More details on HP iPAQ rx4000

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Nov 302006
 

HP ipaq rx4000

More details about the HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion family that we first heard about back in September have emerged. The new line is launching with 2 consumer models: The rx4240 and rx4540. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 and a 400MHz Samsung processor, both models come with a 2.8-inch landscape-oriented layout QVGA screen, 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a SD/MMC slot. The rx4540 will also come with an additional 1GB of flash storage. For those who can read Japanese, check out the HP Japan web site.

So far, the release is limited to Japan. The iPAQ rx4250 is immediately available for ¥32,550 (about $300 USD) and the rx4540 will follow in December (¥42,000 or about $370 USD).

HP Japan will also offer an iPAQ rx5000 Travel Companion, in this case the rx5965 with a bigger 3.5-inch QVGA screen, 2GB of Flash storage and a SiRFStar III GPS chip and antenna.

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HP IQ770 Crossfire 19-inch touchscreen Media PC revealed

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Nov 302006
 

HP IQ770 Crossfire Media PC

Engadget has landed both pictures and details of a new HP desktop PC unlike most beige boxes out there. The HP IQ770 “Crossfire”s is a touchscreen desktop PC that will run Vista Premium (including the integrated tablet functionality). Running a AMD Turion 64 X2 dual core TL-52 processor, it will feature 2GB SDRAM, a 320GB hard drive, a a GeForce Go 7600 graphics chipset capable of supporting Vista’s Aero Glass interface, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an integrated 1.3MP camera, integrated FM and ATSC HDTV tuners, a DVD±RW / DVD-RAM burner with LightScribe and a Pocket Media Drive bay. It will use a 19-inch touchscreen and will feature a dashboard-like interface that will feature a number of widget-like applications for calendaring, weather, and more.

The IQ770 will be unveiled on the same day as Windows Vista and is expected to sell for between $1799 and $1899 USD.

Check out all the pictures over at Engadget.

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Marvell announces new XScale processors

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Nov 302006
 

Marvell (which took over Intel’s cellular and application processor division) has announced new processors in its XScale line of processors. The PXA3xx family (codename Monahans during development) will come with 3 processors. The PXA3xx family of processors delivers improved performance and extended battery life, enabling advanced video and audio capabilities. Wireless Intel SpeedStep with MusicMax technology provides intelligent power management, enabling varying power states so users can listen up to 30 hours of MP3s on their handsets without sacrificing battery life. Intel VideoMax technology in the PXA3xx family of application processors supports high-performance video capabilities, and will continue delivering improved resolution with future versions of the PXA3xx family of processors.

The PXA320 is currently offered as a 806MHz processor (although it was demonstrated to run at 1.2GHz). We can expect to see devices running the PXA320 in the first quarter of 2007.

The PXA300 offers performance and cost optimization. Basically, this is the entry level processor.

The PXA310 is focused on multimedia performance and supports high-resolution VGA multimedia (30fps H.264 playback).

2007 promises to be interesting: New processors and Crossbow from Microsoft. I expect we will see a few new devices!

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Morph pictures with the Split Cam

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Nov 302006
 

Split Cam

If trying to merge a couple of pictures into one using Photoshop is not for you, perhaps the Split Cam will be. Sure you have to step back into the world of 35mm film but this camera lets you morph two pictures together without much effort. The camera comes with lens-blocking sliders and viewfinder cross hairs that will let you line up to pictures and combine them into one. Two pictures later, you will have your head on the body of your dog.

Unfortunately,the camera does not come with a flash so it is likely not to work too well in low light conditions. As long as you stick to sunny days and a faster film, much hilarity should be the result.

The camera is available for about $13 USD.

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Sprint version of Motorola Q revealed

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Nov 292006
 

Sprint Motorola Q

With Verizon’s exclusive on the Motorola Q set to come to an end, Engadget has landed pictures of the upcoming Sprint version. Don’t expect any revised specs but you can look forward to a new coat of paint. Like the Bell Canada version of the Q, the Sprint Motorola Q will be black albeit with blue lights and what looks like a slightly customized Today screen. And a Sprint logo on the front and one on the back.

