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Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router
The Linksys EA9500 will be the company’s new flagship Wi-Fi router. It’s a tri-band model supporting MU-MIMO and beamforming, and promising combined throughput of up to 5.3Gbps (1000Mbps on its 2.4GHz, 802.11n network, and 2166Mbps on each of its independent 5GHz, 802.11ac networks. (Fuzzy math again: Linksys rounds up 5332 to 5400 so it can describe this as an AC5400 device.)
The EA9500 will be powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and it will have an 8-port gigabit switch. Linksys’s press materials don’t mention the number or type of USB ports the new router will have, or whether or not it will support e-SATA storage devices
At a Glance
Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi for your home with Next-Gen AC.
Wi-Fi to multiple devices at once, at same speed with Multi-User MIMO
Tri-Band Wi-Fi speeds up to 5.3 Gbps*
Access and control home Wi-Fi from anywhere with Smart Wi-Fi
ENHANCE YOUR HOME OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY WITH A NEXT-GEN AC Wi-Fi ROUTER
Designed as a dual-purpose home office and entertainment Wi-Fi router, the MAX-STREAM AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router (EA9500) delivers Wi-Fi to multiple users on multiple devices at the same time and same speed. Now you can experience lag-free videoconferencing or file transfers in your home office upstairs while the rest of the family is streaming 4K or HD media, surfing the web, and playing online games simultaneously.
Efficient MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology** treats each of your devices as if each has its own dedicated router, ensuring everyone can enjoy Wi-Fi without interruption or buffering. The router is simple to set up so you can bring your workspace online in three easy steps.
SMOOTH 4K VIDEO STREAMING WITH BLAZING-FAST Wi-Fi SPEEDS
The MAX-STREAM AC5400 router offers three independent Wi-Fi bands that deliver extremely fast combined speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps.* Tri-Band technology delivers up to double the Wireless-AC performance of a dual-band router. High-bandwidth applications like videoconferencing and movie streaming are ideal for the two high-speed 5 GHz bands, while lower-bandwidth devices like older wireless-N and -G computers can utilize the 2.4 GHz band.
POWERFUL PROCESSOR FOR SUPERCHARGED Wi-Fi
If you're working in your home office, you can quickly download large files thanks to the MAX-STREAM's 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, which delivers the performance necessary for seamless videoconferencing and fast file transfers. The AC5400 is capable of handling multiple high-speed data streams at once--delivering faster Wi-Fi speeds to more devices.
CONNECT WIRED DEVICES WITH USB AND GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS
Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect an array of wired devices for enhanced file transfer speeds and stability--up to 10x faster than Fast Ethernet. Two USB connections--including one fast USB 3.0 port--are ideal for connecting shared storage devices or printers.
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES FOR A SECURE CONNECTION
With the MAX-STREAM AC5400 Router, your work files, data, and home network information are safely connected with WPA/WPA2 encryption and an SPI firewall.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE ANTENNAS FOR MAXIMUM COVERAGE
The router features eight adjustable external antennas, which can be positioned for optimal performance. They provide powerful streams of data to your devices, ensuring complete Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. Unlike the two or three data streams found on other routers, the AC5400 delivers four simultaneous streams for stronger, faster performance.
IMPROVED MOBILE SPEED AND RANGE WITH BEAMFORMING
Play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream movies, and more--without having to worry about signal drop-off. Beamforming technology directs Wi-Fi signals to each of your mobile devices. This focused direction provides increased signal strength and coverage.
SMART WI-FI WITH NETWORK MAP LETS YOU VIEW ALL OF YOUR CONNECTED DEVICES
With the Network Map, you can:
See all devices on your network on a single screen
Track online status and signal strength of your devices
Measure bandwidth consumption by device
Create personalized names to easily identify your connected devices
LINKSYS SMART Wi-Fi
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi lets you access your network anytime, anywhere. Using your browser or the Smart Wi-Fi mobile app, you can:
Prioritize devices or websites for video streaming and online gaming
Control inappropriate or distracting content
Monitor network activity and speed
Turn Wi-Fi access on or off for any connected device
Create a separate, password-protected guest network
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San Diego Gets in Your Face With New Mobile Identification System


