Sandisk have just recently announced the release of their 4GB Memory Stick Micro M2 Card. This little wonder can hold up to almost 10,000 photos and 1,000 of your favourite MP3s!
This 4GB Micro M2 Memory Stick is made for the new generation Sony Ericsson phones, walkmans serious and Cybershot digital cameras.
"Music, video, photos, games-these are the types of content driving the need for higher capacity cards such as the 4GB M2," said Jeff Kost, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Consumer Solutions division at SanDisk. "This trend is expected to grow as consumers embrace the mobile lifestyle and demand more storage-intensive features from a single mobile device."
Even the best of us have hard time keeping our computer peripherals clean - me included! Especially nowadays when we spend so much time in front of our computers, sweat, coffee and food soon find their way into and around our PC mouse.
Belkin are one step ahead. They've released a Washable Mouse! That's right, when you've accidentally split a bit of Coke on your mouse, simply disconnect and wash under the nearest tap.
It'll be a couple of weeks till they arrive in Australia.
Fresh out of the SPB kitchen is the new pocketPC application for those of us always on the road : SPB Traveler.
Spb Traveler will help you in your business trips as well as in a travel. It provides information about more than 10 000 cities world-wide. You will never get lost on this planet with services like up-to-date weather forecast and currency exchange rates and useful tools like unit converter and flight assistant.
Spb Traveler Features:
* Weather forecast * World time * Currency converter * Flight assistant * Unit converter * Clothing sizes * Dial codes * Tip calculator * Meeting planner
Sandisk have just announced that they are sampling their new Sandisk 8GB Micro SD HC cards to major mobile phone manufacturers and mobile network operators. This is superb news for mobile phone/PDA owners who have compatible devices!
"What should I look for in a good bluetooth headset?" is a question I am asked a lot. Considering that there are so many different brands out there now it's important that you know the basics so you can distinguish from good and the bad.
Here are the main things you need to consider when buying a bluetooth headset:
1. Sound Quality: the good headsets have some kind of noise-reduction/anti-wind technology. Look out for this. If you can try it out in the shop even better.
2. Talk Time: this is the amount of time you can talk (non-stop) before the battery runs out. General times are between 6-9 hours.
3. Standby Time: amount of time your phone will last when not talking. Standard times are around 200 - 250 hours.
4. Bluetooth Version: at the moment Bluetooth Version 2.0/2.1 is the current version. It has better data transmission speed, lower power consumption and improved bit error rate than 1.1 and lower. Don't go for anything less.
5. Compatibility: always check that the bluetooth headset you are interested in is compatible with your phone/PDA/etc.
6. Size: this will be a personal choice, however it usually determines battery times, i.e. smaller the headset the shorter the talk-time and standby-time.
7. Support: whether you're a novice or an advanced user, it's always handy to be able to call the supplier to get any issues resolved.
Australian IT News reports that features such as sluggish network speeds, high cost and poor battery life may deter some buyers from picking up the iPhone which is set to be released through AT&T outlets on the U.S. this Friday.
I agree, however there will always be those who will be more concerned about gadget-cred than possibly owning a lemon. (I'm a big fan of the iPhone just for the record)
Check out this guy, reported by Apple Insider as being the first iPhone Camper! Yup, that's right, he's 4 days early and keen as anything to get his hands on an iPhone...
I've been thinking of getting back into the stock market lately. Not that I have heaps of cash to spare but am looking at ways to diversify my investments. Found an application called Pocket Stock Monitor on Handango that I'm sure will help me with monitory possible future stocks.
Become a more sophisticated investor with this invaluable tool for your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone. Get stock quotes and increase your returns by keeping in touch with your investments wherever you are - wired or wireless.
Pocket Stock Monitor features an easy-to-use portfolio manager, four advanced stock information views, stock charts, stock price alarms, detailed stock quote information, profit/loss and portfolio value calculations and an automatic quote fetch timer. Best in class user interface coupled with multiple stock data viewing options. Access to latest company news, multiple color schemes and large, easy to read text used for price information make Pocket Stock Monitor a must-have for everyone interested in becoming a more sophisticated investor.
Sometimes technology can make life a little more tedious rather than easier. Take for instance the phone functionality on your PDA/PocketPC. You'd think that having a calendar application packaged with it that the phone would be integrated with your schedule? That is, when you have a meeting in your schedule the phone should check for this and therefore automatically switch to a vibrate or silent mode. But no, even Windows Mobile 6 doesn't do this.
Photo Contacts Pro 5, does the above and more. It empowers your phone with Advanced Call Filtering, fully integrated Scheduled, Automatic and Temporary Phone Profiles, Distinctive Ringtone and SMS tone capabilities, Today Screen plugin showing favorites and recent callers, fast Photo Dialing integrated with Business and Full screen Photo Caller ID and advanced contact management capabilities.
Having used CoPilot Live 6 on my PDA for the past five months, I have to say that having GPS capability makes getting around so much easier. The TravRoute CoPilot Live Laptop 10 is now available so if you would rather be navigating on a 15 inch screen rather than on a 3 inch one, this GPS software is definitely one to consider. There are a few notebook GPS softwares out there but what i've found with the CoPilot Live range is that it offers a complete set of features that should be able to cater to everyone from the casual driver to the big rig mover!
