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Vodafone Releases 3G Handsets

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2006

Vodafone LG KU800Vodafone has released a set of new 3G phones in time for the end of year holidays, some of which will offer the 3G service at entry level prices. Vodafone also has six HSDPA phones that allow high speed internet access with Motorola and Samsung Electronics.

The new phones, including the LG KU800 (pictured here) and the LG L600V among other designs are offering mobile TV services and Vodafone Radio DJ music service all at higher speeds previously were not available. The handsets can also be used as a modem for downloading email and similar tasks.

The new phones can help providers bring speeds of 1.8 megabits per second to mobile phone users, and potentially as much as 14mbps later on. Existing 3G networks usually havei nternet speeds of about 384 kbps. The new phones have been reported to smaller, have improved functionality and …

Intel Quad Core Chips in November

Posted in Intel,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2006

Intel Quad Core In a continuing race with AMD, Intel is planning on bringing its quad-core chips to market in a new line of HP workstations on November 13th.

Invitations have been sent out to the presentation event, but no indication of what models or prices will be involved.

A launch date in November by Intel for the new chips would mean that Intel brings quad-core processors to the market before AMD does, which would be a significant win for Intel in this race with AMD. AMD has stated plans to release a quad-core chip in mid-2007, in which AMD claims it will have a supurior design.

The advantage of the quad-core chip is it’s ability to provide more processign power and handle more tasks simultaneously compared to current chips, and at the same time not increasing power consumption or heat generated. The gamers will be the true …

SmartDisk Firelite Xpress shows files on the drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2006

SmartDisk Firelite XpressThe SmartDisk Firelite Xpress is a portable hard drive with a cholesteric liquid crystal display that is always on without external power and allows you to see what files are stored on the drive without having to connect it to a computer.

I had to look up cholesteric so I’ll save you the same trouble:

“..of or pertaining to a form of liquid crystal having molecules arranged in thick, regular layers, and displaying marked color effects, esp. in polarized light.” -Dictionary.com

The LCD window shows the drive label, the last file save date, user-defined text, total drive capacity (comes in 60GB and 120GB) and available space. The actual drive is SATA and connects and transfers data via a USB port at 480 MB/second.

Weighing in at 10 oz and having dimensions of 3.3 x 5.1 x .9 inches this drive is very portable and extremely …

The Remember Ring Burns into Memory Your Big Day

Posted in Concepts,Rings by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2006

Remember RingTell the makers of the Remember Ring the date of your anniversary, and they will build it into the electronics of this finger gadget to remind you of the big day, each year.

Every year thereafter at 24 hours before the anniversary this ring will heat up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for just 10 seconds. The 120 degrees is enough to get your attention but is not supposed to be hot enough to actually cause a burn. It gives you this reminder every hour on the hour for the 24 hours prior to the date set to help assure you will never forget the big date.

The Remember Ring charges it’s battery through the heat from your hand throughout the year, so the battery should not go dead, comes in seven different styles, is completely waterproof and has lifetime warranty.

Remember Ring [Alaska Jewelry]

Olympus Stylus 750

Posted in Digital Cameras,Olympus by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2006

Olympus Stylus 750

With the 7.1 megapixel resolution and 5x optical zoom in this compact frame, Olympus has done well with it’s Stylus 750 Digital Camera. Olympus has incorporated some advanced image stabilization features into the 750, including Dual Image stabilization and Digital Image stabilization to reduce the chance of blur when you are moving or the object you are shooting is.

With the Stylus 750, Olympus had come out with the thinnest 5x optical zoom camera in it’s class, which is great for getting those close up shots without having to lug a large gadget in your pocket. This camera is also weatherproofed, allowing for use in the rain, spraying waves or on the ski slope.

