Not sure if we missed the memo, but apparently May 7th is the unofficial day of camouflaged technology. Shortly after Mobiado revealed a rugged Camo handset for the well-to-do hunters of the world, along comes Iomega with a jungle-ready portable HDD. The $149.95 eGo Camo Drive is entirely USB powered and packs a respectable 250GB of internal storage space, a black Iomega Power Grip band, a woodland camouflage pattern and DropGuard technology to prevent disastrous consequences should you drop your drive from less than 60 inches. We always knew those gamesmen never sat in a tree stand all day without a little entertainment to keep ’em sane. by engadget
Monthly Archives: May 2008
Our experiences with Microsoft’s Sync in Ford cars has been mostly a comedy of voice-recognition errors (we’ll never forget our rental at CES blasting NWA in response to “Play artist: David Bowie”), but it looks like other automakers will be able to join in the confusing fun in November, when Microsoft’s exclusive contract with Ford runs out. Hyundai and Kia are the first to sign up for what’s now being branded Microsoft Auto, and while it’s not exactly clear what their versions of the system will look like, you can expect the same basic features as Sync, as well as some new capabilities like navigation and emergency-response services. Microsoft also says that Auto will be available for “general release to the automotive community,” which could lead to the inclusion of the OS on aftermarket gear as well. Let’s just hope they tune the system to figure out the difference between Ziggy Stardust and Eazy-E, eh? from engadget
We’ve been wondering where Samsung’s 9.5mm 500GB SpinPoint M6 laptop drive has been hiding, and it turns out that it’s just been vacationing in France. No word on when these might make it Stateside, but if you’re desperate (or French), your lappy can unbuckle that belt another notch or two for just €197 ($306). form engadget
Intel just keeps banging out the hits from IDF. After the handful of McCaslin “next-quarter” and “coming-soon” UMPCs we saw from the chipmaker (and associates), Intel started busting out prototypes from its forthcoming Menlow chipset, using smaller, 45nm Silverthorne CPUs, and the 2009/2010 offering Moorestown… which is the bad-boy you’re looking at in these photos is based on. In a rather obvious homage to the iPhone, the chip-kingpin presented this do-anything, go-anywhere MID (provided you can cram this French-bread-sized device into a pocket). The device will feature a 45nm CPU as well, plus all kinds of goodies like integrated WiFi and WiMAX, and apparently 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. Obviously, this product will probably never see the light of day (at least not in this form factor), but then again — you never really know. Check a few more photos after the break.
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Not if Steve Jobs has anything to do with it. Apparently, Scott Moritz, of TheStreet.com fame, has some sort of information that would have Apple releasing a 3G iPhone as soon as Q1 2008.
As Into iPhone mentioned yesterday, TheStreet.com’s dubious credibility (or lack thereof), after their erroneous reporting caused Apple’s stock to plummet, doesn’t bode well for an early 2008 release of a 3G-enabled iPhone. And even Steve Jobs made an unprecedented comment about the 3G iPhone coming late next year.
Anyway, Mr. Moritz seems to think that the 3G iPhone won’t just be coming to us in early ’08, but that it’ll be sporting an A-GPS unit from Broadcom’sGlobal Locate unit, and a new power amplifier from TriQuint.
Who knows how much (if any) of all this is true, but it’s nice to dream about a 3G-toting, GPS-enabled, power-saving iPhone just months away.
The one to watch, Most advanced multimedia computer optimized for entertainment
Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N96, a multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8 screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated sales price of approximately 550 euros, before subsidies or taxes.
“In 2007, the Nokia N95 became an icon of convergence of Internet and mobility. With over 7 million units sold to date, the N95 has changed the way people use their mobile device. The Nokia N96 we introduced today builds on the success of N95, further enhancing the experience,” says Jonas Geust, who oversees Nokia’s Explore category. “Through the power of the Internet, video and TV are becoming even more prevalent in people’s lives. With its large, bright screen, and a range of high-speed connectivity options and the enhanced Nokia Video Center, the new Nokia N96 is a personal window to entertainment.”
Accessing internet videos is quick and simple. The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video, making favorite videos easy to view. Transferring and accessing videos is even faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. In select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with an automatically updating program guide. The massive memory can store up to 40 hours of video content. The storage capacity of the Nokia N96 can even be further expanded with an optional microSD card, such as the new Nokia 8GB microSDHC Card MU-43 which increases the available memory of the Nokia N96 to a total of 24 GB. For added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a ‘kickstand’ on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.
The Nokia Video Center offers one place to discover and access a variety of mobile content ranging from movie trailers and comedy to news from world-leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. The catalogue of internet video feeds is continually expanded with more regional and country specific content.
For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. The Nokia Maps application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and has upgrade options such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.
The Nokia N96 boasts a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash and video light. It allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per second. Further, with the integrated A-GPS, consumers can now ‘geotag’ their pictures with location data and share them with their online communities.
The Nokia N96 naturally supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services, including maps, music, media sharing and more.
ASIA Japan : Huawei Technologies has sealed a network expansion contract with EMOBILE, following the commercial launch of Japan’s first IP-based HSDPA radio access network for the operator.
Under the new agreement, Huawei will provide EMOBILE with advanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technologies and expand the network to cover vicinity of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. More than 2,300 Distributed Node Bs will be deployed, including the indoor Distributed base station system (iDBS) which will provide EMOBILE with large-scale coverage in Tokyo’s subway and business areas.
Apart from lower transmission costs, Huawei’s full-performance IP-based HSPA solution has many advantages for operators. For example, the outdoor Distributed Node B units are easy to deploy and the resulting shorter installation period reduces cost of network construction and ensures faster time-to-market.
“Being a global mainstream vendor in the communication field, Huawei can supply us with high quality products which meet the requirements of the Japanese market,” stated Mr. Eric Gan, Representative Director, President and COO of EMOBILE, “Huawei’s ALL-IP mobile broadband solution provides us with outdoor and indoor coverage and enables us to deliver innovative services to our customers so that we remain the leading provider of high-speed data services in Japan.”
“We are glad to support EMOBILE in building the first ALL-IP mobile broadband network in Japan,” said Mr. Yan Lida, president of Huawei Japan. “The signing of the expansion contract represents a strengthening of the strategic partnership between EMOBILE and Huawei. We are focused on creating a customized high quality network for EMOBILE to help it better serve its customers.”
Huawei has been working with EMOBILE since July 2006 when EMOBILE selected Huawei as the key partner for its 3G network construction – the first IP-based HSPA network in Japan. In phase one, Huawei has deployed a HSPA network with over 1,000 Node Bs for EMOBILE, covering major cities in Japan including Hiroshima and Sapporo.