Features of the TravRoute CoPilot Live Laptop 10: - Dynamic Route Guidance: Provides voice guided, turn-by-turn directions to any address. - Automatic Route Recalculation: Directions are updated every second. If you miss a turn, you get new directions instantly. - Two-Way Voice Technology: Gives detailed spoken instructions and responds to your voice commands. - Basic Routing Options: Lets you easily select between Quickest, Shortest, RV as well as offering a Toll Avoidance option. - Detour and Avoid Roads: Gets you around unexpected traffic or street congestion and lets you avoid roads.
I kid you not, Pocket Informant 2007 is a bargain considering all the features it comes with! Pocket Informant can manage simple appointments and tasks and grow with your needs to handle even the most complex situations. Change categories of multiple items at once. Create appointments or tasks from a contact. Drag and drop appointments from one day to another. Convert appointments into tasks; drag a task to the calendar to convert it to an appointment. These just a few things you can do. All of them are tucked away for when you need them and out of your way when you don't.
The best part about Pocket Informant is that it is fully compatible with all applications and services that work with Pocket Outlook. We sync with ActiveSync and Exchange Server ActiveSync. We work with Pocket Outlook plugins. We sync with WebIS Mobile Sync and work with Today plugins for quick viewing of your info.
Two new innovations from Logitech this morning. Firstly they've revamped one of their webcams. Secondly, they've named it exactly the same thing! Now why didn't anybody think of this before? There's some really long winded and sometimes silly naming conventions out there but this one is truly..... efficient? Anyhow, the Logitech Quickcam for Notebooks is like Cher, same gal different composition. It sports a whole new look and takes on Logitech's new(ish) webcam features like RightSound, activity light and built in microphone. The Logitech Quickcam for Notebooks, good for keeping in touch, also good for MSN, YouTube and MySpace.
Features of the Logitech Quickcam for Notebooks:
- Built-in microphone: Enjoy headset-free conversations with the high-quality integrated mic. - Adjustable focus: Stay sharp. - Snapshot button: Take digital stills easily. - 20mm adjustable clip: Chat from your multimedia or widescreen notebook. - Activity light: Know instantly when you're 'live.' - Rich, vibrant colors: Look your best with VGA resolution (640 x 480). - RightSound Technology: Enjoy crystal clear sound with reduced background noise and echo cancellation.
Surfing the web on mobile devices is fiddly to say the least. No one's really got it right in terms of presentation of Internet data and navigation on a small screen. However, after checking out Yahoo's new Yahoo! Go Version 2.0, I think they may be onto something.
Rather than make a small device present Internet information like a larger screen PC, it puts all the important information and makes the most of small screen real estate. The use of specially-made widgets means getting to the web, emails, photos and news faster.
I'll wait for Friday before giving it my thumbs up.
Corecodec has released version 1.1 of its CorePlayer portable video and media application. This update has been several months in the making and includes over 750 changes/updates/fixes according to the company. The primary new features include a new CoreTheque media library, Bluetooth headphone support, numerous palm os and treo fixes, rss support, skin support and stability improvements.
CorePlayer has always been one of the most comprehensive mobile multimedia players out there. Check out all the formats it covers:
Subtitles *Future versions of CorePlayer Professional will support SMI/SMIL subtitles
* DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD support to be added to Pro version ** To be added later as a purchasable plug-in (Pro and Mobile) *** Nullsoft video is supported but the formats within the container are not + WMV is not available on the Palm platform
My iPod Video is on its last breath at the moment no thanks to its dive into a pool of coke that spilt in my car. I'm contemplating on purchasing an iPod Shuffle this time around. Something small and I don't really need all that storage space anyway. But what to do with my accessories? It seemed like a waste of money until this morning when I happened across the Griffin Dock Adapter for iPod Shuffle! Now I can (or will be able to) plug the iPod Shuffle into any iPod speaker that utilises Apple's dock connector. Even the Apple's universal dock is covered so the Shuffle can sit cleanly and unobtrusively on my desk. Verdict: Ingenius!
Features of the Griffin Dock Adapter for iPod Shuffle: - Compatible with 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle - Fits in the iPod Universal Dock - Fits in made for iPod speakers - Removable and transferable to different devices with an iPod dock connection - Plugs into the iPod shuffle through its 3.5mm jack
Second generation iPod Nano owners fear not. The iPod Video has the Airplay Boost but now so do you! The XtremeMac Airplay Boost for 2nd Gen iPod Nano has all the same great features as the Airplay Boost for the iPod Video like screen integration, external antenna, pass-through dock connector and sleek matching look to the iPod Nano itself. Play it in the car, in the lounge, anywhere there's a radio. Even to the personal radio of that co-worker sitting next to you. Let's see if they like your Barry Manilow playlist. MP3 is the future and the future is now!
Features of the XtremeMac Airplay Boost for 2nd Gen iPod Nano: - External antenna boosts signal for superior transmission - Seamless integration with on-screen display and tuning - Three programmable station presets - Pass-through dock connector lets you charge for unlimited playtime - Stereo and mono modes allow for selection of clearest transmission - Matches exact width of iPod nano for a sleek look - No batteries needed-powered by iPod nano
Flash based MP3 players have always had some of the worse hurdles to jump when it comes to setting new market trends. Despite everyone's collective efforts, every MP3 player has been burdened with capacity, battery, interface, video, or software integration issues that simply marred the overall experience when compared to the market leader. Well, it was bound to happen sometime, but one company finally caught up to and surpassed the competition. Meet the 2nd generation iriver clix, quite possibly the best flash MP3 player that money can buy. In-depth review after the jump.
