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Fatman iTube amplifier

Fatman iTube amplifier

The iTube is a valve amplifier - yes valves, those old-fashioned glowing things that TVs used to have - with an iPod dock unit, all encased in chrome and black metal. It's really two separate systems: a power amplifier, which is the analogue bit, and the dock. Fatman iTube amplifier The amplifier has two sets of RCA/phono …
Steve Kennedy, 06 Mar 2007

Belkin PureAV HDMI Interface 3-to-1 Video Switch

This is a classic 'it does what it says on the tin' product. As the name indicates, it has three HDMI inputs and one output, and it allows you to switch signals between them so you can connect multiple devices to a single display. It's completely plug-and-play: just hook the HDMI sources into the inputs, plug the output into the …
Steve Kennedy, 11 Jan 2007
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Pico GSM cells, what's the fuss all about?

What if you built a network, and nobody came? In May this year, the frequencies 1781.7-1785MHz paired with 1876.7-1880MHz (known as the GSM Guard bands) were made available to 12 licensees under the Wireless Telegraphy Act (WTA). They are known as the Guard bands as they separate parts of GSM spectrum from DECT spectrum. In …
Steve Kennedy, 24 Nov 2006
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Ofcom flicks switch on iPod FM

Ofcom today announced that "micro power" FM transmitters such a the Griffin Technologies iTrip or Belkin TuneCast can legally be used from 8 December. Ofcom changed the regulations in line with the European Commission Decision (2006/771/EC) establishing a framework for the harmonisation of radio spectrum for use by short-range …
Steve Kennedy, 23 Nov 2006
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Vodafone fesses to premium rate SMS overcharging

Vodafone has been charging its pay as you go customers an extra 12p for texting premium rate numbers. Customers are usually charged 12p for the delivery of the message, and then the premium rate charge. However, it seems the mobile operator has been tagging on an extra 12p. The overbilling came to light when a customer …
Steve Kennedy, 20 Nov 2006
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Carphone Warehouse rescued with AOL buy

Mobile phone operator Carphone Warehouse (CPW) has now moved into fixed line telecoms and broadband. Originally, the company's phone offerings were based on a system known as IDA (Indirect Access) whereby customers dialled a prefix and then the number they actually wanted. All the real work was done by another provider and CPW …
Steve Kennedy, 15 Nov 2006

Gefen 4x4 HDMI Matrix audio-visual interconnect

Gefen has announced an HDMI four-by-four crossover unit. Though it can be used as a straightforward HDMI switch for linking multiple players to a single display, it's actually more advanced than that: any of the four inputs can be switched to any of the four outputs... That means a signal, say on input one, can be …
Steve Kennedy, 19 Sep 2006

Slim Devices Transporter high-end digital audio player

Mountain View, California is the home of start-ups. Turn any corner and it's likely there'll be a name you recognise. Some have grown into huge companies, and some, like Netscape, have disappeared, recalled only by the boards that used to display their logos. Turning down what looks like a residential street, there's a small …
Steve Kennedy, 16 Aug 2006