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Cingular Unveils HP iPAQ hw6920

Posted in HP,Mobile Phones,News,PDAs,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on October 25th, 2006

HP iPAQ hw6920

On October 31st Cingular will be offering wireless customers a new mobile device from HP called the iPAQ hw6920.

The iPAQ hw6920 Mobile Messenger utilizes not only Cingular’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless network but also has the communication capabilities of Wi-Fi, GPS, infrared transfers and Bluetooth.

The hw6920 runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with features such as Internet Explorer, Outlook and Windows Media Player, and the hw6925 model has a 1.3-megapixel HP Photosmart camera that can take still pictures and videos.

“HP is making it simple for customers to stay connected and work effectively when on the move,” said Alain Debost, director of handheld business unit NA for HP. “By combining the iPAQ hw6920 series wireless email, voice and fast data access with Cingular’s expansive network, we are allowing customers to tap into the information and rich content they want, …

Roll Your Keyboard With ElekTex Fabric

Posted in Bluetooth,Keyboards by Darrin Olson on October 25th, 2006

Elektex Fabrick KeyboardThe Elektex Fabric Keyboard is a go-anywhere keyboard that you can use with your mobile device to get a full-size QWERTY keyboard at your fingertips, literally, wherever you go.

The keyboard is made of fabric so it rolls up into something small enough to fit into your pocket, and runs off of 2AA batteries at one end. It uses wireless Bluetooth connectivity, so there is no wires to connect to your PDA or SmartPhone. The Elektex fabric keyboard has no moving mechanical parts like a standard keyboard and is very lightweight, coming in at only 68 grams.

Product Page [ELektex]

New Dell PowerEdge’s Have AMD Inside

Posted in AMD,Dell,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Dell With AMD Processor

Dell unveiled two PowerEdge servers at a press conference at Oracle Open World yesterday which both feature AMD Opteron processors. These processors are “SE” variations, which were previously only available in servers from Sun Microsystems. This is after a near 7-year hold that Intel had on the giant computer maker.

The first server that was introduced was the Dell PowerEdge 6950, which is a four-socket server designed for database software, server consolidation, along with similar uses. Dell states that the performance is is still at industry leading speeds while it can use up to 20 percent less power than similar previous-generation servers from Dell. The 6950 features quad Opterons running from 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz.

The second server introduced with the AMD Opteron was the Dell PowerEdge SC1435, which is a two-socket server optimized for high-performance compute clusters, distributed Web serving and …

Dub PimpStar Rims Do More Than Spin

Posted in Automotive by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Dub Pimpstar RimsYou are looking at a moving vehicle that has the PimpStar rims from Dub. These rims have built-in full color LED lights with a microprocessor and wireless modem on each wheel. This allows you to sit in your vehicle with the included software on your notebook PC and place virtually an image, text or a combination of both to display on your rims while driving. You can display the same thing on all rims or have something different on each one. All this can be done and changed as often as you want while you drive.

The included software for the Pimpstar rims allows you to pre-load a set of images to each wheel and allows them to change at different time intervals.

The rims can come in many, many different styles, are completely waterproof and run off of the vehicles electrical system, so there …

Intel Core 2 Duo Coming out in MacBooks

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Intel Core 2 Duo Apple MacBookAfter some time of speculation, Apple announced today that its entire line of MacBook Pro laptops would now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 4MB of shared L2 cache, as well as double the memory and larger hard drives. Apple states that this increase in processing power will make the Macbook up to 39 percent faster than it’s previous generation 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than 7 times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing was quoted saying “We are thrilled that our notebook sales are growing twice as fast as the overall notebook market, and we hope these new MacBook Pro models continue that success”.

The new MacBook Pro’s are coming out in three differnt models:

15-inch model with a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM
15-inch model with a 2.33GHz …

Tiny Black Pearl Mobile Phone

Posted in Bluetooth,Digital Audio,Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Black Pearl GSMThe Black Pearl GSM from Haier weighs in at only 64g and is 3.5 inches at it’s longest point which makes this probably the smallest mobile phone I have seen (aside from Zoolander of course).

