Saturday, July 30, 2011

Launchpad Control allows you to select which apps appear in Launchpad

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A little tip for you weekend Lion users:


Launchpad feeling a little cluttered? Launchpad Control is a free application on OS X that will assist you in cleaning out the unnecessary apps in your Launchpad. The app is pretty simple in that you just check off which apps you don’t want to see . via LifeHacker

Download here.

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New tech will allow 22Mbps for 100 kilometers over TV broadcast bands

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Illustration via profile pictures on IEEE’s Facebook page

The IEEE standards body that oversees the development of WiFi technology announced today a next-generation WiFi 802.22 technology designed to facilitate wireless data transfer up to 22Mbps over great distances up to 60 miles, or a hundred kilometers. The interesting thing is, the new technology is utilizing television bands without interfering with reception of existing TV broadcast stations:

This new standard for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) takes advantage of the favorable transmission characteristics of the VHF and UHF TV bands to provide broadband wireless access over a large area up to 100 km from the transmitter. Each WRAN will deliver up to 22 Mbps per channel without interfering with reception of existing TV broadcast stations, using the so-called white spaces between the occupied TV channels.
The technology will be great in rural areas and developing countries with vacant TV channels, IEEE says. In our view, this could also knock out any rationale for the much talked-about AT&T/T-Mobile merger. For example, why use pricey cellular data if your phone is within the range of a 802.22 hotspot? Apple is one of the leading backers of WiFi and has long ago incorporated wireless capabilities to all their products. As of recently, Apple ships its Macs with souped up WiFi capable of hitting 450Mbps over wireless networks, even though they aren’t advertising this as a feature.

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My question is, how big will this new wifi router be? Will we be able to use this in our own homes or is this for large companies only? This would be great for the everyday Internet user who works within 10miles of his/her house, simply buy this and get a high speed Internet service and you can use your home Internet anywhere! However realistically this is for the big cellular service providers. Now imagine this, anyone with enough money would e able to open a small broadband Internet company, simply but up some space on the roofs of buildings put up your towers and you can cover a small city with a fast and reliable service net. This would help companies like virgin mobile, metro pcs, trac phone, straight talk, and many more to build their own towers and pay less for leasing towers from larger companies.

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Benchmarks for the New Mac Mini and MacBook Air

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Primate Labs has released their benchmarks for the new Mac mini and MacBook Air.

Mac Mini
The Sandy Bridge processors in the new Mac mini provides a tremendous boost in performance: the quad-core Mac mini server is 2.3x faster than the previous Mac mini while the dual-core Mac minis are 1.6x to 1.9x faster.



Another interesting thing (not shown in the chart above) is that the Mac mini server has roughly the same performance as the entry-level Mac Pro. While this will not hold true after the next Mac Pro update (which is overdue), it's impressive to see Apple's smallest computer provide comparable performance to Apple's largest computer!


MacBook Air
Like the Mac mini, the new Sandy Bridge processors provide a tremendous performance boost to the MacBook Air lineup: the 13-inch MacBook Air is 1.9x faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Air, while the 11-inch MacBook Air is an incredible 2.6x faster.






The Core i7-based MacBook Air is almost as fast as the Core i5-based MacBook Pro ( only 20% slower). While there has always been a (sometimes sizable) gap between the fastest MacBook Air and the slowest MacBook Pro, this update eradicates that gap.



These benchmarks were compiled from the Geekbench browser. You can benchmark your own system by getting Geekbench from here.
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AT&T to implement data throttling in early October, just in time for iPhone 5

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A new change for AT&T Wireless’ Unlimited Data subscribers will soon be taking place. Rumored to be starting in the first week of October, we’ve heard that AT&T will start throttling the data speeds of the network’s top data hogs. As Verizon (PDF) and Virgin have recently done, AT&T will be adopting a similar plan to try to curb the problem of data congestion and overall network issues that have hurt its 3G network’s performance since the onset of the iPhone.

AT&T will also be releasing its first LTE devices later this year.

We’ve heard that AT&T will rejigger its insurance structure that week as well, which makes us think a certain high profile device may be launching on or around that time.

The throttling plan will work like the others’. The heaviest users will see significant speed decreases for one billing cycle once they go over a threshold of data (we’re guessing 2-4GB?). These heavy users will still be able to access the network, but at a much slower speed. At the start of the next billing cycle, their speeds will return to normal. We don’t have numbers for AT&T’s throttle speeds but Virgin takes you down to 256Kb/s once you’ve reached their 2.5GB limit (not too bad actually – sometimes we’re happy to get 256kbs). Interestingly, Virgin’s throttle also will also be implemented in the first week of October which may indicate that they’ll be carrying a certain high profile mobile device as well.

Frankly, throttling isn’t so bad if done fairly. It is a good way to penalize heavy users but without them having to worry about overage charges. For high end users, however, it wold make sense for AT&T to add the ability to buy more regular speed data like they do now…



Ever since the introduction of the original iPhone 1 back in the summer of 2007, AT&T has seen a 8000% increase (80X) in mobile data traffic. Combine this with the release of more and more smartphones capable of streaming Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MLB, Sling and other 3G streaming apps, demand for bandwidth continues to rise dramatically. The heart of the problem is spectrum and infrastructure. However expanding either of those for AT&T’s immediate needs can take years. Combine this with the building out of their 4G/LTE network, they need to come up with answers fast.

We’ve heard that, just like tiers before them, throttling of data will not effect 95% of the subscriber base. In fact, that top 5% of users using the most data account for approximately 30% of the bandwidth. There is no defined GB amount that is known yet that will put someone in the top 5%, but we’ve been told that 12,000 emails, 12,000 website views, 4 streaming movies and 5 hours of streaming music will start to put you close to that upper range of usage.


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