France passes toned down DRM law

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Jun 302006
 

France’s parliament has passed a toned down version of a DRM law that sparked a lot of discussion and even protest. In its original form, the law sought to create interoperable systems and to open up DRM schemes. The amended law provides a loophole where companies can bypass DRM interoperability requirements if they are requested to do so by the authors.

Much opposition to the law remains and the opposition Socialists plan to seek a ruling by the Constitutional Court. The saga goes on!

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Nokia 770 Internet Tablet update available for download

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Jun 302006
 

Nokia 770

Announced back on May 16, the new 2006 edition of the Linux-based operating system for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is now available for download (also available here). The update includes Google Talk (supporting both instant messaging and VoIP), a full-screen finger keyboard, improved memory performance and a refreshed user interface.

Note that any application designed for OS 2005 that you have installed will not be compatible with the 2006 OS version.

The 770 is designed primarily for browsing the web and doing email using a WiFi network. And if WiFi is not available, a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone can be used. The device is under 6-inches wide, 3.1-inches wide, weighs only about 8 ounces and has a 4.13-inch touch screen capable of handwriting recognition.

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More MTV content on iTunes

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Jun 302006
 

MTV Networks has announced that a number of new TV shows have been added to the iTunes Music Store. Shows like “Blade: The Series” from Spike TV and “Viva La Bam” from MTV itself. MTV content has done well on iTunes with “South Park” selling over one million episodes and it is not surprising to see MTV continue to use iTunes despite its recently launched collaboration with Microsoft on Urge, an online musid download service that competes with iTunes.

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MobiTV now available for Windows Mobile

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Jun 292006
 

MobiTV, a streaming video service, has been available for the Palm OS for a while. Today, MobiTV announced that is now also available for Windows Mobile devices but only in the US so far. Among the channels offered, you will find MSNBC, ABC News Now, CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV, NBC Mobile, CNBC, The Discovery Channel, TLC and The Weather Channel as well as cartoons, music videos and radio service. MobiTV on the Windows Mobile platform supports full-screen mode, a graphical channel guide and d-pad and touchscreen support.

The streaming takes place over a Wi-Fi connection or a high-speed cellular network like EV-DO. As well, only 5 devices are currently listed as being supported: The Sprint 6700, Cingular 2125 and 8125, the Motorola Q and Palm’s Treo 700w.

MobiTV is available for $9.99 USD per month. A trial version is not currently available.

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TenGO Free Edition Windows Mobile software keyboard

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Jun 292006
 

If you’re looking for a software input application for your Windows Mobile device, the new TenGO Free Edition might be of interest given its very attractive price (only for private, non-commercial, single device use). TenGo is an input tool designed to let you reach fast typing speeds without requiring extensive training. Based on a normal QWERTY keyboard, it lets you work with 6 big keys without sacrificing any screen real estate. Check out the demo if you’re intrigued.

TenGO Free Edition is built on the core of TenGO 1.3, the predecessor to the current TenGO v2.0, but adds upgraded compatibility with WM5 as well as some tweaks and a brand new tutorial.

Note: You will need to provide a valid email address to download TenGO Free Edition.

If you want to purchase TenGO 2.0, the latest version, it is available for $24.95 USD from our affiliate PocketGear. A trial version is also available.

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PocketGoogle 1.0 for Windows Mobile

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Jun 292006
 

PocketGoogle is a free application for your Windows Mobile device that will turn the functionality offered by www.google.com/pda into a standalone application.

Although Pocket Google is free, there are a couple of requirements: You will need both the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and a Google API key (which you can obtain for free from www.google.com/apis).

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Buffalo unveils combo USB SD cards

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Jun 282006
 

Buffalo RSDU memory card

SanDisk was the first to introduce SD cards that also featured a USB connector. Now Buffalo has introduced a line of similar SD cards. Rather than folding in half to reveal the USB connector, the Buffalo USB RSDU memory cards come with a cover that you remove to reveal the USB connector.

Buffalo’s RSDU cards will be available in mid-July and will come in capacities from 256MB to 2GB. Pricing information is not available yet.

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Quanta to ship 4 million HP phones in 2006?

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Jun 282006
 

A report at DigiTimes.com suggests that Quanta will be relying heavily on new smartphone shipments to HP to make its 2006 shipment numbers. Quanta is aiming to ship five million mobile phones this year with some 80 percent, or some 4 million phones, of those supposedly going to HP. That’s quite a few iPAQ rw6800s or do HP and Quanta have something else up their sleeve for the second half of the year?

