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We’ve had a shimmer in our eye for Jawbone’s $ 200 Jambox, the itty bitty Bluetooth ‘smartspeaker,’ ever since it was released back in late 2010. So, imagine our delight now that the company has just stepped things up to a larger level with its new $ 300 Big Jambox. Measuring in at well over double the size of the original, the 2.7-pound speaker is still very similar in design, featuring the familiar perforated metal grill designs by Yves Behar. The larger footprint helps it to be more functionally capable than its smaller brethren, yet it’s still small enough to carry in one hand. On top, the unit sports playback controls in addition to the requisite volume and talk buttons, while on the side you’ll find a USB connection, power input 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth-pairing button and a power button.
To pump out the jams, the Big Jambox features an airtight enclosure loaded with a duo of active neodymium drivers and opposing dual-passive bass radiators to handle all the wub wub you can throw at it. A 2,600mAh rechargeable battery will afford you about roughly 15 hours of totally wireless listening time, but — as is the case with the OG model — you still can’t share that juice with your other gadgets. On a better note, Android users can take advantage of the Big Jambox’s exclusive Companion app, which allows the unit to do tricks such as syncing up with your G-cal. Lastly, like the Jambox, the Big Jambox also features MyTalk voice prompts / app compatibility, along with Live Audio to give your sound an immersive “3D” feel. Curious to find out more? We were able to spend a full weekend with the new gizmo, and you can catch our full review by clicking here.
Gallery: Jawbone Big Jambox (press images)
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We won’t be satisfied until we live on a planet where wireless internet waves travel at all points where oxygen is readily available, and it sounds as if Ubiquiti Networks is right there with us. The outfit has just rolled out a new outdoor wireless backhaul radio platform dubbed AirFiber, which represents its first proprietary in-house radio design effort that was purpose-built for the Wireless ISP Industry. It hums along in the license-free 24GHz band, and provides optical fiber network performance without the significant capital costs associated with fiber cable network deployment. At $ 2,995 per link, it’s hardly meant for consumer consumption, but but we’re hoping it’ll bring the world wide web to more of the world when enterprise outfits start deploying ‘em later this year.
You don’t take a few shots in the patent wars without gearing up for the next battle: according to a Reuters source, Facebook just armed itself with 750 IBM patents. The library of intellectual property is said to cover a wide spectrum of technology, including semiconductor and search patents. So what’s the beef? Well, Facebook could be prepping for a classic countersuit, following Yahoo’s recent claims — although it’s just as likely to be bolstering its portfolio for investors. We’ll let you know how it turns out.