Mobile phone users in major US cities are getting a nice tool from Google today. Google is offering live traffic maps on mobile phones. To use this tool, you will need to download Google Maps for Mobile using your mobile phone’s web browser. The application will deliver the most recent updates of traffic information to your mobile phone. Data plan is required to download the application.
Google Maps for Mobile will give you more than driving directions; it will also give you information about expected drive time, traffic delays, and ability to store your favorite searches and directions.
Priced at $400 for the equipment and still pa a monthly service fee of $12.95 - are they for real? The Samsung Helix offers a gigabyte of space for storing compressed audio files as well as your own MP3 and WMA tunes; which totals to about 50 hours of recordings.
WHO WANTS THIS: People who used to love their iPods but are now bored with them.
WHY: The Helix constantly exposes you to new music in every genre imaginable.
WHAT'S COOL: Not only does it bestow you with portable XM radio, but you can save songs and mix them with your own music. It's easy to connect to your home system, too.
WHAT'S LAME: That finicky XM tuner konks out way too often, even if you live in a major city. Yeah, the sound quality is sub-par, but most 'Pod people never cared in the first place.
FINAL MARK: B. Great idea for a product, though it could use more memory and some extra polish. Serious music freaks may want to wait for version 2.0.
By BIGGEST, I mean the BIGGEST ever. Tokyo racetrack felt the need to install Mitsubishi’s behemoth 8,000 square feet measuring 218 feet wide, 37 feet tall, $28 million HDTV for their patrons to enjoy. Imagine watching a race that’s even larger than life. The TV is so massive that it needs it comes in 35 pieces and requires on-site assembly.
This is possibly one of the tiniest PMP on the market, weighing merely 55g. The screen is only 2 inches so it might be difficult to watch video or read your ebooks comfortably. The UB-890’s storage capacity range from 1-4GB; which is plenty of room to store a couple of videos, ebooks or songs for the road.
Imagine a device that will obfuscate the numbers and letters of your license plate, making it nearly impossible for cops to identify you. Yes, it’s possible thanks to some genius that created this electronic license plate blurring device for a team in the Bullrun. With a single flip of a switch, speed demons racing across the country are free to go about their business of hauling ass. Keep in mind that devices such as this one is illegal in every way so just don’t get busted.
Researchers at Akishima Laboratories and professor Shigeru Naito of Osaka University have developed a device that uses waves to draw text and pictures on the surface of water. Writing on water is possible thanks to 50 water wave generators encircling a cylindrical tank 1.6 meters in diameter and 30 cm deep. The generators move up and down in controlled motions to simultaneously product a number of cylindrical waves acting as pixels. These pixels measure 10cm in diameter and 4cm in height, are combined to form lines and shapes. So far, the device can spell out all the ABCs, as well as simple kanji characters. It takes about 15 to 30 seconds to squeeze out a letter.
The first place I’d see this technology realized is Las Vegas. Writing on water can be a huge attraction, not to mention it’s a great fit for all the fancy light shows and fountain technology already in place. Not to mention, it’s going to be one very expensive project to implement.
The ASUS S6F won the Reddot Award and now there’s word that ASUS plans to launch a slew of leather-made peripherals for the Korean market. Owners of the world’s first leather notebook will be in style with the new laptop case, mouse and mouse pad. Availability is at the end of July – not hat far away.
The Vaio UX90PS is identical to the UX50 in every respect with the addition of a TV tuner and the replacement of the 30GB HDD for a 16GB flash RAM HDD. Verdict: the TV tuner and software doesn’t work outside of Japan, but no big loss since there’s only one TV station in Japan anyways. The additional cost for RAM HDD versus a physical HDD is worth it.
It’s official, anyone who owns a xxxZune or Zunexxx domain name can cash in! I didn’t expect to get too much information from Billboard Magazine’s article; since it’s probably a good idea for Microsoft to not give everything away. Microsoft confirms Zune is the project, the brand and the device.The new wifi-enabled Zune will possibly allow browsing other user’s libraries, purchasing and downloading songs without a PC or laptop and viewing a “digital locker”. Microsoft wants the Zune to be collaborative and sharing.
It’s interesting that Zune will get it’s content delivered from a brand new online music service; not the Windows Media Player, URGE, PlaysForSure, DRM and may include Portable Media Center.
Billboard Magazine's Article after the jump.
July 29, 2006
ZUNE GETS IN THE RING
Microsoft Preps Music Player, Service To Rival Apple’s Wares
BY ANTONY BRUNO
Microsoft officials for the first time have confirmed that the Redmond, Wash.-based company is readying a portable music player and integrated service, shedding new light on a topic that has fueled rampant speculation in news reports and blog postings for weeks.
In an exclusive first interview with Billboard, Chris Stephenson, Microsoft’s new GM of marketing for MSN Entertainment Business, says the company will later this year launch Zune, an umbrella brand for what he says is “a family of hardware and software products” targeting various digital entertainment services.