The San Diego regional planning agency, SANDAG, has been quietly rolling out a new mobile face recognition system that will sharply change how police conduct simple stops on Americans. The system, which allows officers to use mobile devices to collect face images out in the field, already has a database of 1.4 million images and serves nearly 25 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over the summer, EFF sent a California Public Records Act request to SANDAG for more information on the program. From the records we received, we’ve learned that the program, called “TACIDS” (Tactical Identification System), serves law enforcement agencies as diverse as the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the DEA, ICE, the California Highway Patrol and even the San Diego Unified School District. The officers use a Samsung tablet or Android mobile phone to take a picture of a person “in the field” and run that picture against databases of mugshot photos and DMV images from across several states to learn his or her identity. According to users, the system returns high-accuracy results in about eight seconds.

The Center for Investigative Reporting published an in-depth report on the program today, based in part on research conducted by EFF and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The devices are supposed to be issued to “terrorism liaison” officers, but none of the documentation so far has shown any nexus between TACIDS use and terrorist activities.  A chart we received (to the left) shows that, as of July 2013, there were 133 TACIDS-enabled mobile devices out in the field. While the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department had the most devices (55) and had made the most queries to the system (1,280), it was not the most proportionally active user. That honor went to the San Diego State University PD – the department only had one device (and presumably only one user of that device) but used it to make nearly 200 queries.

CIR obtained more recent numbers that show the program has since expanded by another 45 devices, with a total of 5,629 queries since TACIDS launched. Even the California Department of Insurance and the Del Mar Park Rangers now have mobile facial-recognition devices.

One of the most concerning aspects of the system is that TACIDS allows officers to upload photos to its database right from the field. This means that officers can stop a person on the street, take her picture, and enter that picture in a biometric database based on little or no suspicion.

One anecdote in an official report from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was particularly chilling:

“Today while conducting warrant services in Oceanside, we made contact with the neighbors of a subject we were looking for. As we were talking to the individuals who lived next door, our "spidy senses" were tingling. So this neighbor became the focus of a field interview. The subject was being evasive answering our questions. It was determined that the subject was in the United States illegally so we arrested him for that. I decided to transport the subject downtown, still not knowing exactly who I had in custody. While driving him to jail, I prodded a little more and the subject stated that in 2003 he received a conviction for DUI in San Diego and that was the ONLY time he was arrested. So I whipped out the Droid and snapped a quick photo and submitted for search. The subject looked inquisitively at me not knowing the truth was only 8 seconds away. I received a match of 99.96%. This revealed several prior arrests and convictions and provided me an FBI #. When I showed him his booking photo, his jaw dropped. Thanks again for the opportunity to evaluate this device.”

A TACIDS draft policy document shows that officers may collect face images in three distinct circumstances—each of which is problematic in its own right. First, officers may take photos of a person who “consents” to have his picture taken. The Supreme Court has said in several cases that if a person answers police questions when he should feel “free to leave,” the encounter is “consensual,” and it doesn’t trigger Fourth Amendment protection—even under circumstances where police conduct is such that no reasonable person would actually feel free to leave (such as when the cops block an exit or show their weapons). Based on laudatory comments about the TACIDS system like the one above, it appears officers are exploiting that perception to use TACIDS to identify people who aren’t under reasonable suspicion.

In the second scenario discussed in the draft policy, officers may collect a face image from anyone “lawfully detained.” In 2004, the Supreme Court upheld a Nevada law requiring people to identify themselves to police officers. The court held that as long as those stops were based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, they, too, did not trigger Fourth Amendment (or Fifth Amendment) protections. Stopping someone to take their picture to “identify” them would likely receive the same treatment under the Court’s analysis. However, as we’ve seen in the recent revelations about New York’s stop and frisk program, an overwhelming majority of these types of stops are not actually based on any objective reason to suspect a person of wrongdoing. And the NYPD’s own reports show that these programs overwhelmingly impact minority groups.

The third scenario contemplated by the policy is the most concerning. In that scenario, the cops are allowed to collect photos of people with whom they are not even in contact. This includes photos from security cameras and social media as well as “the capturing of facial images from a distance as part of surveillance operations.” As we discussed in our testimony to Congress on facial recognition last year, taking a person’s photo and entering it into a biometric database without her knowledge can have a serious chilling effect on First Amendment-protected activities. The Supreme Court has long recognized the societal value in the ability to remain anonymous and the ability to associate with others privately without fear that the government is watching. Using face recognition technology in the way proposed by SANDAG destroys this anonymity and puts everyone under the threat of government surveillance.

