What to do with an old G4?

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May 312006
 

Got an old Apple G4 that you don’t know what to do with? Well, aside from recycling it, you could see about giving it a new job. In New Zealand, an old G4 was given a second career as a mailbox. Don’t need a mailbox? Then how about a planter for your balcony garden?

Source: Gizmodo

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ASUS releases P525 Pocket PC Phone Edition

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May 312006
 

ASUS P525

We were teased about the P525 back in April. Today, ASUS unveiled the P525 quad-band PDA phone which epitomizes the concept of “Business Anywhere” in ASUS’s words. Powered by an Intel XScale 416MHz processor and Windows Mobile 5.0, it features (aside from the quad-band GSM and GPRS) 128MB Flash ROM and 64MB SDRAM, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera with flash capable of taking a business card picture and converting it to an Outlook contact, a MySecret secure file storage area, Skype, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 1.1, a mini SD card slot, voice recognition and more.

As expected, the P525 weighs in at a fairly light 160 grams (and measures 116.8 x 59 x 19 mm).

Pricing information has not been disclosed yet.

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Pocket PC Opera browser

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May 312006
 

Opera Software

Opera Software released Opera Mobile 8.6 for Windows Mobile today. Opera Mobile(TM) 8.6 for Pocket PC takes full advantage of the larger screen and higher resolution of PPC devices by offering tabbed browsing and surfing in horizontal landscape mode. The browser is based on Opera’s newest core code and runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 2003 SE. It offers features like tabbed browsing, landscape and portrait modes, a zoom feature for better accessibility, a full screen mode, Opera’s Small-Screen Rendering engine that lets you fit web pages to the screen, a pop-up handler and a padlock icon for secure sites.

30 day trial versions of Opera Mobile 8.6 are available for both Windows Mobile 5 and 2003 SE. A separate version for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphones is expected shortly. Opera Mobile 8.6 will cost $24 USD after the 30 day trial.

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Motorola Q on sale at Verizon

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May 312006
 

As expected and reported last week, the Motorola Q went on sale today at the Verizon web site.

It is available for $199 USD when you sign up for one of the offered 2 year plans. Three calling plans that include voice calling and unlimited data access with Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess service are available starting at $79.99 USD per month.

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802.11g Wi-Fi SD card from Power Digital Card

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May 302006
 

Power Digital Card 802.11g Wi-Fi SD card

French site Mobinaute is reporting that Taiwanese company Power Digital Card is getting ready to launch a 802.11g SD Wi-Fi card for Pocket PC devices. The SD card will also be 30 percent more energy efficient than other WiFi cards. The card will come with drivers for Pocket PC 2003, WinCE 5.0, Windows Mobile 5.0 and Linux 2.4 (and others) and will support VoIP and both WEP (64/128-bits) and WPA (TKIP, AES) security standards.

The card is expected sometime in Q2 1006 (June presumably). Pricing information was not provided.

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Stuck in Apple’s glass elevator

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May 302006
 

Apple’s new store in New York has certainly impressed many with its 32-foot glass cube entrace and circular staircase made of glass. Its glass elevator will have a few less fans after it malfunctioned late last week, trapping six students in it for about 45 minutes. The police was called in and while they worked on freeing the prisoners, Apple employeeds provided them with bottles of water.

The students were rescued with some minor injuries being reported. As of this weekend, the elevator remained “out of order”.

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France gets HP iPAQ hw6900 at end of June

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May 292006
 

HP iPAQ hw6900

French site Mobinaute is reporting that that Jerome Loridan, product manager for the iPAQ line, has indicated to them that the iPAQ hw6900 line will go on sale in France at the end of June, starting with the iPAQ hw6915.

The iPAQ hw6900 line is powered by a 416HMz Intel processor and Windows Mobile 5.0 and comes with GPRS / EDGE, 802.11b WiFi, Bluetooth 1.2, GPS, 1.3MP camera, 64MB RAM, a 3-inch screen, miniSD and USB 1.1.

Pricing is expected to be approximately 700 €.

Hopefully, other countries will soon follow.

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Motorola Q coming to Canada? (Updated)

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May 292006
 

Pocket PC Canada is reporting that the Motorola Q could be coming to Canada in as little as a few weeks. Canadian carriers often take a fair amount of time to certify new devices so we end up waiting months to get the ‘latest’ toys. Maybe the buzz around the Q will change that. According to a report in The Globe and Mail, we could see an announcement as soon as this week that Telus will be the first carrier to offer the Q.

Stay tuned!

