I recently had an opportunity to play with Zyxelâ€™s new AG-225H wi-fi finder/usb adapter and liked what I saw.
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Hasbro’s Chat Now product looks like a real winner. Its an FRS type walkie-talkie in a cellphone package and with other cell phone copy-cat features such as the ability to send text messages between units, take photographs with the built-in digital camera and call between units using unique phone numbers. The communication range is listed as two miles but actual distance will likely be significantly less. The product retails for about $80 per pair but they are difficult to find and eBay sellers appear to be getting higher prices. I’ve got a few ideas for Hasbro on turn this “good” product into a “great product”.
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Linksysinfo has apparently found an FCC application filed by Linksys for a new, yet unannounced, wi-fi VOIP handset. No word yet on product availability. However, I’ve quickly reviewed the user manual as posted on the FCC website and what I am really excited about is that the phone appears to include a web browser. This address the problem have written about before (here and here) that all other current wi-fi voip handset cannot be used at most public hotspots since almost all either require a user to log in or require a user to at least click through a page referencing terms and conditions of use.
On the last episode of Security Now, Steve Gibson gave high marks to a product called Hamachi, a product that can be used to set up a very secure, easy to implement and “open” virtual private network (VPN) between two or more computers.
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A UK company has launched a new service, StealthText, that provides for self-destructing SMS messages. Perfect for “mission impossible” type spies or cheating spouses.
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Business Week’s The Best of 2005 is now online.
One of the products that made the list was SlingMedia’s Slingbox – a box you connect to your cable or satellite hookup at home and which then lets you “location shift” your viewing:
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AlphaShield is a hardware firewall that is connected between a user’s computer and their Ethernet network. I’ve seen these devices sold at Future Shop, Best Buy, Radio Shack and other retailers for a number of years but have yet to figure out why they would be useful.
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Yesterday, Microsoft posted version 2.0 its Location Finder application. A GPS alternative for urban road warriors, Microsoft Location Finder is a client-side application that turns a regular WiFi enabled laptop, Tablet or PC into a location determining device without the addition of any separate hardware. It uses WiFi access points to center and display the person’s location on a Windows Live Local, enabling the user to quickly and easily search in their present location. I have not yet tried out this application, but it looks interesting.
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