The Black Pearl GSM is comparable to the size of a lipstick case, and aside from the world phone GSM capabilities the tiny mobile device also contains an MP3 player, FM Stereo tuner, a voice recorder and a nice 1.1″ color OLED display at a 96×96 resolution.

With the small Black Pearl GSM, you can also transmit that FM signal, use it as a USB memory drive with it’s existing 128MB (it charges via the USB interface, by the way) and add additional storage up to 1GB with the Trans-Flash slot or use wireless Bluetooth to transfer your data from this small, almost thumb drive size mobile phone.

The Black Pearl …

Nokia Releases 6133 With T-Mobile

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2006

Nokia 6133The Nokia 6133 mobile phone became the latest of many available from T-Mobile USA recently. The 6133 is a clam shell design with a 1.3 megapixel camera and video recorder, integrated music player and T-Mobile’s “myFaves” service, which lets you call 5 different predefined numbers unlimited in the US.

The Nokia 6133 also has quad-band technology for world use, and supports multiple audio formats including MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+. The mobile phone can also store approximately 750 songs with an optional 1 GB MicroSD card, and uses Bluetooth technology for a wireless headset. The handset is available for $100 with a plan with T-Mobile.
Nokia 6133 Dimensions: 3.61 x 1.88 x 0.79 inches (at largest points), 3.95 ounces.

Press Release [Nokia]

Samsung EW-700 WiFiFone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Samsung,VoIP by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2006

Samsung EW-700 WiFiFoneThe new Samsung EX-700 WiFiFONE is the product of a joint effort between Samsung and Eidicom. While it could possibly be a little “easier on the eyes” the EX-700 looks like an impressive product to further enhance and improve the usability of VoIP phones.

Keep in mind that despite its looks this is still a VoIP phone which requires Wi-Fi, so it gets access the same way you would with a PC by using your own wireless network or finding a public “hotspot”. They have also added a lot of cool features not usually found in a VoIP phone to date which makes it somewhat of a hybrid VoIP smartphone.

Some of the features on the Samsung EW-700 on what looks like a custom OS includes a web browser, IM client, multimedia player, a 2 megapixel camera, the ability for video and …

Logitech MX Revolution Mouse Scrolls Fastest

Posted in Logitech,Mouse by Darrin Olson on October 22nd, 2006

Logitech MX Revolution MouseLogitech has a high-speed mouse on the market with the MX Revolution with advanced controls to make mouse functions easier to use.

The key feature of this MX revolution mouse is the MicroGear Precision Scroll Wheel, which lets you scroll through long documents very quickly, or you can switch to a more common precise click-to-click scrolling mode for navigating things at a normal speed. You can switch between the two modes by simply moving the Quick-Flip thumb wheel. You can also quickly search the Web by highlighting a word or phrase and pressing the convenient “search” button. In the “Free-spin” mode, there is very little friction at all on the wheel, which allows you to give it a push and it will continue to spin, and scroll, for up to 7 seconds before it slows to a stop on it’s own.

The Logitech …

Dyson Root 6 Handheld Vacuum

Posted in Dyson,Vacuum by Darrin Olson on October 22nd, 2006

Dyson Root 6The new Dyson Root 6 puts the same lasting suction and quality of the Dyson upright vacuum’s into the palm of your hand. Dyson has introduced a hand-held, battery powered version of it’s big-brother vacuum’s in which Dyson boasts that it too will never clog and will never lose suction with it’s patented Root Cyclone technology.