Some other features on of the Stylus 750 Digital Camera include a 2.5″ LCD screen to view photos and aim your shots, and a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec to 1/2 …

Modeo Mobile TV

Posted in Mobile Phones,Television by Darrin Olson on October 14th, 2006

Modeo TV Mobile Phone

This innovative mobile phone device called Modeo is designed around the high performance DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standard, the Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 5.0 platform and along with Microsoft Windows Media platform to give users with a feature-rich mobile multimedia and productivity solution. The new Modeo phone has a pretty good multimedia experience which is impressive when viewing shows on the mobile device.

Manufactured by HTC, the Modeo mobile phone views broadcasted television entertainment to the palm of your hand. You can watch live digital TV and music services, access home or office emails through Outlook, along with calendar and contact information.

Based on the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform, the Modeo is built to receive and playback specifically Modeo’s DVB-H mobile broadcasts delivered using Windows Media technologies. The Modeo handset also uses Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to playback video and music stored in many formats, …

Limited Edition LRG Sidekick 3

Posted in Mobile Phones,Sidekick 3,Smart Devices,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on October 13th, 2006

Limited Edition LRG Sidekick 3The Sidekick 3 has been out for few months now, but T-Mobile has brought some attention back to the popular device by bringing out two special editions. The Features have remained the same as the original Sidekick 3, but the designs are what’s new. There is one model designed by each of the Lifted Research Group and Diane von Furstenberg in green and black, respectively.

The T-Mobile Sidekick 3 provides an array of communications options, including common phone capabilities, built-in support for three instant messaging clients, e-mail, and Web browsing to allow you to communicate on your own terms with those who matter most to you. The limited edition T-Mobile Sidekicks includes a …

Palm Treo 680 Smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Palm,PDAs,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on October 12th, 2006

Palm Treo 680

Palm has announced the Palm Treo 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone with PDA features. The new Treo 680 comes with applications for email, web browsing, messaging, multimedia, calendar, contacts and quite a bit more. The feature set looks quite a bit like the 700p model, exept for the price which is a little less.

Palm is targeting the price savvy who want a more competitive mobile computing device at a more competitive price. With the introduction of this new device Palm plans to reach new users in the growing smartphone and feature-phone markets with the Treo 680.

Palm’s U.S. stores will be offering a GSM version in 4 new colors – crimson, copper, arctic and graphite. For a limited time they will come with a music bundle from Yahoo with a 30-day free trial to its music service.

The Treo 680 …

Novogo Car Navigator GPS

Posted in GPS,Novogo by Darrin Olson on October 11th, 2006

Novogo GPS

The Novogo Car Navigator GPS V Series system has an offering of a much more sleek design compared to many of the GPS systems on the market to day. Shown here with a nice car docking mount, it also detaches to be a stand alone hand held device not much bigger than many mobile phones. It also comes in many colors to fit your style or to match the interior of your car.

Seamless maps come for regional or for the US or Pan-Europe. The Novogo allows for voice commands, which makes this a lot safer GPS system than some so you are not fumbling with on screen buttons while trying to drive, along with voice guidance and speaker. This is all great in the car, not always so cool when walking in public.

Some cool accessories for the Novogo V Series GPS include interchangeable face plates …

Orb Networks MyCasting For Your Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones,Nokia,Services by Darrin Olson on October 11th, 2006

Orb MyCastingNokia is hooking up with a place called Orb Networks to make what seems to be a little competition for the SlingBox with something called MyCasting. The product will be software that will allow people to stream media from your home PC to your mobile phone, and specifically they are rolling it out with the Nokia N80 internet enabled mobile phone.

The software will allow users to seamlessly work with different media files on your PC at home, such as record television shows and watch them on the mobile phone, view videos, music and pictures. THe Slingbox’s main focus is television shows streaming to laptops without the need of a home PC to facilitate it, but Orb Networks and Nokia have a little different spin on this. It really takes a decent size step forward to being more mobile with more types …

I want “Frickin’ Laser Beams” on my TV

Posted in Television by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Laser TVOK, anytime I hear anything about laser beams anymore I can’t help but think of evil geniuses.