Although the draft policy includes some measures intended to protect privacy, these measures do not go far enough. For example, the policy explicitly allows face image collection based on First-Amendment protected activities like an “individual’s political, religious, or social views, associations or activities” as long as that collection is limited to “instances directly related to criminal conduct or activity.” But “criminal conduct or activity” is such a vague concept that it places no effective restrictions on police action. As we’ve seen in the ACLU of Northern California’s case challenging California’s DNA collection law, even peaceful political protests can result in arrest and biometric collection.

Not so long ago, our society would have recoiled from this type of stop and search. As an Arizona Supreme Court justice noted in 1983, “[t]he thought that an American can be compelled to 'show his papers' before exercising his right to walk the streets, drive the highways or board the trains is repugnant to American institutions and ideals.” In 1990, the Florida Supreme Court said police questioning based on no individualized suspicion was “foreign to any fair reading of the Constitution” and compared it to “Hitler's Berlin,” “ Stalin's Moscow,” and “white supremacist South Africa.” It’s disheartening to think how much has changed in the last 23 years and especially in the years since 9/11.

We hope that San Diego residents will push back on TACIDS before the program is rolled out to additional devices and agencies and linked to fixed video cameras in court buildings and on public transportation. We also hope that Americans across the country will question whether the impact of this type of technology on Constitutionally-protected activities is worth the huge cost and the minimal benefit to law enforcement from its use.

Source: EFF
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You can finally watch a live video feed of Earth from space, and it’s awesome


After being continuously inhabited for more than 13 years, it is finally possible to log into Ustream and watch the Earth spinning on its axis in glorious HD. This video feed (embedded below) comes from from four high-definition cameras, delivered by last month’s SpaceX CRS-3 resupply mission, that are attached to the outside of the International Space Station. You can open up the Ustream page at any time, and as long as it isn’t night time aboard the ISS, you’ll be treated to a beautiful view of the Earth from around 250 miles (400 km) up.

This rather awesome real-time video stream (which also includes the ISS-to-mission control audio feed) comes by way of the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment. HDEV is notable because it consists of four, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) high-definition video cameras that are each enclosed in a pressurized box, but otherwise they exposed to the rigors of space (most notably cosmic radiation). The purpose of HDEV, beyond providing us with a live stream of our own frickin’ planet, is to see if commercial cameras are viable for future space missions, potentially saving a lot of money (space cameras have historically been expensive, custom-designed things).

HDEV, which consists of just a single enclosure, was delivered to the ISS a couple of weeks ago by SpaceX CRS-3. The box was connected up to the underside of the ISS via EVA/spacewalk, with one camera pointing forward (Hitachi), two cameras facing aft (Sony/Panasonic), and one pointing nadir (Toshiba, down towards Earth). If you watch the stream you will notice that it hops between the four cameras in sequence, with gray and black color slates in between each switch. If the feed is permanently gray then HDEV is switched off — or communications have been lost. Also note that the ISS has an orbital period of just 93 minutes — for a considerable part of that time the station is in the Earth’s shadow and can’t see much.

The active video camera is connected to the ISS Columbus module via an Ethernet link, and then beamed down to the ground. From there, it looks like the video feed is combined with the current ISS-to-mission control audio feed, and then simply uploaded to Ustream. It’s an impressively simple (and cheap) setup.

It’s also worth mentioning that parts of HDEV were designed by American high school students through NASA’s HUNCH program. It’s good to see NASA fostering the next generation of astronauts and scientists!

Source: ISS

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Cox to challenge Google with gigabit broadband

Cox Communications, the third largest cable company, says it plans to bring gigabbit cable broadband services to residential customers by the end of 2014.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Pat Esser, the president and chief executive officer of Cox, said that gigabit services to residential customers was a natural extension of the services it already

supplies to businesses. It also appears that the company plans to offer gigabit services to every subscriber, eventually.

