Archive for Nov 23, 2009

Bluetooth Spy Headset makes you look properly crazy [Video]

Bluetooth Spy Headset makes you look properly crazy [Video]

Bluetooth headsets are generally dull, but slap a "spy!" label on them and they become instantly appealing.  Well, maybe not instantly, but when you're looking at a headset that fits invisibly into your ear canal then we're pretty darned impressed; BrickHouseSecurity are offering the covert earpiece, which promises to make you look even crazier as you apparently argue with yourself while walking down the road.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung Omnia II hitting Verizon December 2nd

Samsung Omnia II hitting Verizon December 2nd

It comes as little surprise, given that we knew a release date from sneak-peaks into the carrier's own systems last week, but Verizon have officially announced that the Samsung Omnia II will drop come December 2nd.  The Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be priced at $199.99 (after a wretched $100 mail-in rebate) presuming a new two-year agreement, which nets you a 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, EVDO Rev.A, WiFi b/g and a 5-megapixel camera.

There's also Samsung's "3D cube" UI, which we're still less than convinced by, together with Bluetooth and a microSD card slot; Samsung also gave the Omnia II its own 8GB of internal storage.  The usual Verizon app suspects are on-board, which includes V CAST Music, Rhapsody support, V CAST Video-on-Demand, V CAST Song ID, visual voicemail, VZW Tones and VZ Navigator.

Perhaps more interestingly, given that screen, is the support for DivX and Xvid video files, meaning the Omnia II might make for a decent PMP replacement.  So, anybody thinking of picking up this touchscreen Windows Phone as an early Christmas present?

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ArcherMind Android-based in-dash PND system unveiled

ArcherMind Android-based in-dash PND system unveiled

Given how often we hear about manufacturers using Android for their mobile devices, it's a surprise dedicated sat-nav units don't feature more highly.  Chinese firm ArcherMind Technology have been showing off what they're saying is the world's first embedded Android-based navigation system, complete with 7-inch touchscreen display and integrated 3G.

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Sony launches ICD-UX200 and ICD-UX300F digital voice recorders in Europe

Sony launches ICD-UX200 and ICD-UX300F digital voice recorders in Europe

Digital voice recorders can be used for all sorts of things form recording lectures or interviews to making voice notes for yourself. Sony has unveiled two new flash voice recorders in Europe including the ICD-UX200 and the ICD-UX300F. Both of the devices have 3-in-1 capability.

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Intouch IT7150 wireless internet photo frame breaks cover

Intouch IT7150 wireless internet photo frame breaks cover

I am a big fan of digital photo frames and everyone who comes over to my house and sees the things sitting around likes them whether they are into tech or not. My parents both have them as well and the things make great holiday gifts. Digital frames have improved significantly over the years and today they offer lots more features for lots less money than a few years back.

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Microsoft roadmap tips up showing Windows 8 for 2012

Microsoft roadmap tips up showing Windows 8 for 2012

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system has only just hit the market, but the software giant is looking down the road to its next big release already. With the years it takes to develop complicated software the replacements are in the works before the current version debuts typically.

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Samsung offers big discounts on, LN46B500, LN40B500, PN50B400 and more HDTVs

Samsung offers big discounts on, LN46B500, LN40B500, PN50B400 and more HDTVs

With the holidays upon us, it's time to start looking for those gifts for people on your shopping list. This is the time of year when many people start looking at big purchases like HDTVs. Part of the reason is that the prices on HDTVS at this time of year tend to be very appealing.

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Roku unveils open content delivery platform and first 10 channels

Roku unveils open content delivery platform and first 10 channels

Roku has announced that its new open platform for delivering content to the TV is now available. The launch of the open platform also brings with it the first ten channels for the open platform service. The first ten channels are free for Roku users to view.

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Shuttle set to offer up to 50% off its computers

Shuttle set to offer up to 50% off its computers

Black Friday is this week and it's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Only the brave venture to retail stores and usually they are driven by the hope of landing a massive deal on some sort of high tech product like computers and HDTVs.

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Apple iPod touch with camera coming this Spring?

The firestorm of speculation earlier this year regarding whether Apple would push a camera-toting iPod touch out of the door at their now-traditional September music event, turned out to be a damp squib; the new iPod touch was faster and more capacious than its predecessor, but had no camera functionality (despite Apple's engineers leaving space inside for one).  Now, the Examiner are claiming to have heard from "an insider source" that the camera-equipped iPod touch will in fact land this spring.

Camangi WebStation Android UMPC on sale “no later than early December”

Camangi WebStation Android UMPC on sale “no later than early December”

We made no attempt to disguise our confusion about what looked like a poorly orchestrated teaser campaign for the Camangi WebStation Android slate earlier this year, but neither did we deny that there's still a space in our heart (and on our shelves) for the first affordable example of just such a device.  Camangi's site - now fully functional and accepting pre-launch reservations - is claiming that the 7-inch WebStation will drop "no later than early December this year".

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Sony Ericsson Kurara gets reviewed: needs to be cheap to succeed

Sony Ericsson Kurara gets reviewed: needs to be cheap to succeed

Don't let anybody tell you the cellphone industry is ruled by anything other than pricing.  Mobile-Review have been playing with the Sony Ericsson Kurara and we're going to spoil the ending for you: if it's priced at €300 ($448) it should be a winner; if it's more like €400 ($597) then it'll land flat on its touchscreen face.

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