Mitsubishi has manufactured a prototype of a television based on the technology of two other companies that uses a type of laser beam projection instead of plasma or liquid crystal displays (LCD). This is still in development but they think something might be ready for production towards the end of 2007.

The Laser TV is intended to be a replacement, or at the least direct competition to the reigning plasma televisions for brightness and picture clarity. Makers boast that the new laser projection television will have a better quality with more detail, consume less power and cost significantly less than plasma or LCD TV’s.

If the new laser TV’s do all that then I guess you really can’t go wrong with that. Is it really to much to ask to …

Samsung Releases 10MP Camera with Phone Built In

Posted in Digital Cameras,Mobile Phones,Samsung by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Samsung SCH-B600

Samsung has been at the forefront of providing large picture quality with their camera phones, and the SCH-B6000 is not an exception.

Samsung is doing another first with releasing a 10 megapixel camera phone. With this new phone they have made it slight lighter and slightly thinner than their previously released 7 megapixel phone, but still managed to add more megapixels with camera features that rival other 10 megapixel cameras.

There is also a TV out jack on this camera phone to show still or motion pictures on a television, as well as a Digital Multimedia Broadcasting function built in to connect. The SCH-B6000 utilizes Bluetooth technology and supports the AnyCall band for providers.

SCH-B6000 Press Release [Samsung]

Logitech NuLOOQ Gives New Look To Mousing Around

Posted in Logitech,Mouse by Darrin Olson on October 9th, 2006

Logitech NuLOOQ
The NuLOOQ navigator (pronounced ‘new look’) from Logitech is not new to the market as it’s name might imply, but it is probably “Nu” to you if you are not a graphics designer with a Mac.Up until now the NuLOOQ has been available and on the market, but it came with an Adobe Suite of products, and was only supported by the Mac. Now it is sold separately and works with Windows XP SP2 or more. It works with a few products where the design of the NuLOOQ is probably most handy and practical, such as some Adobe graphics programs, MS Word and Excel, Final Cut, iMovie, and iTunes, but it can be configured to work with just about any application with it’s programmable buttons.
The NuLOOQ is stationary and weighs about a pound, but with it’s navring you can spin it around to zoom …

Take Your MP3′s For a Ride via Sony Xplode

Posted in Automotive,Digital Audio,Sony by Darrin Olson on October 8th, 2006

Sony CDX-GT510 CD/MP3 Car Receiver

Pictured here is the Sony Xplode CDX-GT510 CD/MP3 Car Stereo Receiver. If you are one of those who want to take their digital music collections on the road in their car, Sony released some new car receivers that will make this a lot easier. Sony announced the release of 4 versions of the Xplod in-dash CD car stereos. These car stereos give you more options for playing burned CDs, MP3 and WMA files in your car. How it works is that the stereo has an auxiliary input port on the faceplate so you can plug in your portable music player into the stereo with a standard 1/8-inch mini jack. When I first saw this announcement I was hoping I would be able to upload my music into the car stereo itself, but this is not the case. It simply allows you to …

Scan Full Page in 4 Seconds With Pen

Posted in Digital Imaging,Scanners by Darrin Olson on October 7th, 2006

Docupen RC800 Professional
This is the Docupen RC800 Professional (DPEN-RC800), and it allows you to scan documents on the go. It is complelely battery powered, so there are no cords, and it is able to scan an entire page in black and white or in color, in only 4 seconds. You can also choose to scan at standard or high 24 bit color resolution, and choose from 100 to 400 dpi. The docupen will hold over 100 pages while doing this and can transfer it into included Paperport software which helps manage and combine the pages into one or many documents.

The Professional Docupen RC800 supports expandabld memory through MicroSD cards to store more pages and transfer data. You can get a few accessories for the Docupen that include brow and black leather cases, a mobile charger, a USB memory reader and a retractable USB corder for data …