Ok you pocketPC chattaholics, here's one for you : IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger is a complete solution that allows users to exchange instant messages within MSN/ Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, Jabber and Google Talk between mobile devices and PCs in real-time.
Key Features of IM+ All-in-one Mobile Messenger: - Direct and simultaneous connection to all supported IM systems. - Mobile-to-Mobile and Mobile-to-PC real-time communication. - No cost per message, only standard payment for wireless data transfer. - One-time fee. All further updates are included. - 7-Day Free Trial
It was just on the weekend when I was talking to an ol' friend of mine and the crazy things he did to his helmet just so he could try to fit in a standard bluetooth headset in it - drilling holes, cutting out Styrofoam, sticky tape, all things that should never be heard with "helmet" in the same sentence.
Well bikers take heart, Blueant have now release a bluetooth headset especially for you : the Bluetooth Interphone. If you're a biker, you'll now be able to communicate while on the road whether it be to your passenger, another bikie with an Interphone or most commonly over your mobile phone.
To top it all off it's water-resistant, windproof and can be used up to 80mph / 130km!
With the amount of gadget chargers I have strewn around my desk, a wireless charging solution would be utopia. Many nights I have feared being electrocuted by a possibly faulty adapter. Not any more! Us Gadgeteers can breath easy once again!
Wildcharge are already taking orders for their Wildcharge PowerPad Wireless Charger. Apparently available from July this year.
Now although the concept is highly tempting, I never like version '1.0's and will sit back to see how it performs first before possibly having all my precious gadgets blown up.
For those risk-takers / early-adopters, lemme know how it goes! :)
I'm always after ways to increase my connection speed so I can browse the web faster! Came across this article by ComputerWorld which provides step-by-step instructions on changing your DNS settings to make your Internet connection faster. There are some other cool links if you're having DNS problems.
The XtremeMac Airplay Boost FM Transmitter for iPod (5thGen) Black is XtremeMac's latest FM transmitter for the iPod with Video. They've actually taken a page out of Griffin's playbook and have integrated the tuning with the iPod's own screen, much like the iTrip Nano. It's a great concept and adds to what they call "seamless integration". Also inline with their "seamless integration" is a pass through dock connector so you can charge and sync your iPod without having to take the Airplay Boost off. The Airplay Boost is powered by the iPod itself so if you're using one of these in the car, it might be a good idea to grab a car charger as well.
Features of the XtremeMac Airplay Boost FM Transmitter for iPod (5thGen) Black: - External antenna boosts signal for superior transmission - Seamless integration with on-screen display and tuning - Three programmable station presets - Pass-through dock connector lets you charge for unlimited playtime - Stereo and mono modes allow for selection of clearest transmission - Matches exact width of iPod for video for a sleek look - No batteries needed-powered by iPod for video
I've had my 2CLight HeadLamp Cap for around 2 weeks and I must say that these caps are a must have for any person who does work outdoors in the dark. To be quite honest, during these colder days I've worn it at home to navigate my way around due the wee hours of the morning. No more stubbed toes here!
Features of the 2CLight HeadLamp Cap: - Solar Powered - No need for batteries - Water-proof - Two light beams - Rugged construction for the outdoors
We'll be getting a batch in soon so you won't have to ship them in from New Zealand!
Awarded "Best Product of the Year" IntelliGolf just got better. IntelliGolf Version 8 includes all of the features you will need to improve your game, increase your winnings, and have more fun on the golf course.
The IntelliGolf handheld software includes:
* Golf scoring for five; * Thirty wagering games; * Shot tracking for all clubs; * Posting and honors display; * Wireless, beaming and color; * Course, hole and round notes; * Traditional and shotgun starts; * Embedded IntelliGPS technology; * Performance statistics and graphs; * Drive, approach, chip and putt tracking; * Unlimited custom wagering options, and * ScorecardView display system.
Ever wondered how you can use Google more effectively and efficiently - getting to your target with as little searches as possible? Well, a site called "Dumb Little Man" which presents tips and advice to improve productivity has given us a list of 20 ways to use Google better.
Could the Easy Glider X6 be the scooter for the 20th century? The idea is simply enough : add a motor to a big front wheel that pulls its passenger in tow all connected by two bars just like a chariot. Why didn't I think of this and market it! Won't compete against a Vespa in speed but can have practical uses around the city and large campuses.a
Features of the Easy Glider X6: - Top Speed of 12MPH - Range of 9 - 16 miles - Takes 6-8 hours to recharge
It's official. iMate has launched it's iMate Jama:
i-mate, the Dubai-based specialist in Windows Mobile phones launches today its latest Pocket PC for people who want to be mobile instantly without having to carry around a large device. The JAMA perfectly combines ease-of-use, with a very light and extremely compact design. Packed with Windows Mobile features, the compact JAMA has proved to be an instant hit with customers around the world and will be soon distributed to global fast growing smartphone markets.
As a kid, my brother and I loved the Transformer cartoons. For those who don't know they were "robots in disguise", transforming into every cool gadget imaginable : cars, trucks, fighter jets and even a boom box (loved SoundWave).