Sprint customers might be able to buy the Q as early as mid-December.

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Arvale: Short Tales now available

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Nov 292006
 

Arvale: Short Tales

Hopefully this time I won’t have to tell you that the game is not quite ready!

Return to the world of Arvale in the third installment of this series. Arvale: Short Tales provides you with four separate stories, each consisting of about 10-20 hours of gameplay.

The game features several main characters (each with different special skills such as Magic or Morphing) and an open-ended, quest-style type of play, allowing multiple endings. You will engage hundreds of enemies in a new time-based combat system, interact with NPCs that will react differently depending on your character and your travels through mysterious territories (forests, deserts, mountains, dungeons, swamps as well as weather effects like rain, fog and snow) will benefit from the improved mapping features. You can also unlock a special fifth character to enjoy additional tales.

Arvale: Short Tales is now available for $19.95 USD from our affiliate Clickgamer for all current Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs.. A trial version is also available.

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E-TEN news: glofiish X500 FCC approval and more

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Nov 292006
 

glofiish X500

E-TEN’s glofiish X500 has received FCC approval. Interestingly, it is listed as the OX500. The glofiish X500 is a thin (15.5 mm thick) quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE Pocket PC Phone that also includes GPS and Wi-Fi. Powered by a 400MHz Samsung processor and Windows Mobile 5.0, it comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 64MB ROM and 128MB ROM, GPS using the SiRFStar III chipset, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 2MP camera, an internal antenna and a microSD slot.

With its FCC approval in its pocket, perhaps the X500 will show up soon at a North American carrier.

Meanwhile, French site Pocket PC Paradise reports that E-TEN is working on a number of upcoming products for 2007, including a Pocket PC Phone with both GPS and a 2.8-inch VGA screen.

Proporta announces accessories for iPAQ rx4000

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Nov 292006
 

HP iPAQ rx4000

Proporta has announced a number of accessories for the HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion.

First up is the Advanced Screen Protector. Made from ultra high clarity plastic, it not only protects your screen against scratches but also helps reduce glare from direct lighting. The kit also comes with a screen cleaning cloth and an application card to make perfect-fitting quick and easy.

Proporta is also offering an alu-leather case. The case comes with Proporta’s trademark ‘Screen Saver System’ which uses a sheet of rigid, lightweight aircraft grade aluminium to line the case, protecting your delicate device screen from crushing and impact shocks. It is available in either a flip top or book version. Both also come with a removable credit card module and secure internal storage for two MMC/SD cards.

The Proporta Advanced Screen Protector is available for $9.95 USD and the Alu-leather cases are $34.95 USD each directly from Proporta.

The iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion is currently only available in Asia.

More pictures of the Nokia 870

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Nov 292006
 

Rumours of a successor to the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet first surfaced back in October. Engadget has landed some pictures of said successor, the Nokia 870, as well as a few specs. As expected, the 870 will come with a new webcam. Aside from that, the internal memory has been increased to 180MB and an SD slot. It also features an integrated deskstand. Nokia will also throw in a leather case and a microphone/headset.

The operating system remains the same Internet 2006 OS but it should come with additional VOIP functions.

Unfortunately, no word on when we can expect to see the Nokia 870 in stores and for how much.

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SimCity goes mobile

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Nov 292006
 

SimCity

Did you spend countless hours and days designing, building and managing cities when SimCity first came out in 1989. Now, Electronic Arts has announced that this classic is back, this time for mobile phones on major US carriers.

Take on the roles of Mayor and City Planner as you design and build the city of your dreams on your mobile phone. Choose a map and then zone residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Install roads and railways, police and fire stations, parks and stadiums, and more, but be prepared to deal with crime, pollution, fires, tornadoes, and even attacking monster. All this while keeping a balanced budget! Your ultimate goal is to attract as many Sims as possible to your thriving new metropolis.

Note that features may vary by mobile phone.

