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  • This week on gdgt: Fitbit's Flex may never leave your wrist

    This week on gdgt

    Each week, our friends at gdgt go through the latest gadgets and score them to help you decide which ones to buy. Here are some of their latest picks. Want more? Visit gdgt anytime to catch up on the latest, and subscribe to gdgt’s newsletter to get a weekly roundup in your inbox.


  • Push notifications come to Chrome and Chrome OS with battery life as a focus

    Push notifications come to Chrome and Chrome OS to save battery life

    The push notifications on our mobile devices aren’t just for convenience’s sake — they let apps stay idle and conserve precious battery life. That would explain why Google Cloud Messaging is now integrated with all versions of Chrome and Chrome OS, then. While both platforms are usually online as a matter of course, GCM lets developers refresh a web app or extension only when there are noteworthy changes, such as new chats. All end users have to do is sign in. Developers will have to build the feature into their apps before anyone sees the benefits, but we wouldn’t be surprised if our Chromebooks last for just a little bit longer in the near future.

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    Via: CNET

    Source: Chromium Blog

  • FCC proposes boosted in-flight WiFi speed with 14GHz spectrum by 2020

    The FCC released a report yesterday detailing plans to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum, in an effort to supercharge our nation’s ground-to-air mobile broadband infrastructure. The proposed spectrum would fall within the 14.0-14.5 GHz band, which is currently utilized for satellite uplinks. The FCC references an earlier Qualcomm proposal, which suggests data speeds of 300 gigabits per second with refreshed equipment operating over the new spectrum. With that bandwidth, all of the 15,000 WiFi-equipped aircraft that are estimated to be operating by 2021 would be able to offer significantly improved performance for passengers, and at a much lower cost.

    Based on verbiage in the report, the FCC’s proposed date of 2020 sounds ambitious — even with the agency completing “a great deal of ongoing work,” it could be a decade before we can take advantage of gigabit connections from 37,000 feet in the air. Gogo’s next-gen system and ViaSat’s promised satellite rollout should be hitting planes before 2013 is through, however, delivering notable improvements of their own.

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    Via: Phone Arena

    Source: FCC

  • Editor's Letter: 3D printing grows up

    In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

    DNP Editor's Letter 3D printing grows up

    Another week with Google Glass and, as I grow more accustomed to having it in my life, I find myself struggling more and more to come up with reasons to wear the thing. I’m still very happy to stop on the street and give people a demo, but if I’m being honest, I don’t need that much attention from strangers in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very excited about the potential here, but it’s safe to say the novelty is running out.

    Still, this week Glass did get a nice improvement. The XE5 update was released late Tuesday night and shipped with a series of small but important niceties, like notifications from Google+ and the ability to do a search from anywhere in the UI. Unfortunately, this update also changes things such that uploads will only occur from the headset when it’s plugged in and on WiFi. That’ll help battery life — at a somewhat unfortunate cost to wireless functionality.

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