Some lucky Japanese Internetters are about to receive up to a 1 GBps fiber connection. The FTTH is offered by telco KDDI for about ¥5,560 (~$52.00) a month with additional telephone and premium TV channels offered for an additional fee. Hikari One Home Gigabit is in fact about $20.00 less than their current 100Mbit/s service. The router supports only 802.11b and g Wi-Fi thusfar.
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Canon has introduced its FAXPHONE/Printer L90 that uses laser technology for both. Built for small businesses and home offices, it produces 13 cpm and 15 ppm in print mode. It also features an up to 33.6 Kbps Super G3 modem for a speed of about 3 seconds per page. Images have a 600x600 dpi print resolution in monochrome and the device has a 30-sheet auto-sheet feeder. The FAXPHONE, with its convenient 15 one-touch dials and 100 coded dials, will be out this month with a price of $199.99.
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Want to know what to go with your Budweiser Phone? A Cheeseburger or French Fry Phone, of course. The Cheeseburger is 4 x 4 x 2 3/8-inches, weighs 330g, has redial, tone/pulse option, and LED in-use display for $15.99. The red French Fry Phone is 115 x 75 x 35mm, weighs 196g, has the same features as the other phone, and will set you back $8.99. At those prices, you can have faux-edible phones all over the house.
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Show everyone that you love the king of beers with the Budweiser Bottle or Can Phone. Stand it up until you are ready to make a call, as once you pick it up you will get a dial tone. Headphones and mic are attached to the body. The bottle phone comes with an extra long cord, is made of PVC, and features auto-redial. Each phone carries a MSRP of $11.99. Just remember not to accidentally toss it after a particularly long weekend party.
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CuPhone’s Echo Free USB to Phone adaptor allows you to make both Skype and land line phone calls globally at no charge. You can choose whether to use your PSTN line to route the call to your Skype or start from the Skype with the phone key pad. You can also use it to conference with a local PC, remote Skyper, and a public phone. The CuPhone works with Windows, Mac, and Linux operated systems and it has an independent sound card so it won’t occupy your sound channel. Get one for $34.00.
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Once again, science has crossed over into the area of art. MIT has teamed with AT&T to create New York Talk Exchange, which debuted this week at the Museum of Modern Art. The NYTE measures the volume of IP and telephony that goes in and out of the city anonymously. It then is portrayed visually at the museum as well as on the Internet. Globe Encounters displays NY’s connections to other cities globally. Pulse of the Planet shows how they alter during a 24 hour period with time zone changes. The third exhibit studies the five boroughs and how they vary.
Studying the data shows that New York tends to “reach out and touch” Asia and South America, whereas London concentrates on New York and Europe. They are hoping that it will help in studies overall in the area of globalization.The display will be active through May 12.
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Don’t want to get out of bed to find who is calling at an ungodly hour? You need the Projection Telephone. The device will show name and number on either your wall or ceiling with its LED and has a total lifespan of ~100,000 hours. Featuring an inductive switch, it carries a price of $29.15. It’s products like this that makes you happy that land lines still exist. About all we can do with our cell phone is turn it off before we retire or hope that callers are smart enough not to interrupt our beauty sleep.
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If you signed up for the Do Not Call telemarketers list back when it began in June, 2003, you may not have to do it again if Rep. Mike Doyle has his way. Originally it was decided that one would have to re-register every five years, the FTC explained, to allow for changes of address and phone number. Doyle says that the list already removes those outdated numbers and feels it should be automatic. You can register your land line and cell phone numbers or file complaints at donotcall or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
It’s nice that someone up there in Washington may finally cut through some red tape to allow us something better to do with our time than having to call a number to be placed on a list which was created to keep us off another list.
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Vonage E-911 isn’t helping us at all in our home. For some reason, despite inputting the correct address over and over, Vonage automatically changes it to a completely different address. One that isn’t even in the same city, in fact. At first, it was an annoyance. You see, when we signed up for Vonage, we gave them our address and thought that was that. A couple weeks later, we got a confirmation email saying that the address we submitted was accepted - however, in the email, it listed an address we had never seen before. Odd, we thought. We changed it back, and went along on our way…until a couple weeks later we got the same email. Our change has been accepted, but…again, Vonage changed our submission to that same address in a city that is ten minutes from where we have service. We changed it back, and dropped Vonage a support email. We never heard back from Vonage on support. However, two days ago we needed to call an ambulance to rush our 3-year old to the hospital in what was a life-threatening situation. Fortunately, the 911 operator has our correct address come up on her screen - something that when you are in the midst of an emergency, you don’t want to take the time to have to recite.
However, the day AFTER that frantic 911 call, guess what we found in our email inbox…
So we told you about Horntones, which allows you to change your car’s horn to any sound or song in MP3 format. Sounds fun but potentially dangerous and chaotic. Here’s something similar but a lot safer: a device called Magic Ringtone allows you to change your home phone’s ring to that of any MP3 sound. Just transfer the file from your PC to the device via USB, then attach your landline phone. Now instead of an generic ring, you can choose a babbling brook or a babbling Britney to alert you of incoming calls. We especially love the low cost of $12 USD, but apparently so does everyone else, as the Magic Ringtone is currently sold out. Stay tuned…