The year’s most highly anticipated software release, Windows 7, is just around the corner. Microsoft recently announced that the new OS would see general availability (consumer sales) on October 22. In preparation for that, it recently began its termination of the beta program, encouraging users to install the Release Candidate build which will be available until August. A bevy of Windows blogs including Neowin.net, GeekSmack.net, and Wzor report that the final “gold” build of Windows 7 will occur on July 10 and the OS will see a release-to-manufacturing on July 13. Release to manufacturing builds are typically identical to general availability builds for major software releases. However, if a major bug is encountered, its possible the consumer release could feature something new. by dailytech
Monthly Archives: July 2009
It’s not a dual-band router, but it looks like ASUS has just about all the other bases covered with its new RT-N16 model. Apparently “engineered for the future” (too bad, present), this one naturally packs full 802.11n capabilities, along with a “powerful CPU” and 128MB of memory to help it eek out every last bit of bandwidth, and both four LAN ports and a pair of USB ports to accomodate your non-wireless devices. Otherwise, you can expect to get ASUS’ own EZ UI, which promises quick and easy setups and customization, and all the the usual basic security measures you’d expect, including support for WPS. No word on a price just yet, but it looks like this one should be rolling out soon, if it hasn’t hit stores already.
Mushroom Networks has been in the “broadband bonding” business for quite a while now, but we’re guessing they’re going to find a few more fans with their new wireless broadband gear, which promises the fastest cellular-based internet connection to date. Like the company’s previous PortaBella device (pictured above, not exactly to scale), its new rig can combine up to four different cellular data cards into a single high-speed connection, but this one is fully portable (just over a pound) and, perhaps most importantly, it has an optional battery pack that’ll let you be truly mobile with it. That, Mushroom says, makes the device ideal for a whole range of applications that can be a bit tricky with a single modem, like mobile TV broadcasting or temporary offices set up in a disaster area. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing just yet, but it doesn’t exactly take much guesstimating to figure out that it’s likely not the most cost-effective solution around.
Whether or not it’s coming to T-Mobile (spoiler: all signs point to yes), BlackBerry’s Curve 8520 has now been ordained with FCC approval, clearing the hurdle for its sale stateside. Optical trackpad and EDGE connection your cup of tea? You know where to look, and for everyone else, there’s always the Tour.