Archive for Mar 26, 2007

The itzbeen Baby Care Timer

The itzbeen Baby Care Timer is just another way to simplify your crazy life after your baby is born. I know that some people are going to give this thing a really bad review, saying things like this is only for over obsessive mothers. However, there are some of us who by nature are flakes. I know, shocking, once you are caring for a child you don’t just magically become responsible.


Screw Speed Racer, Racing Grannies are even better

Oh yah, now you can solve the age old question of whose granny can creep along the fastest. I know I’m often plagued by this question, although I know deep down that my granny is better than yours. Now I can prove it too, by purchasing a set of Racing Grannies.


CTIA Wireless: New Phones debut from Pantech

Today mobile phone manufacturer announced the release of five new US phones including the “world’s smallest camera flip phone.”

First up we’ll look at the Pantech C3b which is an update to their “world’s smallest camera flip phone.” It has a few new features including Bluetooth and changeable color faceplates. You’ll also see mobile email, a VGA camera with flash and 4x digital zoom, an instant messaging client, and even a flashlight. All of this is crammed into a tiny 69 x 43 x 20.3mm package.


Helio Ocean

UPDATE 5/11/2007:

First things first: sod the iPhone. Yeah, you read right, forget about it. Stop saving 10-percent of your pay-packet every month, don’t sign 18 to 24 months of your life away to Cingular, think laterally, not with the crowd. Helio have just blown everyone out of the water, and ironically they’ve done it with the Ocean.

Dual-slide for both number pad and full QWERTY. 3G for screaming downloads. Two-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, full HTML browser, 2.4-inch 260k colour QVGA display, on-board stereo speakers, 200MB of internal memory and microSD for more than 2GB more, USB Mass Storage Mode with PC and Mac compatibility… I’m throwing all this out in one fat chunk because if I were to talk you through it we’d be here all day.


Hackers redeem themselves with their own blood

Hackers redeem themselves with their own blood

As far as odd news goes, this ranks pretty high up there. The Chinese are allowing those hacking gamers a chance to redeem themselves, but they want blood. Recently 120,000 players were banned for attempting to hack the game, tsk tsk. They can get their accounts reactivated by donating 1 pint of blood, and ordinary players can get free accounts by donating.

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Mvix HD wireless media centre: solid opposition to Apple TV

In our review round-up of the Apple TV on Friday I mentioned that Julie Strietelmeier, helmswoman of The Gadgeteer, thought the new media streamer failed to live up to existing products such as Mvix’s MX-760HD Wireless HD Media Centre; she also promised a review to show just why that was the case.  Well, having read Julie’s opinion of the MX-760HD, I can see why she was so impressed; ironically, when users are having to hack the Apple TV to enable DivX and add warranty-killing bigger hard-drives, Mvix comes with a huge bevy of supported standards and positively invites you to crack the box open.



More AMtek T200 info: old age explains anaemic specs

Tablet manufacturers AMtek were at CeBIT this year, flaunting their T200 iTabletWarner Crocker and Hugo Ortega were quick to point out that the T200 is no spring chicken; in fact Hugo has had one – in the shape of the original TabletKiosk Sahara – for over two years.  What’s interesting (and, I suppose, CeBIT worthy to AMtek’s mind) is that thanks to a recent bios update you can now upgrade the T200/Sahara to Vista, which was previously impossible.  Never one to shy away from a challenge (or an opportunity to flaunt himself to the camera – looks like Kevin Tofel has some competition!) Hugo has filmed the full Vista upgrade:

To these naive eyes it looks like now that TabletKiosk have advanced the Sahara range AMtek (the manufacturer) is now free to market the T200 themselves.  I told you I was naive; Hugo tells me AMtek have no plans to directly market the T200, and TabletKiosk remain the distributor and the people to contact if you’re interested in getting your hands on one.  Thanks for the tip-off, Hugo!

TabletKiosk i215 Sahara Slate – SlashGear [Uber Tablet]

SlashGear goes to CTIA Wireless 2007

They’ve only just finished sweeping up the aisles after CeBIT, and already the geeks are itching for CTIA Wireless in beautiful Orlando. Our cellphone-obsessed maestro of the mobile, Vincent Nguyen, has hitched up his horse and is off to cover the event, so you can rely on SlashGear and our sister-site SlashPhone to keep you as up to date as it’s possible to be without actually sucking the fact-juice from the brains of industry execs.

CTIA Wireless 2007

Nokia N95 lands in reviewers’ laps

The Nokia N95 is finally shipping, and Darla Mack is doing a damned good job of making me sickeningly jealous by flaunting hers to the camera.  Actually, I’m surprised she didn’t give herself a hernia trying to carry the bloody thing; there’s a massive amount in the Nokia gift-pack.  Still, a BH-501 Bluetooth Headset, Nokia SU-8W Wireless Keyboard, 2GB MicroSD and AD-42W Audio Gateway haven’t distracted Darla from the prize itself, and I’m sure we can expect some hands-on feedback from her weekend of playing.


TufTab gets touched up

The other day we all had a little snigger at the new TabletKiosk TufTab range, so named because it can withstand minor falls and the occasional splashing from a moderately-sized child’s paddling pool.  Now, like one of those bizarrely prescient people with big eyes, cam-toting lens jockey JKK has shot an all-hands-on-deck fondle of the Mobits VX3 UMPC that the TufTab UMPC is basically a rebrand of.

Mobits VX3 UMPC [JKK Mobile]

Motion to raise the Slate bar

God bless the FCC; if you wanted a better way of getting pre-announcement product details then you’d have to start kidnapping company execs and dosing them up with sodium pentothal.  A reader over on GottaBeMobile has gone digging and found a filing by slate Tablet PC experts Motion for a new machine so far called the LE1700.  It’s not only a slender little bugger, it’s a highly spec’d one too; Motion apparently have their own version of the active/passive dual-mode touchscreen, called WriteTouch, and it’ll be the first slate with an SXGA resolution screen. 



HP remind us that they do streaming media too

If you thought Apple’s media competitors would sit back and let the company bask in Apple TV-related limelight, then you’re a silly monkey with unpleasantly cottage-cheese-like thighs.  No sooner had we written about the latest batch of reviews and musings on the slinky streamer than HP dropped us a line to gently remind everyone that they’ve been flexing their media-muscles for some time now.

Core to their boast is the MediaSmart line, a range of Windows-powered media centres built into flat-panel TVs.  To be fair to Apple, there’s no small amount of price difference; for the $2,199 the 2006 MediaSmart 37-inch TV cost you could buy seven Apple TV units and still have enough for a few iTunes Store downloads too.

Check out HP’s comparison chart after the cut, but remember to take it all with a pinch of fiscal-salt…