AT&T announced today that they’re releasing multiple mini-laptops with built in 3G capabilities. AT&T is subsidizing the cost of the laptops, bringing the initial cost down to as low as $49.99 with the purchase of the AT&T at home and on the go mobile broadband services. With the service, customers will also be able to access AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots around the country. Those broadband plans start at $59.99 a month.
There's a growing market for anything having to do with medication and prescriptions. The baby-boomers are getting up there in age, and they're living longer and better thanks to technology and new medications. However, they haven't made a miracle memory drug just yet, so that's where GlowCap comes in. GlowCap is prescription bottle with a special cap that uses a wireless connection to keep track of a patient and their prescription-taking behavior. The cap can communicate with doctors to let them know if the patient is taking their medications or not, and will also remind the patient that they have to take the pill. It can also communicate to family members through phone calls.
Wilson Electronics promises that you'll never have a dropped call again with their technology in your home. Wilson's devices use the in-home cabling to hook up to an antenna in your roof or wall that will boost your cell signal throughout your home. They also have mobile versions, including some for Blackberries and iPhones that provided a charging cradle for the device as well.
Today at CTIA, Samsung announced the Mondi, a small, Windows Mobile powered device, featuring WiMax and WiFi capabilities. The Mondi has a 4.3" touch screen, packs Bluetooth 2.1, a 3MP camera with video capture, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, HDMI out, and 4GB of internal storage.
We were notified by the organizers of Show Stoppers that the Tablo from Hantech was worth checking out, and I'm glad we did. The Tablo turns any laptop into a tablet PC, enabling the user to write on, interact with, and control the computer through two devices: a special pen, and a receiver that attaches to the top of the screen via a small magnet.
Continuing our list, we have a company offering products that are well known around the cellular world. Novatel Wireless was showing off two of its hottest new devices, both of which are exciting for anyone who ever needed an internet connection on the go.
CTIA Wireless starts tomorrow, but the staff of Slash Gear attended the Show Stoppers exposition where companies came for an intimate meet-and-greet with the press. We saw some fantastic products, but we felt compelled to place them in a list, in no particular order. It's more interesting that way after all.
I've had the opportunity to spend some time testing out Nokia's new clamshell phone on Verizon Wireless. It's a sleek design, and probably one of the better looking clamshells out there. The device is nice and thin, measuring at .55" thick. If you want to check out our unboxing of the Intrigue, you can hear our first impressions of the device and the new Eco-Friendly initiative of Verizon and Nokia.
This will please those hoping for a new iPhone release this summer. It appears that AT&T is allowing customers who wouldn't normally be eligible for the subsidized pricing on the iPhone 3G to upgrade early. The $199/$299 prices for the iPhones would normally only be available to either new customers, or current customers that have been on their contract long enough. Now AT&T is letting customers get an iPhone before the normally required 18 month upgrade date.
This appears to be an attempt to move more iPhone 3G units and clear out the stock. This will encourage hopes of a new iPhone this summer, and this new policy would support the leaked rumors about an annual iPhone release. If there was a new iPhone being released this summer, it would definitely make sense to clear the old iPhone stock first.
This offer is only available to current subscribers, and only one iPhone per customer with this new offer.
This week on SlashGear, we had some great articles, taking a look at some exciting new products, and one of us got to experience Beverly Hills pampering during his trip to visit DreamWorks and HP. I had the chance to review Apple’s newest button-less wonder, the iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation. It’s a great sounding mp3 player with some quirks that may take some time to get used to.