Well the movie is set to be released in Australia later this month I believe. Here's one of the better Transformer Movie Trailers:
I was talking to a good friend of mine today about how we both use our PocketPCs. He laughed when I showed him that I had reverted to using a traditional pocket-shirt sized notebook to store ideas/to-do/tasks instead of my iMate JasJam. My reasoning? I can write and locate things a lot faster than powering up my PocketPC then searching.
Resco Explorer was the program that he mentioned that helped him locate all his information fast. Not having used the app before I thought I'd jump onto Handango and have a squiz to see if was worth downloading a trial version. It looks very useful indeed!
Besides being an easy and well arranged file manager with advanced functions, Resco Explorer 2007 offers dozens of other features, including encryption, ability to map a drive, registry editor, file compression, and many more.
Features of Resco Explorer 2007: * Recycle Bin * FTP add-in * ZIP compression * Network browser * Registry editor (import/export/search) * Multi-language user interface * Navigation without stylus * Press'n'hold context menu * System info * Drag'n'Drop feature * search file/text in file * quick "send to folder" * favorites - quick folder access * built-in viewer (text, jpg, png, bmp, gif...) * file association * format storage card(s) * send more files via IrDA (OBEX) * square screen devices supported * strong file encryption * encryption add-in for desktop PC * "Send To" add-in for desktop PC
Hardware requirements for Skype for Linux: - 400 Mhz processor or faster. - 256 MB RAM. - 20 MB free disk space on your hard drive. - Microphone and speakers or headset. - Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection).
Software requirements for Skype for Linux: - Qt 4.2.1+ - D-Bus 1.0.0 - libsigc++ 2.0.2 - libasound2 1.0.12
What is Skype? Skype is a free Voip (voice over internet protocol) solution, use requires the ability to record and playback audio. Basically free software that allows you to use your Internet connection to make free voice calls to anyone with it installed too. You can download the very popular Windows version here.
This looks like a scene straight out of a futuristic movie but it's real life!
This weekend, robots from around the world are coming to San Francisco to compete in the fourth annual International RoboGames. Over 800 robots will be competing in 61 different events - combat, soccer, sumo, basketball, fire-fighting, android races, android acrobatics, art robots, iron-man exoskeleton weight lifting, robot hockey, and even android kung-fu. Teams from 30 countries and every continent will be attending.
Robot Game Facts at a glance:
Date: Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2007 Time: Noon - 10 PM. Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco California Cost: $20/adult, $15/kids 17-7, 6 and under free Web: http://www.RoboGames.net Images: Print ready photos at http://robogames.net/pix
Here's another sub $300 iPod speaker system, this time from Griffin, one of the world's most prolific iPod accessory makers. The Griffin Amplifi iPod Speaker System is one of three speakers for the iPod that Griffin have released lately and although this may be new territory for them, the outlook seems fairly good. Enclosed in a wooden enclosure, the Amplifi is reported to put out great sound for a speaker of its size. What I really like about it is its hidden sub woofer design. Unless you actually flip the unit upside down, you won't see it! And much like other iPod speakers out in the market, it wouldn't be complete without its own remote control. Oh and it also has a cool blue glowing light around the volume knob. Not that you probably didn't notice it already.
Features of the Griffin Amplifi iPod Speaker System: - Compact acoustically-tuned wooden enclosure - iPod-ready with docking slot and 6 iPod adapters - 3.5mm stereo input jack supports all players - Two 2.75 inch neodymium high/midrange speakers - 5 inch woofer and bass reflex port - Slim 6-function IR remote - Charges iPod during use - Includes AC Power Cable (100-240V AC)
On the Safari Browser web page it boldly reads "The world's best browser" yet when the beta version was released only a couple of days ago vulnerabilities were uncovered immediately. It's funny how Apple have always talked about being immune from viruses on there machines and software. Welcome to the real world Apple.
I would think twice about trying this browser out in its current state. Heck, stick with IE if you can't use Firefox! :)
Everyone likes to sing. Whether it's in front of a massive crowd or with just the audience of a bar of soap, it doesn't matter if you're Pavarotti, Domingo or the other one which no one remembers. The Griffin iKaraoke for iPod is a fun way to belt out your lungs with your favourite mp3 player. With the iKaraoke, you can even plug it straight into your stereo or even transmit it through the radio with its in-built FM transmitter. It doesn't use any batteries and plugs straight into the dock connector of your iPod. Move over Gwynneth, it's my turn to have a duet with Huey Lewis. Oh and in case you're wondering, the other tenor is Carreras.
Features of the Griffin iKaraoke for iPod: - Plug and play - Connects to any iPod with a Dock connector. - Your biggest hits on your system - Plug into your home or auto audio using iKaraoke's line out, or use iKaraoke's FM transmitter to broadcast your tunes through your FM radio. - You're in control - Adjusts backing music volume. Pause, scan forward and back, skip tracks. Boost your voice with adjustable reverb. - Attention please - Mutes music to use iKaraoke as a PA. - No batteries - Uses your iPod's power.
When one of the moderators of Mtekk chose a laptop bag, you know it's going to be of a good standard considering their fussiness with gadgets. One of the esteemed Mtekkers has chosen to order a Targus XL 17 for himself. Check out the features for yourself.
