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Update 10:53 a.m. PST: This blog was updated to add information about a third petition related to antidiscrimination rules for text messaging.
As foreshadowed at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, federal regulators this week took the first formal step into investigating complaints about how Internet service providers, such as Comcast, manage peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic on their networks.
The Federal Communications Commission late on Monday posted requests for public comment about two such petitions, both of which deal with the question of what practices constitute "reasonable network management"--and therefore jibe with the FCC's policies. … Read more
Look no further for the ultimate in all-in-one remotes. The S70 from Nevo has taken the term "luxury gadget" to a whole new level. While the S70 got a sneak preview at September's CEDIA show, Nevo has now laid out all the details on the $1,200 beast.
The S70 will feature a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen and 19 programmable hard keys. In addition to controlling all the AV components in your home via infrared or Z-wave, it has the ability to connect to most devices enabled with an IP address and Web server (such as … Read more
The device, like many GPS receivers, keeps track of its location based on signals from satellites. What's different is that instead of marrying that location data with your photos on a computer using special software, the Photo Finder has an SD card slot and handles the tagging by itself, the company said. When you copy photos to your computer, the location data is embedded in the JPEG files.
The device should go on sale … Read more
If your power strips are as overloaded as mine with cords and bulky transformers, you'll be glad to hear that eSATA--a standard that gives external hard drives the data transfer speeds of internal drives--is untethering itself from its power cord.
eSATA is an external version of the Serial ATA technology used to hook up internal PCs, but today external eSATA drives need their own power supply. But on Monday, the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) announced it's working on a version that will let external drives draw power over the cable that connects the drive to a computer. … Read more
At first glance it's hard not to snicker at the PowerDock for iPod from Griffin. But then I realized how many families across the country could take advantage of a central charging station. It can charge up to any four iPods with a dock connection simultaneously--including the iPhone. Plus, who doesn't know an iPhone owner who switches between that and a full-size iPod? Just don't expect anything beyond battery charging--that's the PowerDock's one and only function. That said, we wouldn't be surprised to see syncing or audio/video outputs added in future models.
Griffin … Read more
Circuit boards! Perforated chassis! Heat sinks! Cutting-edge industrial design! Check out TechRepublic's careful dismembering of an XBox 360 Elite gaming console over at News.com.
Hey ladies (and gentlemen, too, don't mean to discriminate), Sprint and Palm have just released a powder pink version of the Palm Centro smartphone if the current red and black models don't tickle your fancy. It's available starting today for the same bargain price of $99.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts, and has all the features of the original release, including Palm OS 5.4.9, EV-DO, and Bluetooth. For those of you who don't know, the Centro is Palm's smallest and lightest smartphone and really takes aim at the … Read more
Audiophiles never gave up on vinyl, but now kids are driving a current LP boom.
Kristina Dell's feature article in Time magazine looks at the trend of people, including teens, turning to vinyl to escape the awful digital grime of downloads and MP3s.
"Bad sound on an iPod has had an impact on a lot of people going back to vinyl," one teen says. Another teenage vinyl devotee tells Time, "Most things sound better on vinyl, even with the crackles and pops and hisses."
And when you figure that LPs usually cost a little more … Read more