The Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub lets consumers link USB-compatible hardware to a computer without plugging in wires. It uses Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology, deploying the Wisair chipset to let home users locate laptops anywhere and still print, play music, scan, download photos and burn CDs from anywhere in the room. The four-port hub connects USB printers, cameras, scanners and other devices located up to 30 ft away, transferring data at speeds of up to 480 Mbps for USB 2.0 devices. It lists for $199.99, including a USB dongle that ties the hub to the host computer.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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