that wouldn’t require direct contact with a charging plate, and we can’t help but wonder what might have been.

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Will BlackBerry Bounce Back?

posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Smartphones

Remember back before the iPhone and the Android, when it was cool to own a BlackBerry? There was a prestige to being among the BlackBerry elite, and an estimated 20% increase in popularity, too. Then RIM’s smartphone took backseat to the newer, cooler smartphones and BlackBerry loyalists have had to endure sympathetic looks ever since. “Oh, you still use a BlackBerry? How cute! I donated mine to Africa.”

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Thinking Outside the Spectrum

posted on Sunday, January 20th, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Spectrum

Spectrum is a topic of hot debate in the wireless industry, with a multitude of mobile providers crying, “We need more!” Other broadcasters, their Spectrum threatened by a rapidly growing mobile market and a smartphone-dependent public, are quick to point out that providers aren’t even using all that they already have. Even as the FCC was announcing that they would release “a substantial amount of Spectrum for Wi-Fi” to relieve congestion, carriers were warring over how Spectrum ranges should be weighted.

With no easy Spectrum solution in sight, we need to start thinking outside the box. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a way to make everyone happy.

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Data Caps Under Heavy Fire

posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 and is filed under Wireless News

With the nation’s two largest mobile providers having eschewed Unlimited Data plans in favor of tiered plans, Internet data caps have quickly become the norm for mobile users. And while some angry users have switched to other providers (or sued), many more have stayed loyal and adapted their data use to the new limitations. Perhaps it seemed like an easy victory to the providers, but recent months have shown that the battle over data caps is not finished.

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Smart Shoes: The Next Step in Footwear (and Technology)

posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 and is filed under Mobile Technology, Wearable Devices

Get ready to “86” your old sneakers. First, we told you about Google Glass and head-gadgets…now let us tell you about some techno-gadgetry for your feet. No, it’s not a shoe phone… it’s a shoe phone charger. Lace up a pair of these smart shoes and you’ll be on your way to self-sufficiency—or at least to powering your phone or iPod.

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