Features of the Targus XL17 Notebook Backpack - Separate, padded notebook compartment fits most notebooks with 17” screens - Main compartment for file storage includes soft organisational shelf - Extra file and accessory storage throughout the backpack - Side water bottle pocket and side pocket lined with protective material for safe sunglass storage - Detachable mobile phone pocket on padded shoulder straps - Audio player sleeve with line-out porthole for headphones
We finally have the Griffin iTrip Nano FM Transmitter for iPod Nano 2nd Gen for ordering! If you're looking for an FM transmitter specifically designed for your iPod Nano (2G), this iTrip Nano is the one and only you'll need. This new model is only compatible with the 2nd generation (aka 2G) iPod Nano, so 1st generation owners will need to find an alternative. Get one before they run out. iPod accessories change relatively quick especially when Apple decides to bring out new model iPods, which they have a certain nack for doing more often than we like.
Features of the Griffin iTrip Nano FM Transmitter for iPod Nano 2nd Gen: - On-screen tuning - SmartSense volume control - Micro Grip secure grip - Selectable mono/stereo modes - Charge and sync iPod nano while iTrip is connected
Headsets have gone a long way from mono, stereo to now 5.1 surround sound. Surround sound is really like dual monitors. Once you have tried it, you don't want to go back. So when your new neighbor calls the cops on you for having the volume too loud, or you're attending a LAN party with no speakers permitted, it's imperative to have a backup plan. Enter the Tritton USB gaming headset, offering true 5.1 surround thanks to 4 individual drivers in each cup, rumble feedback, and a detachable boom mic to keep those late night gaming sessions rocking. The headset is exclusively USB in case you miss it in the product name so you wouldn't be able to connect to a MD player or iPod. Full review after jump.
My current Dlink DI-634M is almost at it's end, in my opinion. At the time of purchase, it was one of the best consumer wireless routers available but these days it overheats when both my wife and I are surfing. It doesn't help my World of Warcraft gameplay either.
I think there are other customers out there in similar positions - their Internet/wireless use has increased from when they got their first router and want better performance.
This time around I'll be getting a Linksys WRT300N. I want to give Linksys a try because they are owned by Cisco, one of the world's most renowned names in networking. The WRT300N also has Wireless-N capabilities which means that it should transfer data faster than the prominent 802.11G standard.
This ergonomically designed shoulder bag suits laptops with screens up to 15.4". The Targus Urban Messenger organises all your gadgets with a file section, removable padded slip case, pen/pencil holders, ID holder, key clip, headphone port, 6-slot CD/DVD sleeve and removable accessory pouch.
After watching Blair win over $600K in cash and prizes on Australia's quiz show Temptation, it made me wish I paid a little more attention at school and read a bit more on general knowledge.
The SPB Brain Evolution pocketPC software won't guarantee huge wins at TV quiz shows but it will keep your brain in tip top shape.
This innovative app can improve your mental awareness, and maintain your brain fitness. It features 10 development mini-games and provides two independent game modes, one for measuring your brain status, and one for improving your abilities.
Features of SPB Brain Evolution: - Support for qVGA, Square Screen and VGA devices - Addictive gameplay- Brain Marking and Brain Training modes - 10 development mini-games (Sudoku included) - Handy hardware keys control - Different awards for better play - Knowledge base - User profiles support Download a trial/buy version at Handango today!
Well well well, it seems Apple are trying to make inroads into Microsoft's domain by launching a public beta version of Safari 3 Web Browser which can be run on Window's machines. According to Apple, it's the fastest internet web browser available delivery web pages twice as fast as Internet Explorer and 1.6 times faster than Firefox.
Ok, let's give Apple the benefit of the doubt and assume that these speed statements are correct, a more important question is "Is it secure?"
Apple's always bragging about having virus-free machines but Windows web-browsers are a whole new ballgame. Could this move into the Windows browser space do more harm than good?
Well, that's what I get for having an early night in. As the resident Mac fanboy at Mr.Gadget, I am disappointed to say that I completely missed the unveiling of the new Mac OSX: Leopard. OSX has to be by far the best operating system i've ever used. And I have used a grand smacking total of two (2) different operating systems in my lifetime! Which considering 95% of the population will only ever use one, I think i'm one up on most people.
Back to OSX Leopard, there's a slew of new and improved features on this thing, including a revamped desktop, new look file browser (Finder), system restore which can also restore files and a whole heap of other goodies. I probably don't have to say this (because most people using a Mac probably already know) but the only down side to Leopard, is its delayed release until the end of the year. But considering the delay Vista had, a few months delay is more like a nap than a coma.
You must check out their website which allows you to get a 3D glimpse of the MOTORKR S9. MOTOROKR S9 integrates wireless mobile music and calls from a compatible Bluetooth enabled Adapter for iPod, phone or Windows Mobile phone in a lightweight and discreet way. Combining behind-the-head wearing style with innovative music and call controls, the MOTOROKR S9 is a must have for anyone who likes to work out with music.
- Switch from music to calls with the press of a button - Integrated touch sensitive controls - Behind-the-head wearing style helps provide a comfortable and stable fit - Water and sweat resistant - Enjoy up to approximately 6 hours music listening, 7 hours talk or 6 days standby time from a single charge - 180 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery - Version 2.0 Bluetooth wireless technology for better call quality, less interference and faster connections - Class 2 Bluetooth wireless technology range up to 10 m (33 ft) - Mini USB connector for charging - 1.14 oz - 126 mm x 130 mm x 48 m
Get more out of the mobile/phone component of your PocketPC with SPB Phone Suite. Handy little functions such as profiles, call filtering, missed call notifications, reject and reply with SMS are included with this highly recommended product.
