Archive for November, 2006

Portland Cuts the Cord Tuesday

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

MetroFi, which is building a $15 million, 134 square mile “free” WiFi network in Portland, Oregon (pop: 560,000) is scheduled to launch their initial network next Tuesday, reports The Oregonian. MetroFi plans to introduce its service at a “wire cutting” at 11:30 Tuesday morning in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The company will be joined by Mayor […]

Nike + iPod = Stalking?

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

A report from four University of Washington researchers says Nike’s RFID-embedded shoe that links to an Apple iPod, using the $29 Nike + iPod Sport Kit, makes it easy for tech-savvy stalkers to track your movements, even plot your running routes on a Google map without your knowledge. Wired explains the Nike+ iPod gives runners […]

NextHop Raises Dough

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

Startup NextHop Technologies, which makes software for wired and wireless local area networks, announced it scored $4.8 million in its third round of venture financing. The company has raised a total of $41.8 million over the course of its three VC funding rounds. NextHop says they’ve got the world’s first turnkey, enterprise-class software solutions for […]

XScale Devices: A Marvell

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

Marvell, which bought Intel’s XScale processor business earlier this year for $600 million, has launched its first family of application processors based on that technology. The PXA3xx series are aimed at handsets, GPS navigation systems, wireless handhelds and other consumer electronic devices. Connectivity to technologies like Wi-Fi, WiBro, WiMAX, and Bluetooth v2.0, are featured. The […]

MuniFi USB Clients

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

TRENDnet today announced a high powered WiFi USB adapter, the TEW-445UB. The 108Mbps TEW-445UB 802.11b/g USB 2.0 adapter (right) has a detachable antenna and can operate at greater distances. The adapter supports high output power up to 23dBM and uses Atheros eXtended Range (XR) Technology. Users can place computers in previously out of range locations. […]

Google Invests in Meraki

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 30th, 2006

GigOm reports that Google is investing in Meraki, the $50 wireless mesh client based on the MIT’s Roofnet project. Meraki’s co-founder Sanjit Biswas tells us that the company completed a bridge round of funding last week, which included Google and “a few Silicon Valley angels.” Biswas wouldn’t specify the amount but said the round was […]