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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.