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T-Mobile Hotspot @Home

T-Mobile Hotspot @Home

The landline phone, while nowhere near extinction, is something that fewer and fewer people rely on.  Where are all of your phone numbers stored? Your mobile phone, of course.  How do your friends reach you? Same answer. Besides, you can’t send a text message to a landline phone.
But what if your mobile phone gets poor reception at home or the plan you are currently on doesn’t support hours of catching …

Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

Wi-Fi Alert for Business Travelers

The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.  While you sent your confidential proposal, he was collecting people’s credit cards numbers, user names, and passwords, all while enjoying the ambiance …

Trying to Like the Amazon Kindle

Trying to Like the Amazon Kindle

If you are looking for an electronic book reader, the Amazon Kindle is head and shoulders above the competition. But the question really is, do you want an electronic book reader.
I really wanted to like the Kindle, with its E Ink high resolution display that gives an almost print-like appearance, free wireless connectivity (limited to the U.S. because it uses Sprint’s EVDO network, and post modern interpretation of, well, a …

Google Maps Send to Car

Google Maps Send to Car

GOOGLE MY CAR
With increasing delays at airports (both due to security, weather, and, more recently, entire fleets of aircraft grounded due to safety compliance checks), more business travelers are taking to the road in lieu of flying.  Now you can use Google to send your destination(s) to your car’s satellite navigation system as well.
Introduced by BMW in early 2007 in European markets, both Mercedes-Benz USA and BMW of North America …

Cradlepoint PHS300

Sometimes, when you are out of the office, you just need Wi-Fi.  While mobile broadband service (which can come built into laptops or separately as a USB stick or USB modem) provides reasonably fast service, it typically serves only one computer at a time.   For groups or families travelling, off-site meetings, and even emergency back-up in the office, the ability to fire up a WLAN (wireless local area network) can …

Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype

Skype is a great way to keep in touch when travelling, given the fact that some international calls are actually free (to other Skype users); other calls are a few cents per minute.  But using Skype usually meant using your laptop and plugging in a headset or, at home, using an adapter permitting the connection of a landline phone.  What if someone were to marry the convenience of a mobile …

Lenovo 90W Slim AC/DC Combo Adapter

Lenovo 90W Slim AC/DC Combo Adapter

Slim laptops are in vogue.  Unfortunately, many are accompanied by power supplies that seemingly rival them in weight.  Some refer to them as “bricks.”  Lenovo, the maker of the ThinkPad line of laptop computers, recently introduced a combination power supply that rivals the company’s ThinkPads in design and sleekness.  The Lenovo Combo adapter weighs under a pound and is only 0.61” high by 5.65” long by 3.07” wide, making it …