Apple introduces AirPort Express allowing wireless Internet connectivity and the ability to stream iTunes music to any room in your home.
Featuring AirTunes for playing your iTunes music wirelessly on your home stereo or powered speakers, AirPort Express brings the Internet and music to wherever in your home you like to enjoy them most–whether you use a Mac or Windows PC. It delivers data rates up to 54 megabits per second and fits in the palm of your hand so you can take it wherever you go. Cost is $129.
AirPort Express with AirTunes brings your iTunes music in your Mac or PC into your living room — or wherever in your home you have a stereo or a set of powered speakers. All you have to do is connect your sound system to the audio port on the AirPort Express Base Station using an audio cable (included in the optional AirPort Express Stereo Connection Kit) and AirTunes lets you play your iTunes music through your stereo or powered speakers — wirelessly. iTunes automatically detects the connection of your remote speakers, so you just have to select them in the popup list that appears at the bottom of the iTunes window and click play.
iTunes can shuffle through your entire library or repeat your favorite songs over and over again — however you like to enjoy your music on iTunes, you can now enjoy it that way through your stereo speakers, wherever they’re located in your house.
If you already have a wireless network in place, you can use AirPort Express to add music to its capabilities. Let’s say, for example, you have AirPort Extreme set up in your den. There’s no need to scrap this setup and create a whole new one with an AirPort Express Base Station, your DSL or cable modem, printer and stereo all in one place. Simply connect AirPort Express to your stereo in your favorite music room and plug it into an electrical outlet — it wirelessly links to your existing network, letting you play your music in your room of choice without moving anything or connecting anything else.
AirPort Express uses the 802.11g wireless standard to deliver blazing data rates — up to 54 Mbps. It supports both Macs equipped with an AirPort Extreme Card and Wi-Fi-compliant 802.11g Windows PCs, as well as Macs with the older AirPort Card and 802.11b Windows PCs. Everyone in your family can surf the web wire-free because AirPort Express provides simultaneous wireless Internet access via your DSL or cable modem for up to 10 computers.
AirPort Express connects you and everyone in your family not only to the Internet but to each other. Since it employs the powerful 802.11g standard, you can wirelessly share photos, movies and other files without having to worry about slow data transmissions. Nor do you have to concern yourself over a difficult network setup procedure. AirPort Express uses the revolutionary Rendezvous technology in Mac OS X to allow your AirPort-equipped Macs running Mac OS X to detect each other with no effort on your part — they discover each other just by virtue of being within the range of the network.
Until now, most of the Orange-signature models ordered from big manufacturers like Nokia, Siemens and Motorola, only adapt the inside of the phone, with Orange software. But the operator may demand more unconventional designs, Keogh said.
Orange is studying models that no longer look like ordinary mobile handsets, but offer mobile communications to consumers who cannot use their hands or need navigation information, like cyclists and car drivers.
“You can think of a phone embedded in a helmet or the communications embedded in a car,” Keogh said.
Only in the last two years have European operators been successful in getting tailored designs from phone makers. They were first served by Asian manufacturers like Sharp which have experience in designing to specifications provided by Japanese mobile telecoms operators such as NTT DoCoMo.