Archive for May 23, 2006

Palm Treo 650 uses BlackBerry connect

Optus, Palm and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of BlackBerry Connect for the Palm Treo 650 smartphone on the Optus network in Australia. BlackBerry Connect enables new and existing Treo 650 users to benefit from many popular features of the “push”-based BlackBerry architecture via BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

With BlackBerry Connect, Optus customers have a greater choice of mobile devices that are supported by the robust and secure capabilities of BlackBerry services and a wider choice ofwireless email solutions on the feature-rich Palm Treo 650 smartphone.

Sony Ericsson V630i

Sony Ericsson today announces the V630i, exclusively for Vodafone. The V630i uses its 3G capabilities to deliver the perfect mix of mobile phone, music and multimedia applications at high speed and superb quality.

What makes this phone extra special is its support of Vodafone’s new Radio DJ service, an innovative, interactive music streaming service that allows the creation of your own music channels by rating tracks as you listen. The more you listen and rate, the more intuitive and personalized the music channel becomes. Tracks can also be bought directly using the service and, with the supplied 256MB Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) card, the V630i can store as many as 230 tracks to take with you wherever you go. A stereo headset is supplied, so you can enjoy this superb choice of music in full stereo quality.

The V630i also effortlessly handles the content-rich services from the world of Vodafone live! with 3G such as Mobile TV, video messaging and video telephony. In all, the V630i is a dynamic phone that is fun to use, appealing to young music lovers seeking the freedom and choice offered by the latest mobile technologies.

Helio Hero Initial Impression

The Hero measures 4.3″ x 1.9″ x 1″, and weighs in at 4.73 ounces. Featuring a black, sliding design, the Hero sports a crisp 2.2″, 16-bit, 240 x 320 QVGA LCD screen capable of display quality video cleanly and quickly. The device features 70 MB of built-in RAM for storing music and video, and this storage space can be expanded thanks to the included T-Flash slot; T-Flash cards are currently available in sizes up to 1 GB, with a 2 GB version due out later this year. Multimedia-wise, the Hero supports the MP3 music format, and the MPEG-4/H.264 video format, meaning that you can take your videos and music with you on-the-go. For your listening pleasure, the Hero comes with dual full-duplex speakers, allowing your music and video to sound crystal-clear. Read on and watch the Hero in action after the jump!


Perstel DMR-231 Portable Media Player

VThe Perstel DMR-231 is an affordable ($211) portable media player designed for the Korean market. It features a 3.2-inch display, SD card slot, USB connectivity, DMB tuner, support for a host of audio/video formats, and video recording capabilities. No word yet on availability.

Toshiba Tecra M6 Notebook

The Tecra M6 offers an Intel Core Duo T2400 processor, 1GB of memory, 100GB HDD, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, and a 12.1-inch widescreen XGA display with TruBrite technolgy. Security features include TPM (trusted platform module), a fingerprint reader, hard drive protection, spill-resistant keyboard, and a Security Assist Console. Priced around $1600.

Nortel providing CDMA base stations in Indonesia

PT Bakrie Telecom, one of Indonesia’s leading providers of fixed wireless voice and data services, is significantly boosting the capacity and transmission capabilities of its wireless network with new radio access, switching and optical solutions from Nortel.

The increased capacity of the CDMA2000 1X network, serving Greater Jakarta and 15 cities in West Java and Banten province, will position Bakrie to meet escalating subscriber demand for the voice and fixed wireless broadband Internet, data and fax services it provides via its ‘Esia’ brand.

Princeton PTV-WWTV7 Wi-Fi LCD TV

Princeton Japan has announced PTV-WWTV7 – portable 7 inch LCD TV. It is powered via onboard Lithium Ion battery which lasts for 3 hours or AC adapter. The TV is waterproof and can be used in the bathroom and the kitchen. Though the idea of a portable LCD is great but the main problem is that you need TV out sockets in every room, but this is not the case with this baby. The TV comes with a seperate tuner unit you plug it to your TV jack, DVD player etc and it transmits wirelessly using Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a) upto 30 meters. The LCD has a resolution of 480 x 234 dots and includes 2 channel stereo speakers.

Samsung patenets Sliding-Clamshell designs

Samsung has combined two popular cell phone form factors into one design, inventing the sliding-clamshell.

Having advantages of both sliding and folding phones, the new form is built from a soft cover, allowing the body to slide lengthwise as well as become extended and folded.

According to the patent application, clamshell phones have an advantage in portability due to their compact size; however the screen is typically very small. By contrast, sliding phones have large screens, but are often large. Additionally, LCDs on sliders are typically exposed without a protective cover, making them more susceptible to damage. Samsung’s sliding-clamshell invention attempts to solve these problems by having a large, protected display while keeping a compact size.

Free Skype

Skype customers could call other Skype customers anywhere in the world for free, or to make calls worldwide for very cheap. Hot on the heels of AOL’s AIM Phoneline Plan which gives you a free phone number to recieve calls (to your computer), Skype has gone one step further and is now allowing customers within the US & Canada to call to landlines within Canada and the US for Free!!! (via their original Skypeout feature)

Windows Media Player 11 Beta

Windows Media Player 11 Beta is available for download. It has a little more graphic side to it and easy drop down nav bars for you to rip, burn, and sync. You can also manage your pictures, videos, and recorded TV shows.

Tanita BC-502

The Tanita BC-502 scales, has the ability to measure everything from body fat to bone density and to let you transmit the data to your computer so you can track your progress. This BC-502 model expands on that capability by including a Bluetooth module that allows you to send data via your mobile phone to a Web site for review by your doctor.

1.75-micron, 8-megapixel image sensor from Micron Technologies.

Pocket cameras are about to get a little more robust with the introduction of a new 1.75-micron, 8-megapixel image sensor from Micron Technologies. Announced yesterday, the new chip is capable of bursting 10 pictures per second at its full 8-megapixel resolution, and will bring 720p HD imaging to super-small cameras.

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