Walk-on-Water Ball

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Aug 262006

6-Foot Walk-on-Water Ball

Just in time for my vacation: The Walk-on-Water Ball will let you literally walk on water if you don’t mind being compared to a giant hamster. Essentially, you walk along the inside walls of the sphere. The ball’s motion comes from hundreds of exterior inset cups that grip the water’s surface as you walk along. There are two openings to ensure that you don’t get trapped.A single occupant weighing up to 77 kilograms (170 pounds) can be accomodated.

The Walk-on-Water Ball inflates in about five minutes using an electric pump (not included) and collapses into a package small enough to store in the trunk of a car. It comes with ropes and tie-dwon grommets to prevent drifting.

The Walk-on-Water Ball is available for $274.95 USD. And if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, have a look at the Inflatable Private Island.

Source: Coolest-Gadgets

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Gadgetorama takes a little vacation

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Aug 262006

Like last year, our little family is off for a little vacation in Canadian cottage country. I don’t expect to have Internet access so news coverage will resume upon our return.

See you all in a week!

Weekend fun: The Quest

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Aug 252006

The Quest

Redshift has released The Quest, a follow up to the RPG Legacy. The Quest is a graphically stunning, engaging and sinister world full of magic, music and provocative challenges. Choose from five customizable races and an array of skills, attributes, weapons, armor and enchantments, then explore a huge non-linear realm of four different cities and a wilderness of mountains, caves, lakes and forests. It comes with all the usual characteristics of an RPG like different races, skill development, quests, a huge world to explore, dual weapon combat, weather effects and more. In all, you will need about 60-80 hours to get through if you do all the main and side quests (about 50).

The game is available in both QVGA and VGA and supports square screens.

The Quest is available for $24.95 USD from our affiliate Clickgamer. A trial version is available.

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Another Moto Q competitor: The UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone

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Aug 252006

UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone

Earlier this year, a Chinese company called Tech Faith Wireless showed off a number of designs. One of them has surfaced at Expansys as the UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Edition (yes, that means a touch screen!) and a TI OMAP 750 200 MHz processor, it comes with tri-band GSM/GPRS connectivity as well as Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, a miniSD slot, a 2MP camera and a 2.5-inch screen.

The UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone is available for pre-order from Expansys for about $600 USD.

Source: PDA France

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Lost your stylus?

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Aug 252006

Have you ever lost your stylus and had to make do with your finger or some other improvised stylus? For those of us that have suffered this fate, BoxWave has announced the Replacement Stylus for Pocket PCs. Not only will it work with the built-in stylus holder on your handheld but it features a retractable design that lengthens the stylus when in use.

The Replacement Stylus is currently available for the following devices: Cingular 8100, Cingular 8125, Dopod 838, i-mate K-JAM, Mio A700, Mio A701, O2 XDA mini Pro, O2 XDA Mini S, Orange SPV M3000, Qtek 9100, T-Mobile MDA (US version-Vario) and Vodafone VPA Compact II. The price is $9.95 USD for one or $19.95 USD for a 3-pack bundle.

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Zune gets FCC approval?

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Aug 252006

Microsoft Zune

The FCC site is listing a wireless DAP called the Model 1089. It comes with a 30GB hard drive, an FM tuner and a quickly becoming familiar interface. Sounds like the Zune, right? But rather than being manufacturerd by Microsoft, it comes from Toshiba. Is this confirmation that Toshiba is manufacturing the Zune for Microsoft? The device will feature a 3-inch screen, a 1.8-inch hard drive and a USB 2.0 connection.

The user manual refers to Pyxis, a network application that would let user share content with up to four other devices over 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. Users will also be able to send each other photos, promotional copies of songs, album and playlists. The name Argo (Microsoft’s codename for the Zune), also shows up in the documentation.

Everything seems to match. Looks like we have a winner!

Source: MobileWhack

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Zune Thoughts now in beta

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Aug 242006

Jason Dunn and the Thoughts Media team have announced plans to merge the forums from their sites (Pocket PC Thoughts, Smartphone Thoughts and Digital Media Thoughts) into a single set of forums. In Jason’s words: it’s always been frustrating for me that the Thoughts Media Network has four different set of forums, requiring users to have four separate sets of username/password credentials. That’s just plain stupid, and not something I ever intentionally set out to do.

