Amid all the hype surrounding the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) and the high-anticipated debut of the XBox One, Netgear has launched its newest dual-band 802.11ac wireless router, the Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (R7000).
The device looks like it a prop from a Batman movie, but it provides the world's fastest Gigabit WiFi speed, thanks to a powerful 1GHz dual core processor, USB 3.0 ports, and beam-forming, range-boosting technology.
The router provides wireless speeds up to AC1900 WiFi (600Mbps, 2.4GHz; 1300Mbps, 5GHz), which makes it ideal for bandwidth-hungry activities such as online gaming or video streaming. It is also well-suited for supporting a large number of mobile WiFi devices in a classroom or small business.
The device provides top performance at either the 5Ghz or the 2.4GHz frequency band. Especially impressive is beam-forming, a smart, signal-focusing technology that boosts the speed, range, and reliability of WiFi connections by pinpointing WiFi signals directly at the device.
High-power amplifiers, quality-of-service (QoS) traffic shaping, and three external antennas provide superb coverage. The unit actually gives bandwidth priority to Xbox and other consoles, and Mac users will be pleased to know the Nighthawk fully supports Macs.
The Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (R7000) has an MSRP of $199.99. For more information, visit Netgear.com.
Touchfire makes touch-typing on an iPad possible
As a Saints fan, the only thing I have against Touchfire is the company is headquartered in Seattle, home of the Seahawks. It pains me, therefore, to admit that their flagship product, the Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad, is clever indeed.
The design is the brainchild of Steve Isaac and Brad Melmon. The clear silicone keyboard snaps magnetically onto the iPad's screen, transforming the iPad's on-screen keyboard into a tactile typing experience.
Weighing less than an ounce, the overlay is about the thickness of two credit cards. It works with all full-size iPads and can even be rolled-up into an iPad smart cover.
The Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad sells for $49.99. For more information, visit Touchfire.com.
Shreddies: BVDs designed to stop SBDs
My ex-wife often said I have the mind of a 12-year old, so my featuring Shreddies on the Fox 8 Morning News was inevitable. Shreddies, you see, makes high-tech underwear, but they don't link to your smart phone or anything like that. They don't even enhance your physique.
Shreddies can spare you embarrassment, however, because of what's sewn into the seat, a panel of activated carbon cloth (called Zorflex) sandwiched between layers of regular fabric. Its purpose? Believe it or not, to filter flatulence!
The idea was reportedly inspired by suits worn by the military in chemical warfare. Shreddies specializes in undergarments for healthcare needs, such as incontinence, but recently the U.K.-based company has been flooded with orders for its BVDs that fight SBDs.
Shreddies flatulence-fighting briefs are available in white or black and start at $45 for men and $35 for women. For more information, visit MyShreddies.com.