2GB music cubes from MobiBLU

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Feb 092006

mobiBLU DAH-1500i

MobiBLU’s DAH-1500i music player is getting an increase in capacity. The existing 512MB and 1GB models will be joined by a 2GB model very shortly. The new model is exactly the same size as earlier models (24 x 24 x 24 millimeters and weighs 18 grams or about one cubic inch and about 0.64 ounces), supports both MP3 and WMA formats and includes an FM tuner.

The price of the 2GB DAH-1500i is expected to be $160 USD.

Source: Engadget

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Flexible OLED displays one step closer

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Feb 092006

Universal Display Corporation has developed a protopype full-colour active-matrix OLED display on flexible metal foil. The display measures 4-inches diagonally, is about 0.1 mm thick and weighs only 6 grams (without the external drive electronics and package).

The company projects that the display could be integrated into wearable electronics such as wrist-mounted PDAs.

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Would the real video iPod stand up?

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Feb 092006


Think Secret is reporting that Apple is working on a new video iPod. This new iPod will be completely different from the current 5G iPod which offers video playback. This model will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display that will take up the entire front face and the click wheel will be replaced by a touch screen and a digital click wheel which will appear or disappear depending on whether the screen is being touched.

There is no information yet on further details such as capacity but Think Secret’s source suggest that like current iPods, it will lack wireless connectivity.

An announcement from Apple could come as early as sometime in the Spring.

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Sprite Backup 5.0 now available

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Feb 082006

Sprite Software

Sprite Software has released Sprite Backup 5.0. Sprite Backup is a utility that lets you back up your mobile data to a network, a PC or to a memory card. It supports scheduling and will even run automatically when it detects that battery levels are running low. Sprite Backup 5.0 is designed for Windows Mobile 5.0 only due to its its use of Flash memory storage and different database configuration from earlier versions of Windows Mobile. It also includes a number of performance improvements and bug fixes

Sprite Backup 5.0 is available for $29.95 USD. If you are an existing Sprite Backup 3.1.4 Premium user, you can get a $15 USD rebate on the purchase.

The previous version of Sprite Backup is still available for WM2002 and 2003 users as well as Smartphone and Symbian S60 users.

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New GPS chipsets from Sirf Technologies

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Feb 082006

Sirf Technologies, makers of the Xtrack V2 and SiRFStar III chipsets, has announced two new GPS chipsets intended to integrate GPS capabilities and wireless connectivity into mobile handsets.

The Sirfstar III LT is a smaller version of the Sirf III chip. It measures 100 mm2 and uses 50 percent less power but delivers the same performance capabilities.

The second chipset, the GSCi-5000, is expected to be released in August 2006 and is designed with the space constraints of mobile phones in mind. The chip will measure 4 x 6 x 1.0 mm and “It’s not the same level performance as Sirfstar III, but it’s close,” according to Kanwar Chadha, founder and vice president of marketing for Sirf.

Pricing for the Sirfstar III LT is expected to be comparable to the Sirfstar III.

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BoxWave announces FlexiSkin for i-mate JASJAR

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Feb 082006

BoxWave’s FlexiSkin is now available for the i-mate JASJAR. It comes in 5 colours: Frosted Clear, Smoke Grey, Future Blue, Coral Pink and Aluminum Grey. FlexiSkins are soft cases that give you complete usability of your PDA while ensuring that it is protected. They are enhanced with SmoothTextureâ„¢ which is supposed to make the case feel softer to the touch and attract less surface dust.

The i-mate JASJAR FlexiSkin is available directly from BoxWave for US$27.95.

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Dell France responds to rumours about Axim end (Updated)

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Feb 072006

French site Pocket PC Paradise has gotten word from Dell France that rumours about the upcoming demise of the Axim product line are wrong. Instead, it appears that Dell is seeing steady growth in this area and that it is in a development phase for new products.

If so, my guess would be that we will see the Axim product line stick around but with new products that move beyond the traditional PDAs (such as the X51) towards more converged devices.

