Tag: Wireless

The World’s Smallest, Wireless Headphones to Debut at CES

Earin Headphones
Earin are being touted as the world’s smallest, wireless headphones. They will be shown off at the ShowStoppers event next week during CES.

Earin claims that they have a 2.5-3 hour battery life. That can be extended when you use their storage case which also conveniently doubles as a charger. Quality on Earin is still to be seen, and I plan to try and demo them next week at CES. I’ll post more when I can get my hands on them.

Earin is currently retailing for $299.99, and is available at BestBuy.

 

AirDroid Provides Fast, Free Wireless Phone Management

airdroid

The days of cable-less phone management are now one step closer. AirDroid allows any phone running Android 2.1 or higher to be managed over a wireless network. Everything from photos, music, apps, even your SMS messages, can all be controlled through a simple web interface.

The operation really couldn’t be any simpler. You start up AirDroid on your phone, it will give you a local IP address to enter into your browser, enter the 4 digit randomly-generated password, and you are in. AirDroid lays out everything in a desktop setting, so everything is very straightforward. Have some photos you want off your phone? Simply click the photos icon, and you are greeted with a folder view of all the photos on your phone. You can then easily export them to your desktop. Same goes for music, files, and apps. You can also completely manage your SMS messages from within AirDroid, so if you are on your computer, you no longer have to switch back and forth to and from your phone when you get a message. Another very cool thing you can do is import/export text to and from your phone’s clipboard. So if you have a website you found on your phone, but it would be a pain to find on your computer, simply copy the URL, go to the Clipboard within AirDroid on your computer, and copy it from your phone.

The best thing about AirDroid is that it is completely free. It also currently sports an amazing 4.8 of 5 star rating on the Android Market with over 7500 reviews. You can check out a video of AirDroid in action below.

Android Market-AirDroid

Review: Kingston Wi-Drive

 

With CES in full swing now, and the need for collaboration between our editing and blogging team with all the hundreds of pictures and videos everyone is taking, I was pleasantly surprised when our friends at Kingston let us try out their 16gb Wi-Drive. Essentially a USB flash drive with a wi-fi hotspot built in, this would allow everyone to share the same storage right from their phones. Labeled as iPhone/iPod only, their is also a beta Android app in the market that works surprisingly well, on top of the hidden ability to use it from any web browser on the network.

The Yay:

Battery: The Wi-Drive has a built-in rechargeable battery. I haven’t been able to find any specifics on the length of a single charge, but I haven’t been able to run it out yet.

Simplicity: This really couldn’t be any easier to use. Holding the power button turns it on, doing it again turns it off. That is the only thing you can physically do with the Wi-Drive. After jumping on the Wi-Drive hotspot, the app is very easy to use. You can even navigate to its IP address from any browser on the network, so accessing it from a laptop is just as easy as using a phone.

Configuration: The configuration options of the Wi-Drive are accessed either from the app, or from navigating to its IP on your network, exactly like you would configure a router. Once their, you can configure all your standard Wi-Fi options, including adding WEP/WPA security to it to prevent people from jumping onto it and tampering with your files.

Weight: Despite being essentially the same size as my phone, it is incredibly light, and wouldn’t be a burden at all to leave in your backpack all day.

Compatibility: The Wi-Drive is advertised as compatible only with Apple iOS devices. However, there is a Beta Android app in the Android Market that works fine.

Charger: Although not really a selling point, the Wi-Drive also comes with a 1.2amp USB wall charger. Not only does that charge the drive fast, it also charges whatever else you plug into fast. For comparison, computer USB ports charge at 0.5amps, most Android phones charge between 0.8 and 1amp, and iPhones charge at 1amp.

The Nay:

Connection Method: One fatal flaw that prevents the Wi-Drive from coming with me everywhere now is the fact that it uses Wi-Fi to connect to other devices. This causes a problem because if you’re phone is connected to the Wi-Drive, it no longer has a data connection. This means that anything besides calls and text messages are out of the question while connected to it. This is a big deal because using group chat apps like WhatsApp to collaborate with the rest of your team who isn’t with you is impossible while connected to it. I would have preferred Bluetooth, or at least a Bluetooth option. Also, it is limited to 3 concurrent connections at once, which seems a little low to me. This could potentially be raised in a future firmware upgrade, but right now it’s a little on the low side. Read more

Republic Wireless Redefines "Unlimited" and Means It

 

When Republic Wireless was announced a few months ago, it sounded too good to be true. A no-contract, unlimited smartphone plan for $19 a month, and $199 down for a phone. However, what the early beta users found out is that “unlimited” wasn’t really that at all. They were bound by a “fair use agreement”, which meant that they were allotted very small amounts of minutes or data when on a cell network, and “unlimited” data and VoIP calling when connected to WiFi.

Users of the service quickly let Republic Wireless know how they felt, with some people calling it deceptive advertising, to others offering up suggestions on how to improve the service. Seeing as how the business plan of Republic is to invented a radically new approach to cell contracts and outrageous prices, they listened. And luckily for the users, they delivered. Effective immediately, the fair use agreement no longer exists. The plan is now truly “Unlimited”. Republic Wireless stated this in their blog post:

As part of that legal amendment, everyone who has purchased or purchases a phone during beta will be guaranteed the opportunity to enjoy unlimited service, without fear of cancellation, until the end of beta. We won’t end beta until we either achieve economic sustainability or become convinced that doing so is impossible.

Those are some pretty big words from a cell phone company. So far, they have remained true to their mission statement and have listened to customer input, and corrected their business for the better. Hopefully this will continue, as it could mean some much needed price competition for the larger carriers.

There is a note at the end of their blog post that states the “unacceptable use” clause is still in effect, but will probably be adjusted. What they mean by unacceptable is reselling your service, or leaving the phone ” ‘always on’ as a conduit for other uses obviously beyond what would be normal for a personal smartphone.” By this I’m assuming they mean replacing your home internet with this and tethering to your computer and downloading 500gigs of movies a month.

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Google Launching A Wireless Service

Google may be considering launching it’s own mobile carrier. In Spain Google is distributing phones and it’s own Google branded SIM cards. They would operate the same way H2O Wireless and Simple Mobile do as an MVNO. Which is simply a company that resells another brands cellular service.

This could be a good move for Google, they could not only have the number one smartphone OS but also develop a successful wireless carrier. I do believe they have the loyal support of users.

Google already controls the majority of my mobile and online life. They might as well have it all.

If Google launched as a carrier with completive pricing would you switch carriers?

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Powermat To Provide Wireless Charging In Your Daily Life

Powermat, the leader in wireless power technology, is paving the way for the future of wireless charging to impact a surface near you. From the announcement of a groundbreaking deal with General Motors (GM) to wirelessly enable vehicles, to airports, offices, and even more of today’s most popular smartphones, Powermat is going where no wireless technology has gone before: into new venues designed to enhance the way consumers experience wireless energy in their everyday environments. Read more

CTIA 2010: Day 2 Kicks Off

The Life On My Mobile team arrived here in Las Vegas late last Sunday evening to prepare for CTIA this week and it has been non-stop ever since. Back to back meetings keeping us busy which means fresh exciting news of the wireless industry will be hitting our loyal readers soon!

Monday we had our hands tied with registration and some private meetings before the show officially kicked off yesterday. We are excited to get going on day two after many promising meetings and events with the likes of TeleNav, Powermat, Sprint, and Samsung. Keep it posted here for the onslaught of news we plan to roll out to you.