Along with the impressive no-clog action included in this Dyson Root 6 hand-held vacuum, it has a nice feature with the battery to maintain the suction power consistently. Dyson states that the problem with battery powered vacuums is that as the battery wears down, so does the suction, but of course Dyson will have no part of that. Dyson made a 16 volt motor, which takes less volts than the 22 volt battery to run it. The battery provides a constant 22 volts to keep the motor and …

Time and Location Stamp Your Photos

Posted in Digital Imaging,GPS,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 21st, 2006

Sony GPS-CS1

This particularly cool GPS gadget system from Sony will help you keep track not only of the time that your photos were taken, but where they were taken at.

The Sony GPS-CS1 calculates and records latitude and longitude data every 15 seconds for up to 14 hours with the high end batteries. You take the GPS device with you when you are out shooting pictures and have it running the whole time. When you are complete the GPS device matches it’s time with the time stamp of your digital photos and applies locations where they were taken based on the closest matching times. If you use the supplied Motion Browser software, the position points can be uploaded to a map to allow you to organize your photos geographically.

The GPS device is only 55 grams, has a capacity of 31MB and connects using USB 2.0. The …

3Com Releases Wireless VoIP Phone

Posted in News,VoIP by Darrin Olson on October 20th, 2006

3com 3108 wireless phone3Com has recently released an addition to the cordless VoIP phone market directed at business customers who want to be able to roam around the building and not be tied to a cord when using VoIP technology.

The new wireless VoIP phone utilizes Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) so it will work with most standard networking equipment and wireless LAN’s just as your wireless PC connection would.

The technology of the phone allows people to transfer calls to other employees with a VoIP phone, reach a central administrative number, retrieve your voicemail and even read email over the phone. The advantage of this along with other wireless VoIP solutions is that you can take advantage of the lower rates of using VoIP services and still have the convenience of a wireless phone. It does however require you to be within …

Trekstor 12G USB Stick

Posted in Storage,TrekStor by Darrin Olson on October 19th, 2006

TrekStor CS-DGermany based Trekstor has a mass storage device that is not in the mass physical proportions you would think are necessary with it’s 12 Gig USB Stick CS-D. The USB stick is extremely small at under 70mm at it’s widest and under 30 grams for a device able to hold so much data. It’s compatable for fast data transfer rates with USB 2.0 and also will work with USB 1.1.

The Trekstor CS-D USB stick is ready to go with no drivers needed to run in a sharp looking aluminum housing. The gadget also comes with a neckstrap (you don’t want to be losing this one) and an extension USB cord.

Trekstor also has a number of other storage devices and allows customizable names on the case for one model. If you need to store a whole lot of data in your pocket the Treckstor CS-D …

Some Sick iPods

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,Digital Video,News by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2006

iPod VirusYes, I think the iPod is pretty cool, but we are talking about the more common use of the word “sick”.

Apple said yesterday that it had discovered that a some of its Video iPods shipped with a Windows virus on the player.

“Less than 1 percent” of the Video iPods sold after Sept. 12 were infected with the Windows RavMon.exe virus, Apple said.

“This known virus affects only Windows computers, and up to date anti-virus software which is included with most Windows computers should detect and remove it,” Apple said in a statement on it’s web site. “So far we have seen less than 25 reports concerning this problem. The iPod nano, iPod shuffle and Mac OS X are not affected, and all Video iPods now shipping are virus free. As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy …

Mighty Mini MoGo Mouse

Posted in Mouse,Newton Peripherals by Darrin Olson on October 17th, 2006

MoGo MouseInnovation like this are great to see, and this one really caught my eye. At first glance I had no clue what it was, but soon learned that I was looking at wireless notebook mouse, the MoGo Mouse to be specific. The functionality of the MoGo mouse is not necessarily what makes this so cool for me, although they did pack all the functionality of a wireless Bluetooth mouse into a very small flat design.

The thing that makes this notebook mouse unique is that it happens to be the exact size of a PC card, and the MoGo Mouse happens to fit into a standard notebook PC card slot for storage. No mouse laying around in your laptop bag…cool. Also, no batteries that need replacing…way cool! While this mouse happens to be in the PC card slot, the PC just happens to charge it …