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Master Kick gets updated

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May 272006
 

Master Kick

My review of Master Kick back in February finished with the conclusion that the game ultimately fails not because it’s not entertaining but because it lacks the polish that it deserves. Industry Entertainment have released an update for the Pocket PC version of the game and it comes with lots of updates that speak to that comment. Version 1.07 comes with a new installation process, improved controls (better button support, keyboard support), the ability to pause games, control instant replays, bug fixes (cloud shadows will now appear), an improved manual and still more.

Master Kick is available for $19.95 USD from our affiliate PocketGear (Square screens are not supported). A trial version is also available. Master Kick is also available for the Palm OS.

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An early look at Microsoft OneNote Mobile for the Pocket PC

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May 272006
 

Microsoft 2007 Beta 2 has just been released. Part of the suite includes OneNote 2007, an updated version of the digital notebook application. Darius Wey of Pocket PC Thoughts takes a look at how it works on a Pocket PC. While there are some disapointments such as the lack of ink support on a touchscreen-enabled device (the version of OneNote Mobile that ships with Beta 2 of OneNote 2007 is in every way designed for the Smartphone, there are also some nice features and improvements, including the way OneNote 2007 and OneNote Mobile sync and the ability to use an integrated camera (if you have one) directly from OneNote Mobile itself.

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Vsnotepad: notepad application updated

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May 262006
 

I first posted about Vsnotepad earlier this month. Like a real notepad, this application comes with multiple pages that you can easily scroll through. Take notes, edit notes, review notes, it\’s all there in one simple to use solution. Since then, two updates have come out. Version 1.01 fixed some bugs and added support for additional devices. Version 1.2 improves performance for VGA devices.

Vsnotepad is available for $14.95 USD from our affiliate PocketGear. You can choose from Classic (yellow), pink, blue, green or white versions.

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Going back to that old PDA

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May 262006
 

Antoine Wright over at Brighthand posted an interesting article about what happened when he decided to go back to an older Pocket PC PDA that had been collecting dust since he upgraded to a Treo 650. Suddenly, he was dealing with a device that had no phone capabilities, no Bluetooth, no Wi-Fi (although an SD card resolved that), just enough RAM to do the basics and Windows Mobile 2003.

His conclusions serve to remind us that yesterday’s devices may be more than enough even if they lack all the latest bells and whistles and associated conveniences. Then again, they may not as Antoine found out (If a handheld doesn’t have the ability to go wireless with Wi-Fi , Bluetooth, or cellular, then I just don’t want it.).

The article is also a trip down memory lane (remember the first time that your iPAQ’s battery was completely drained and you lost everything?).

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How to keep your wine from oxidizing

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May 252006
 

Open Wine Bottle Anti-Oxidation System

If you are a discerning oenologist, this gadget will ensure that your wines are served at the correct temperature and peak flavour with no loss of taste or nose due to oxidation. The handcrafted Open Wine Bottle Anti-Oxidation System uses inert nitrogen gas to push the wine out of the bottle through the spigot, serving one glass at a time. The dispenser will work with up to four bottles (2 red and 2 white) and four more can be kept in reserve. Each of the sections can be kept at a separate temperature, ensuring the optimal serving temperature.

The system will help keep a wine for up to two weeks which means that you no longer have to finish that bottle of wine the night you opened it (unless you really want to).

The Open Wine Bottle Anti-Oxidation System is available for $1,974.95 USD.

Source: Born Rich

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The Stanley Cup comes to the iPod

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May 252006
 

With one Canadian team still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup comes word that the iTunes Music Store has begun to offer highlights from the NHL Conference Finals. The game recaps run 15 to 20 minutes each. So far, the first two games of each conference are available for $1.99 USD each. You can also purchase a Season Pass that will give you all the episodes in either of the conferences (Eastern: Carolina Hurricanes against the Buffalo Sabres and Western: Edmonton Oilers against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim).

The Stanley Cup Finals are expected to be offered as well.

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YubNub goes mobile with Skweezer

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May 252006
 

Skweezer

So, what is Yub Nub? It’s a site where you can set up command-lines for the web. You define shortcuts (for example, wp immediately takes you to Wikipedia) that can be used on any computer or Internet-enabled device both by yourself as well as other people.

YubNub has partnered with Skweezer to create a mobile version of the YubNub site, further enhancing the usefulness of this site as it will now be accessible using cell phones and PDAs. Skweezer is a free service that optimizes Web pages, searches, and e-mail for use on mobile devices by compressing and reformating content so that it loads faster, looks better and is easier to navigate. Skweezer was also added to the Golden Egg list (the most useful and popular commands). Typing skw at YubNub will load Skweezer so that you can access optimized mobile content.

I’ve set up gad as a shortcut to take you to Gadgetorama! Give it a try!

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