Features of SPB PhoneSuite: - Profiles - Missed call notifications - Unread SMS notifications - Call filtering - Reject & reply with SMS - Photo speed dial - Photos in call log - Wireless manager - Automatic profile - Wireless settings in profiles - Customizable Today plug-in
There are many times a day where I show people work on my computer. Something like the Targus Rotating Monitor Stand would come in handy as you have to swivel the screen for the viewing pleasure of each of your party. This stand seems particularly sturdy being able to house up to a 23kg monitor...I'd love to see what that looks like!
Features of the Targus Monitor Stand that Rotates: - Rotating platform: Monitor platform rotates 90 degrees for easier viewing - Height adjustable: Legs adjust (9.5 to 11.3 cm) to the desired height - Supports up to 23 kg: Durable and sturdy, yet lightweight - Organisation: Built-in cable organiser provides a clutter-free workspace
The need for data backup is often overlooked. PC invoices blame the complex steps in backing up the files of their choice. Geeks often rely too much on their memory to do manual backups as they are the group who spend most of the day in front of a computer, but without automatic scheduled backup, data is still at risk. Rather than listen to users scream the proverbial "NOOOOOOOOOO", Seagate has ramped up the speeds and warranty on their latest external drive, the FreeAgent Pro 750GB - powered by Barracuda 7200.10, and coupled it with Memeo's powerful yet intuitive backup software. Benchmarks and software analysis after the jump.
Palm look to appeal to the youth of today with a new PDA called the Palm Gandolf. It looks like a cut down version of the Treo series with features such as 3G, Integrated camera, Bluetooth and a Micro SD expansion slot.
Rumors have it, that it will be available in the U.S. in the later part of this year so perhaps in Australia by Christmas?
Will it take off? Don't think so. When you're young and free, who wants to be tied-down to a schedule!? We'll see...
When you're at your desk, with a lovely ample-sized LCD monitor, keyboard and mouse, the last thing you want to be doing is inputting data using a fiddly stylus or tiny keypad into your PocketPC. Soti's Pocket Controller Pro is another one of those must-install programs that I use whenever I get a new PocketPC PDA. It allows you to control your PocketPC from your PC/laptop keyboard and mouse. Make calendar appoints, write SMS's, view photos, moves files all through your computer - a true-blue way of increasing productivity.
It's won "Best Remote Host Control Sofware" for every year since 2002. And it's also the Perennial Best-Seller on Handango. Trust me it's good.
Features of Pocket Controller Pro Version 6: - Control your mobile device from your desktop PC using your keyboard and mouse - Connect through your ActiveSync or wired/wireless TCP/IP - Upgrade! Record, playback and loop macros to automate tasks - Execute DOS commands via the Remote DOS Box
Key Upgrades in Pocket Controller Version 6.0: - New Look! Drive your device using the Office 2007 Ribbon UI! - New Registry Editor - Faster Remote Control - Enhanced Macro functionality - More video & image capture file formats! - New Skin Catalog - Full Support for Windows Vista - And much more!
Ok from my point of view, I'm interested in Australia getting the best broadband solution for the future. From what I've read, Telstra's proposal is superior to the competition's (G9 scheme) because it offers more telecoms experience, faster speeds and more thought out infrastructure planning.
I would be pretty upset if we got anything less than what Telstra is offering.
At this point in time, I don't think either the current government or opposition know anything about broadband and are just using it as a political drawcard, so I would suggest supporting Telstra who are the ones in the know-how on this topic.
Google's at it again, now offering an online calendar for you to keep track of all your important life events.
I was actually thinking of this idea not more than 3 days ago and thought of how I could work with Google to make millions...looks like I was a couple of months too late...doh!
Organise your schedule and share events with friends Would it not be great to be able to keep track of all the events in your life, coordinate schedules with friends and family and find new things to do, all with one online calendar? We thought so, too.
* Seeing the big picture With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Google Mail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online.
* Sharing events and calendars You decide who can see your calendar and which details they can view. Are you planning an event? You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar. Organisations can promote events, too.
* Staying on schedule You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.
If you have a Mac or have just upgraded to one and wanted to run apps from other operating systems such as Linux and Windows (without rebooting), check out Parallel Desktop 3.0. With Parallels' award-winning virtualization technology, you can run Mac OS X and your favorite Windows applications at the same time. You can even drag-and-drop files between desktops!
The latest release of Parallel Desktop for Mac comes packed with 50+ new features and enhancements, including SmartSelect, Snapshots, and 3D graphics.
Newest Features of Parallel Desktop 3.0 for Mac: * Use Windows and Mac OS X at the same time…without rebooting * Run Windows programs like native Mac applications with Parallels Coherence * New! Open Windows files with Mac programs and Mac files in Windows programs with Parallels SmartSelect * Share files and folders between Windows and Mac OS X * New! Browse through Windows folders and access files without launching Windows with Parallels Explorer * New! Run today's most popular PC games on a Mac with support for 3D graphics * Achieve maximum performance by leveraging Intel Virtualization Technology * New! Protect your Windows with Parallels Snapshots * Migrate your entire existing PC to your Mac with Parallels Transporter
With my upcoming wedding coming just around the corner, priorities have started to change. Instead of running around the Azeroth in the World of Warcraft all night, i've been running on the treadmill trying to somewhat get fit and healthy. At times though, running can get a bit boring so I turn on my iPod and run away to Thirsty Merc's album. I'm currently using a pair of CX 300's, not the ideal headphones for running I must say, or any sport save for Chess, as they keep popping out of my ear when i'm bounding away. What I really need is a pair of Sennheiser OMX 70 Sport Style Headphones. With the same quality sound i've come to enjoy about Sennheiser headphones, the OMX 70 have been designed for the sports person inside of you. The OMX 70 is sweat and water resistant, though I wouldn't recommend for swimming! And they are also designed not only to stick in your ear but also clip around them as well, ensuring a nice fit that holds tightly to your ear. They also come in a funky green colour!