Source: Pocket PC Canada

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More video iPod delays?

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Jun 282006
 

Rumoured Apple video iPod

While Apple appears to be making progress on getting movies on its iTunes Movie Store, a new analyst report suggests that Apple’s much rumoured video iPod could be delayed as much as six months. The main issue appears to be the conflict between getting good battery life while maintaining a reasonable screen size. Apple is apparently experimenting with different solutions, including better battery management software, a bigger battery and the use of both flash memory and microdrives.

Similar delays could also affect the iPod nano refresh that had been expected later this year due to a change of suppliers for its system-on-a-chip hardware. New nanos could arrive as late as December rather than September.

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More Cingular device rumours

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Jun 272006
 

Engadget Mobile has more rumours about upcoming Cingular devices. This time, it looks like the HP iPAQ hw6920 and 6925 are expected any time soon. That rumour is certainly supported by the fact that Mobile Planet is now offering the iPAQ hw6910 and hw6915.

If that’s not enough the HTC Hermes is expected from Cingular in the September or October timeframe. And teh HTC StarTrek should be available a bit earlier (August or September).

And that’s not all: The Motorola RAZR V3i is expected any time now and the Sony Ericsson w810 will launch next month.

Not enough for you? How about one more? The Motorola RAZR’s successor, so far codenamed the Canary, is rumoured to be called the KRZR. It will be released by Cingular in the September or October timeframe.

Source: Engadget Mobile

New Treos coming to Cingular?

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Jun 272006
 

Engadget Mobile has got some Treo dirt. The rumour is that Cingular will release two new Treo smartphones in October.

The first one, codenamed Lennon, is expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 with the MSFP and will support both UMTS and EDGE. A 1.3MP camera and Wi-Fi are also expected. The specs are very similar to those that were leaked out for the Treo Hollywood.

The second one, codenamed Nitro, will run the Palm OS. In both cases, the form factor is very similar to the existing Treos except for the fact that neither comes with an external antenna.

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Windows Mobile DeveloperUser Group goes online

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Jun 272006
 

Managing a user group can be difficult: The more specialized it gets, the harder it is to find a large enough audience to make it worthwhile. Fortunately, with the help of technology, anyone interested in developing software on Windows Mobile devices will be able to participate in the Windows Mobile Developer Virtual User Group (WMDVUG) launched by Don Sorcinelli. The first meeting will take place on July 19th from 1200 to 1400 EST and will use Microsoft Live Meeting.

On the agenda are two presentations: An Introduction to Visual Studio for Devices and a look at Mobile Application Deployment Essentials.

Registration for the event is now open at the Microsoft Events site.

Source: BostonPocketPC.com

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Intel sells its XScale Line to Marvell

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Jun 272006
 

Intel

Rumours that Intel was looking to sell its Xscale mobile processor division began flying in earnest earlier this month. The rumours have turned into reality and Intel has announced the sale of the division to the Marvell Technology Group for about $600 million USD. While Marvell works out new manufacturing arrangements, Intel will continue to produce the chips.

The sale, expected to close within the next few months, includes both the PXA270x chip found in many Smartphones and Pocket PC handhelds as well as the PXA9xx processor found in the BlackBerry 8700.

Intel will be focusing on its core microprocessor business and wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband.

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Is gadget addiction a medical condition?

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Jun 272006
 

Do you find that you must always have the latest and greatest gadgets? You’ve just bought the latest Pocket PC device and already you are craving the device just around the corner? You could be suffering from neophilia. A new study from the Yamagata University School of Medicine in Japan has found that if your body produces high quantities of a mitochondrial enzyme called monoamine oxidase A, you are more likely to be addicted to the latest and greatest.

So now, when you come home with a gadget and your significant other does not seem to pleased, you can blame the fact that you are a neophiliac. Isn’t medicine a beautiful thing?

Source: jkOnTheRun

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Today’s rumour: Palm and RIM to merge?

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Jun 262006
 

A new rumour is making its way around that Palm and RIM could announce plans to merge later this week. This could be a good match: Palm has the Palm Treos and RIM has the BlackBerry that has been so successful in the corporate space. Both companies would be exposed to new markets and would be able to leverage off each other’s strengths. Blackberry-powered Treo, anyone?

If this turns out to be true, it would make at least one Palm investor happy (Mark Nelson, founder and former CEO of Ovid Technologies) as he suggested earlier this year that Palm should be open to the idea of a buyout from a larger company.

If this turns out to be more than just rumour, we could get more information as early as thursday. Or it will be a story that will make us all chuckle in a year!

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