Archive for August, 2006

Core 2 Duo Coming Soon to Next-Gen Apple Laptop?

Core 2 Duo Coming Soon to Next-Gen Apple Laptop?

I’ve gotten great mileage out of my Macbook Pro so far. However, if you’re dead set on getting an Apple Macbook or Macbook Pro – Richard of Crunchgear suggests that you might want to hold off until September 16. Why wait until September 16? Well he believes that Apple will drop the new machines during the company’s annual Paris Expo. The rumor is, the new Macbook line will sport the same Core 2 Duo CPUs used in the Toshiba and Dells.

Is Next-Gen Apple Laptop Coming Soon? [via Crunchgear]

More Palm Treo 700wx info (Spec Sheet)

More Palm Treo 700wx info (Spec Sheet)

Sprint is keeping quiet about the new, featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 version of the Palm Treo 700 smartphone. GadgetsOnTheGo.net uncovered a piece of info revealing the official Palm spec sheet. A notable improvement with the Palm 700wx is the increase in RAM from 64MB to 128MB. It’s on a matter of time now, when Sprint will surprise us all with the new Treo; so lets all be surprised!

Specs:

  • Available August 31st (this Thursday) to businesses (September 3rd for consumers)
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC
  • XScale 312MHz CPU
  • SDIO slot
  • 128MB NVRAM (60MB user)
  • dual-band EV-DO / 1xRTT
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 1.2, IR
  • 240 x 240 touchscreen
  • QWERTY keyboard

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Trojan Text Misery

Trojan Text Misery

The fun side of the cellphone is that glossy, upgrading "guess what I've got the latest model" joy of a new toy.  The not-so-fun side is the increasing number of scams that involve conning paranoid SMS users into visiting Trojan-filled websites.

The average SlashGear visitor might think themselves tech-wise enough to avoid getting caught up in this sort of phishing, but can you say the same of your parents or your less tech-savvy friends?  Spread the word, people; unscrupulous people will use whatever means they can to separate the naive from their money.

McAfee Avert Labs Blog [via infoSync World]

Frankly Ridiculous Bosch iPod Dock

Frankly Ridiculous Bosch iPod Dock

Perhaps the rest of the reviewing world is too polite, but can we take a moment to laugh loudly and for a damn long time at this brand spanking new Bosch iPod dock.  Seriously, take a couple of minutes to examine the image - a roll cage, blue-lit display, pressed aluminium - and let out that loud guffaw you've been saving for just such a bandwagon jumping, niche chasing monstrosity.

If the sheer ridiculousness of it hasn't put you off, you might want to know that it recharges your iPod during playback (though you have to buy a dock adapter first), is dust & weather resistant and costs $210. 

Bosch Power Box product page [via Gizmodo]

Over-the-door Baby Hook

Over-the-door Baby Hook

One for the slightly twisted parents out there, methinks - an over-the-door offspring sling.  For those times when you're desperate for the toilet and lumbered with the kiddy.

The picture says it all, to be honest, but in case you're reading this via a DOS prompt...  It's a specially-designed hook that goes over the door and lets you harness your 6-18 month child safely above ground, while you busy yourself with your ablutions. 

What else can you buy for $59.50 that gives so much S&M-style freedom?

Mommysentials.com [via Pocket-lint]

WiFi Digicam saves memory-card space

WiFi Digicam saves memory-card space

The Nikon Coolpix S7c is a 7.1 megapixel digicam that conveniently has on-board wifi to make distributing your photos as easy as throwing a glass of water over a kitten.  Nikon and T-Mobile have decided to help make it even easier - a service called Coolpix Connect which uses the increasingly ubiquitous T-Mobile hotspots to upload up to 50mb of photos a month to a temporary webspace.

I guess the idea is that you can save memory card space by offloading your images periodically, downloading and sorting through them when you're back at home.  And since anybody buying the S7c now will get a year-long subscription to Coolpix Connect, you can't really argue too much. 

Wireless Week [via Gadgetell]

Tiny DV Cam for Discrete Moments

Tiny DV Cam for Discrete Moments

There are always going to be times when you need to discretely film something.  Perhaps you suspect your nanny of stealing from the cookie jar, or believe your wife to be molesting the postman.  So it's a soft slice of relief that you can now buy a digital video camera that's the size of a USB memory stick.

Okay, so with 2mb of on-board memory you're not going to be able to record much footage of your missus and the mailman, but at least you can expand it with SD or MMC memory cards.  And you should probably look beyond the 12fps-VGA-at-best quality to the... um... 300k CCD.  Yeah, the quality is pretty shabby.  But it's SMALL, yeah, SMALL!

Minimum order of 300, so you might have to get together with some friends before placing an order.

Holide product page [via The Red Ferret Journal]

SPRINT LAUNCHES FIRST EV-DO REVISION A-CAPABLE MOBILE BROADBAND CARD IN THE NATION

SPRINT LAUNCHES FIRST EV-DO REVISION A-CAPABLE MOBILE BROADBAND CARD IN THE NATION

Sprint has reached its next Mobile Broadband milestone today with the introduction of the Novatel S720 Mobile Broadband Connection Card – the nation’s first EV-DO Revision A-capable device. Designed to operate on today’s Sprint Power Vision Network, the card will also support advanced mobile broadband speeds when Sprint begins its EV-DO Revision A rollout later this year. Some other key information to note about Sprint Mobile Broadband services:

  • With the introduction of the Novatel S720 Sprint is becoming even easier to do business with, as customers signing a two year service agreement no longer need a separate voice plan to receive the promotional Unlimited Connection Card data plan of $59.99 per month.
  • Once available, Sprint’s advanced Mobile Broadband service (EV-DO Revision A) will deliver faster speeds for a mobile DSL experience.
  • Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the U.S. with mobile broadband data services (both EV-DO Revisions 0 and A) in 220 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2006.

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Vertu Aerius Bluetooth Headset

Vertu Aerius Bluetooth Headset

Buying the new Aerius BT headset from Vertu may cost you an ear if the price is anything like their uber-expensive phones.  It’s now confirmed that the famous designer Jacob Jensen is the designer of the Aerius headset.  Using this new headset is extremely easy; even a caveman can do it.  Yes, it does have background noise reduction, but there’s no mentioning of wind guard.  If you need to know the price, then chances are you can afford this headset.

Vertu Aerius Bluetooth Headset [via sybarites]

Aiptek My Note Digital Notepad

Aiptek My Note Digital Notepad

Aiptek is announcing the My Note Digital Notepad this weekend at the IFA in Berlin.  It’s a digital notepad for taking notes, doodle or capture whatever info you need, anywhere and anytime.  Information is digitally stored and processed later on your PC.  Battery life is around 20 hours on full charge.  No word on price, but If I had to guess, it’ll be rough $150 USD.

My Note Digital Notepad Product Page [via techfresh.net]

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