Manageable mFi devices include power outlet, light switch replacement
Ubiquiti, a company known for commercial connectivity solutions, slyly announced two new products yesterday as part of its re-launched site. The company expanded upon its mFi offerings, bringing in-wall management devices to the line to give consumers greater control over the power used in either home or commercial settings.
WD router range includes 1 and 2TB NAS options
Western Digital is for the first time rolling out its own line of wireless home networking products. The My Net family is comprised of a Gigabit switch, three dual-band Wi-Fi routers, and one dual-band router with 1TB or 2TB of integrated network storage, including remote data access through a website or iOS and Android apps. Of special interest is WD's FasTrack technology, which on the routers prioritizes traffic such as Netflix, Skype, YouTube, or Xbox Live.
Magellan shows GPS for truckers, RV drivers, more
Magellan has just unveiled four new GPS devices for CES, starting with the RoadMate RV9145 and 5190T GPS navigators and being joined by the the Switch Up and Switch GPS watches. The RV9145 uses a seven-inch touchscreen and is made with RV travelers in mind, as it contains the Good Sam Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory with 11,700 campground locations in the US and Canada. Drivers can also program in their vehicle's weight, height, and width to get routes that avoid low overpasses or narrow roads.
Makes switching from PC to Mac easier
Laplink Software have undated their PC-Mac sync and transfer software Switch & Sync to update the sync engine that runs the program, adding Mac-to-Mac synchronization to the already-existing PC-Mac and PC-PC syncing, the ability to manage sync jobs from either a Mac or a PC, and improving the intelligence behind file transfers, along with an overhauled interface.
IOGEAR expands KVMP line
IOGEAR on Tuesday introduced three new additions its KVM product line. The company's new 2- and 4-Port KVMP Switches with USB 2.0 hub and 2.1 Stereo (GCS1802 for $200 and GCS1804 for $300) allow small and home office users to share USB 2.0 peripherals, such as printers and scanners, with multiple computers. Users can control several machines with a single keyboard and mouse, and using a single monitor; in addition, audio enthusiasts can also listen to favorite songs, programs and audio clips in high-quality through PC speakers, as both products support 2.1 stereo sound. Designed for avid gamers and graphic designers, IOGEAR's 4-Port Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch (GCS1204 for $450) supports up to 3840 X 2400 resolutions, allowing for easy viewing of intense graphics that may normally appear distorted and blurry at lower resolutions.
IBM Mac Switch
In an apparent attempt to lessen its reliance on Microsoft Windows, IBM has launched an internal pilot program designed to support employees who decide to switch to the Mac platform, according to Roughly Drafted. The pilot program ran from October 2007 through January 2008 and distributed 24 MacBook Pros to researchers at different sites within IBM Research. Of the sample group, 18 users said that the Mac offered a "better or best experience" compared to their existing Windows computer. 19 of the 22 users asked to keep their Macs after the pilot program had expired.
Gefen TV, Switcher
Gefen today announced a new line of electronics products geared towards home theatre enthusiasts, which it is dubbing Gefen TV, leading off the line with the Gefen TV Switcher. The Switcher is capable of sharing one HDMI v1.3 port to four separate devices. In addition to being able to manually switch between devices, the Gefen TV Switcher can automatically detect recently powered devices and switch the signal accordingly. Gefen is selling the switch through its website for $200.
IOGEAR unveils new switch
IOGEAR today unveiled the Dual-Link DVI KVMP & MultiMedia Switch (site not updated, alternate switch shown at right) at Macworld Expo. The 2-port switching device allows users to share a Dual-Link DVI display, USB keyboard, mouse, and 7.1 surround-sound between two computers. The Dual-Link DVI KVMP & MultiMedia Switch supports seamless switching and consistent resolutions among computers with various operating systems by remembering the monitor's optimum parameters, according to IOGEAR. IOGEAR plans to ship the new switch for $400 in February.
Macs for the holidays
Apple is gaining a lot of new customers through iPods, the "Get a Mac" ad campaign, and the iPhone, some former Mac users and others who have never used a Mac at all. With Christmas drawing closer, and users looking to treat themselves with a new computer, USA TODAY's Edward C. Baig offers his point of view on why people should make the switch from Windows to Mac OS. He says that while Windows users tend to tolerate their PC's bad behavior while they work, Apple users generally have a pleasant experience, regardless of what task they do.