An electric car just made its American debut, but not in LA for some movie star proving their “green”. Smart’s first electric car, the Smart ForTwo, has landed in Silver Spring, Maryland. Yup, Maryland. Mindy Kimball, a Major in the Army, is the lucky recipient. Smart is leasing out a fleet of the cars to individuals and corporate/municipal fleets to refine the technology.
In some countries, people have been able to pay for stuff using their smartphones for a while now. When they go to vending machines or store counters in some countries all the buyer has to do is swipe their phone to pay. Here in the US credit card payment systems using smartphones are not available.
MasterCard has announced that it will be rolling out new credit and debit cards with integrated display screens, in an attempt to further prevent bank fraud. The cards, developed by NagraID Security, resemble their regular counterparts, but - when an integrated button is pressed - display a one-time passcode that can be used to authorize online and phone transactions.
The leaked Google Nexus One ROM continues to throw up some interesting tidbits, and after the specification run-down earlier this week there's now news on a potential official accessory for the Android 2.1 smartphone. Tweakers have been digging through the official headset support list, and have spotted an entry for the "Nexus One Car Dock"; it suggests that Google - or HTC, the ODM behind the Nexus One - will be producing some sort of docking cradle for using the smartphone with Google Maps Navigation.
Much of what's interesting in Android right now is seeing what manufacturers do with custom UIs, like Motorola's MOTOBLUR and HTC's Sense, so color us curious at Access' new Chinese Android device, the CPhone. Shown last week at a Chinese mobile event, the CPhone runs Android OS 1.5 "Cupcake" but with a Flash-based cartoon interface of a type so far unseen on rival devices.
I reckon my CompactFlash been to interesting places and they are still working like new. On top of my head, washer (not the LG :)), dryer, freezer, swamp, swimming lesson..etc.The industry most reliable media format will get another boost by Advanced Media to push CompactFlash’s data integrity and reliability in a much safer ground. Ridata will introduce new line of SMART CompactFlash Card at CES 2008 features self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology that’s commonly found on magnetic hard drives and RAM memory to minimum data loss. The new series are the Supreme 150X (up to 8GB capacity-SLC format) and Lightning (up to 16GB MLC format)
If upgrading your phone is not an option, but you still need WiFi capability on your smartphone, then Planex miniSD wireless LAN card GW-MS54G might be a good solution for you. It supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption protocol and works with any 802.11 b/g WiFi network. The card will be available in Japan by the end of December from retailers and Planex direct. No information on pricing and availability in US is still unknown.