Bush launches TR2015WIFI internet radio

Bush_netradio The more we get, the more we want. I used to be excited about getting 6music in the living room via my DAB radio, but now I'm not content unless I can hear Mr Finewine in New York every week. Yes, the internet radio bug has bitten - and with thousands of stations at my fingertips, UK-only radio will never be enough. If you want to see hear what's out there, a good starting point could be the Bush TR2015WIFI internet radio.

Obviously, you'll need a network for your radio to latch onto. If you have that, switch on the radio and have the pick of 2500 stations, including all your British favourites. Only 10 presets, but searching for stations is half the fun. As well as radio, it can also stream music from your PC.

Available now, with a price of around £120.

Bush website

Posted by modculture on October 11, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

Torian Infusion pocket internet radio nears UK launch

Torian We've covered the Infusion pocket internet radio from Australian firm Torian on numerous occasions in the past, most recently, at this year's CES. However, we've not had details of a possible UK launch - until now.

It's now set to launch in the UK in the first quarter of 2007 (once distribution deals are finalised), with a price tag of around £130. What you get for your money is a pocket-sized internet radio that uses Wi-Fi to give you access to the thousands of stations out there. There's 16 station presets, a blue LCD backlit screen, FM radio (if you're not in a hot spot), MP3 player and storage via SD/MMC card (MP3, RealAudio, AAC, OGG.), time shift recording and connectivity via USB.

Battery life is around 5 hours for net radio, 8 hours for MP3 playback. We'll let you know when you can get your hands on one when the exact date is announced.

Torian website

Posted by modculture on October 9, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nokia propose new mobile wireless standard to rival Buetooth

WibreeNokia are proposing to fast-track a new wireless standard for mobile devices and gadgets that's ten times more energy-efficient than Bluetooth. Called Wibree (no clue as to pronunciation yet), it has been in development for 5 years and Nokia now want to standardise it and roll it out to other manufacturers.

"Our aim is to establish an industry standard faster than ever before by offering an inter-operable solution that can be commercialised and incorporated into products as quickly as possible," said Bob Iannucci of Nokia Research.

The key advantages of Wibree over Bluetooth seem to be the lower power consumption and smaller chip. Data transfer rates are slower, at around 1Mbps, but this may not be an issue in some of the smaller applications Nokia are proposing the technology is used in, such as intelligent watches, health monitors and sport sensors.

Bluetooth has become a worldwide standard particularly in mobile devices, and analysts wonder if this new system can reach the same status. Do we have enough wireless standards already? Nokia seem to think not. It will also be interesting to see if Wibree stays a proprietary format or is released to be an open standard, as Ericsson did with Bluetooth in the early 1990s.

(Via BBC News)

Posted by Andy Merrett on October 4, 2006 in Mobile phones, Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pipex adds wireless connectivity to Fulham FC

Fulham Fulham's FC's ground, Craven Cottage, is set to turn wireless after the club agreed a deal with Pipex to add 15 wireless access points in the stadium.

Wireless connectivity allows Fulham to offer fans a new ticketing system that provides an RF (radio-frequency) electronic card for all season tickets - so no more paper tickets. It also means stewards can use PDAs to gain to get seat information and press/photographers have network access during and after the game.

All very interesting - but it'll be even more interesting to find out if fans can access it. After all, 90 minutes browsing the net on a smartphone could well be better than watching what's on the pitch.

Pipex website

Posted by modculture on October 3, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

We want more Wi-Fi claims T-Mobile/You Gov survey

Wifi_generic_3 Not content with having wireless access in the home, many of us want Wi-Fi access on the move - whether we're out working or bathing on the beach, according to a new survey by You Gov, in association with T-Mobile.

When those surveyed were asked where they would like more public Wi-Fi HotSpots, more than half wanted access Wi-Fi services on trains, with 37% calling for access at shopping centres. Nearly a third of respondents would like Wi-Fi access in parks, whilst over a quarter want access on the tube. Around 13% of respondents would also like to be able to surf the net whilst soaking up the sun at the beach. Hotels are apparently the most popular choice of location for accessing Wi-Fi services (42%), with cafes second most popular (32%) and airports third (29%). And it's on the increase, with 45% using Wi-Fi for the first time in the last year.

Derek Williamson, Head of Business Marketing, T-Mobile UK says, "The research also clearly shows that such services need not be solely the domain of business. There is clear demand for personal use, there are clear examples of where people want to access such services, and here at T-Mobile we will continue to look at addressing these demands."

The research was commissioned by T-Mobile UK and undertaken by YouGov PLC. It was based on a study of 253 Wi-Fi users in the UK. The research was carried out online between 16th - 23rd August 2006.

T-Mobile website

Posted by modculture on September 28, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

Virgin Trains will launch West Coast Mainline wi-fi in 2007

VirgintrainsTrials of wi-fi Internet access aboard trains have already happened, and now Virgin Trains has announced its preferred bidder for rolling out Wi-fi internet services along the West Coast Mainline sometime in 2007.