While this is going on, Jason and team are still finding the time to launch the latest addition to their family of sites. The Microsoft Zune may not be out yet but Zune Thoughts is here, albeit in beta format. Somehow that is fitting though. Here you will soon find all about the Zune platform, including hardware, software, content and accessories.

Good luck with the new site!

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Apple battery recall

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Aug 242006


On the heels of the Dell battery recall comes another recall, this time for 1.8 million batteries in Apple notebooks. These batteries were also manufactured by Sony and affect Apple iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 computers sold between October 2003 and now.

In a separate statement, Sony stateed that it did not expect that further battery recalls due to faulty cells would be announced.

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FlexMail 2007 released

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Aug 242006

WebIS has unveiled the latest version of FlexMail, its email client for Pocket PC devices. It supports reading and replying to ActiveSynch email for basic operations or through its infinitely more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your email server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any email provider including GMail!

FlexMail 2007 comes with new features such as a full featured rules engine, folder searching, a faster database engine, a new address book auto-complete feature and still more features. It also comes with a slew of bug fixes.

FlexMail 2007 is available for $19.95 from our affiliate PocketGear. A trial version is also available. Current FlexMail users who want to upgrade can get the details from WebIS.

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Synaptics unveils Onyx mobile phone concept

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Aug 242006

Synaptics Onyx

Synaptic makes the Gadgetorama news for the second time this week, this time with its Onyx next-generation phone concept. Designed in partnership with industrial design studio Pilotfish. Onyx was designed to illustrate how Synaptics’ clear capacitive touch screen can be used for a mobile device. This technology will allow for such things as two finger input, proximity sensing, text entry and high resolution finger input. For example, a gesture could initiate a phone call or end one. It can also sense rough shapes held against it and turn those into an emoticon (kiss your phone and the recipient could get a picture of your lips).

While Synaptics expects to offer its capacitive ClearPad technology to OEMs by the end of the year, there are no plans to bring the Onyx to the market.

Source: Mobility Site

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Dell is done with MP3 players

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Aug 232006

At the beginning of the year, Dell discontinued its lineup of hard drive-based MP3 players. Now, Dell has officially stopped selling the DJ Ditty flash player introduced less than a year ago. Dell never made much of a mark with any of its DAPs and as it struggles with a 4.1 million battery recall and significant drop in profits, underperforming products will presumably not be given much slack. Dell would not confirm whether or not the move was in response to Apple’s overwhelming dominance in this market.

Dell will continue to sell DAPs from Creative, Cowon and others.

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i-mate JasJam released

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Aug 232006

i-mate JasJam

The rumours predicted it back in May (with photos last week) and it is now official: i-mate has released the JasJam, based on the HTC Hermes. Like other Hermes models, it is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 with MSFP and a 400MHz processor and features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband WCDMA (UMTS) connectivity. It also features 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, a microSD slot, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2MP camera and secondary camera for video calling.

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When shredding your documents is just not good enough

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Aug 232006

When its’s not enough to simply shred your confidential documents, you can now turn to Spy Paper. It works like normal paper except that contact with any liquid will cause it to immediately dissolve into a useless, non- reconstructible mulch. A pad of 32 sheets measuring 7centimeters by 10.75 centimeters (2.75-inches by 4.25-inches) costs $4.95 USD. The pad also comes with a sealable storage bag. Other sizes are also available.

You no longer have to chew up and swallow those confidential notes – Just spit and watch them disappear!

Source: Ubergizmo

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Moto Q coming to Bell Canada

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Aug 222006

Motorola Q

First, Telus landed the Motorola Q. Either there was no exclusivity deal or it was only for a short period of time. Now it has popped up on Bell Canada’s web site. There is no release date but it is coming soon! The regular price is $449.00 CAD but Bell promises that promotional pricing will be announced at launch. Bell’s version of the Motorola Q will run on its CDMA network.

Source: Smartphone Thoughts

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HTC WiKi launches

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Aug 222006


Now that HTC not only designs and manufactures but and markets Smartphones and Pocket PC mobile devices, it has launched a WiKi to hear from its customers. This is your community site, a place for Windows Mobile users to post tips, tricks, ideas, rants, and raves. Please join HTC employees and partners in contributing!

The WiKi is powered by a customized version of WetPaint‘s WiKi technology that combines functionality from wikis, blogs and social networking services.

This could become a very useful resource for anyone using an HTC device or looking to get one.

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