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Plug Computing

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Plug Computing

Marvell Introduces Plug Computing
At Mobile World Congress, Marvell showed a Plug Computer small enough to plug directly into a wall socket, designed to draw so little power that it can be left on all of the time. Unlike other embedded devices in the home, it contains a GHertz class processor.

“There is no doubt that home networks need to become more intelligent and easier to use by offering Continue reading...

Blockbuster Launches Own Set-Top Box

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Blockbuster Launches Own Set-Top Box


Blockbuster goes head-to-head with Netflix with a STB that can tap into a $1.5 billion VoD market. The video software chain turns to 2Wire for its Player and the 2Wire

MediaPoint digital media player will take Blockbuster’s ON DEMAND straight to TVs.

To launch, the MediaPoint digital media player is free with the advance rental of 25 BLOCKBUSTER ON DEMAND movies for $99. Blockbuster Continue reading...

Marmitek Intros GigaVideo580

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Marmitek Intros GigaVideo580

The GigaVideo580 is a video transmitter to send the images from your hard disk recorder, satellite receiver or digital TV decoder to a second TV in your house.



Most video transmitters operate on the 2.4GHz frequency band. The GigaVideo580 is an exception to this. It sends the audio and video signal via the 5.8GHz frequency band. The difference between video transmitters with a 2.4GHz signal and a Continue reading...

Boxee Wins CES i-Stage Competition

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Boxee wins the new i-stage competition from CEA in USA. Boxee is a "social" media center that allows consumers to share personal videos, music and photos as well as content from websites like Hulu, CNN.com, Flickr and PicasaWeb.

Boxee wins $50,000 and a turnkey booth at the 2009 International CES, world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. Boxee is based on the XMBC open-source project Continue reading...

Rise of Digital TV: 100m Digital Homes

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Informa Telecoms & Media says digital TV penetration of W. European households broke the 50% barrier in 2007, ending the year at 54%. Continue reading...

Sony "Transfer Jet", Superfast Wireless

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Sony showed at CES a new wireless data transfer system capable of sending pictures, video and data over a range of a few centimeters.
Transfer Jet is a near-field communications technology that Sony wants to build into its range of portable devices to enable transfer without wires. With effective data rates of about 375M bps over a 560M bps physical layer, it’s faster (on paper, at least) than Continue reading...

Hawking Technologies Wireless USB Net Adapter

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Hawking Technologies launches their compact 802.11n, 300mbps, WiFi USB networking adapter with removable antennas for easy antenna upgrading. 

“…Using the latest in 802.11n technology, the HWUN1 is capable of delivering speeds of up to 300Mbps.  This speed, combined with two upgradable antennas, allows users to customize the adapter to solve any WiFi range issue they have…& Continue reading...

HomePlug Product Shipments Doubled in Last 12 Months

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HomePlug Product Shipments Doubled in Last 12 Months
 

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance says the number of HomePlug products shipped globally in the last 12 months doubled from 8 to 16 million.

Says Frederic Onado from SPiDCOM Technologies, who serves as VP EMEA of the HomePlug Alliance, "With the extensive range of products available globally, especially in Europe, this growth demonstrates that consumers worldwide are enjoying the benefits Continue reading...

Leviton with Industry's First Gigabit Home Network

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Leviton with Industry's First Gigabit Home Network

The latest multi-player gaming consoles, NAS network drives, high-end media servers, high-speed networking devices, and other home technologies…what kind of network does a home really need?

“With the modern workplace thoroughly connected and networked, people now have higher overall expectations when it comes to computing and entertainment experiences,” says Jack Merrow, director Continue reading...

The Resurgence of Powerline

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Running the network across inexpensive electrical wiring instead of cable, fiber or copper was such a simple idea that I.T. executives sniffed it away. Now “PowerLine” is back and its commercial “voltage” is simply humming. PowerLine is gaining ground because utility companies are developing "smart grids" to meet regional mandates to conserve on energy. In some parts Continue reading...

The Intelligent Bed

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The Intelligent Bed

OK, another example of where American geek culture is headed: The Starry Night™ Sleep Technology Bed.

Leggett & Platt brought this pioneering combination of technology and bedding to create an environment that the sleepy geek finds intelligent, intuitive and comfortable.


Starry Night™ is the first bed in the world with:

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