If you've been following this series, you'll know that I explained the LAN and WAN ports on a home router in part 1. And now, I need to tell you how you can use this information to remotely access your device at home. For example, if you know how to use Remote Desktop, a built-in feature of Windows, to control a computer in a different room of your home, how about doing that from somewhere away from home, and save … Read more
PaperPort Notes is a very powerful app offering numerous note-taking tools in a single, concise interface that will perfectly fit the size and portability of your iPad. While an easy comparison would be to Evernote, PaperPort Notes has its own flavor that works with a natural paper backdrop, intuitive handwriting commands, and numerous other tools that allow you to add audio clips, images, and more for notes, the way you want them.
When you open the app for the first time and agree to the EULA, you'll find a yellow legal pad look and a few directions written onscreen … Read more
With televisions, HDMI is the most common connector. But if you want to connect a computer to your TV (or you've got a new computer monitor), the options tend to be HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and sometimes old-school VGA.
Each connection has its pros and cons, and perhaps the best cable to use with your display is more than just "what it came with."
Here are the differences.… Read more
What's your router situation like? Need something newer, faster, better than your pokey old 802.11g model?
For a limited time, and while supplies last, DealFisher has the refurbished Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station router for $74.99 shipped. (This is the older, fifth-gen version, not the updated 2013 version for $199.) That's $25 less than Apple charges for a refurb and nearly $100 less than you'd pay for a new one.
Though designed by Apple, the AirPort works with any home network for any connected devices. It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n and features … Read more
For those using Apple's AirPort Wi-Fi base stations, Apple has issued a firmware update that fixes a few bugs involving Time Machine, IPv6, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Apple's AirPort base stations are its solution for Wi-Fi connectivity, providing not only network and Internet access, but also hosting NAS for Time Machine backups. With some of its models, using the high-speed 802.11n protocol resulted in some problems with IPv6 tunneling, which may interfere with online services such as iCloud's Back to My Mac feature. In addition, the update fixes some loss in connectivity for iOS devices, and a … Read more
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.
FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.
Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been … Read more
Apple's new AirPort devices are major and excellent upgrades to their respective previous generations. Both devices are now much faster, much more compact, and prettier, too. You'll want to get one just for the nice design alone.
However, as mentioned in my previous post, they aren't perfect for everyone. To some extent, they are niche devices that work better for certain groups of users than for others.
With that in mind, if you find yourself belonging to one or more of these groups below, you'll more than likely be happy with the purchase of either the … Read more
I don't believe love has to be unconditional, but when there are so many conditions to be met, maybe it's time to look for love elsewhere.
Don't get me wrong, the new AirPort base stations are special. For the first time since Apple joined the home-networking club back in 2003, these two devices share the exact same design and shape: compact and pretty.
It's even more impressive in the case … Read more
iFixIt took a look at the guts of the new MacBook Air, as well as the new AirPort Extreme base station, which Apple unveiled at WWDC 2013. The new AirPort Extreme offers more advancements in speed, connectivity, and capacity than its predecessors and has a new design, to boot.
Instead of being squat and flat, the new design is an elongated cube that looks like a brick standing upright. Apple claims this was required to implement a major advancement with directional antennas that should extend both the range and speed of connections to wireless devices.
This new design has spurred … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Here's the good news: the U.S. wireless industry is working to ensure that you'll eventually be able to take your LTE-enabled phone from one carrier to another and get the same experience.
The bad news: it likely won't happen for a few years.
That's according to T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray, who spoke to CNET in an interview at Mobile World Congress. Ray says the industry is keen on phones that can operate on different carriers, but that there remain a lot of complexities.
The advent of 4G LTE technology was supposed to … Read more