Qualcomm adds new high-tech luster to lowly electrical wires

AMSTERDAM -- Electrical wires hardly have the glamor of 4G mobile networks or invisibly small microchip transistors. But Qualcomm hopes a faster new version of technology called HomePlug will breathe new high-tech life into homes' old wiring.

Qualcomm's Atheros division makes processors that let devices such as set-top boxes and wireless network range extenders communicate over power lines using HomePlug. A new chip, the QCA7500 announced here this week at the Broadband World Forum, can take advantage of a HomePlug AV2 feature called MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) to boost data-transfer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.

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Touch this: Mimo USB monitor goes capacitive

Sometimes one monitor is not enough, and over the years, MimoMonitors has provided an easy way to add extra screen real estate with its line of USB-powered monitors for desktops and laptops. Now, the company is taking it to the next level with what it says is the world's first USB capacitive touch screen.

Available in two models, the Mimo Magic Touch and Mimo Magic Touch Deluxe are less than 1 inch thick and weigh less than 1 pound. Both feature 10-inch, 1,024x600 resolution displays and connect to your PC or Mac via a USB 2.0 connection. The Deluxe model also includes two mini-USB ports and a separate AC power adapter, so you can hook up other devices and charge them. … Read more

Ericsson demos faster LTE speeds of almost 1Gbps

Ericsson yesterday demoed a new version of LTE technology that's 10 times faster than today's current standard and delivers speeds of nearly 1 gigabit per second.

Conducted in the company's home base of Sweden, the demonstration of LTE Advanced was presented to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). Using existing commercial hardware, Ericsson was able to use a test frequency provided by the PTS to show off certain features of LTE Advanced for the first time.

One feature of LTE Advanced that Ericsson demonstrated was carrier aggregation, which combines signals from multiple carriers to achieve a … Read more

Mimo USB touch-screen monitor now 10 inches

If your laptop display is too small for you, check out the latest USB monitor from Mimo. While its previous offering increased your screen real estate by 7 inches, the latest iMo Mini-Monster Touch comes with a 10.1-inch touch screen that requires only a USB cable to work.

Unlike conventional monitors, Mimo displays can be powered with a single USB connection that also streams video data. It's able to do this as the company has decreased the power consumption of this device to a low enough point that it fits within the power output of a standard USB … Read more

Review: Nanovision Mimo UM-720S

When purchasing any electronic device in "these troubled times," it's important to ask yourself one important question: Is it worth it to me?

In other words, does it do what I need it to and does that functionality justify its price. Simple really. To know the whys and hows of my opinion on the Nanovision Mimo UM-720S and to see if I believe it justifies its price, check out CNET's review here.

As always, you can always find new monitor reviews here.

Photos: A look at Mimo UM-720S USB monitor

We recently got the Mimo UM-720S in. If you remember, we reviewed the UM-740 a few months back.

This new model is smaller and less expensive, but it's missing a couple of features included in the 740, like the Webcam. Look for a full review of the UM-720S soon. Until then, check out these shots.

Mimo 7-inch USB monitor goes clamshell

One of the compromises frequent travelers have to make is the limited screen size that comes with an ultraportable or thin-and-light laptop. This is a difficult transition, especially if one is used to large 20-inch-plus screen real estate in the office or home. Fortunately, USB monitors provide an easy way of extending the display without bringing in a separate power supply.

Mimo's new 710-S 7-inch USB monitor ups the portability ante by coming in a clamshell form factor. This protects the screen when the unit is not in use. The 800x480-pixel resolution isn't great, but works well as … Read more

Mimo UM-740 monitor: 7 inches could be a huge deal

During CES earlier this year, I raved about D-Link's SideState and whined that it wouldn't be available soon. Well, it's still not going to be available any sooner than the second part of the year, but now I don't need to wait for it anymore.

I just received Nanovision's newly announced Mimo UM-740 7-inch USB-powered monitor. The unit is very similar to the SideStage, plus it has touch-screen support and a Webcam with a built-in microphone.

The Mimo UM-740 uses a single USB 2.0 connection for both power and connectivity. Once plugged in, the 7-inch monitor provides an instant 800x480-pixel secondary display. Though it's small and holds no appeal to gamers, this unit is great for instant messaging, e-mail clients, streaming media, and especially Photoshop toolboxes. You then can use the main screen for other tasks that require more space.… Read more