Source: Mobility Site

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HP updates ROM for iPAQ rw6800

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Nov 282006
 

HP iPAQ rw6800

HP has released a ROM update for the iPAQ rw6800 Multimedia Messenger. The update (version 1.01.03 ) comes with quite a few fixes as well as a few enhancements. Here are just some of the 40 fixes and enhancements:

  • Corrects issue where the caller can hear his or her own voice when using the wired headset to make a phone call
  • Corrects issue where the Device Lock does not work when the FM radio application is running.
  • Corrects issue where the iPAQ Multimedia Messenger touchscreen fails to work and then does not work until a soft-reset is performed.
  • Corrects issue where the file system is unresponsive when renaming file folders.
  • Corrects issue where the speakers do not emit sound after a call is picked up by a Bluetooth headset.
  • Upgrades the Pocket Music application to Version 4.4.1.
  • Upgrades Cyberon Voice Commander to version 2.0.
  • Updates Device Lock feature so only the Power button is able to “wake up” the iPAQ Multimedia Messenger. All other hardware buttons are disabled.

After updating to version 1.01.03 of the BIOS, the PDAmill GameBox Classics and the PDAmill GameBox Gems applications will also need to be updated. Look for updated versions of these applications on the HP website Software and Driver Downloads page for your iPAQ Multimedia Messenger model.

Note: The ROM update will overwrite the current ROM image and to erase the partnership and all user data and programs on the iPAQ handheld. Be sure to backup your data before doing the update.

Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

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Wal-Mart launches movie downloads

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Nov 282006
 

Wal-Mart has entered the world of movie downloads, albeit with a slightly different approach than other such services. The program is launching in a beta mode and offering only Superman Returns at first. Customers purchasing a DVD copy of the movie will be offered the possibility of downloading a digital copy for an additional fee. For $1.97 USD, customers will be able to download the movie to a portable device, for $2.97 USD to a PC and for $3.97 USD to both a portable device and a PC. This approach is meant to protect Wal-Mart from cannibalizing its own DVD sales.

Wal-Mart plans to expand its service to include other DVD movies as well as standalone movies and TV shows in the next few months.

Downloads will be in the Windows Media Player format (XP and Windows Media Player 10 required on computers), thereby excluding Apple Mac and iPod users as well as Linux devices.

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Pink Zunes out in the wild

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Nov 282006
 

Zune

Not only did Microsoft reward some people who worked on the Zune project with pink and orange Zunes but some 100 of the pink ones are also out in stores for some lucky souls to find. Lucky only if when they open the box to find a pink Zune rather than the colour that they had picked out. With your limited edition Zune, they’ll get a certificate indicating that it is a limited edition.

Apparently, if you want to avoid bringing home the pink Zune, check the fine print on the bottom of the box. On the other hand, if you want one, check out eBay as some have already gone on sale.

To Microsoft, of all the limited edition colours you could have picked, why pink? I’m not sure that the colour appeals to a wide demographic.

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Opera Mini 3.0 now available

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Nov 282006
 

Opera Software

Opera Software unveiled Opera Mini 3.0 today. The latest version of the mobile browser comes with several new features, including photo sharing (easy uploading of pictures taken with your device camera), an RSS feed reader, support for secure connections, content folding (allowing the collapsing of sections of web pages to make it easier to navigate), and faster performance.

Opera Mini can be downloaded via SMS, WAP, or your computer and is available for almost any mobile phone (Your phone needs to support Java mobile applications and an Internet connection). Best of all, Opera Mini is completely free.

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Is that a go-kart track in your briefcase?

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Nov 282006
 

Briefcase Go-Kart Track

Do you remember spending days sitting on the floor in front of your remote control race track, watching the cars zip around? The Briefcase Go-Kart Track will help you relive those carefree days. Closed, the briefcase looks like any other. Open it up and you’ll find a 2 metre long go-kart race track complete with 2 karts, controllers, a stopwatch and a battery that will let you play for up to five hours.

When your negotiations meeting reaches a deadlock, maybe you can settle the issue with a few laps around the track!

You can purchase the Briefcase Go-Kart Track for 598 € (about $790 USD or $900 CAD) from German web site Pro-Idee.

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