Three giving 4 million MBs of free data to rural broadband blackspots

Gerald Lynch Tech Digest news, Wi-Fi 3 Comments

City slickers, with your mocha-latte-frappuccinos, Oyster cards and bendy buses; take note! If you're reading this using a broadband connection, whilst happily downloading the latest Mad Men season from iTunes and refining "the definitive" Spotify playlist, spare a thought for…

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Air Keyboard – the latest wireless solution from Firebox

Gerald Lynch Gadgets, Keyboards, Tech Digest news, Wireless home Leave a Comment

The Air Keyboard, a tiny wireless keyboard ideal for the living room, is now for sale from Firebox. The Air Keyboard connects to your device of choice via a wireless USB dongle. Fully compatible with PCs, media centres and even…

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MWC 2010: Samsung reveal world's first LTE Netbook

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Samsung has unveiled what they claim is the world's first set of LTE netbooks. LTE technology is the latest step towards super-fast mobile broadband, and is being dubbed as 4G connectivity. The Kalmia LTE modem chipset will, according to Samsung…

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USB key keys from LaCie

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These are keys. Except they’re not keys; except they are. And yet not.

What I can tell you with 100% certainty is that they’re made by LaCie. Well, sort of. They’re manufactured by them but designed by the award winning 5.5 Designers. That’s close enough for me.

What you’re looking at is three products shaped like keys. Now, of course they’re not keys, they’re USB sticks…

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Joydick lets you use your manhood to control an Atari 2600

Duncan Geere Gaming, Weirdness 1 Comment

This cannot be real. Please let it not be real. Oh god… it is real. It appears that someone’s created a ring that fits over an erect penis allowing you to move it in four directions to control an Atari 2600 like a joystick. An optional secondary ring lets you stroke the shaft to simulate button presses.

Thankfully it’s not commercially on sale, but full instructions to make your own are provided on SF Medialabs’ website, including a guide on how to remove the shaft from the original joystick and replace it with a tissue dispenser. Handy.

Instructions (via CrunchGear)

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O2 launches cheapest PAYG mobile broadband

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O2 has just joined 3 and T-Mobile in offering a pay-as-you-go mobile broadband package. It’ll sell you a USB dongle for just £30, and then you can choose from £2 a day with a 500MB data allowance, £7.50 a week with a 1GB allowance or £15 a month with a 3GB allowance. You’ll also get free Wi-Fi at hotspots operated by The Cloud.

This seems to currently be the cheapest on the market. It’s closest rival is 3’s ugly Huawei e220 modem, for £40. 3 charges £10 for 1GB, £15 for 3GB and £25 for 7GB, offering more data if you need it, at a slightly higher price.

This is a positive step for mobile broadband. For just £30, there’s now a very low barrier to entry, and with prices as cheap as £2 for 500MB, I’m seriously considering picking on of these dongles up and keeping it in my bag for ‘just in case’ occasions, like the train, or an airport. I’ll wait till I get to try the INQ1‘s dongle capabilities first, though.

Press Release (via O2 Press Centre Twitter)

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Use your iPhone as a 3G modem… but maybe Stateside-only

Duncan Geere iPhone, Mobile phones 5 Comments


It’s functionality that’s already available for a range of popular phones, including the N95, the Skypephone S2, and the forthcoming INQ Facebook phone, but it’s something that a lot of iPhone users would kill for – the ability to use the iPhone as a 3G modem.

The iPhone’s carrier in the USA, AT&T, announced last night that it would release some software to enable this functionality on the device. There has previously been two options for using your iPhone as a 3G modem, but one was removed from the App store and the other only works on jailbroken iPhones.

It’ll almost certainly cost users more money, and the connection won’t be fast enough to do much more than load a few websites, but it’s a nice feature addition to the device, for US users. I wonder if O2 has anything similar in the works over here.

AT&T (via Technologizer)

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3 launches D100 wireless router for dongles

Duncan Geere Broadband, Wi-Fi 3 Comments


Mobile operator underdogs 3 have just launched an addition to their family of wireless dongles – a wireless router. It’s quite a smart idea – it allows you to plug a 3 wireless dongle in, and it’ll act like an access point, when there isn’t one normally available. Given usual 3G speeds, however, how fast this would actually run when split between “up to 32″ people is open to debate…

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