Update: Chris Leckness over at Aximsite also got a reply from Dell: “Customers and enthusiasts continue to appreciate the Axim X51 family and it is available today on www.dell.com. Consistent with our policies I cannot comment on future products or roadmaps.” Well, if that does not settle it…

Inventec Mercury revealed by FCC

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Feb 072006

Details of the upcoming Inventec Mercury have surfaced on the FCC web site. Details have not been confirmed by Inventec but it looks like it will be a dual-band phone (850 and 1900 Mhz support) with integrated keyboard, GPS (a single mention in the user manual), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, miniSD slot and a 2.8-inch QVGA screen. It will run Windows Mobile.

Lots of pictures are also available.

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iTunes Billion Song Countdown

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Feb 072006

The Apple iTunes Music Store is about 50 million songs away from the landmark figure of 1 billion songs sold. As we mark our way to one billion, the music fans who download every 100,000th song will receive a prize package featuring a black 4GB iPod nano and a $100 iTunes Music Card.

So what will the lucky person who downloads that billionth song win? It’s quite the prize: a 20-inch iMac, 10 60GB iPods (5 black and 5 white) and a $10,000 USD iTunes Music Card. And that’s not all: Apple will also create a scholarship in your name to a world-renowned music school. Sweet!

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1GB iPod nano is released

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Feb 072006

iPod nano

Apple has released a 1GB iPod nano. While the iPod shuffle is still available, this move lends weight to the rumours that it is on its deathbed.

The 1GB iPod nano is, aside from capacity, identical to its bigger siblings, the 2GB and 4GB versions. It will sell for $149 USD ($179 CAD) while the shuffle has a new lower price: $69 USD ($89 CAD) for the 512MB version and $99 ($119 CAD) for the 1GB version.

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VITO ActiveTrace updated

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Feb 062006

VITO ActiveTrace

VITO Technology has updated VITO ActiveTrace, its sports-orientated GPS navigation application to version 1.21. Just over a month old, the application has received enough feedback from users that VITO went back and added some new features such as support for all Smartphones, improved menu structure, a number of bug fixes and new languages (German, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Dutch). The program is also now available as a universal version for WM5.0 Pocket PC and Smartphone devices.

VITO ActiveTrace is available for $29.95 USD from our affiliate Handango. A trial version is also available.

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LAPD to use Pocket PCs to issue speeding tickets

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Feb 062006

The Los Angeles Police Department is planning to roll out a new system to issue speeding tickets electronically using Symbol Technologies PDAs. The intention is to improve the process of issuing tickets by making it both quicker and less error-prone. Say you get pulled over: The police officer will retrieve your information by swiping the magnetic strip on your driver’s license. The officer fills out the necessary details (such as the offence, location, etc) and you sign it on the handheld (like you do for many package deliveries these days). The officer uses a wireless printer to issue your ticket and you’re back on not-so-merry-anymore way.

Later, all the ticket data is downloaded to the secure police network wirelessly through short-range wireless access points on police buildings.

There are further plans to continue to build additional applications on the Symbol devices.

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WisBar Advance updated

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Feb 062006

WisBar Advance

LakeRidge’s WisBar Advance has received a significant upgrade. Version of this Pocket PC Task Manager adds support for Windows Mobile 5.0 and quite a list of enhancements and bug fixes. Among these are:

  • The ability to skin individual notification icons
  • An option to show the actual notification icon when there is one notification pending
  • Improved screen rotation routine performance
  • The Start Menu button will now display the cascading start menu when using a hardware keyboard
  • The ability to browse images by thumbnail, rather than by filename
  • The settings application now supports landscape and square screens
  • And a lot more.

WisBar Advance is available for $9.99 USD from our affiliate PocketGear. A trial version is also available.

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Samsung SGH-P900 bound for Europe

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Feb 062006

Samsung SGH-P900

The Samsung SGH-P900 Digital Media Broadcast phone is headed to Europe after modification to support European broadcast standards. This tri-band (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) phone features a very cool 2.2-inch display that swivels to give you a horizontal view mode. Other features include a TV-out port, 100Mb of internal memory, support for MPEG-4 video and MP3/AAC audio, a 2MP camera, Bluetooth and an external micro-SD slot. The phone will also record broadcasts if you want to catch them a bit later.

The SGH-P900 is expected in Europe in Q2 2006 and should be on display at the 3GSM World Congress (to be held in Barcelona).

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