Written By Roy David Farber
To folks that live in rural parts of the United States, having the latest smart TV’s, tablets, laptops, and other web-dependent products are nice, but it doesn’t mean anything if they are connected to an internet connection that cannot utilize them to the highest capacity.
Blue Fire Broadband offers satellite broadband that is faster than ever before. Yes, satellite internet has become more of a viable option for people who are looking for speed and reliability for their internet experience.
Blue Fire uses a next-generation communications satellite that allows for users to connect to faster than previously achieved, making satellite broadband internet a more reasonable choice. With 15Mbps download and up to 3Mbps upload speeds; Blue Fire becomes a more competitive option with DSL and cable options. The speed increases are more than 10 times faster than what was previously available (1.5 Mbps down, 256 Kbps up).
Blue Fire also offers a portable and wireless internet service that can literally be taken everywhere. The speeds for the wireless service offers up to 2Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds and a very healthy monthly data allowance. The beauty of this plan is that you can literally take the device with you anywhere. Going on a road trip or vacation? Take it with you. Leaving for a business trip and need to fire off some emails? Take the device with you. Blue Fire’s wireless device and service is super versatile.
Similarly to the wireless plans, the satellite broadband service does employ a data allowance. The satellite plans start at $39.99/month and offers a 40 GB data plan, which is perfect for streaming video on Netflix and YouTube, sharing pictures on Instagram, utilizing social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and much more.
I had an opportunity to test out Blue Fire Broadband’s basic package over the span of a month at my house outside of Jacksonville, Florida. During the month testing period, I found that the connection speeds stayed pretty consistent to what was advertised. Random speed tests would range between 10 and 18Mbps (which is happening more often; receiving faster download speeds then advertised). I was able to stream movies and upload large files without any issues. I do enjoy online gaming, but because satellite technology really hasn’t been able to reduce latency issues (due to the whole data traveling from earth to satellite then back down to earth), I did not test that out. Also, I found that I only used about 25 GB of the data allowance, which is encouraging because most users won’t reach their cap.
So rural America, don’t fret. Blue Fire Broadband has the speeds to keep your computers browsing, smartphones tweeting, and smart TV’s streaming for you and your entire household. Satellite internet and wireless internet options are gaining traction because they are becoming viable options for users and with the new satellite technology facilitating bandwidth increases, folks can enjoy their high-tech products to the highest capacity.read more
A societal quest for energy-efficiency decimated indoor cell phone use. One Canadian communications company successfully captured the frustrating hilarity of office-bound mobile users in a 2008 commercial. Electronic bloggers and experts at Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Company (MSNBC) all concluded that construction gets in the way of making coherent cell phone calls.
A Common Scenario
Message boards across the web detail similar stories of cell phone users carrying on lively conversations while finishing their daily routines. Crisp, clear audio garbles after crossing building thresholds. In some cases the call completely drops. Devices previously displaying five bar reception teeters between zero and one. Verbal communication becomes a headache considering callers must remain in certain locales on the premises to maintain contact.
The answer to this common problem emerged long before cell phones came into existence. During the 1890s, a scientist discovered that wire mesh (Faraday cages) blocked electrical charge reception. This principal carries over into modern construction as buildings use metal cages to form the base for stucco and other materials. Structures optimize ventilation while effectively blocking electronic signals including cell phone receptors.
Standing by the window only works in certain cases. Energy-efficient units that keep ultraviolet (UV) rays out also block cell signals. Sometimes confined spaces reduce signal strength. Construction is a considerable issue but not the entire problem. Sometimes it boils down to frequently used household items.
Wires and circuit boxes create havoc with cell phone signals. Lights, televisions and other appliances that emit radiation cause massive interference with cellular phones. Protective coverings weaken over time, allowing trace elements to enter the environment.
The easiest solution involves sitting on the patio or other outdoor spaces for every call. Cell boosters work by allegedly attracting more cell tower reception to a particular locale or device. Units range from stickers placed directly on devices to freestanding indoor pieces. Some customers found great success with femtocells that route cell signals through the Internet for better service.
