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Lenovo preps new S10 Netbook with 3G module

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Lenovo preps new S10 Netbook with 3G moduleA recently revealed Lenovo user manual pretty much confirms an updated S10-2 netbook. We don’t have complete specs, but it looks like more than a minor update, as the netbook appears to have a different hinge rounded edges, an extra USB port, a larger trackpad, and a revised keyboard layout.

There are also some new access bays for RAM, hard drive, and wireless card. But sadly, Lenovo has removed the ExpressCard slot. Consider that a trade-off for the built-in 3G. Nothing on pricing or availability yet, but we expect them to make it official any day now.

Handmade wood iPhone 3G cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Handmade wood iPhone 3G casesLove Apple or hate them, I think we can all admit that the iPhone is one of the classiest looking phones. So why not class it up a bit more and add some sophistication in the form of a handmade wooden case? Etsy seller Substrat has created some really lovely cases. They’re all shaped and sanded to perfection and compliment your iPhone’s design. They will hold it snugly and keep it safe.

Sadly, you won’t be able to use any of the buttons. But that’s the price you pay for awesome looks. The price is about $84.99. These are probably the best wood iPhone cases we’ve seen yet.

Samsung N310 3G mini netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Samsung N310 3G mini netbookSamsung Korea has launched the N310 premium netbook in Korea. You wouldn’t know it by looking, but it’s a winner of the international design award. The N310 sports a curved-design with a finish that is said to be like a pebble.

Some other features of the N310 are a 10.1 inch LCD screen, Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160 Gig hard drive. It has support for Wi-Fi, HSDPA and WiBRO, comes with three USB ports, a 1.3 Megapixel camera and a 3 in 1 memory card reader.

T-Mobile Sidekick LX gets 3G

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on April 17th, 2009

sidekicklxSmartphones are booming today despite the fact that the economy is worse than sitting through an episode of Dancing with the Stars (ok so maybe the economy isn’t that bad). Despite the fact that computer and electronics sales are down, sales of smartphones are still growing nicely. Some analysts say that’s because consumers are looking to devices that can fill multiple needs, which the average smartphone can.

T-Mobile users will soon have a new smartphone that they can choose called the Sidekick LX. The LX is T-Mobile’s first 3G enabled Sidekick and integrates social networking applications Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in a bundle. Other features include built-in GPS, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a integrated music player.

FCC confirms 3G Sidekick

Posted in Sidekick by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

FCC confirms 3G SidekickBeen a long time coming, but Sidekick will be playing with the cool kids in the 3G club soon. The new device is waiting for FCC approval. Apparently the next Sidekick will be compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network. The actual device is coming from Sharp.

Danger was bought by Microsoft in February 2008 and since then not much has happened. What this next device will look like is anybody’s guess, and how will the software compare to the competition? Neither Sharp nor T-Mobile have announced this device.

HP tests laptops running Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2009

AndroidAccording to the WSJ, HP is looking at what Netbooks can do running Android, the operating system that Google created for mobile phones. It’s been confirmed by HP’s VP Satjiv Chahil. Whether or not this will become an actual product, no one knows.

If HP released some netbooks running Android, it would be a whole new a new battle between the Internet giant and Microsoft.

WebConnect USB laptop stick

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

WebConnect USB laptop stickT-Mobile’s new webConnect USB Laptop Stick is a portable modem that allows you to connect to the Web on your laptop using T-Mobile’s 3G network or Wi-Fi. The device comes with T-Mobile Connection Manager software to automatically detect the best available Internet connection.

The WebConnect USB laptop stick offers tri-band 3G connectivity (HSDPA/UMTS 1900/AWS/2100), and is compatible with GPRS/EDGE networks. It can also double as a portable storage device with a microSD/SDHC expansion slot that can accept up to 8GB cards.

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucks

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucksFord and Sprint are working hand in hand to connect upcoming Ford trucks to Sprint’s wireless broadband network. Specifically the dashboards of 2009 F-Series trucks and E-Series cargo vans. To start with they are aiming this at Construction workers.

It will help them track stuff like inventory and schematics. Not sure how they are going to do that on such a small screen, but that’s the plan. Ford boasts that the user can “review and edit graphically-rich blueprints” right from the cab of their truck.