"For years, we've delivered gigabit broadband to commercial customers across the company," Esser said. "We're working out our roadmap now for the residential side of the business, to bring gigabit speeds to

our customers, this year. I'm talking plans over time, as all of our customers in all of markets having residential gigabit broadband speeds available to them. And we're excited about it, we think it's great

news for our customers, we think it's great news for our local communities, and over the next two to three weeks, we'll be announcing which markets we'll actually be starting in.

"This has always been part of our roadmap," Esser said. Other companies have been "making a lot of noise" about their own gigabit rollouts, making the time right for Cox, a private company, to begin sharing

some of its own plans.

Esser, of course, was referring to Google, whose own gigabit fiber services began rolling out in 2012 in Kansas City, followed by Provo, Utah, and Austin, Tex. Recently, Google announced a massive expansion

of Fiber to up to 34 more cities in a "contest" that will see Fiber potentially arrive in a number of different metropolitan areas, including San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland, and Atlanta.

Cox, however, didn't say whether it plans to deploy gigabit based on fiber services or its existing cable backhaul. CableLabs, the testing and interoperability arm of the cable industry, released the 10-

Gbit/s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications last fall, implying that its member companies --including Cox--will eventually support it.
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SanDisk announces 4TB SSD, hopes for 8TB next year..

SanDisk this week announced the industry's first 4TB enterprise-class SAS solid-state drive (SSD) in its Optimus MAX product based on 19-nanometer process technology.

The company also unveiled three new Lightning II 12 Gbps performance SAS SSDs with capacities of up to 1.6TB.

In all, SanDisk announced four new data center-class SSDs. As the drives are enterprise-class, which are typically sold through third parties, SanDisk did not announce pricing with the new drives.


Along with the new drives, SanDisk confirmed that the company hopes to release 6TB and 8TB Optimus MAX SSDs in a 2.5-in. size next year -- surpassing anything previously offered by manufacturers.

"We see reaching the 4TB mark as really just the beginning and expect to continue doubling the capacity every year or two, far outpacing the growth for traditional HDDs," Manuel Martull, SanDisk's product & solutions marketing director, stated in an email reply to Computerworld.

SanDisk's new Optimus MAX 4TB 2.5 in SAS SSD. (Photo: SanDisk)

SanDisk's new 4TB Optimus MAX SAS SSD is the highest capacity 2.5-in. SSD drive to date. The SSDs come with a 6Gbps SAS interface. The drive is aimed at read-intensive applications, such as data warehousing, media streaming and web servers. The typical workload envisioned for the 4TB drive is 90% read and 10% write, SanDisk stated.

The Optimus MAX SAS SSD is capable of up to 400 MBps sequential reads and writes and up to 75,000 random I/Os per second (IOPS) for both reads and writes, the company said.

"The Optimus MAX SSD achieves a capacity point that far outpaces today's highest-capacity 2.5-in. 10,000 and 15,000 rpm SAS hard-disk drives, making it the first true replacement for legacy mission-critical data center SAS HDDs," SanDisk stated in its announcement.

The Optmimus MAX can sustain between one and three full drive writes per day. The upgraded Optimus family of drives will be available to storage and server equipment manufacturers in the third quarter of this year.

John Scaramuzzo, general manager of SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions Group, said the high capacity and small footprint of the drives will offer users a path for transitioning from hard disk drives to SSDs because they'll no longer be "forced to decide between cost and performance, or give up important functionality."

SanDisk expects to double the capacity of its SAS SSDs every one to two years, surpassing hard drive capacity

SanDisk also announced an upgrade to its Lightning Gen. II SSD. That drive family comes with a 12Gbps SAS interface marking the company's highest-performance flash-based hardware.

The Lightning Gen. II SSD lineup comes in three flavors: The high-endurance Lightning Ultra, the mixed-use Lightning Ascend and the entry-level Lightning Eco. All come with a five-year warranty and have a 2.5 million-hour mean time between failure rating from SanDisk.

The Lightning Gen. II 12Gbps SAS SSD product family will be available for sampling with storage and server equipment manufacturers in the third quarter.

SanDisk's new Lightning Gen. II Ultra SSD. (Photo: SanDisk)

The Lightning Ultra Gen. II SSD offers up to 25 full capacity drive writes per day. It delivers up to 190,000 and 100,000 IOPS of random read/write performance and sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,000 MBps and 600 MBps, respectively. The drive comes in capacities ranging from 200GB to 800GB.

