Software bug took Skype out

Skype today provided a few more information pieces about the reasons behind its massive network outage last week.

T-Mobile planning VoIP service?

Chicago (IL) – A new wireless broadband router popped up on the FCC website today, indicating the Linksys and T-Mobile are working together on expanding the T-Mobile Hotspot@Home service from a cellphone to multiple home phone lines.

Bluetooth spec updated to version 2.1+EDR

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted the Bluetooth specification 2.1+EDR, which promises to improve the pairing process and the power consumption of Bluetooth devices.

Iomega rolls out new NAS line

Iomega today added new members to its  StorCenter Network Hard Drive product line.

Americans and Europeans close on satellite navigation agreement

The United States and European Union are close to linking up their respective satellite navigation systems to improve reliability and accuracy for users on the ground.

U.S. trails major broadband technology trends

A new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) highlights the changes and market dynamics in the telecommunications industry within its 30 member countries. The collected data shows that the U.S. currently does not have leadership role in driving or adopting cutting edge broadband technology.

NTT DoCoMo testing out 300 Mbps “Super G” service in Japan

Rev up those mobile phones because Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is testing out “Super G” cellular service in Tokyo that can hit up to 300 Mbps speeds.

Japan mulling tax on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, other devices

On July 5, a workshop was held by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) to consider imposing a “Radio Utilization Fee”.

Who said wireless routers have to be boring?

Compton (CA) – Belkin today unveiled a fancy new router that you actually do not have to hide below your desk or on the corner of a shelf.    

Update: New DSL service from Earthlink does not require extra phone service

Earthlink today launched its “Freestanding DSL” service, which the company says does not require customers to sign up for separate local telephone service from their phone company.

Dell bundles online storage with computers

Dell has started bundling online storage with new Inspiron and XPS desktops and laptops.

American broadband isn’t so broad – report

A new report by the Communications Workers of America says broadband Internet speeds in the United States are lagging years behind other nations.

AT&T offering $10 DSL service

AT&T has begun offering a $10/month DSL Internet service, which, according to a report posted by the Seattle Post Intelligencer (SPI), is part of the concessions made by the company to the Federal Communications Commission in order to get its acquisition of BellSouth approved.

Netgear intros 2-in-1 Powerline Network Extender

Netgear today announced a power adapter with built-in HomePlug 1.0 network interface.

Netgear prepares second-generation Skype Wi-Fi phone

Chicago (IL) – Netgear has received approval for what appears to be the company’s second-generation Skype Wi-Fi phone. There is very little information available beyond the fact that the new phone will be called the SPH200W and likely will succeed the first generation SPH101. However, the new model is more compact, has a slightly revised keypad layout and comes with a different charging unit that is now integrated in a cradle.  

Lacie announces 2 TB home NAS

Lacie will soon begin offering a new version of its Ethernet Big Disk with a storage capacity of 2 TB.

Jail Bait? Combine six wireless networks into one private LAN.

Netgear 11n Draft 2.0 upgrade released

Netgear has quietly released new firmware for its WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless Router - Gigabit Edition wireless router.

Cisco router snafu disconnects Japan from the Net

Thousands of Cisco routers belonging to Nippon Telephone and Telegraph East failed on Tuesday and knocked out millions of Japanese broadband Internet customers.

First products get new 802.11n draft 2.0 certification

Austin (TX) - The Wi-Fi Alliance announced this week that it has certified the first slate of products to carry the new certification of 802.11n draft 2.0. The new standard aims for industry-wide interoperability to allow completely networked homes and businesses to be more of a reality.  This includes wireless transfer of photos, music, video, and other data.