Emgeton Enzo 3G dual SIM phone for Europe

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2009

Emgeton Enzo 3G dual SIM phone for EuropeWe don’t blame you for not recognizing the name. Emgeton Enzo sounds like some kind of foreign race car driver or something, but the Emgeton Enzo is a cell phone. The 3G handset is powered by a Qualcomm/Philips chipset and can run two SIM cards simultaneously and independently of each other.

Some specs include: 2.2″ TFT display at 240 x 320 resolution, Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity (900/1800/1900MHz), HSDPA 2100 connectivity (only for the first SIM card), Bluetooth connectivity, MP3/video player, 2 megpapixel camera, VGA camera for video calls, 50MB internal memory, microSD memory card slot

Budfits provide a cheap earbud alternative for the iPod Shuffle 3G

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2009

Budfits provide a cheap earbud alternative for the iPod Shuffle 3GSo you like the new iPod Shuffle 3Gs voiceover function, but you hate earbuds. It would be nice if you could use any pair of headphones you wanted, but sadly the device is controlled by proprietary headphones, because Apple is greedy. Sadly third party headphones will cost you as much as the Shuffle itself.

What to do? Well, don’t be a sucker. You can get one over on Jobs and his cronies for only $8.99. BudFits convert your earbuds into headphones that won’t keep slipping out of your ears. They just snap in and you enjoy your music without having to buy Steve another yacht.

Klipsch plans earphones for 3G iPod shuffle

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

New iPod shuffle requires adapter for third-party headphonesThe iPod Shuffle 3G isn’t a week old yet and Klipsch wants a piece of the action. They’re working on a set of earphones designed for the third-gen iPod shuffle. The revision will give users the same controls as Apple’s stock and In-Ear headphones, including triggering VoiceOver and switching playlists.

The feature set is still unknown but we’re talking a $100 price point. So the audio quality should be good. We hope. That shuffle sure is expensive if you don’t like the stock headphones.

Scosche passPORT adds iPhone 3G compatibility to your iPod dock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Scosche passPORT adds iPhone 3G compatibility to your iPod dockMost iPod docking stations don’t support charging capability for your iPhone 3G, iPod Touch Gen 2, and iPod Nano Gen 4. It’s because of USB voltage differences. Scosche has come up with a converter named the passPORT Home Dock, that allows users to charge their iPhone 3G on these iPod docking stations.

The passPORT Home Dock makes it fully compatible with the older iPod docking stations. To clarify, this converter/adapter is not a stand-alone dock and will not add audio/video functions by itself. You can find one at Scosche.com and Amazon.com for $39.99.

BlackBerry Gemini 9300

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

BlackBerry Gemini 9300BlackBerry has yet another model to satisfy all of you email addicts, the BlackBerry 9300, also known as the Gemini. The 3G smartphone features some of the following improvements: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, Larger and better resolution display, Faster processor, Silver exterior ala BlackBerry 8830, and a Rounded keyboard.

No mention of Wi-Fi and GPS in the Gemini, but we assume they are in there. No word on price, but we should see it in Q4 of 2009. Q1 at the latest. It seems obvious that RIM is looking to transition all their devices to 3G over the course of the next year, which is a good thing.

Sony LocationPorter does 3G video streaming

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Sony LocationPorter does 3G video streamingSony has introduced the LocationPorter, a realtime video streamer that streams footage from a connected camcorder or camera across whatever connection you have available, to a second remote LocationPorter device. The device uses the internet via a LAN or 3G connection.

The streamer can combine both connections to support up to a 352 x 240 64fps video at 320kbps. A single 3G card can give you a video of the same resolution, at between 5 and 15fps with bitrates from 64 to 160kbps. When connected to a LAN, the video can be streamed up to 30fps at 1024kbps max. No word on pricing and availability yet.

Paul Frank iPhone 3G cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Paul Frank iPhone 3G casesBeing a man of a certain age, rather then a teenage girl, I admittedly don’t get the whole Paul Frank Monkey thing. But that monkey is damn popular. He’s on Pajamas, handbags,shirts, you name it. So it makes sense that he appears on his own iPhone 3G cases. You can find Paul Frank’s previous mobile cases here.

In all, there are five new silicon case designs, including the very colorful Paul Frank Skurvy Guitar case that is covered in wild little guitars. There’s also one covered in hearts if you want to proclaim how much you heart your new case. Each of these Paul Frank 3G iphone cases retail for $29.95.