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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nintendo Announces Premium Wifi Content Plans

Nintendo has announced plans at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco to extend its Wifi connection on the successful Wii console to include access to "pay and play" content. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay and Play system will require the user to buy points in order to access online components.

Games sold over the counter which make use of Pay and Play will have a red sticker, contrasting with the current blue logo for Wii Wifi games.

What do you think of this move? If the content is there to back it up, I guess it will be welcomed, but Nintendo's online offering has so far been disappointing compared to rival consoles.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bluetooth To Piggy Back Wifi Connections

Michael Foley, Executive Director at the non-profit Bluetooth Special Interest Group, has announced plans for new Bluetooth adaptors which will make use of 802.11 connections present to allow for greater bandwidth, thus increasing transfer speeds possible between Bluetooth (and wifi enabled) devices.

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Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband

If you want internet wherever you are and don't want to tie yourself into a lengthy contract of between 12 and 24 months, 3 have launched a Pay As You Go (PAYG) Mobile Broadband service.

You buy a USB modem from 3 from £49.99 and then simply buy top ups like you would for a pre-pay, pay as you go mobile phone.

Find out more by going to the 3 website.

Update: See our demonstration of mobile broadband from 3

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Mobile Broadband Deals Compared

We've put together a comparison of the various mobile broadband deals being offered by the main network operators - 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone. We've shown the various pricings and speeds for services on 12, 18 and 24 Month contracts.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wifi Detector T Shirt from Firebox

Wifi T ShirtThe look for Geeks - and we count ourselves amonst their number - this season is a black t shirt, that lights up when a wireless hotspot is nearby. Yes, some clever bod has come up with a wifi detecting t shirt. Powered by a discrete battery back, the bars light up to indicate signal strength as you get near to an access point.

It's certainly a talking point, if nothing else. The Wifi Detecting T Shirt costs £19.95 from Firebox.

You might also be interested in the Wifi Detecting Wristwatch

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Vodafone Cuts Cost Of Mobile Broadband

In response to the very good deals being offered by 3 and T-Mobile, Vodafone has cut the cost of their mobile broadband service from £30 a month to £15 a month. They offer blistering download speeds of up to 7.2mbps and a choice of contract lengths - 12, 18 and 24 months. At 12 months, you pay £99 for your modem - at 24 months you get it for free.

If you don't fancy an ongoing contract, they also have a "30 day" option which is similar really to a pay as you go scheme. That option is £20 a month, and again you pay £99 for the modem.

Find out more about Vodafone's new competitive price plans for mobile broadband.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

T-Mobile's Mobile Broadband Gets Better

T-Mobile has improved it's mobile broadband internet offering. Firstly, all new customers also willr receive free access to T-Mobile's network of wifi hotspots, often placed in Starbucks. They have also introduced packages which means you can get mobile broadband through a dongle at speeds of 1.8mbps from only £20 per month.

Check out the latest deals from T-Mobile for their mobile internet access.

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Joikuspot Turns Your Nokia Smartphone Into a Wifi Hotspot

Joikuspot is a new piece of sofware that you can download and install on your Nokia Smartphone which will turn it into a wifi hotspot. Perfect for sharing one mobile broadband connection between multiple computers, PDAs or iPod Touch simaltaneously.

Find out more by checking out their website: Joikuspot

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