It will enable commuters, assuming they pay enough for the privilege, to have uninterrupted access to the Internet, thanks to a series of trackside wireless base stations located every few miles and promising a continuous, seamless connection. Even tunnels aren't a problem with this technology, based on the same WiMax system that's starting to link up whole towns like Milton Keynes.

It seems to be aimed mainly at business customers, and it's not clear at present how much it will cost or whether it's pay-as-you-go or subscription based.

It will be interesting to see how this competes on price and quality with the increasing use of mobile phones and mobile data cards used to connect to the net whilst on the move. Will it take more than a few tunnels to sway the decision? After all, if you've already got a mobile Internet contract on your phone, why pay extra for Virgin's service?

Posted by Andy Merrett on September 26, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

New iMacs: Is Apple using draft 802.11n wireless technology already?

Appleimac24_3There are some interesting discussions around the Web at the moment which suggest that Apple may already be adopting the draft 802.11n wireless specification in its latest line of Apple iMac computers.

We've already reported the coming "iTV" from Apple next year, and speculated that it will contain the 802.11n next generation wireless specification, but it could be that the latest iMacs are setting the trend.

Reports suggest that when the iMac is booted up into a pre-release version of Vista, the wireless card is reported as being a "Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter" This is possibly the same solution Dell and Acer were reported to be installing on their notebooks back in July.

It's all a little shady at present, based on supposedly authentic screenshots posted on a forum, but it's not entirely implausible either. I'm not about to open up my iMac and take a look at the card that OS X still registers as an Airport Extreme card, and (even if I had access to it) I'm certainly not going to boot up a pre-release Windows Vista on my machine to prove it. However, it could fit well with Apple's living room plans.

Apple aficionados are saying that, whilst Steve Jobs didn't give any details away, the forthcoming iTV will utilise the high-speed 802.11n so as to make wireless streaming of high-def movies a possibility. What better way to keep the Apple branding going than to say that the latest iMacs can already stream that 802.11n.

That would also minimise the risk of the pre-802.11n being superseded and incompatible with the final version affecting Apple's plans, though of course they'd reach a wider audience if more PCs with the standard 802.11n wireless technology could get on board. The trouble is, though, that 802.11n keeps being delayed, and the iTV will surely be released before the standard is ratified. Whether the cards can then have their firmware upgraded is another matter. Apple could also boast that their iTV technology will work seamlessly with other vendors 'wireless home' offerings.

Whatever the situation, having 802.11n wi-fi in the new iMacs is fairly useless at present. If the cards are present, it'll probably show up in the next release of Mac OS X, also due for release early next year. It could prove to be an exciting start to 2007 for Apple fans.

What do you think?

Posted by Andy Merrett on September 25, 2006 in Computers, Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yay or Nay: Apple "iTV"

Applelogo_13Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's plans for superiority over your living room TV by telling us that "iTV" (work in progress on the name) will be available from early next year.

Yay or Nay to the iTV?

Is iTV, coupled wirelessly with a decent desktop computer running iTunes, going to be a hit in the living room? Is this Apple innovation or too little too late? Will Apple be able to get the killer content needed for a system like this to work well, or will it turn out to be a niche system?

Share your thoughts below.

Posted by Andy Merrett on September 13, 2006 in Computers, TVs, Video, Wi-Fi, Wireless home | Permalink | Comments (0)

BBC test out Norwich's new free wi-fi

WifinorwichThe BBC tested out Norwich's new free wi-fi service yesterday and have some pictures to prove that they actually managed to get some work done on it.

"Leaving the confines of the office, the team set up camp for the day at the Forum, a sparkling community building right next to St Peter Mancroft church in the heart of Norwich."

See the pics here.

Posted by Andy Merrett on September 1, 2006 in Wi-Fi | Permalink | Comments (0)

IFA 2006: Daewoo plan for wireless high-def TV

A whole host of manufacturers have recently been teaming up with MetaLink, a company that specialise in wireless media streaming technology based on the draft 802.11n specification - the next generation, higher-bandwidth wi-fi that should have sufficient capacity to stream multiple HDTV around the home.

The latest to partner is Daewoo, as announced at IFA 2006 today. It's next-generation set-top box (STB) will allow for just that - multi-streaming video around the home.

There's not a huge amount of detail on Daewoo's next-gen equipment yet, but other manufacturers to do the same thing include Philips and LG, so it's something that is sure to gain ground as both HD and wireless comms move forward over the next few years.

I've written about the concern over standards compliance - but if things continue like this we may just end up with a de facto standard with everyone using MetaLink WLAN technology to power their connected homes and worlds (oops sorry that's a Philips-ism). What I'm wary of is seeing a standard turn into a manufacturer tie-in (Microsoft anyone?) - hopefully that won't happen despite 802.11n not due to be officially ratified until at least mid-2007.

MetaLink do seem to be the real winners here so far, but in an consumer electronics world currently dominated by cables, a decent wireless solution that's as good as wired is a very welcome prospect.

Daewoo UK website
802.11 specifications explained at Wikipedia

Posted by Andy Merrett on August 31, 2006 in HDTV, IFA news, Wi-Fi, Wireless home | Permalink | Comments (0)