Features of the Sennheiser OMX 70 Sport Style Headphones: - Ergonomic design ensures optimum fit and comfort - Powerful neodymium magnets for detailed sound - Sweat and water-resistant - Extremely rugged headphones and cable - Accessories: ear adapter set, cable clip and carrying case
Just downloaded my free version from Handango today. I actually thought that it would store frequently sought after locations however it actually utilises Internet connections, in my case Telstra NextG/3G network to download map data.
One of the neat features of PocketPC Google Maps is that you can search for businesses in the local area, e.g. search 'pizza' and little flags pop up in the area of where pizza businesses are. It even displays phone numbers...now that's handy.
HTC make hawt stuff. As Mark mentioned, they've just brought out a very cool gadget dubbed "HTC Touch" where as the name suggests is focussed on using your fingers instead of a stylus. The result? A very easy to use device, that will certainly give Apple's new iPhone a run for its money.
One my favourite sites, Brighthand, already has a HTC Touch Video on YouTube!
HTC have yet unveiled another one of their creations. This time its the HTC Touch, a PDA Phone, no doubt set to combat the advancement of the iPhone. Which makes me wonder why it's taking Apple so long. I mean, if HTC can pull one of these out of (relatively) thin air in a (relatively) short amount of time, surely Apple could too?
The HTC Touch features a new way to touch that touch screen. They call it, TouchFLO which lets you scroll and pan through pages with your fingers. I'm guessing without the need for scroll bars? Otherwise that would just be silly. I'm just glad they didn't call it iFLO or iTouch. Running on Windows Mobile 6, the Touch comes with all the usual Windows Mobile applications, has in-built Bluetooth and WiFi, a 2 megapixel camera and Triband GSM. All this I reckon makes for a decent enough pda but slightly just short for us uber geeks who want every wireless standard and what not.
Features of the HTC Touch:
- TouchFLO - Large 2.8 inch touch screen display - Tri-band GSM with GPRS/EDGE - 2 megapixel camera - Internet browsing and Push E-mail - Multimedia capabilities - Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi
Finally, there's an official release date for the Apple iPhone but the bad news is, this is for the U.S. I've yet to find any launch details for it here in Australia, but I suspect it'll only be a couple weeks later.
June 29th is the official iPhone release date provided by Apple.
What makes this device one of 2007's most anticipated?
iPhone Features - supports iTunes music service - comes in 4GB and 8GB capacities - supports both music and video - has a 3.5 inch, 320 x 480 pixel screen - Quad-band GSM/GPRS
The iPhone will support the iTunes music service, and it will sport either 4 GB or 8 GB of built-in storage. It will support both music and video, which will be playable on its 3.5-inch, 320-by-480-pixel, 160 ppi display.
In addition, this will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone. It will include EDGE, but not UMTS/HSDPA. It will, however, have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.
The iPhone will run a version of OS X, the same operating system this company's desktop and laptop computers run. It will be able to run some specially selected OS X applications, including the Safari web browser.
It will have a touchscreen, but not include a stylus. Instead, users will be expected to control it with their fingertips.
This smartphone will sell for $500 (4 GB) or $600 (8 GB) in the U.S.
Ever since I was in early high school, I always had this fascination of having a portable TV. The idea of being able to watch TV wherever and whenever captured me. Sadly, to this day, I never owned a portable TV. But no regrets because technology since then has gone from leaps to bounds. Being able to watch TV on a 2.5 inch screen was interesting but being able to watch it on a 12 inch or 15 inch laptop screen would be even better! The Compro VideoMate U300 DVB-T USB TV Tuner give just this functionality not only to your laptop but also for your desktop PC. What's more is that the U300 supports a host of features you'd normally find on a high end TV like, SDTV and 1080i HDTV support, subtitle and teletext, picture-in-picture and of course a remote control. You can even set your wallpaper as the TV screen itself! The question now begs to be asked: Will computers replace TV's in our livingrooms?
Features of the Compro VideoMate U300 DVB-T USB TV Tuner: - Thumb size USB 2.0 DVB-T Stick with remote - Watch digital TV on your laptop or desktop PC with high-speed USB 2.0 port connection (USB 2.0 only) - USB bus powered, no any external power required - Free-to-air DVB-T Digital TV antenna - Support SDTV and 1080i HDTV (where available) - Support EPG, subtitle, and Teletext (where available) - Advanced PIP/POP feature can open up to 4 TV channel windows watch and also watch live TV, playback recorded video files at the same time - Video Desktop to setup the live TV screen as wallpaper - Customize Brightness, Hue, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness, and audio selection in each TV channel - Timeshifting, Channel Surfing and Still Frame Capture - Straight-to-Disc direct TV recording to DVD discs - Support digital radio reception (not DAB type) - Support all DVB-T audio formats - Autoscan in UHF/VHF band (6,7,8 MHz channels) - High-quality MPEG-2 formats digital TV recording - Support Transport Stream record and playback - Fully functional IR remote control for TV & DVD - Microsoft BDA driver - Microsoft MCE2005 compatible
I've been using eWallet to protect confidential information like internet passwords, bank details, driver's licence details for years. It's easy so easy to use and allows you to be confident that important information stored on your PocketPC is protected from inimical characters. eWallet also synchronizes up with up with your PC so you have a backup of all your data whenever you sync - the PC version uses the same password as your pocketPC version for consistency and ease of use.
