Author Archives: Liaw Kim Poh

A graduate of National University of Singapore, Kim Poh runs in the tunnel of news overload to assist the editorial team on finding scoops. He resides in a beautiful country of Singapore.

Rent an iPhone for 29 quid a day

Not sure if you will like an iPhone but still want to give it a try? Well, a German company Erento is renting out iPhone to UK users for £29/day. Yes it is expensive, and four weeks rental will cost you £169, which is not far from buying one. The company’s UK site has two iPhones in their inventory available for rent, London and Manchester each has one. The one in Manchester is unlocked and ready to be use on any network.

Apple iPhones offered up for hire [via reghardware]

Verizon LG Chocolate goes frosty with Blue Ice

Verizon announces new LG Chocolate, the Blue Ice. The new LG Chocolate Blue ice sports the same features as other LG chocolate. This frosty chocolaty treat from LG is currently available on Verizon’s site for $79.99 after $50 mail in rebate and two years contract. Retail stores will have the phone starting December 7th.

[via press release]

TurboLinux’s Wizpy does what most PMPs do, plus more

TurboLinux’s Wizpy does what most PMPs do, plus more

Wizpy from TurboLinux is a gizmo packed with features such as media playback (MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, DivX,) – FM radio, sound recorder, e-book reader, and photo display device. Another notable attraction of this gizmo is its computing applications that includes browser, email, and office software. The Wizpy sports 256,000-color OLED screen weight only 60g. Plugging this gizmo to a PC using USB will give user their own operating system environment. Wizpy was launch in Japan earlier this year.

[via Wizpy]

Tag Heuer announces mobile phone in 2008

Tag Heuer announces mobile phone in 2008

TAG Heuer, the watchmaker has signed an exclusive agreement with ModelLabs to create mobile phones. This will be the first communication device using the TAG Heuer brand name and will inherit the design characteristic of the Swiss watch brand. TAG Heuer plans to launch its TAG Heuer brand mobile phones in the second half of 2008. No pricing information at this moment.

Thanks Francois Rager!

LG Phone did not killed the Korean man, his friend did!

We recently saw a chain of news about a Korean man that was killed by an LG cellphone; after police investigation, it turns out that he was actually murdered by his friend that apparently also the first witness of the event. LG reaffirmed the public that its battery is safe and did not cause this tragedy. The media are quick in picking the incident’s story and putting LG phone battery as the main suspect. I guess bad news spread way faster than good news.

[via slashphone]

Planex GW-MS54G MiniSD WiFi Card – adds WiFi connectivity to your smartphone

Planex GW-MS54G MiniSD WiFi Card – adds WiFi connectivity to your smartphone

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.

[via slashphone]

LG Shine sold over 5 millions unit worldwide – now available on AT&T

LG Shine sold over 5 millions unit worldwide – now available on AT&T

LG Shine has done quite well on the international market as it has sold over 5 millions unit since its debut in October 2006. Now US consumer gets to see what Shine is all about as AT&T is making the LG handset available in US market. According to BGR, AT&T is now pushing its own HSDPA capable Shine. AT&T priced the Shine at $149.99 with 2 years contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

LG Shine surpasses the 5 million mark, now available on AT&T [via bgr]

XV6800 from Verizon is now available to order

XV6800 from Verizon is now available to order

The awaited XV6800 is now available on Verizon Wireless. Verizon listed the price at $349 with two years of contract and $50 mail-in rebate. The XV6800 is the same phone as HTC Mogul that is available on Sprint. It features 2.8-inch QVGA touch screen with resolution of 320 x 240, Windows Mobile 6, 64MB RAM/256MB ROM, 802.11 b/g WiFi, EV-DO, Bluetooth with A2DP support, slideout QWERTY keyboard and 2-megapixel camera.

Verizon's XV6800 in the wild, finally available to order [via engadget]

Sony’s Slim PSP sold over one million unit since its launch in September

Sony’s Slim PSP sold over one million unit since its launch in September

PSP went on diet and gets more popular in Japan as it passes 1 million unit sales within two months. The slimeline PSP went on sale in Japan on 20th of September and according to Sony, it managed to sell 500,000 units within the first two weeks. Sony sheds 19 percent of the slim PSP thickness and 33 percent of its weight. Despite its slim down, the PSP gains more features such as a video-out port. However, Sony still behind Nintendo in handheld console wars as Nintendo’s DS Lite stays ahead in the game.

PSP 'Lite' passes 1m sales mark in Japan [via reghardware]

USBConnect 881 for HSUPA network from AT&T

USBConnect 881 for HSUPA network from AT&T

AT&T unveiled its new mobile broadband adapter called USBConnect 881. The USB adapter is made by Sierra Wireless and compatible with Windows and OSX. AT&T stated the device would connect to their HSUPA network and resulting in faster data transfer ranging from 600kbps to 1.4Mbps and upload speed of 500kbps to 800kbps.

The USBConnect 881 is also backwards compatible with AT&T’s slower HSDPA network and quad-band EDGE or GPRS when there are no 3G coverage.

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iPhone 1.1.2 firmware released – Jailbreak no longer works

iPhone 1.1.2 firmware released – Jailbreak no longer works

The 160MB firmware update brings few minor changes to the iPhone handset itself; the update includes patches for the TIFF exploit, languages setting, and international keyboard. Oh did I mention Jailbreak is not working anymore? So if you are still attached to those third party applications, don’t upgrade yet.

Apple release 1.1.2 update: little feature churn, Jailbreak broken [via myitablet]

Sony releases PS3 firmware version 2.0

Sony releases PS3 firmware version 2.0

Sony posted the latest PS3 firmware update; version 2.0. The new firmware includes a new function called “Remote Start” that was build on Remote Play – a feature that gives PS3 owners the ability to stream content from their PS3 to a PSP using the PSP as a remote to the console when a PSP is within the wireless hotspot range.

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