I’ve been using Connectify since Windows 7 was launched three years ago. For those who were not familiar, Connectify is a Windows 7 application that converts your laptop’s wireless adapter to a router. With that, you can share your computer internet to your wireless devices through a Wifi broadcast.
For the past two years now, I’ve also been using Smart Bro plug-it device (USB Broadband stick). I used Connecifyto share my internet connection to my other wireless devices an
d it worked fantastic ever since. But then, last May 2012, I received a notification to update my Connectify to a newer version, I think it’s version 3.4 (I had version 3.1 installed). And because this is not the first time I updated the program, I went ahead for an update. After restarting the Connectify though, I was surprised to find out the support for 3G/4G cards has been disabled for free version and was now reserved for the paid Connectify Pro version. Oh yeah!
Thankfully, I still have the installer of the older version, 3.1. I uninstalled the 3.4 and re-installed the 3.1. It worked just fine. So, warning for Connectify users out there who are also using 3G/4G cards: DO NOT EVER UPDATE!
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In a press release early this morning, low-cost airline Cebu Pacific announced that they have teamed up with OnAir to provide in-flight WiFi internet access on its long-haul flights which are expected to start next year, 2013. If this materializes, Cebu Pacific will become the first long-haul low-cost airline in South East Asia to have an in-flight internet access.
With OnAir on-board, Cebu Pacific will be able to provide internet access to their passengers using their devices such as computer laptops, tablets and mobile phones. It is unclear though if this will be a free access or is subject to payment options.
Cebu Pacific have announced early this year that they are planning to take long-haul flights to popular Filipino destinations such as the United States, Europe, Middle East and Australia.
As expected, Apple Inc today unveiled the next version of their mobile operating system, the iOS 5. during the Word Wide developers Conference in San Francisco. The iOS 5 introduces several new Apps including the Notification Center for consolidating all your notifications in one place. This was an excellent answer to the common criticism that Apple iOS notification system can really become distracting.
iOS 5 also features an all-new way of using your iPhone, iPod, and iPads. With iOS 5, Apple is cutting the strings between the PC and your iOS device. They introduced over-the-air syncing and updates so you don’t need to have a wired connection to your PC or Mac. Also, new customers won’t have to connect their device to a computer to use it for the first time.
Also, as expected, Apple made twitter deepky integrated to iOS. You can now see twitter buttons embedded on the Applications such as YouTube and Camera. The iOS 5 will definitely make it easier to share your photos and videos to your twitter friends and followers.
Apple also introduced their new messaging app, the iMessage that will allow iOS product owners send text, photo, and video messages to another iOS user over the 3G or WiFi connection.
Safari was also revamped to make it more faster and more user-friendly. With the new Safari feature called “Reader“, you can view webpages free of ads and other unnecessary clutter. With the safari “Reading List” you can now save pages for future reading. Apple also revamped tabbed browsing. With the new Safari, new tabs can be created without going to another window.
Another exciting new feature is the Newstand App. The app will automatically organize your magazine’ or newspaper subscriptions in one place and will automatically fetch fresh contents for you. It’s like putting the Podcasting capability right into your device.
As mentioned earlier, there over 200 new features in iOS 5 and this post is not enough to cater all of them. Here’s the keynote video of the iOS 5.
iOS 5 will be available this coming fall to all existing iOS device users around the world.
Japanese electronic company Toshiba was reported to begin shipping its tablet device, the Toshiba Thrive this coming month of July 2011. Reports confirm that the pricing of the Thrive will be slightly lower than common tablets (i.e. iPad). The models that will be sold are WiFi-only devices and will just differ in internal memory capacity. Here’s the pricing details:
8GB – $430
16GB – $480
32GB – $580
The device boast an out-of-the-box Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS powered by 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. It also have front and back-facing cameras with 2MP and 5 MP resolution respectively. The display is a 10.1-in
screen with 1280 X 800 aspect ratio. It has SD Card, USB 2.0, Bluetooth and HDMI support.
One notable feature unique to Toshiba Thrive is that the battery can be replaced. Also the back covers can be replaced by with those of customized design.
For those who will ask if Toshiba Thrive will be available in the Philippines, the answer would be NO for now. There’s no announcement yet as to its availability in the Philippine market. Philippines is still an iPad – Galaxy dominated country. ASUS recently announced the availability of its Eepad Transformer tablet priced at 29990 pesos.
My experienced with SMART Bro Share-it is quite better than the USB Plug-it and the Canopy. The main reason is convenience. Just turn it on and presto, you already have a WiFi network of considerable speed and stability. So, when I found out that the unit I have been using for like five months now will be gone (because the original owner is reclaiming it), I decided to apply, this time using my own name. But to my dismay, I discovered that SMART discontinued selling Share-it units. They said they already stopped selling Share-it units as early as late 2010.