Archive for Aug 26, 2006

PSP Add-On GPS Unit

PSP Add-On GPS Unit

So, would you rather get lost or put up with your kid whining because you’re using his beloved PSP as a GPS?  That’s your problem, I’m just here to report that Sony’s about to announce a GPS unit next month.  From what I can gather from the images, it sticks out a whole lot at the very top like a smashed up, sore thumb.

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Blackberry Pearl 8100 Full Specs

Blackberry Pearl 8100 Full Specs

Here’s the Blackberry Pearl’s full stats, disclosed on Pinstack’s forums. I like the way it looks, nice features and most like own one if it’s not a Blackberry. I still prefer a “full” keyboard to the SureType.


In a nutshell, the Blackberry Pearl 8100 is a Quad Band GSM, with EDGE data, a 240x260 resolution screen, thinner than the RAZR but not smaller, a 1.3-megapixel camera, with online storage of photos, 64MB of internal flash with microSD expansion slot, and support for MP3 ring tone support.

Acer MP-340 20GB PMP

Acer MP-340 20GB PMP

The new Acer MP-340 PMP is smaller and much more pocket friendly (weighs only 148 grams and measuring 95x65x20.6mm) than the MP-500. The screen size is smaller measuring in at 1.8-inch, 160x128 TFT display, supports H2.64 format video. It’s also got a 20GB HDD with file support for WMA, MP3, WMA DRM compatibility, voice recording and JPEG photo playback. The biggest surprise of all is the preloaded Sudoku, ebook reader along with other preloaded games. There’s also an SD slot for memory expansion and playtime should be around 10-hours via a rechargeable battery.

Acer MP-340 Portable Media Player [via MobileWhack]

Final Article on the Antenna-less Palm Treo with Additional Images

Final Article on the Antenna-less Palm Treo with Additional Images

My dear Treo-addicts, I'm afraid I've failed you all. In my attempt to gather more info (on the Lennon - 750), I was merely told that the special invites for the premiere of the new Treo were sent out. The event is to take place somewhere in Europe on September 12th. Coincidentally, CTIA Wireless also starts on that day. I’ve secured, signed, sealed and deliver the first slot to meet with Palm representatives on Thursday September 12th at 10AM PST. I will have live shots and videos for your viewing pleasure. Please NOTE that this will be an hour after the OFFICIAL announcement of the new Treo. The final announcement should be released at 9AM PST.

Even though I have no new info to share, we did score more images of the new Treo, from a different source. Enjoy.

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The Meds Babysitter

The Meds Babysitter

If you’re anything like me, you hate taking medicines.  Administering medications can be tricky; so with the Med-eMonitor System, physicians can monitor to ensure patients with high-risk of stroke are properly taking their meds.  InforMedix is sponsoring the pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Here’s how it works:

The Med-eMonitor™ System is a combined medication and care plan adherence solution. The System comprises a portable patient interface device and automated data upload and download capability using a cradle connected to the patient's phone line. The device is programmed remotely via the Internet. Patient medication compliance, health status, quality of life and physiologic data are accessible daily via a secure, customer-specific Internet site. The System provides Health Care Providers secure access through a role-based security system.
The Med-eMonitor Device sounds a chime, which prompts patients/members to take medication, contains the medication and automatically tracks patient adherence, eliminating the need for hand written diaries. This fully integrated system conveniently combines these features with an easy-to-read display screen. The system reminds, educates, monitors and reports on up to 25 medications per patient. The five most critical medications are physically held in the device storage compartments, which are sensored, allowing for a time and date stamp when medications are accessed. Twenty additional medications, outside of the device, can be managed via a "Virtual Compartment" feature. This feature also allows for prompting, education and monitoring for non-oral forms of medication.

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World’s largest 100-inch TFT-LCD Display

World’s largest 100-inch TFT-LCD Display

Do we really need a TV the size of some people’s bedroom?  LG sure think so.  Their latest humungous 100-incher LCD HDTV is nothing short of WOW.  It’s currently on display at the IMID show in Korea – I think that the cute girl is nicely packaged with the TV when it’s shipped.  Actually, LG hasn’t announced whether it will ever become an actual product.  Even if it does, would you be able to afford it?

