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  • TechBits: wifi range extenders (07.16.14)

    TechBits: wifi range extenders (07.16.14)

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-07-17 05:35:13 GMT
    Walls can pose a big problem with your home wi-fi, but there are ways to extend your coverage when walls degrade your signals.A travel router can pick up the original signal, and re-broadcast it. That's not what they're designed for, but they can serve the purpose in a pinch.D-link and other brands have devices designed to extend your wi-fi range. Many do much more than just repeat and extend your signal. A new unit from D-link can serve as a wireless bridge, so you can use wired devices fart...More >>
    Walls can pose a big problem with your home wi-fi, but there are ways to extend your coverage when walls degrade your signals.A travel router can pick up the original signal, and re-broadcast it. That's not what they're designed for, but they can serve the purpose in a pinch.D-link and other brands have devices designed to extend your wi-fi range. Many do much more than just repeat and extend your signal. A new unit from D-link can serve as a wireless bridge, so you can use wired devices fart...More >>
  • TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

    TechBits: Ingress & Field Trip

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-10 02:36:18 GMT
    The Tech Guy admits he was wrong when he said Google may be using data from the game Ingress to improve its mapping services.The space-age capture-the-flag game is based on virtual portals placed at points of interest all of the world. Two teams fight for control of the portals, and the minds of mankind. The game was created by a division fo Google called Niantic. That led to talk that Google was using the location data in the game in its services.But Niantic has another app, called Field Tri...More >>
    The Tech Guy admits he was wrong when he said Google may be using data from the game Ingress to improve its mapping services.The space-age capture-the-flag game is based on virtual portals placed at points of interest all of the world. Two teams fight for control of the portals, and the minds of mankind. The game was created by a division fo Google called Niantic. That led to talk that Google was using the location data in the game in its services.But Niantic has another app, called Field Tri...More >>
  • TechBits: preventing child car deaths (07.02.14)

    TechBits: preventing child car deaths (07.02.14)

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-03 02:41:28 GMT
    New devices on the market can help prevent child deaths in cars in summer heat. Many employ receivers that sound an alarm when parents get too far away from the vehicle. Some also keep the receiver from sounding when a child is not in their car seat. This is done through use of a pressure pad placed under the seat.The devices have some shortcomings. Batteries can get low- and the alerts can be hard to hear in noisy environments. They are not intended as any kind of substitute for good, attent...More >>
    New devices on the market can help prevent child deaths in cars in summer heat. Many employ receivers that sound an alarm when parents get too far away from the vehicle. Some also keep the receiver from sounding when a child is not in their car seat. This is done through use of a pressure pad placed under the seat.The devices have some shortcomings. Batteries can get low- and the alerts can be hard to hear in noisy environments. They are not intended as any kind of substitute for good, attent...More >>
  • TechBits: Bluetooth locators (06.25.14)

    TechBits: Bluetooth locators (06.25.14)

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-06-26 02:39:07 GMT
    The Bluetooth connection on your phone can be a powerful ally if you lose things you love.It can be used with the Stick N Find app to find locator tags you stick to things like your keys or your camera. The app serves as sort of a smartphone radar, which can show you when you're getting close to your tags. You can even use the app to ping the tags, making them light up and beep, to more easily find an item close by. The app also has a map to show you were in the world tags were the last time ...More >>
    The Bluetooth connection on your phone can be a powerful ally if you lose things you love.It can be used with the Stick N Find app to find locator tags you stick to things like your keys or your camera. The app serves as sort of a smartphone radar, which can show you when you're getting close to your tags. You can even use the app to ping the tags, making them light up and beep, to more easily find an item close by. The app also has a map to show you were in the world tags were the last time ...More >>
  • TechBits: flight technology (06.18.14)

    TechBits: flight technology (06.18.14)

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-06-19 02:32:52 GMT
    The main technologies behind flying haven't had drastic change in decades. Now, that's changing.European aircraft company Airbus is set to release an electric airplane. It's a departure form the petroleum engines that have been in use in aviation for about a century. The E-Fan is designed for short-term flights, particularly in the process of getting a pilot's license.There's been talk for years of commercial flight to the the edge of space. Now, some companies are building the aircraft that ...More >>
    The main technologies behind flying haven't had drastic change in decades. Now, that's changing.European aircraft company Airbus is set to release an electric airplane. It's a departure form the petroleum engines that have been in use in aviation for about a century. The E-Fan is designed for short-term flights, particularly in the process of getting a pilot's license.There's been talk for years of commercial flight to the the edge of space. Now, some companies are building the aircraft that ...More >>
  • TechBits: grilling technology (06.11.14)

    TechBits: grilling technology (06.11.14)

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:14:22 GMT
    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Guy got a look at some electronics to make your backyard cookout easier.Lynx plans to roll out a series of smart grills in 2015. The grills use voice recognition technology to handle ignition, burners, and more. They can remind you when to flip your food, and tell you when it;s done cooking. The grills also inter-act with a mobile app that can give you information about things like heat zones on the grill.When the cooking is done, you can eas...More >>
    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Guy got a look at some electronics to make your backyard cookout easier.Lynx plans to roll out a series of smart grills in 2015. The grills use voice recognition technology to handle ignition, burners, and more. They can remind you when to flip your food, and tell you when it;s done cooking. The grills also inter-act with a mobile app that can give you information about things like heat zones on the grill.When the cooking is done, you can eas...More >>
  • TechBits: Advanced Home Control (06.04.14)

    TechBits: Advanced Home Control (06.04.14)

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-06-05 02:38:59 GMT
    The Tech Guy continues his look at home control systems. This week, he shows you how you can do more than just switch on your lights.The systems let youprogram devices- or even collections of devices- to go to certain settings based on the time. For instance, if you usually get home from work at a specific time, you can have your thermostat kick in before you arrive. That way, you don't have to air condition an empty house while you're gone. Or, if you tend to forget to lock the door when you...More >>
    The Tech Guy continues his look at home control systems. This week, he shows you how you can do more than just switch on your lights.The systems let youprogram devices- or even collections of devices- to go to certain settings based on the time. For instance, if you usually get home from work at a specific time, you can have your thermostat kick in before you arrive. That way, you don't have to air condition an empty house while you're gone. Or, if you tend to forget to lock the door when you...More >>
  • TechBits: home control part 2 (05.28.14)

    TechBits: home control part 2 (05.28.14)

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-05-29 02:27:46 GMT
    Home control systems were big this year at CES. The Tech Guy got to try out two of them, Nexia and Insteon. He's got tosme tips on how to know which is best for you.Nexia uses the Z-Wave platform, which makes it compatible with components made by other manufacturers. Z-Wave also uses a mesh network, so devices can relay signals to other devices. This allows you to place devices farther from the hub than its range normally allows. Nexia charges a monthly fee.Insteon uses a proprietary wireless...More >>
    Home control systems were big this year at CES. The Tech Guy got to try out two of them, Nexia and Insteon. He's got tosme tips on how to know which is best for you.Nexia uses the Z-Wave platform, which makes it compatible with components made by other manufacturers. Z-Wave also uses a mesh network, so devices can relay signals to other devices. This allows you to place devices farther from the hub than its range normally allows. Nexia charges a monthly fee.Insteon uses a proprietary wireless...More >>
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  • Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly

    Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:35:08 GMT
    A government newspaper says Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly.More >>
    Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.More >>
  • Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows

    Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:02:28 GMT
    Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, says its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew.More >>
    Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew.More >>
  • Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

    Twitter admits to diversity problem in workforce

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:06:54 GMT
    Twitter is acknowledging that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.More >>
    Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.More >>
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