The Lightning Ascend Gen. II SSD has lower endurance and can provide up to 10 full capacity drive writes per day. The drive is aimed at applications with respectable write performance, but is tuned for heavier read workloads such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Exchange and file server use, and online transaction processing (OLTP).

The Lightning Ascend SSD delivers up to 190,000 random read and 80,000 write IOPS and sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,000 MBps and 600 MBps, respectively. The SSD is available in capacities ranging from 200GB to 1.6TB.

The Lightning Eco Gen. II SSD is considered SanDisk's entry-level enterprise SSD and is designed for read-intensive application workloads such as data warehousing, media streaming, video on demand and cloud computing. It can sustain up to three full capacity drive writes per day. The Eco SSD is available in capacities of 1TB and 1.6TB and delivers up to 180,000 random read and 35,000 write IOPS and sequential read/write speeds of 1,000 MBps and 500 MBps.

According to Gartner, some SSDs will nearly reach price parity with hard disk drives by 2017

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Nvidia is bringing supercomputer-class performance to its US$192 Jetson TK1 computer, which is targeted at embedded devices but could be used as a Linux-based gaming PC.

The TK1 is an uncased board with all the major components on it, much like the popular Raspberry Pi. But the computer offers 300 gigaflops of performance, and Nvidia said it could be used as a PC for games supporting ARM processors and the Linux OS.

The performance comes through 192 graphics cores based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture, similar to GPUs used in the world's second-fastest supercomputer called Titan, which delivers peak performance between 17.6 petaflops and 27.1 petaflops, according to Top500.

The board can be used to develop prototype devices and test applications, such as in-car infotainment, robots with vision, surveillance, or medical devices that need real-time image processing, said Jesse Clayton, the Jetson TK1 product manager.

The TK1 could also be a gaming PC, though it could take some work to port games. Nvidia offers a version of Linux based on Ubuntu 14.04 for the board, and most ARM-based games are for mobile devices and written for the Android OS. "It behaves like a big GPU. If you wanted to develop an ARM-Linux game, you can," Clayton said.

The TK1 has a Tegra K1 processor based on the ARM Cortex-A15 CPU design, which is used in some Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone models. By comparison, low-cost boards like Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone use ARM cores based on older CPU architectures.

This is the first product shipped by Nvidia with K1, which was announced in January and will be in mobile devices starting in the second half of this year. The K1, which will come in 32-bit and 64-bit variants, succeeds Tegra 4, used in tablets from companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Asustek. The TK1 board has a 32-bit version of K1. Clayton declined to comment about whether a 64-bit version of the board would be released.

Embedded devices may be the focus for TK1, but it could be possible to write mobile applications for upcoming K1 smartphones and tablets, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst for Insight 64. The board would, however, need to run Android, and the boot and processor features point to support for the mobile OS. Nvidia's Clayton said it may be possible to load Android, though the board is designed to work with Linux. The TK1 also supports CUDA 6, which provides the underlying parallel programming tools so coders can off-load processing from CPUs to GPUs, which are faster for technical and graphics applications.

Balancing processing between GPUs and CPUs can make devices more power efficient, Insight 64's Brookwood said.

CUDA is largely used via PC or server graphics cards, but Nvidia is pushing parallel processing to mobile devices and smaller electronics.
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Microsoft fixes IE zero-day flaw..

Microsoft has issued a patch for an Internet Explorer zero-day flaw being actively exploited by malicious hackers and that was first identified Saturday .Windows XP users will also receive the patch, even though Microsoft ended support for the OS about 3 weeks ago.

The flaw, which affects IE 6 through IE 11, could allow attackers to execute code remotely on a compromised computer if the user views an infected web page using the browser."An attacker who successfully

exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user," reads the security bulletin. The flaw is rated Critical, the most severe rating in Microsoft's security categories.

The patch will be automatically downloaded and installed in Windows computers configured to receive software updates from Microsoft. Users who don't get these automatic updates are advised to install this patch manually right away.