Efficient buildings ushered in an era of inefficient indoor cellular service. Additional equipment or all-weather gear assists users in handling an all too familiar problem. This time of technological creativity should make an inexpensive solution available to everyone.read more
Google seems to be good at every online service that they introduce to the marketplace. In the case of Google TV, though, the timing may not have been right. There was a need for a TV set that would work well with this online TV service and that just did not exist a year or more ago. Now the hardware has caught up with the software. LG Electronics, manufacturer of fine TV and other electronic devices has released their G2 Series, which is made to work with Google TV integrated and does not require an external box.
The G2 Television
This is an attractive and a very sleek flat panel set with a 55” screen, adequate for most medium sized viewing rooms. It sits atop a new style stand that is slender and adds to the overall look. The added feature of the Google TV interface puts this set in a price that is higher than some competitors, yet is still right around the thousand dollar range. Because the built in app has an Android base, the TV and your Android based Smartphone will work well together and will be able to use the same apps. Android phones have outsold the iPhone in the market of late, and that puts the G2 right on target.
The G2 TV has a WiFi receiver built in, so your home network can easily be accessed. There are numerous HDMI ports for other inputs, like your favorite gaming consoles, and Blu-Ray players. Picture quality is excellent, although the web streamed video images can sometimes leave a lot to be desired.
The Internet on TV
If you have experienced the excellent Google Chrome browser, you will like seeing it in action on the G2 TV. The advantage over Apple TV is that Flash is enabled, making some videos available that otherwise would be blocked or limited. The only real complaint is the black range of imaging is often a bit light, so in a bright room the picture may lack depth.
Overall, the quality will satisfy most users. The G2 chip makes the TV perfect for online gaming and is very suitable for the OnLive cloud-based gaming system. The TV becomes a client for this network gaming set up and requires no additional added software or hardware. The wireless OnLive remote is optional, and is a good choice however. OnLive recently announced that they would waive all monthly usage fees, so the gaming service has become even more attractive.
The best feature as rated by almost anyone who uses this TV is the “magic” remote. A fully featured remote with a Qwerty keyboard, it makes surfing the web easy for anyone and is a fine addition to the G2.
The LG home dashboard gives easy access to the features of this TV and makes navigating the web much easier. This TV can be likened to an extra large computer monitor with better sound and less operating system issues.
LG G2 TV and Google a combination that may start something that is almost new.read more
Apple is fresh off of the release of two new smartphones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and yet many tech enthusiasts and industry insiders are already looking ahead to Apple’s next big release, the iPad 5. Although not the first tablet on the market, the original iPad is credited with fueling the explosion of the tablet market. And now that the market has matured, many are looking see what Apple can produce next to invigorate the tablet world. At this point, precious little is known about the iPad 5, though that has not done anything to reduce the speculation or excitement about its release.
Judging a Tablet by its Cover
Among the small group of details that has been discovered about the iPad 5 are the physical specs. According to those who have obtained iPad 5 parts in advance of the release, the iPad 5 will be larger than the iPad mini but both shorter and more narrow than the iPad 4. The iPad 5 will measure 169.5 mm by 239.2 mm, and it is also believed to be thinner than all previous iPads. Additionally, the iPad 5 is supposed to be lighter than previous iterations.
Looking to the recently released iPhones may also provide insight on the performance of the iPad 5. With the latest iPhone models sporting the new A7 processor, the iPad 5 is expected to have a processor equal in speed or faster than that model to handle the most complex tasks and newest apps. The new iPad 5 will also likely launch with iOS 7, enhanced graphics capabilities and fingerprint scanning. It is also expected that the latest edition of the iPad will retain the 9.7-inch screen size that the original iPad introduced, and the front- and rear-facing cameras will also likely receive upgrades.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: When?
One detail that no one seems to know right now is the release date of the iPad 5. Although speculation as to the iPad 5 release date dates back to the launch of the iPad 4, it still isn’t clear, though many suggest October 15 is the most likely date. Apple has planned a special event for that day, and in 2012, Apple introduced the iPhone 5 in September and the iPad 4 and iPad mini in October, so the company may plan for a similar strategy this year. A mid-October release would also position Apple to take advantage of the entire holiday shopping season to help boost initial sales.
Whatever the new iPad 5 has to offer, and regardless of when it is released, it will be met with much anticipation, as excitement is already in the air.read more