The newest version of eWallet Professional (Version 5.0) comes with strong 256-bit RC4 encryption and U3 USB Smart Drive support, making a good product even better!
Another reason to try/buy eWallet? It's won a stack of awards ranging from PocketPC Magazine's (2004 & 2006) Best Sofware and Handango Champion Award.
Features of eWallet Professional (Version 5.0) * Easy-to-master user interface * Customizable icons * Over 30 specialized card templates * Customizable card templates * AutoPass instant password entry * Item level synchronization * Nested categories * Password hint * 256-bit RC4 encryption to ensure security * Live URL fields * Attach or link custom graphics * Built-in password generator * Import utility for easy data entry * Live phone numbers for phone enabled devices * Highest quality live technical support
I personally highly recommend it for all PocketPC owners.
The Sennheiser PX100 Open Collapsible Mini Format Headphones is a travel buddy you can't leave home without. Unless of course you prefer the stock earbuds your iPod, Zune, or other mp3 player came with. With the PX100, you get Sennheiser quality sound in a comfortable padded frame. An ideal design when you'll be wearing them for long sessions at a time. The PX100 is also light weight and foldable so takes the minimal amount of room and weight when travelling. Which is the ideal for me as I hate carrying anything more than my digital camera around. I think it's time to retire my CX300's and try out the PX100.
Features of the Sennheiser PX100 Open Collapsible Mini Format Headphones: - Fold and Flip: registered design allows the ear cups to be turned 90 degrees and fold up the headphones(headphones will lock inthe open and closed positions) - Fits into your shirt pocket: rugged transport case with cord take up - High efficiency and powerful reproduction - Balanced and detailed sound image for all music types - High-quality neodymium magnets and lightweight diaphragmsfor powerful sound and rich bass - Rugged and durable: robust steel headband with metal joints, steelreinforced headband ends, connection to the ear cups being tested for durability
There's no doubt that SPB's Pocket Plus 3.2 is superb software. I have it on my iMate JasJam and it helps organise your Today screen more efficiently. It also provides you with tons of configurable options but I like that fact that it 'really' closes apps when click you click on the 'x' button in the top right of the screen.
Here are is a list of SPB Pocket Plus Accolades to date:
- #1 best selling Pocket PC program at Handango in 2005 and 2006 - The winner of Microsoft Mobile2Market 2005 contest as the best Pocket PC program - The winner of Pocket PC Awards 2006 as the best task manager - The best Pocket PC utility 2006 award by German Pocket PC Magazine
New features of SPB Pocket Plus 3.2 PocketPC for Windows Mobile: - NEW! Integration with Spb Mobile Shell - Alpha channel support for Today Plug-in icons - Icons for most popular standard programs - Icons in Tabs - Plug-ins support - Drag-and-drop support - Large and small icons - Wholly customizable look-and-feel - Backlight control - Battery and memory indicators - 3 different storage card indicators - Soft-reset, theme change, and other actions> - Custom icons - Full keyboard support - 40+ different themes
I've always wanted a flying machine that gets me from my house to the city in less than 10 minutes (usually takes around 40 mins in peak). No traffic and just the wind in my hair...in the mean time I think I'll settle for this fully-battery operated superbike!
Because it is solely run from lithium-ion batteries there is no environment-harmful emissions. It's easy to think that deriving all energy from batteries would result in lack oomph and range but with stats like 0-60Mph in 3 seconds, top speed of 100Mph and cruise range of 100 miles, it actually looks very practical.
Maybe the Harley version will incorporate large sub-woofers to simulate their trademark roar?
Like good wine, bluetooth headsets have improved over time. The Plantronics Discovery 655 Bluetooth Headset, shows that Plantronics is a to be reckoned with in the bluetooth market. Their latest designs are ingenious and look very suave indeed.
The highlights of the Plantronics Discovery 655 are its three charging options (comes with AAA battery), good audio quality, ear-piece options and vibrate alert.
Worldmate 2006 for PocketPC is an exceptional tool for any jet-setting professional. This current version is made especially for the Windows Mobile operating system. Check out the animated image on the side for a glimpse of its functional interface.
Arguably one of the most featured-packed PocketPC applications in the world. The feature list below says it all...
Features of Worldmate 2006 Professional Edition: - Subscribe once, use anytime, anywhere. - Plan, Execute, Collaborate, Extend. - Comprehensive Flight Schedules - Real-Time Flight Status - Global Weather Forecasts - Global Weather Satellite Imagery - World Clocks - Currency Converter and Exchange Rate Service - Travel Itinerary Manager - Desktop Itinerary synchronization* - World Day - Night Map - Global Tax and Tip Calculator - Packing List Organizer - Clothing Size Converter - Size and Measurement Converters - Global Dialing Code Guide