LG 100 inch full HD LCD TV [via Aving.net]

New UMPC – ASUS R2H

New UMPC – ASUS R2H

There are an increasing number of people who are recognising the UMPCs potential as an in-car PC. Rather than going to the trouble of routing cables from some sort of tiny PC to a seperate touchscreen, it's all built in. Still, if you wanted GPS you'd still have to run a cable to a seperate unit; either that or trade battery life for the convenience of a Bluetooth connection. But now ASUS, being helpful people, has snipped another cable (virtual or real) by building a GPS receiver into its new R2H.

Samsung’s 1.98-inch VGA Screen for Cellphones

Samsung’s 1.98-inch VGA Screen for Cellphones

Samsung’s new 1.98-inch LCD is amazing because there are now 400ppi, which is even better than a 40-inch HDTV with only 40ppi!  The screen’s viewing angle is 75 degrees and has a viewing angle of 300:1.  The new LCD uses Samsung’s proprietary ASG (Amorphous Silicon Gate) technology.  Higher ppi will definitely make things seem a lot crisper, but reading text may be a little difficult if the font isn’t increased.

1.98-inch LCD for crispy clear mobile TV screen [via Aving.net]

Zune Show’s Up on FCC as “Toshiba 1098”

Zune Show’s Up on FCC as “Toshiba 1098”

It’s now clear that Microsoft and Toshiba are in bed together! All this hype over Microsoft’s new iPod killer is actually being manufactured by Toshiba, which is pretty smart considering the savings for not having to ramp up production lines. This leaves me to wonder other PlayForSure licensee’s will join force? Only time will tell.

So what are some of the new info that we don’t already know about? It’s now confirmed that the Zune of 1089 features WLAN 802.11 b /g, 3.0-inch TFT LCD display and FM tuner. “DJing Content” will be the primary usage of the WiFi feature; allowing you as the DJ to stream music to four other Pyxis devices. Now Pyxis is a term we haven’t used in a while, what does it mean now? Apprarently, Pyxis might be the name for the network which Zune devices will use to share content. Now Argo is an old term we haven’t used in a while. It turns out that Argo may be the name of the second generation of Zune devices similar to the iPod Nano.

FCC Approves Toshiba 1089 Portable Media Player & FCC [via Gizmodo and CrunchGear]

Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A Broadband Upgrade

Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A Broadband Upgrade

It seems as though the EV-DO race between Sprint and Verizon is never ending.  Sprint is gaining a slight lead with the announcement of their upcoming implementation of Rev. A EV-DO release.    Sprint’s customers in areas where it’s rolled out, will enjoy an average download speeds of 450 – 800 kbps; and an average upload speeds of up to 300 – 400 kbps. Verizon is still operating under Rev. 0, so it will be interesting to watch how they will respond to this announcement.

The Rev A. card is backward compatible with Rev. 0 network, except the speed will drop.  Two-year contract should bring the price of the card to $99.99 and $174.99 for a one-year commitment.
Sprint Rev A rollout accelerated. 40m end of this year [via Mobility Today]

Sony Facing PS3 Production Woes?

Sony Facing PS3 Production Woes?

After what has been some good news on the Sony front (the announcement that 27 PS3 games would be on-hand at TGS), it appears that Sony is in for some more pain, this time in the form of analyst doubts. Specifically, Mitsubishi UJF Securities of Japan has dropped Sony's rating from a 3 to a 2, predicting that Sony's 6 million PS3s sold mark will miss - by about 3 million consoles. As a result, they will only have sold 3 million consoles by the end of this fiscal year, March 31st, 2007. This has resulted in Sony's stock taking a stumble, dropping 3.1% to $44.42 USD.

The Most Affordable Vertu Fashion Phone

The Most Affordable Vertu Fashion Phone

Are your eyes set on a Vertu phone, but your bank account is about five or six zeros short?  Constellation is a new line of fashion phones, getting its name from Lockheed airplane.  The series consist of three different handsets with exactly the same spec and features.  However, they differ in weight and material.  The body of fancier of the three is made from 18-carat gold, while the other two models are made of polished and satin steel.  The back is covered with stylish leather, offered in a variety of colors.  If you like, you can custom order the keypad to be made from fluorescent ceramics.

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