"The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers," Adrienne
Hall, general manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said in a statement. The most likely scenario for victimizing users with this flaw is the distribution by attackers via email and IM messages of links to malicious websites.
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Next Generation Wireless AC Technology and Linksys S.M.A.R.T Wi-Fi for Powerful Home Networking

Get superior performance and enjoy speeds up to 4.3x faster than wireless-N with the Linksys AC1900 Dual-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router. Using wireless-AC technology this router offers exceptional data streaming speeds of up to AC1900 Mbps (N600 + AC1300), making it ideal for large households, serious gamers, and HD video enthusiasts. The router's gigabit Wi-Fi speeds allow for extremely quick downloads of large files. As you add Wi-Fi-enabled devices, wireless-AC makes it possible for you to catch up on your favorite show on Netflix while family members simultaneously stream HD movies on another device, play online games, or browse the web--without waiting for content to buffer. The AC1900 also boasts three adjustable antennas that help distribute the Wi-Fi signal and extend its range throughout your home. The AC1900 includes USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, letting you easily share devices like external hard drives and printers across your network. It also has four gigabit ports to connect wired devices at speeds up to 10x faster than Ethernet.
Beamforming Creates Stronger, Faster Connections
The Linksys AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi router features beamforming, an innovative technology that optimizes the wireless signal strength between your connected devices and router. Beamforming enables the router to identify and connect directly with other devices rather than simply sending out wireless signals in a general direction. This results in faster network speeds, better wireless range, and reduced interference from other devices. It also helps extend the battery life of connected devices and reduce their power consumption because data is transferred more quickly.
Manage Your Home Network Remotely with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
With Linksys Smart Wi-Fi you can access and control your home network from wherever you are using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. For example, you can set parental controls to restrict Internet access during certain times of the day and create unique, secure Wi-Fi passwords for your guests. You can also monitor activity on your home network, add new devices, and check upload and download speeds. In addition, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi allows you to prioritize which devices on your network receive the most bandwidth to reduce lag times and buffering when you're streaming HD media or gaming. Your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account also gives you access to apps that provide additional ways to control and interact with your home Wi-Fi network. Block the Bad Stuff lets you add one of three levels of protective filtering to help safeguard your wireless network. Device Monitr allows you to monitor game consoles, tablet computers, and other devices, while NetProofer lets you restrict access to certain websites.
Upgrade Your Devices to Enjoy the Full Benefits of Wireless-AC
Using Linksys's family of wireless-AC peripherals you can take full advantage of the improved speed and stability of wireless-AC. The Linksys Universal Media Connector (WUMC710) lets you connect wired devices such as game consoles and smart TVs to your Wi-Fi network and stream HD or even 3D HD video content seamlessly. The connector operates on the 5 GHz band, resulting in less interference and a clearer signal. Additionally, the Linksys Dual Band AC1200 Wireless 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300) enables you to upgrade your laptop or desktop computer to fully benefit from the faster speeds of wireless-AC technology to stream high-definition video or enjoy high-speed gaming.

Source: Cisco

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One ring to rule your PC

We have long desired a replacement for the keyboard and mouse that is less stressful on our hands, but most efforts have fallen short. The Leap Motion seemed to offer promise but fell short due to its need for special drivers and failure to support gaming.

Now there's Nod, a Bluetooth-enabled black Ring you wear on the finger of your choice that allows you to control a device by gesture. It will control any Bluetooth LE-capable device, not just PCs and it doesn't require a surface the way Leap Motion does.

Nod is designed for all-day use and is waterproof. The charging cradle doubles as a ring holder and the ring will reportedly come in 12 different sizes for different sized fingers, plus there will be spacers for adjustments. The ring has a flattened surface with two buttons on it.

Even with an obviously setup and controlled demo, it's pretty clear that the response time is a bit jerky. Just look at the "Fruit Ninja" segment. That said, Nod is still a work in progress and there is room for improvement, so hopefully it will be a bit more responsive when it ships.

Besides the PC, Android and iOS support, Nod Labs is offering a fully open API so developers can create their own functionality or build device support. Nod Labs is promising a healthy ecosystem of support when the ring ships. It says it will support devices from GoPro, Nest, Philips' Hue, Roku, WeMo, and LG televisions released since 2012.

Nod is taking preorders from its Website at a pre-sale price of $149. The company expects to ship in the fall.
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