Microsoft is trying to sell you a dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, is powered via USB and lets you beam media from your tablet or phone. Sound familiar?
The most unsexy gadget in mobile just got a lot more attractive. Clearwire has started to sell a new WiMAX dongle that users can plug into laptops, tablets or netbooks and get instant broadband access – without installing any device management software or messing about with logins.
Boxee isn’t just marketing its live TV tuner as an alternative to cable; it is also fighting with cable companies about having access to their programming. The reason? Cable companies want to encrypt their basic cable tier, which Boxee and other CE makers oppose.
Network monitoring firm Arieso is attracting attention this morning with a new study indicating owners of Apple’s iPhone 4S consume twice as much data as users carrying the previous generation iPhone 4. But what’s less clear is why, exactly. Bloomberg claims Siri is to blame, while Ars Technica says any such claims should be taken with a grain of salt. But CNNMoney’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt rightly puts things into perspective by noting how much is being consumed by users attaching their laptops to cell networks with a dongle. That makes sense because nothing eats up as much bandwidth in mobile as video — and larger devices like laptops and tablets are much more video-friendly than even the biggest smartphone.
Are you still waiting to buy Iomega’s Boxee set-top box? Then maybe it’s time to look for alternatives or call your relatives in the UK: Iomega just told us that it won’t be selling the device in the U.S. but will concentrate on Europe instead.
O2 UK – not known for being the most ambitious of carriers on data strategy – has followed Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), T-Mobile, 3 UK and even Ora…