London Underground plans WiFi for 120 stations

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After successfully running a trial at Charing Cross Tube Station, Transport for london has decided to go ahead and commission wi-fi at up to 120 stations across the network in time for the London Olympics in 2012.

The trial was was carried out in partnership with BT Openzone and was enthusiastically received by passengers. Tenders will now go out and the winning bidder chosen by the end of this year.

Research during the trial at Charing Cross Tube station found that over half of LU passengers surveyed felt that access to wi-fi would make their experience of using the Tube better.

In related news, Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London are currently in discussion with mobile phone operators and other suppliers about the potential provision of mobile phone services on the deep Tube network.

Motorola Xoom comes under fire

Motorola Xoom Android TabletIf you are thinking of not buying an iPad then you may be in the market for something like the Motorola Xoom. However, before you hand over your hard-earned cash you may want to read this article by Michael J. Miller, respected blogger at PCMAG – Eight Things to Hate About the Motorola Xoom. In it he shares the things that worry him about the device (already having previously written a similar article about the “8 Things I like about the Motorola Xoom“.

Not wanting to just quote the article verbatim, let’s just say that he basically finds the device is not quite there yet, which says to me that Motorola have made the same mistake that numerous other companies have, they have tried to jump on board of Apple’s bandwagon and rushed out a product that is in no way an equal of the iPad (never mind the soon to be released iPad 2). In particular he points out that there is no Flash capability, only 16 apps are available, some of the phone apps don’t seem to work either and the SD slot isn’t functional.

Anyway, why not read both articles and make up your own mind or go straight to the full review by PCMag.

WiFi Gaming Card Released

Bigfoot Killer WiFi Gaming CardBigfoot Networks are known for their gaming networking kit and today they have announced their latest piece of kit – the Killer Wireless-N Laptop Network Adaptor. Normally we focus on mobile wireless networking and configuring your static network, at home and in the business environment. However, wireless networks are becoming much more common with many homes having several computers on a wireless network. Often these are used for gaming so kit like that which Bigfoot is known for is becoming more popular.

So, what does this ‘killer’ piece of kit have to offer? Bigfoot claims that the Wireless-N offers transfer speeds up to five times faster than those of standard WiFi adaptors. It’s claim is that this will give any gamer using it’s kit an advantage over other players by reducing lag and latency.

To achieve it’s performance, the card uses some clever 802.11n technologies that Bigfoot have developed in-house. The card also comes with the same software that Bigfoot ships with existing networking kit for desktops.

Whether all this adds up to something to write home about is another question. In the past Bigfoot’s claims have come under some criticism for not being backed up by real-world experience. Let us know if you take the plunge and share your experience of putting Bigfoot’s claims to the test.

Features:

• Cutting-Edge 11n Performance – Advanced, dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) adapter supports IEEE standards-based 802.11a/b/g/n. Killer Wireless-N 1102 enables PHY rates up to 300 Mbps over 2 stream MIMO and offers up to 5x better latency than the competition.1

• Advanced Stream Detect – Automatically classifies and prioritizes online games, HD video and high quality audio for better quality and fewer interruptions in your online experience.

• Visual Bandwidth Control – See which applications are hogging bandwidth and tune performance for each, so they don’t interfere with your online gameplay or multimedia applications. Download files or watch a video or browse the web simultaneously – it’s all possible now with Visual Bandwidth Control.

• PC Monitor – Monitor and manage the health and performance of your wireless notebook PC with graphical displays, detailed logging and an intuitive user interface.

Note: There are two versions of the card, the 1102 and the 1103.

Boris Johnson promises full wi-fi coverage by 2012

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The Mayor of London is promising that London will have full wi-fi coverage in time for the London Olympics 2012. He made the pledge at the recent Google Zeitgeist event.

This was held in Hertfordshire, and he is quoted as saying that “every lampost and every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be Wi-Fi enabled.”

So far, 22 of the 32 Greater London boroughs have already signed up to the scheme. If Boris can convince the other ten to sign up then he may well succeed and London will be the first city to host a wi-fi enabled Olympics.

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